Author Archive: Nic Davidson

Nic Davidson and his wife joined the Church in ’08 after growing up in the Assemblies of God. He was a youth minister in Duluth, MN and is currently working as a missionary on the Caribbean island of Dominica while his wife attends Med School there. He is also writing a 3-year youth ministry curriculum for the Diocese of Duluth, MN. While on-island, he and his wife adopted three wonderful siblings, hence the bio pic. He blogs at Death Before Death and keeps you updated on his family at The Dynamic Davidson Duo.

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Approaching Dignity, Skipping the Spin

Approaching Dignity, Skipping the Spin

[ 0 ] April 18, AD 2014 |

Last weekend, I was one of the speakers at a pro-life rally in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. I’d never spoken at such an event, but, because I do believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every human life, which includes the unborn, I said yes. And after all, if there is any topic that can inform and bolster […]

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Nic Davidson’s Black Friday Shopper’s Companion

Nic Davidson’s Black Friday Shopper’s Companion

[ 3 ] November 28, AD 2013 |

Preface: This “Black Friday Shoppers Companion” was created to aid you in the many escapades, detours, pitfalls, and ecstasies that you’ll experience as you venture out on the day after Thanksgiving. It is meant to be read repeatedly on your phone as you shop, or printed off and crumpled in with the coupons, to be […]

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Trust: The Ultimate Bait-n-Switch Game

Trust: The Ultimate Bait-n-Switch Game

[ 2 ] November 1, AD 2013 |

One Trick Pony, One Message Fool At the risk of sounding like a broken record in everything I write, both at Ignitum and elsewhere, let me just say that you can trust God. Always, fully, wholeheartedly, without need for reservation. You can trust God. In every aspect of your life, you can trust God. In the […]

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Mr. Smith, Mr. Jones, Bin Laden, and Grandma Sophie

Mr. Smith, Mr. Jones, Bin Laden, and Grandma Sophie

[ 1 ] October 10, AD 2013 |

One of the 14 part-time jobs I had while I was in college was as a messenger for a high-powered law firm in Minneapolis, MN. It was a fun mix of fast-paced stress and excitement, running from nice office to nicer office throughout the city, jetting around in the company car, and learning to operate […]

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A Church on the Way- Pretzels and Pilgrims

A Church on the Way- Pretzels and Pilgrims

[ 2 ] September 6, AD 2013 |

I am enthralled and enamored by air travel. There’s something about squishing down in a tiny seat next to a total stranger in the middle of a stale-aired, steel tube for three hours that makes me genuinely happy. I love the subtle chess game of the armrest. I love minuscule portions of food. I love […]

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I Love You: An Idiot’s Apology to Any Skeptic

I Love You: An Idiot’s Apology to Any Skeptic

[ 6 ] July 12, AD 2013 |

I love you. Regardless of your viewpoints, actions, successes, failures, rants, and sexuality. I love you in spite of anything and everything you could do to me. I’d love you just as much if you put me in prison as if you somehow elected me president. I’ll love you if you reciprocate and I’ll love […]

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Let Us Put Our Shoes at the Back

Let Us Put Our Shoes at the Back

[ 12 ] May 18, AD 2013 |

I’m tired. I can’t think of one area of my life that isn’t taxed nearly to the breaking point. Energy is gone, finances are three days from following suit, and my pool of creativity is being used by some kids on skateboards. As I write, one of my boys is sick on the couch, zoned […]

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The Heroes and the Hated, No Us and Them

The Heroes and the Hated, No Us and Them

[ 0 ] April 19, AD 2013 |

Sitting here at 2:00 am, watching live footage of the scene in Boston, my mind is a rapid-fire collage of tragedy and bravery. Scenes of the marathon are fresh-pressed, certainly, but thrown in the mix are frames of everything from 9/11 to Hiroshima, from Mcveigh and Kaczynski to Cain and Abel, from Eden to Sandy […]

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An Open Letter to Penn Jillette From an Appreciative Young Catholic

An Open Letter to Penn Jillette From an Appreciative Young Catholic

[ 0 ] March 11, AD 2013 |

Dear Mr. Jillette, Before ever reading The Royal Road to Card Magic or learning how to do a pass, I was introduced to magic by yourself and Mr. Teller on THIS television special. Not only was I hooked on magic from then on, I also remember being impressed by your duo’s willingness to “reveal” one way in which an […]

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It Still Isn’t Not Christmas, Isn’t It?

It Still Isn’t Not Christmas, Isn’t It?

[ 1 ] December 27, AD 2012 |

Welcome to  “One Catholic’s Guide to Pentecostal Traditions, Terms, and Nuances”!   I remember the first time I heard that the “12 days of Christmas” were actual days (12 of them), and not merely an enigmatic song perfected by John Denver and the Muppets in 1979.  I was working as a pastoral intern and a wonderful church […]

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“Adopt A Better Attitude” or “Embassy Sweets”

“Adopt A Better Attitude” or “Embassy Sweets”

[ 2 ] November 29, AD 2012 |

I love being let down.  I’ve started relishing the realization that I have to relinquish what I thought a given outcome would look and feel like and embrace what it really is.  After years of “casting visions” and soft-lighting all things future, and the subsequent deflation when nothing measured up to my expectations, I began to […]

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All That I Didn’t Leave Behind

All That I Didn’t Leave Behind

[ 4 ] November 1, AD 2012 |

  On Good Friday, 2008, fewer than 24 hours before my wife and I joined the Catholic Church, I spoke to my father-in-law on the phone.  Because my wife is a 4th-generation Pentecostal preacher’s kid, I knew that the conversation would be one which inflicted pain.  The call went as well as could be expected. […]

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Theology on the Teacups

Theology on the Teacups

[ 4 ] October 5, AD 2012 |

“Forget about man-made religion, man!  Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?” It is likely that we’ve all been on at least one side of that question, possibly both.  Before leaving Assemblies of God, I was one of the loudest and proudest when it came to purposefully shearing off anything that I decided […]

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Apples and Algebra: First Comes the Love…

Apples and Algebra: First Comes the Love…

[ 8 ] September 7, AD 2012 |

A while back, we began a 4-part exploration of the four marks of God’s love (Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful) as explained in Humanae Vitae, and, for me anyway, it has been a good experience.  We’ve explored the true fulfillment of hippy love.  We’ve brushed up on our Latin and, consequently, our swag.  We’ve even taken […]

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Pope Paul VI’s Playlist

Pope Paul VI’s Playlist

[ 8 ] August 10, AD 2012 |

In an attempt to stay plugged in to American culture while I live overseas for 16 months, I have regularly acquainted myself with the Billboard Top 40. Not surprisingly, in reflecting on the love proposed by Humanae Vitae, the concept of faithfulness is glaringly absent from mainstream media and culture.  Not that freedom, totality, and […]

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Does Latin Make You Sound Brilliant?  Totusly!

Does Latin Make You Sound Brilliant? Totusly!

[ 4 ] July 13, AD 2012 |

Totus Tuus: a brief, yet brilliant play (Christmas morning, eager child poised in front of tree with one large present, puffy-eyed parents on couch clinging to coffee mugs, How Deep Is Your Love plays softly in the background) Child:  Can I open it? Mum:  Certainly, dear, it’s yours! (child rapidly tears through wrapping paper, exposing […]

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