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"All I Have To Do Is Dream"
December 1st, 2020
"I find the nights long, for I sleep but little, and think much."- Charles DickensI have no trouble falling asleep at night-- usually within three to four minutes of hitting the pillow. But Audrey says that I snore and keep her awake sometimes. And that my legs often kick involuntarily during the night. I mentioned this to my doctor and he suggested a sleep test. That's an overnight experience in ...
Gratitude Journal
November 24th, 2020
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”-- Marcus CiceroWe have always known that God wants us to be thankful. And that it is a trait of all people who are well-adjusted in life and pleasant to be around. Researchers now tell us that grateful people also have healthier hearts, sleep better at night, and are calmer and happier. Thankfulness, it turns out, h...
Preaching, 101
November 17th, 2020
Among the questions I get from church members quite regularly are ones that relate to my preaching. "How do you prepare?", people ask. “How long does it take? Do you practice in an empty sanctuary or in front of a mirror? Are you disappointed when no one responds publicly during the invitation song?”I take all of this as sincere interest, although I realize it is possible that the questioner is me...
"This Is Jeopardy"
November 10th, 2020
Thoughts about this word on a Tuesday morning--There's the show, of course.I think we were all saddened to hear of the death of Alex Trebek. He was the erudite and classy game show host who fought so valiantly against pancreatic cancer but died on Sunday morning.Jeopardy was a part of my life even before Trebek began there 36 years ago. In college, I used to watch and play with my dorm mates in th...
Voice Lessons
November 3rd, 2020
Well, today is the day. The final day of voting in this year's Presidential election. It is possible that we will know, by late tonight, who will be leading our nation for the next four years. But it is just as likely that it will be a week or more before everything is clear and we have a definite winner.Like you, I am so ready for this to be over.But I still haven't voted. I'm old fashioned on th...
ramblin'...with don davidson
October 27th, 2020
My mind is racing this morning, mostly filled with overwhelming gratitude. Here's the thread of it---"It is the LORD's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes" (Psalm 118:23). Sunday was simply wonderful as we gathered for the first time in our newly renovated and practically new sanctuary. It is a beautiful facility that will enhance our worship for many years to come....Over 550 people were there ...
Coming Home
October 20th, 2020
"We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time."-- T.S. Eliot, Four QuartetsThe last time we worshipped in our sanctuary was Sunday, February 12, 2017. Now, after a long journey of more than three years, we are ready to come back into that sacred space again. It's the same room, of course—yet very, very di...
96 Tears
October 13th, 2020
This is the title of a song by Question Mark and the Mysterians, a '60's garage band. The little band I was in as a young teenager covered this song, and I was the singer. It's probably better for all of us that my career in rock-n-roll didn't take off, but we did appear on local TV for a week that summer long ago. I still like the song.Jesus wept as He approached Jerusalem, says Luke 19:41. I'm n...
Revival Memo: Your Building Program
October 6th, 2020
Here's a synopsis of my sermon last night in Richmond. Sir Christopher Wren was the famous 17th century English architect who rebuilt much of London after the Great fire of 1666. The epitaph on his tomb in St Paul's Cathedral reads: "If you seek his monument, look around you." Not just at that cathedral, but at so many other structures, too.If you had asked me when I was 12 years old what I wanted...
October Surprises
September 29th, 2020
I am bracing for a busy October, after several months of a much slower pace.We are having in-person worship services on Sunday mornings now and, although the crowds are consistently but slowly rebuilding, the more regular routine that I have followed for decades is back in place.Schedules for a pastor are always subject to change at a moment's notice, but in the weeks ahead I know that I have the ...

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