The Burchett Family!

The Burchett Family!

Dave Burchett started his career as a disc jockey in Ohio, and later moved into sports broadcasting. An Emmy Award-winning television sports director, he has directed events ranging from baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan’s sixth no-hit game to the Summer Olympics. The author of Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, Bring ’Em Back Alive and a blogger on Crosswalk.com, Burchett writes honestly and authentically out of his personal experience. He and his wife, Joni, live in Texas and have three adult sons, four grandchildren and a rescued Labrador.


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  1. We are looking for a closing keynote speaker for our industry prayer breakfast. Would you be willing/interested in this type of engagement?

    • Dave Burchett

      I sent an email response.

  2. Bob Pickett

    May I mail you a letter?

  3. I am a first-time author of the book, Hogan’s Hope: A Deaf Hero’s Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance. The first version of my manuscript included Scripture that is meaningful to me and speaks to the circumstances of Hogan’s valiant journey. On my editors’ advice, the verses were removed in order that Hogan’s message of hope could possibly be shared in the classroom. However, my belief that the Lord planned and provided the words for my book, I am in the process of revising and including His Word once again. Mr. Burchett, I have been reading Stay each morning as part of my morning quiet time. Thank you. I have received great encouragement to continue on in my goal by listening to your words and your gentle heart. I pray that one day you might have a moment to take a look at my boy, Hogan, and his amazing tale filled with the hope, love, and acceptance of our Lord.

  4. mark

    Just heard Chris Rice’s Cartoons for the second time. The airplay version had no Kermit voice

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  6. I can’t begin to describe how amazing God is, and how He works in mysterious ways. My husband and I just lost our Doberman baby Luther after 11 years on 7/9/15. The next day we could not help but discuss how unfair it was that we had to make that decision. He was beginning to suffer, he had a rapid growing tumor in his face, the bone and nasal cavity tissues were being consumed. We were discussing how we betrayed our Luther, he trusted us to care for him and look what we just did. We talked about how God cares about him and us, so He has to let us see Luther again, right? So Friday morning we prayed for some comfort. Later that day, we found ourselves aimlessly at the local book store. Anywhere but our empty home was good enough. My husband picked up Stay having no idea what it was, but the face on the cover called to him. My husband began to read the book to me on the porch of the book store. God is AMAZING! We instantly felt His presence and realized how blessed we were to have a piece of His creation that lived in our home with us. The book spoke to us, we have had many of the same experiences, same feelings and even the fact that they were both 11 years old. I can’t thank you enough for this book. Of course I could not get through the chapter of her passing while at the book store, but could not wait to read it. We bought the book and drove straight home to keep reading. Thank you for allowing God to work through you… anyone with a dog or who has lost a dog should read this book.

    • Dave Burchett

      Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. Sorry about losing your friend Luther. Blessings and grace to you…

  7. As I am about halfway through my overnight shift in the ER, it’s a slow night, and I took the opportunity to finish “Stay” and I’m very happy to say that it’s a crisp page-turner and worthy of rereading just to glean all of the salient points you make in the book. It had never occurred to me that our companions, the four-legged kind, were such beautiful practitioners of grace and unwavering love and devotion, but of course, they are! And a beautiful metaphor can be made from just that — given that our canine companions live always in the moment, and we almost never do, perhaps we are hanging on to guilt and shame for deficiencies of grace (always offered, rarely consumed) and/or a willingness to apologize to those we have harmed or neglected. I am coming to understand that the most unwashed, uneducated, seemingly uninformed and non-religious souls may be amongst the population who hear God’s invitations more clearly than those of us seemingly “too busy to shut up.” Given that dogs cannot talk (but nonetheless can think, emote, feel elation and shame), neither can they believably “pull one over on us” except when food on the counter is left unguarded. This correlation is brilliant, as guile is not in those sweet four-legged companions. It has caused me 1) to pay more attention to what my dog is modeling for me in terms of behavior, loyalty, and companionship and 2) I should spend more time in the present. It’s harder than I thought it would be, as the voices of past personal failures sing together in imperfect harmony — however dissonant they become — and thus try to shake me off the tenuous hold I have on grace. “Stay” is a book I’ll likely read again and again, just to make certain that the seeds of wisdom planted here in “Stay” find fertile soil in my garden and grow to be strong, healthy, and reliable. Thanks, Dave. This is your finest work to date!

