Education: I studied at Lebanon Missionary Bible College for three years gaining the Cambridge Certificate in Biblical Studies and college Diploma. After several years of missionary service in Nigerla I studied for a further year in the Baptist College in Glasgow and gained the Diploma of Practical Theology. I have continued to read and study in 23 years of ministry and gained further qualifications in christian counselling.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Nothing here is copyright - it’s all public domain as far as I am concerned. Many of my thoughts are not original. Like everyone else I have filtered these after having read other people’s books and other people’s helpful sermons. Some of what you read is original. If you find it helpful use it. You don’t need to quote me.
Sermon or series that made a difference: I enjoy and appreciate the writings of Bill Hybels, Rick Warren and the late Ray Stedman.
One of my favorite illustrations: At the recent olympic games two teams were disqualified in relay races because they fumbled the handing over of the baton and they dropped it. My prayer is that I will not pastor a church that fumbles the handover of the Gospel of God’s grace and fails to prepare a new generations of disciples of Christ to carry the message forward. I do not want to retire from ministry and leave a church that is incapable of producing spiritual children.
Family: I am married to my wife Liz. We have two sons, one of whom is married. Liz and I are proud grandparents to our grandon Aaron.
What my parents think of my sermons: My mother is no longer with us and my father lives far away and does not hear me preach.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Liz keeps me on track. She tells me when I preach well and when she thinks I should move on to a new topic.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Approach:Read yourself full; pray yourself hot; let yourself go!
Outline: So what? What’s what? Yeah but! Now what!
Books that have had an impact: Of books read recently: Emerging Churches (Eddie Gibbs Brian K Bolger), The Forgotten Ways (Alan Hirsch), Organic Church (Neil Cole). Also Philip Yancey ’What’s so Amazing about Gracr’. Presently reading Dee Hock ’Birth of the Chaordic Age’.
Hobbies: Fishing, football, reading, hill walking, antiques and collectables and ebay!
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: The most important thing in life is that we become more like Jesus every day.
Something funny that happened while preaching: When I arrived at the words in the Bible reading, ’Behold I stand at the door and knock’ someone rang the church doorbell.
What I want on my tombstone: ’to the praise of his glorious grace’ Ephesians 1:6