Davon's church

Grace Hospice
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212

About Davon
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Mid Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Master's of Arts in Religion from Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, OH
  • Experience: Served as preaching minister from 1995 to 2016; serving as hospice chaplain since September 2016
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I don’t have a lot of time to edit my sermons. Most of them are just copies of my notes. If something doesn’t make sense, it probably did to me when I preached it. Also, don’t overanalize my sermon notes. I know that they are probably not homolitically sound, but I was trained to be a youth minister originally.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: A holier than thou woman attended church every Sunday. Everytime that she shook the preacher’s hand on the way out the door she would say, "You really gave it to them this morning, preacher!" One Sunday morning there was a snow storm and no one came to the service except this woman and the preacher. The preacher thought to himself, "This is my opportunity!" And so he started to preach on gossip and any other sin this woman committed that the preacher knew about. When this woman shook the pr
  • Family: My wife, Crystal, and I have been married since June 27, 1998. I grew up near Indianapolis, Indiana and have lived and ministered in North Carolina ,Virginia, Louisiana, Indiana and now Ohio. My wife Crystal grew up near Charlotte, North Carolina. Crystal is part of a preacher’s family. On March 8, 2000 we welcomed twin boys into our family- Alexander and Andy. We know that the Lord has a sense of humor because we welcomed another set of twins- Zach and Zane on April 2, 2004.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I don’t know, they haven’t heard too many of them. The ones they have heard they have appreciated.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She thinks they are fine. However, she wishes that I would quit bugging her about how they were. Since taking the hospice chaplaincy ministry I preach less so I hope she enjoys it more when I preach (here's hoping anyway)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Think of being a guest in a family home and visiting in the living room. Preach to people like you would talk to people in their living room. You might get excited in someone’s living room; you might get upset in someone’s living room; you might get frustrated in someone’s living room; you might get loud in someone’s living room; you might get happy in someone’s living room. However, you will never act like a red faced lunatic who yells for 30 minutes in someone’s living room because they wil
  • Books that have had an impact: Dr. Lynn Anderson: They Smell Like Sheep; Rick Warren: The Purpose-Driven Church; The Holy Bible
  • Hobbies: Basketball; reading (mainly history); playing board games; fishing; collecting coins; traveling; hiking
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: To Christians I would preach on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. They are my favorite verses and they give me direction for each day. To unbelievers I would preach on 1 Corinthians 15.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: During my college years for practical ministries I had to preach in local congregations. On the second sermon that I ever preached, a man sat down on the second row at quite a distance from everyone else. It was a Sunday evening service so the faithful few were there. At the first sentence that come out of my mouth this gentleman in the second row fell asleep and started to breath heavy. I quit preaching after 7 to 8 minutes because I thought I was so boring! After the service some people c
  • What I want on my tombstone: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances
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  • Hospital Visitation

    Contributed on Feb 24, 2019

    From David Powlison’s article, “A Most Welcome Visitor” The basic elements that played a part in visiting with her shed light on the basic elements in all biblically-wise counseling

    HoHum: Things one should never do when visiting someone in the hospital: Go when we’re sick Compare medical horror stories Speak aggressively to hospital staff Eat from the patient’s food tray Disrespect the patient’s roommate WBTU: From David Powlison’s article, “A Most Welcome Visitor” A more

  • Counseling 101

    Contributed on Feb 17, 2019

    All Christian counseling needs to focus on James 1:19-20

    HoHum: An engineer and a professional counselor meet for their 20th college reunion. The engineer says, “I’m surprised to see you looking so young. I’d have thought listening to people’s problems all day would have given you a mass of wrinkles?” The counselor says, “You think we more

  • How To Find And Keep Joy

    Contributed on Oct 27, 2018

    How can humility increase my happiness? (Title and outline adapted from Rick Warren at:

    HoHum: Psychology Today once asked 52,000 Americans, “What does it take to make you happy?” Their answers varied, but the interesting thing is that most of them talked about favorable circumstances instead of issues of the heart. The popular idea of happiness involves having the right more

  • No Reserve, No Retreat, And No Regret

    Contributed on Oct 27, 2018

    Let’s discuss these 3 metaphors from Philippians 2:14-18 (Title and outline adapted from Stephen Davey at:

    HoHum: In 1904 William Borden graduated from a Chicago high school. As heir to the Borden Dairy estate, he was already a millionaire. For his high school graduation present, his parents gave him a trip around the world. Now William’s mother had a profound influence on his life. In fact, she had more

  • Who's The Boss?

    Contributed on Jun 10, 2018
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    As Christians, we must submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Why? (Title and sermon material adapted from Joel Preston of Sermon Central on this same Scripture Romans 14:7-12)

    HoHum: “Who’s the Boss?” was a TV show that ran in the 80’s. A widower and former pro baseball player, Tony Micelli takes a job as a housekeeper from a high powered divorced executive, Angela Bower, and her son. Tony and his daughter, Samantha, move into the Bower home, where Tony’s laid back more

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  • You Think We Listen!

    Contributed on Feb 17, 2019

    An engineer and a professional counselor meet for their 20th college reunion. The engineer says, “I’m surprised to see you looking so young. I’d have thought listening to people’s problems all day would have more

  • Baksheesh

    Contributed on Oct 27, 2018

    Donald Barhhouse says, “One of the first words learned by the traveler in India is “baksheesh.” Multitudes of begars hold out their hands and say this one word. Preaching through an interpreter, I had occasion to speak of salvation as the gift of God. I emphasized the word. It is a gift. I more

  • Forgiven

    Contributed on Jun 3, 2018

    HoHum: Not far from New York City there is a cemetery where there is a grave which has inscribed upon the headstone just one word- “Forgiven” There is no name, no date of birth or death. The stone is undecorated. Just one word- “Forgiven”, more

  • Telemarketer

    Contributed on Mar 6, 2017

    Here’s a story from a telemarketer: “The other day I called a house and a real nice lady answered the phone, she was really helpful and friendly, she was the type of lady that helps a telemarketer get through a long day. After some pleasantries I asked if Mr. Smith was in, “I’m sorry”, she more

  • In The 1971 Film Willy Wonka And The Chocolat...

    Contributed on Aug 25, 2016

    In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, chocolateer Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder) launches a worldwide frenzy when he inserts five golden tickets into his famous Wonka Bars. Each ticket gives the owner a chance to tour the chocolate factory and win a lifetime’s supply of more