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Parks and Re-Creation
July 20th, 2021
It was Carolyn Jenkins who came up with the idea: gatherings in a local park on a few Sunday afternoons, just for fellowship. The advertising graphic with my face, superimposed on a Forrest Gump poster—that was my suggestion. Lindsey or Carolyn picked up the balloons. Wayne put out a sign, and Erin coordinated it all. And that was the total of the work and planning that has gone into Pastor in the...
The Final Frontier
July 13th, 2021
Sir Richard Branson made history on Sunday as the first billionaire to go into space. Riding in his Virgin Galactic plane, the VMS Eve, he and five employees flew to an altitude of 50,000 feet and then rocketed in the smaller VSS Unity to a point 53 miles above the earth—just crossing over the demarcation into what is considered "space." The view was great, and there were a few moments of weightle...
"Fill 'Er Up"
July 6th, 2021
Gas is now north of $3 per gallon. Just in time for vacation road trips.But we pay it, because we have to get to where we are going.Unless you are driving a Tesla—and then there are issues of battery life and finding a charging station when you need one. No one wants to run out of gas, or battery juice, on a secluded road on a moonless night, or at an inconvenient place between here and Disneyworl...
The Introverted Pastor
June 29th, 2021
Shawn is a doctoral student at Liberty University, working on a study of how introverts can or cannot function as local church senior pastors. He needed to interview several. Someone gave him my name. First there was a personality test I had to take to confirm that I was indeed an introvert. I passed with flying colors. Then, yesterday, an hour-long interview.After 48 years as a pastor—nearly 16 ...
June 22nd, 2021
"The art of prophecy is very difficult, especially in respect to the future."--Mark TwainSpeculation heading into last week's meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention was universally pessimistic. It looked for all the world like America's largest Protestant denomination was destined for schism if not a complete split. It was billed as a contest between conservative evangelicals and very conserva...
Cat's in the Cradle
June 15th, 2021
Flannery O'Connor once said that enough has happened to each of us by the time we're eight years old for us to write about for the rest of our lives. Memories from childhood, someone else remarked, are like those Advent calendars we use in December—under each tab is a surprise. Last night I got to thinking about my earliest memories and about how they impact my life still, so many years later.I re...
The Man in the Arena
June 8th, 2021
"Let's Roll!", shouted Todd Beamer as he and several other passengers rushed the cockpit on United Flight 93, taking the airplane down into a field near Shanksville, PA—28 minutes from Washington, DC. A regular guy, suddenly and forever he is identified as a genuine 9/11 hero. Several weeks after the tragic events of that day, his wife, Lisa, finally found the emotional strength to clean out his d...
ramblin'...with don(nie) davidson
June 1st, 2021
Back in the day I wrote a regular column with this title for my high school newspaper. Occasionally I enjoy resurrecting it for some random thoughts that occur to me--"June is bustin' out all over," and I am so glad! After the coldest Memorial Day weekend temperatures in over 100 years, it's time for some summer weather! Saturday night I actually cut the heat back on at our house....A new podcast ...
May 25th, 2021
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."-- PlatoAfter spending two or three nights away from home, when I wake up in the middle of the night in my own bed again, I cannot remember which direction to go to get to the bathroom. There is temporary disorientation, and the fact that the room is mostly dark does not help. I ...
Put On a Happy Face
May 18th, 2021
I have some exciting news! Following the release of new guidelines from the CDC, the Governor of Virginia, and the City of Alexandria, our church is taking immediate steps toward an eventual return to pre-pandemic normalcy.Beginning this Sunday, May 23:1. Registration will no longer be necessary in order to attend worship services. Just come.2. Seating is open—it will be the pew of your choice.3. ...