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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. ...
"A Tale of a Fateful Trip"
May 11th, 2021
Ata, an island In the South Pacific, was thought to be uninhabited. But as fisherman Peter Warner passed nearby, he saw, through his binoculars, evidence of a burned patch of ground where there had been a small fire. Out of curiosity he went in for a closer look. A naked teenaged boy came running through the surf towards him, and what a story young Stephen had to tell.There were six boys altogeth...
All in the Family
May 3rd, 2021
Our neighbors certainly must have wondered when they saw that U-Haul truck in our driveway on Saturday. Furniture at the bottom of the steep ramp, strewn about and waiting. Was it coming—or going?Well, it was going. We were passing on some pieces to our nephew and his wife. A heavy dresser and mirror. Some tables and chairs. Lamps. Very nice things that we no longer needed or had the room for. Nic...
The Check Is in the Mail
April 27th, 2021
It's a story from my college days that I've been telling around the dinner table for years. Unfortunately, my journal was rather sketchy back then, and an account of the exact event cannot be found. At various times I've thought that maybe it was all just a dream.Stop reading if you've heard this.It happened in late Autumn, 1974...I was attending a night class at Virginia Commonwealth University. ...
In Summing Up
April 20th, 2021
Although I haven't been keeping up with the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, I have caught snippets of it on the radio whenever I've been in the car. Yesterday I tuned in at 3 PM EST as the defense attorney was making his closing argument. It was hard for me to follow—I suppose because I hadn't been there all along—but I was surprised when the presiding judge called for a lunch break as Eric Ne...
Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well
April 13th, 2021
Journal-keeping has been my obsession since the very beginning of my ministry. By now I have a contemporaneous record of the events that have gone together to make me who I am today.I thought it might be good to look back across the decades to what was happening on this day every ten years ago. Wednesday, April 13, 2011Today was spent doing the usual mid-week things: preparing my sermon outline fo...
Stuck in the Middle with You
April 6th, 2021
Are you stuck right now?I was yesterday when I received my second COVID vaccination. Audrey and I returned to the CVS in South Boston, Virginia, and walked right in without any waiting. Again, this time I had no reaction to the shot, but Audrey had fever, headache, and the severest chills last night that I have ever seen. She is much better now.The extra benefit in going so far from home was the o...