Pastor Don's Journal Articles
ramblin' with don davidson
In my junior year at Suffolk High I inherited from my older brother a column in our school newspaper, and wrote it regularly for the next two years. It had this title. Occasionally still, in memory of those days, I write stream-of-consciousness stuff and put some of my rambling thoughts on paper.
…Enjoyed the recent book by Christian scholar and apologist, Jeremiah Johnston, entitled Unanswered (Whitaker House, 2015). It deals with some of the trending questions that both Christians and non-believers are asking today. Along with a lot of our men, I heard him speak at the IGNITE conference at Liberty University several days ago. Lee Strobel wrote the forward to this excellent volume…Oh, and a film adaptation of Strobel's book, The Case for Christ, will be showing at AMC Hoffman on Thursday, April 6. I recommend both of these for those who want to be better prepared to give intelligent reasons for their faith.
...Our teenagers did an outstanding job leading us in worship this past Sunday! The choir, band, and interp team all were at their very best and I was so proud of them. You would have a hard time finding a church anywhere with as many dedicated and talented kids as we have at FBCA...Pray for them as they deal with issues and temptations every day that were almost unimaginable when you were growing up. And thank God for the leaders they have here: Mikel, Roger, Matt, and their faithful Bible Fellowship teachers who are investing so much in them week by week.
…I know it is spring because of my stuffy nose and frequent sneezing. It's just the price I have to pay...
…Thanks to Mike Bible, Mark Jones, John Bartrum, and several others for putting together last Saturday's Men's breakfast. We had steak, eggs, grits and hash browns, as usual, and a great presentation on "integrity in leadership”. There were 100 men of all ages present, one of the biggest crowds I've seen at these breakfasts, and everyone got their fill of food and spiritual blessing...God has used our speaker, John Gallagher, to influence the very highest realms of our government, and on Saturday, He used him to influence us, too... "Leadership is influence" and we all have the opportunity to point the way to someone else who is watching us. But it needs to come from a life that is whole, and holy.
...Parent/ Child Dedication services just about every week now do not take very long to do -- a few questions, a Bible verse, and a prayer -- but they remind us of the huge privilege and responsibility that we have at First Baptist. To come alongside these parents with love, support and encouragement, and do our part to make our church a place where young lives can thrive...I met another young couple on Sunday who have started coming to FBCA because of the reputation of our children's ministry.
...I begin every morning with emails of news digests that summarize what's going on in the world. Playbook, by Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, and Axios AM, by Mike Allen. By the time I get to the regular newspaper, I've seen it all already.
…With "streaming" and FaceBook Live, hundreds of people now have the opportunity to participate with us in worship, anywhere in the world, every Sunday morning...If you can't get your friends to come with you to church, encourage them to at least watch for a while...When you are on vacation or otherwise unable to be here, join us this way, too. And post pictures on FB, Twitter, or Instagram of where you are when you are watching...Technology can be a real blessing to Kingdom work.
...People often ask me: "Do you rehearse your sermons out loud before you preach them?" And the answer is no, I never have. I write out extensive notes and then commit it all to memory. Usually there is just a single sheet in my Bible with the main points listed there to prompt me...I do practice the stories I'll be telling in the sermon, though. At mealtime, with friends. Smaller venues. I work on timing, pauses, details that are essential or that can be left out. I do this casually, unannounced, just as a part of the conversation...Any jokes I might want to tell, too. You have been spared more than you can imagine.
…The latest edition of Salt and Light, our in-house magazine about local and international missions opportunities, is now available. Pick up your copy the next time you are at church....the Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions is open until Easter, so give what you can.
...Have you invited anyone to church on Easter Sunday? What a great day it is going to be! Let me suggest the earliest service (8 AM), then an hour of volunteering, followed by brunch somewhere with friends. Round it all out with an Easter egg hunt for the children on your street...
…Well, it's time to concentrate on just one thing now: Sunday's coming and I'll be expected to have something to say. Back to the sermon…