Education: BA in Secondary Education, June 1977 from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga TN.
Family: My wife, Susan, and I were married on AUG 10, 1974. Susan has been an incredible helpmeet, co-worker in the 5 churches we have ministered in, and serves at the admin assistant of Grace Baptist Church.
We have 3 great sons: Chris is a worship leader in Chicago, Il., and with his wife, Sarah, have two children. Jon is an back in school to become a PA. Allen is married to Brooke and is in the Air Force.
What my parents think of my sermons: They thought I was one of the greatest preachers of the 20th Century. They were deluded, but I loved them for it.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She says I get better with every passing year.
Best advice given to me about preaching: I visited an old preacher and hero of mine we called Preacher Michel in Durham, NC while he was on his deathbed. A young preacher, I asked him, "Preacher Michel, if you could give this young preacher one word of advice before you go on to glory, what would it be?" Without skipping a beat, he said, "Check your fly before you get up to preach!"
All kidding aside, the best word of advice I ever heard was from Bill Gothard: Teach people HOW to do things for God, not just TO DO them.
Books that have had an impact: Recently:
The Faith of God's Elect, by John F. Parkinson. Gave me a biblical understanding of election, not one funneled through the sieves of either philosophical systems of Calvinism or Arminianism.
Lordship Salvation, by Charles Bing, Absolutely Free, by Zane C. Hodges & The Reign of the Servant Kings by Joseph C. Dillow. Cleared up the old Lordship Salvation vs. Free Grace argument for me.
Heaven, by Rnady Alcorn. Made me wish I could go there now.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. There is NOTHING more you must do to inherit eternal life, have a relationship with God and live eternally in heaven. Just take God at his Word and "BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST."
Something funny that happened while preaching: In reviewing the previous week's Sun. PM study onDavid & Bathsheba, w/o forethought, I asked the mixed audience, "When David tried to get Bathsheba's husband to 'go in to her', what do you think he wanted them to do?" It got very quiet & I realized that didn't come out exactly as I meant it. One of our precious black ladies (we were about 40% black) spoke up & said, "Pastor, they was fellowshippin'." The crowd erupted. We never could announce a "fellowship" after that w/o snickers after that.
What I want on my tombstone: He gave his all for Jesus, his family and to others.