  8. Lee Chadwick

    I am almost finished with When bad Christians Happen to Good People and I have only one complaint…I find to much of MYSELF in this book! You know the old saying if you can’t say amen…say Oh Me. OH Me Oh Me!! I live in Garland Texas and would love to meet you sometime if possible.
    Lee Chadwick minister gone AWOL

  9. Josie Longo

    I have noticed that you don’t keep up with your blog anymore. I wish you would provide some answers for people who are struggling. I realize that the bottom line is to forgive other people, my struggle is staying in the same church with these people since I was hurt by those who are in leadership. I get all of it on an intellectual level, but I struggle with their continued apathy toward me and how they are so unwilling to acknowledge how they hurt others like myself. I’m one of those wounded who would rather never step foot in church again, and worse bring others to Christ and have those people be subjected to those same people who continue to hurt people in the church. I don’t expect you will answer this, since it seems you haven’t been here in months, but I guess I’m just venting in frustration. In wanting to follow Christ but not sure how or where to go.

  10. Joshua Mcelhaney

    Can you recommend books and/or chapters on battling cynicism?

    Thanks in advance,


  11. Jose Rodriguez

    Hello Mr. Burchett, my name is Jose Rodriguez and I just finished reading your book you wrote “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People” I am a christian as well, I am a Desert Storm Vet. with two daughters and a son. I too live in Garland, and have gone through a roller coaster ride since four years ago when I moved to North Texas. I have experienced alot, I mean through churches and this book has impacted my christian and spiritual life. No matter when you wrotte this book, it still impacts lives till today or at least mine. I just thought I would let you know about this and keep doing what you are doing because it does impact what God wants you to do. I can say that I thought the same exact things whent you would have your own thoughts or views, while I was reading your book. Several christian persons have crossed my paths and hurt me too but now I know I was not the only one and now I know how to deal with this issue. I really enjoyed this book along with the humor,life experiences and stories. Thank you for your time and may the King of Kings keep on blessing you abundantly.

    God Bless You,


  12. Bill

    I am reading the book you authored, “Bring em Back Alive”. There are some excellent points in the book. I just finished reading the “about” profile on your site, and did not find some of the information I was looking for. My questions are; what is your Christian testimony?, what church do you attend?, what do you see as God’s purpose for you as a Christian? I pray that the Lord will continue to bless you.

  13. Brian

    I came upon your book WBCHappen to Good People and bought it immediately; imagine my shock to read you are from Chillicothe also (I live near Va. Beach, VA., now)! Keep up the good work!

  14. Mark Wolfson

    Dave, we’ve known each other, despite having had infrequent personal contact, for quite some time. I know you to be a good person, someone our colleagues in the sports TV business all look up to.

    But allow me to offer a dissenting opinion to your devotion to “God.” I believe religion is not necessary to live a righteous life. The devotion to a supreme being is a concept that is indoctrinated into our children as a means of controlling their behavior.

    If I told you with the committed certainty of a true Christian that pigs could fly, you or any right thinking adult would demand proof of such an outlandish claim. So why don’t we make the same demands of the existence of the God of Abraham – a “perfect” bearded old man in the sky who created everything, hears every thought, and answers the prayers of every being in the universe!

    The fact is, that no one on this planet has ever seen or heard from the Judeo/Christian/Muslim deity. This supreme being is supposed to be loving and benevolent and yet there are countless passages in the Old Testament that actually show him to be nothing short of a monster. In Numbers he commands Moses to kill a man for gathering sticks on the Sabbath. Or he commands children who curse their parents to be killed.

    But it’s not the actual belief in God that so revolts me. It’s the dogma and trappings of organized religion that I believe are a blight on mankind. If “God” actually had his act together would he have given his “word” differently to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and even Mormons while leaving out the Chinese, Japanese, and countless other societies?

    I have a friend who sent his son to a Christian University in South Carolina. There he was taught that evolution is a lie, that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, and that man lived among the dinosaurs. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. Do Christians read the accounts of how flu viruses seem to mutate every year requiring new vaccines? That’s evolution! Carbon dating may not be totally accurate to 65,000,000 years which is when scientists think the dinosaurs became extinct, but it is scientifically irrefutable to 60,000 years. Man did most definitely NOT live in the time of dinosaurs. What makes the theories of the brilliant Stephen Hawking on the creation of the universe have any less verisimilitude than a 2,000 year old book written by the most primitive of people, all of whom thought the Earth was flat and the center of the universe.

