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Dad’s Funeral: Sorrow & Celebration

Dad’s Funeral: Sorrow & Celebration

The Weeks Leading up to the Funeral From about Thanksgiving, it was hard to get dad out of bed for just about anything. From bed, he would ask for ice cream and Diet Coke. At the beginning, he would feed himself, but as the days went on he would ask to be fed.  Not being […]

Straddling Eternity

Straddling Eternity

As my dad lay in bed Sunday, nearing his final moments on this Earth, I was at church in worship. One of the hymns we sang was “Higher Ground” by Johnson Oatman, Jr., a hymn that longs for “a gleam of glory bright” with the prayer to stand on “Heaven’s tableland.” It seems Oatman had […]

2017 for the Densfords

2017 for the Densfords

If you’re not a Densford, or related to us, you’re likely to have very little interest in this post but here it is anyway! 2017 had its share of ups and downs for us, fortunately mostly ups. Sometimes, we look back at the fond memories while other times we’re glad to see the year end. […]

What It All Boils Down To

What It All Boils Down To

This evening after church my wife and I stopped by our local grocery store to pick up a few things we had run out of during our busy week. As we turned down the aisle toward the toilet paper, we nearly ran into another shopper who was making a choice at the end of the […]

Why Am I Alive?

Why Am I Alive?

I sit here tonight crying, grieving really. The odd thing is that my breakdown was triggered by the death of someone I don’t even know. But it could have been me. Maybe it should have been me. About seven weeks ago I was in a rollover car accident. People on the scene, the emergency room doctor […]

What Critics of the “Billy Graham Rule” Are Missing

What Critics of the “Billy Graham Rule” Are Missing

I remember as a young minister hearing about Billy Graham’s “rule” to avoid the appearance of impropriety by not being alone with a woman. I had heard that he would even excuse himself from an elevator, if it was only him and a member of the opposite sex. The explanation I heard was that he […]

Oh My God!

Oh My God!

As I opened my eyes I really did believe that this was it. I was just waiting for the roof to crash in on me, crushing me beneath the weight of the car, doubting that I would survive. All I could say was “Oh my God!” as I gripped the steering wheel and braced myself […]

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

As this Thanksgiving day draws to a close in the United States, I am reminded about the nearly 200,000 Service members who are deployed in support of Combatant Commands this Thanksgiving. It’s never easy being away from home and family, but it is especially hard during holidays. The United States does their best to help […]

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

I’ve noticed that posts and comments since election day have been only mildly less vitriol than before the election. The difference now, however, is that instead of warnings about the damage so-and-so would cause the country if he or she is elected, they now revolve around what seems to be a personal fear about what […]

My Other Brother . . .

My Other Brother . . .

“My other brother Darryl.” Back in the eighties there were three characters on The Newhart Show who were brothers. Larry was the oldest and the only one who ever spoke. Whenever they would enter a scene, Larry would say, “Hi, I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.” I used […]