I have several favorite shepherds — David Crosby, Mike Miller, Tony Merida, Jay Wolfe, for starters — but Don Davidson of Alexandria, Virginia’s First Baptist Church leads the pack for my money. Don writes a journal once a week or so for their website. I always drop by and read several at one time and without fail find myself thinking, “I wish I were a member of his church!”
His journal for April 21 was so fun and thought-provoking, I thought you’d get a kick out of it. (Remember now, most of what I do here is directed toward pastors and church leaders. So, for the pastors among our readers, let this be your invitation to get to know Don Davidson through his church’s website. You might also imitate a lot of what he does in his journal.)
“Confession is good for the soul, they say, but bad for the reputation. Here are some things you may have already suspected. Don’t hold me to any of this. In fact, delete after reading, please….
–Theologically, I am neither Calvinist nor charismatic, fundamentalist, moderate or liberal. Just a Baptist Christian with a little mix of all the above.
–Pastoring churches is the only job I have ever had (except for appliance salesman at Montgomery Ward my senior year of high school).
–I love Tyler Perry movies that feature Madea!
–No, I don’t actually read all of the books that I mention in my sermons. Who has the time? But I do read book reviews in magazines and online.
–I never learned to type in high school. This explains why my e-mail replies (if you get one at all) are so short and to the point.
–Yes, I do occasionally repeat sermons. Some of these are from Danville days (Don used to pastor Mount Hermon Bap Ch in Danville, VA) but updated and freshened. Almost all my messages now are new ones, written specifically for FBC Alexandria.
–I am the least mechanically-minded person you know. (They don’t know me! — Joe)
–My recurring nightmare: it’s the end of the school semester and I realize that I haven’t been attending class for weeks and have no idea what the final exam is asking. I had the dream again last night. (Don, my friend, you reveal an anxiety complex caused by fear of being unprepared for all those sermons you have to preach. Or maybe not. Who knows?)
–My biggest addiction: Hubbs Peanuts.
–I have a real phobia about snakes.
–I admire and respect each of my predecessors at FBC-Alexandria. I envy Vernon Davis his intellect and long tenure, Jay Wolf his incredible people skills, Gary Hollingsworth his easy relaxed personality and John Compton his administration ability. Every pastor has his own unique gifts, though, and I can only be who I am (I Cor. 3:4-7).
–I still fear that old high school or college girlfriends will one day re-surface with caches of my poetry and embarrass me clear out of town.
–My favorite musical play is