When God Wants You Unhappy

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,


New Commentary in Naples Daily News


What would the world be like if there were no Christians? Just like George Bailey, you might not like what you’d find!

Read Dave’s provocative article A NOT SO WONDERFUL LIFE in today’s Naples Daily News, or click here- NOT SO WONDERFUL LIFE

Photography by Glenn Christopher

A Not-So Wonderful Life


Author’s note: recent events in the town where I live caused me to write about the subjects below. A local high school choir concert was cancelled, just because it was being held in a church for the acoustics. The next week a high school football player in the town just to our north was penalized […]

A father's cemetery tribute to his wheelchair-bound son.

Yes, I believe God heals. But sometimes it doesn’t happen in our way or in our time.

The ultimate healing comes when we see the Lord face-to-face. Then we will be made like Him.

That is the moment this little boy could finally walk…when he leapt into the arms of Jesus!


finger-pointingYou never speak louder about your relationship with Christ than when you react to someone else caught in sin.

When you truly know Christ and see someone caught in sin, you feel a sense of familiarity and empathy because you know you’ve been in that same place. You realize you’re both part of the “fellowship of the broken”.

I worry most for those who do not feel that empathy, and choose to point fingers and criticize as if they’ve never fallen either.

It may in fact prove that they’ve never experienced that amazing grace that the rest of us recognize we need so badly…

Say “Yes”


My 26th wedding anniversary is today (Nov 19, 2014), and I can still remember how awkwardly the proposal played out. I was a youth pastor with a group of 80 teenagers on a mission trip to New Orleans. My intended fiancé grew up in the suburbs there, so I thought it would be perfect to […]