    Two years ago, despite my atheism, I made a trip to the Vatican to see what is known to be the largest art collection in the world. Why the Catholic church needs such treasure is beyond me. But here is what I saw on my way to St. Peters. Dozens and dozens of old, poor, sick and hungry Catholics begging just outside the Vatican walls. But past the Swiss Guard shack is one of the most opulent churches on the planet. It made my wife so mad, she could barely contain herself.

    Atheists are the most vilified people in our society. Christians like to tell me I’m damned and have no chance of “going to heaven.” But just what is heaven? Is it a place where we sit around and just talk to God about…stuff? Does every golf shot I take on Heavenly Links go in the hole? Will I never again argue with another being? Is there television with Fox Sports in heaven? Will I know the score of games before they’re played? If heaven exists, clearly no one knows what eternity there will be like.

    And I firmly believe with all my heart that the Christian concept of hell does not exist. No one will burn for eternity as the devil laughs. The closest thing to hell is the terrible state of this country – its greed, crime, drugs, discrimination, and religious zealotry. Like every great society in human history: the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and others, ours too is headed for failure. And belief in the God of Abraham won’t change that.

    I agree with the great writer and ethicist Christopher Hitchens who says, “Religion…spoils…everything.” How can any woman of conscience see the mistreatment of women in the Muslim world and not be incensed? My wife and I saw a Muslim woman in a full burqua on a hot summer day at Tokyo Disneyland where the heat and humidity was stifling for those of us in casual clothes. But the Muslim husband seemed unconcerned with what must have been extremely uncomfortable for his wife. Or go to YouTube where you can see literally dozens of videos with religious leaders explaining to Muslim men how to “correctly beat your wife.”

    Now I suspect that readers of this website will be pretty unhappy with my post. No surprise since religion has been drilled into the brains of American children since the country’s founding. Religion is like a badge of honor. But for many I believe, it is just a matter of Pascal’s Wager. “What if you’re wrong?” people ask me. “If I’m wrong, no harm, no foul” says the believer. But is he really a “believer” or is he just covering his bet?

    As I wrote earlier, I have no problem with people who feel the need to accept the existence of a deity to answer questions that are still unanswerable by science. But I don’t want fundamentalist Christians or Muslims trying to dictate how I should live my life. I don’t accept their jaded dogma and prefer to live by secular law.

    My daughter was not raised with religious training, though she learned about the world’s religions on school. And she is the most moral person I know. Considerate to a fault.

    It’s a shame that far too many people don’t question the intellectual bankruptcy of faith, and learn to treat other people well without the threat of “God’s Wrath” compelling them to do so.

    • Sue


      I was an atheist myself from the 60s through 2002 or so. I never encountered any prejudice whatsoever, let alone revulsion, about my not believing in God (I didn’t make a habit of interrupting strangers’ conversations on other topics to announce it to them, mind, but nor did I make a secret it of it). Nor did any of my atheist/agnostic friends. I’m quite sure of that. It would have been (and never was) noted, as religious tolerance was and is so basic and widely accepted a common value in our shared society (the U.S.) that hate speech directed at certain people nominally because of their religious affiliation is almost always an ancient bundle of cultural/ethnic slurs & prejudices — in a word, xenophobia, that witches’ brew of ignorance, malevolence, contempt, and the division of everyone else into “us” and “others, who are inferior if not subhuman” that righteous atheists and theists and agnostics alike are righteous because/if/when they suppress the tendency in themselves, behaviorally and conceptually condition it out of their children, and refrain from acting on it, encouraging it, and in other ways destroying the fragile, precious hope that though we are all different, yet we may coexist in a peaceful society and when we speak, the act by which humans make and keep social bonds and promises, do so as presumptive equals worthy of courtesy and respect. Until some act or word demonstrates we have not learned the most fundamental things that a citizen of a pluralistic democracy must know to speak in public.

  15. Randy S

    How much has the content changed in the new revised version of When Bad Christians Happen to Good People compared to the 2002 model?

    • Dave Burchett

      To Randy,
      Quite a bit. One chapter completely gone and about 40% new material. Plus a study guide. I am much happier with this version…for the record.
      Blessings and grace,

  16. violet

    I have just read an article to Fathers that you wrote for “Live It”, and was I touched by this article. I am happy that even though you were hesitant in receiving that particular room for improvement with your son, “You Did”, and look at the result. God bless you.

  17. I have read your books. It is very interesting and have an original point of view. I can not accept everything, but it is good subject to thinking about.

