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John Bartol

Contributor since: Jul 27, 2012
Denomination: Baptist

About John Bartol

Education: In 1952 I received the BA degree from Acadia University,Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In 1955 I was awarded the bachelor of Divinity degree from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia PA. In 1990 I received the Dr. of Divinity degree from Acadia University. Over the years I've made an effort to improve through continuing education.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: I have found that I need to apply my sermons to myself, before I can pass them on to others.

Sermon or series that made a difference: Dare to Live Now!

One of my favorite illustrations: In the early 20th century 2 shoe salesmen were sent to central Africa. The first wired back, no one here wears shoes, please send money for ticket home. But the second salesmen saw things very differently. He wired back, no one here wears shoes, sales opportunities are unlimited. Please send five carloads immediately.

Family: This month Carol and I are celebrating our 59th wedding anniversary. We have four children and nine grandchildren. David, our oldest son is a lawyer in Halifax Nova Scotia. Stephen is an orthopedic surgeon in Detroit Michigan. Kathy is a schoolteacher in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia and Carolyn our youngest is a nurse at Victoria General Hospital Halifax.

What my parents think of my sermons: My father seems proud and my mother believes every word I speak.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is my best critic because he always tells the truth, as she sees it.

Best advice given to me about preaching: A lecture should appeal to the mind. Whereas a sermon should appeal to the mind, the heart and the will.

Books that have had an impact: A Quest for Souls by George Truett The Reconciling Gospel by C. G. Rutenber The Minister Looks at Himself by Wayne Clark.

Hobbies: Gardening and photography

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: In spite of our hell deserving guilt, even though the justice and the holiness of God could not permit sin to go unpunished, yet his love yearned for us from the foundation of the world, and permitted that judgment to fall upon his own son. That there may be a gospel to preach that says, whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life

Something funny that happened while preaching: On the first Sunday in my first church a pigeon got into the sanctuary and flew around during my sermon. Oerhaps I should have been preaching on the Holy Spirit descending like a dove.

What I want on my tombstone: Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe.