Epic “Christmas Fail”

Epic Santa FAIL

One of my Ghosts of Christmas Past was a bicycle we bought for our first child. She was about 5, and the bike had to be assembled. Sure, I’m not a very handy guy, but how hard could it be? Attach handle bars and training wheels and…voila!  So I set aside Christmas Eve night for […]

Dark Christmas


Have you ever noticed how dark the great Christmas stories are? Scrooge was visited by Marley and three other ghosts, and their warning was basically he needed to change his ways or be forever damned. Tiny Tim (sans the ukelele) was destined to die unless Scrooge repented. Sounds more like a fire-and-brimstone sermon than a […]

The Good, The Bad, and the Grumpy

Cmas fight

One Christmas we were decorating our church lobby, and I was working further inside in the building. A church volunteers came to tell me a man was out front who “wanted a word with the pastor”. I can promise you, these words never bode well for anyone in my profession. So I took a deep breath […]

Photography by Glenn Christopher



Sorry, but I thought I’d take a moment to point out something that’s been bothering me about you. Honestly, you believe a lot of things that I don’t. That’s not the problem, though. It’s not that I don’t respect you or your right to choose your beliefs – it’s just that if I were perfectly […]

When God Wants You Unhappy

frowny face

I recently got a Facebook message from a well-meaning Christian friend. It read as follows: “God has seen everything you’ve been going through, and He told me to tell you ‘IT’S OVER’! Your trial has ended, and now God’s about to open up the windows of heaven to bless you beyond your wildest dreams!!!!!” (Full […]

Dave’s Leadership Article Goes Nationwide

hold-bibleI’m so thankful Ron Edmondson, a great pastor and church planter with nearly 150,000 followers on his website, has allowed me to guest post on his site this week.

My article there gleans insights from over 25 years of working under other senior pastors. Because of this, I’ve gained a unique perspective most pastors have missed.

As I wrote the article, I realized how blessed I’ve been to work with two of the greatest pastors I’ve known – Dr Ron Herrod and Dr Ron Stewart. Seeing these two Godly men behind the scenes taught me what a pastor should be. They are also incredible fathers and husbands, and their example has challenged me to strive to be more than I am.

So how appropriate this article would come out on Thanksgiving week, because I am so thankful for what I’ve learned from them!

Please go to RonEdmondson.com and read my article 5 THINGS EVERY STAFF WISH THEIR PASTORS KNEW

Happy Thanksgiving,