Election 2016 Posts

The Danger of Nationalism & the Complexities of Grace


I’ve been working through the topic of forgiveness all year. It is the theme of the upcoming book – Christian Bend (Fall 2017, Mercer University Press). It’s one of those God poetry things. I knew when I began writing this Appalachian tale that takes place in Tennessee and France that the last book would address the topic of forgiveness and redemption.

What I didn’t know when I began writing the first of the three books in 2005 was just how much personal & national forgiveness I would wrestle with as I concluded the books in 2016.  There are things going on in all of our lives, deeply wounding things, about which we don’t speak. We gather during the holidays, or other times throughout the year and put those hurts aside in the interest of everybody just getting along. I’ve done it. I’m sure you have done it, too. There are many in this nation who are suggesting, some even demanding, that we do that now. For the sake of the country. Because we are all Americans. Or so the admonitions go. read more

In Memory of Ellen & the Adventures


There’s a stack of papers on my desk needing my attention while I type this out – the edits on the next novel, Christian Bend (note name change, formerly Rain). When you read the book the name change will become apparent.

Twenty years ago this very day, I walked into the local newspaper office and began my first job as a reporter. It was my 40th birthday. I knew even that very day that I would always remember it as a significant life change. I had been writing already, having been prompted to take up writing when professor & poet George Venn called forth the skill dormant within. He saw it long before I even realized it was something I might enjoy doing. I consider him part wizard, actually, this ability he had to speak a gifting into life. I hadn’t known that was even possible at such a late age in life. read more

Gold Star Families Never Forget

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This last snapshot we took with our dad is blurry.

The memories of him, of the kind man he was, of what he stood for, of his integrity, of his character, of the father he was to us, the ways in which he loved us, they have not faded these fifty years later.

Those memories are sharp as ever.

Had he lived he would have returned home to us this week. “The week of your birthday,” he assured my nine-almost-ten-year-old self, although, it’s unlikely he could have known that for sure. Undoubtedly, just the promise a father makes to a daughter when the dates are near enough to not be a fib. read more



Vote. People died fighting for that right. Don’t waste their bloodshed. Quit your whining & Vote.  This isn’t a popularity contest. You don’t have to “Like” the people you elect. You have to elect people who can run the country, who won’t heedlessly send our soldiers into war.

dads-casketVote. It’s not just your right – it’s your obligation. Vote. read more

A Note from David

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Don’t bother your head with braggarts

Or wish you could succeed like the wicked. In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt like cut flowers in the sun. Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last.

Keep company with God.

Get in on the best.

Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done.

He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. read more