Comment to those looking at my sermons:
I hope I can be used indirectly by helping supply other pastors with something that will help impact someone’s life in a real and meaningful way. I pray that somewhere in the world someone will be touched by what God has placed on my heart.
One of my favorite illustrations:
Mark Hall, of the contemporary Christian music group "Casting Crowns" said, "Sometimes you can get so consumed over what may happen in a year that you’ll trip over what God has for you right now. Ministry is for today and calling is for today, right now. God has a place and a purpose for you right now. I’ve never had God tell me what he wants me to do a year from now. Because where you are is where you’re planted, and you’ve got to bloom where you’re planted."
What my parents think of my sermons:
My parents once told me they like my sermons because they are researched and make one think, instead of being composed at the last minute during the offeratory hymn.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons:
My wife often reads my sermon manuscripts and listens to me preach. She says that she enjoys the sermons. Sometimes if I do not let her read a sermon, she can’t stand the anticipation and she keeps after me until I let her read it. She is very supportive and encouraging both before and after I preach the actual sermon in church.
Best advice given to me about preaching:
Preach the truth no matter what it may cost you personally. We are not in the ministry to please people, but to please and glorify Jesus Christ!
Books that have had an impact:
"Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge taught me the importance of living boldy and with courage for the Lord. "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer helped me see how I needed to change my attitude and have a more positive outlook on life. "The Dream Giver" and "Beyond Jabez" by Bruce Wilkinson have encouraged me to attempt to claim new territory for the Lord, and to walk by faith and not by sight.
Cave Exploration, Hiking, Biking, Canoeing, Swimming, Playing Guitar, Singing, and Writing.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...:
Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus.
Something funny that happened while preaching:
At my first pastorate, during the middle of a funeral service I was assisting in, the floor to the church building gave a loud pop like lightning striking, and then it fell about six to eight inches! The floor later had to be completely replaced. At another church I pastored the ceiling fell in, just the opposite of the floor! The ceiling had to be gutted and replaced. At yet another church, a sinkhole fell in under the back corner of the building exposing a cave!
What I want on my tombstone: On my Tombstone Pizza I want extra cheese!