  18. Gretchan

    I just finished reading your book “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People”; never hearing of the book until I was in our library looking for something else in the “religious” section, and just saw the name of yours, and it jumped out at me. Thank you for being refreshingly honest, and while I was hesitant to read to my husband some of the comments about people in the “limelight” because I didn’t want to focus on the negative points of them, I did laugh a lot, and read the whole chapter to him about “All God’s Children Got Souls, Even the Annoying Ones”, that was very timely to me, and hit me to the quick. Thanks for admitting in the book that you are ADD (or perhaps you just hinted at it!) it was easy, but FUN to spot in your little comments after a lot of your other remarks. I look forward to reading through your blog, and also reading your other book, and perhaps hearing you if you ever come near Roanoke, VA . Also, your comments about Bob Briner’s book were great, as that is one book in my collection that I also very much enjoyed, and felt was right on target also. Thanks again for being honest and helpful for me to identify where I need to work on things.

  19. Becky

    Hi Dave
    John Lynch was my link to you. Your words make me cry and renew my trust in my loving God. John & peoplelike you are helping me forgive and come away from my upbringing and-perfomance pleasing church. My church friends cannot see grace. Thanks for your forgiveness blog, I need that. I think my perfomance christian life has given me permission to judge others so harshly. I tried to read about yourdaughter on Lemonade website and could not find it. Did you give John Lynch his Baylor hat he wore on bo’s cafe? Our son went to Baylor, go Bears!We are in Phoenix this week at our kids in Surprise. Love Tx Rangers. We are from TX near Amarillo. Thanks for being real!
    Becky O

  20. Joyce

    After reaching the weary end of my pain and bitterness, and “humbly” demanding God to heal me TODAY—-I come home to find “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” in my mailbox. (I had also gotten, Life After Church, if that gives you a hint as to where I am–and I sit on the Board, if that broadens it, as the Prayer Warrior & Coordinator, if that gives it an extra twist of incongruity)
    I see this book was published in 2004—man, you could have saved the church 7 years of angry whining (I’m NOT a quiet patient) if I could have gotten this book then.
    However, God has used you to answer a desperate demand for healing NOW. Thank you for being willing to drag a problem out into the open, and insisting that we look and acknowledge the wound—Often, we, the wounded, just need someone to LOOK and admit we’ve got a “boo boo”–kiss it and it will make it better!

  21. Dear Sir,
    I am from Pakistan – a Bishop (Overseer) of a Gospel ministry here. I got your book “when bad Christians happen to good people” from somewhere and read it. I would like to tell you that it had a wonderful effect on my life and I am sure in the long run it will have a great and positive effect on our ministry too. Kindly have us listed on your prayer list and please pray for us too. Thank you again for writing such great book.

  22. Adam


    Would you please consider adding an RFS Feed or and atom Feed feature to your blog so I can get automatic updates on what you post?



    • Adam

      Mistyped. I meant, RSS Feed or atom Feed.

  23. Lisa

    1/5/11 You are too much fun! Hope you enjoyed the Sugar Bowl. Go OHIO.

  24. Pastor Stephanie Moore

    Mr. Burchett – I must say I am truly enjoying reading “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People”. I read it on my 1 hour commute to downtown Los Angeles every day. I laugh so, that the other passengers look over to see what is tickling me. So, I am sure your book is going to make its way into someone elses hands. Thank you so much for your honesty and humor. My grandmother used to say “Tell the Truth and Shame the devil!” Which is exactly what you have done. Continue to do the work of the Father! I tell people all of the time – it really isn’t that difficult to be a Christian and have fun living a Christian life. I pray peace and blessings over you, your family and your ministry. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area, I’d love to come and hear you speak. Pastor Stephanie

  25. mack

    From one of your 10s of readers Good Luck to your Rangers !!!

  26. Titus Miller

    Many thanks for your writing Spiritual Fruit inventory. I read it on SF Daily Devotional: Inventorying My Fruit of the Spirit Menu.

    I was a broadcast engineer for 20+ years including stints with Ch,23 in Garland and USA Radio network with Marlin Maddox in Dallas.
    I am now working in the cell industry with some extremely rough tough guys and am challenged everyday with this issue of fruit inventory.
    What a timely blessing to find this.

    Thanks again,

    Ty Miller

  27. Dave Burchett

    Thanks Sue. Not at this point. You can subscribe to the blog. I plan on expanding in the fall with more frequent posts so stay tuned!
    Blessings and grace,

  28. scott dailey

    Love the new look. are those your sheep in the photo?