Education: University of life! I left school at 15 with little in the way of qualifications but have learnt much through doors opening and closing in my life. (I wonder who arranged that!!!)
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I say what I think needs to be said. It may not apply to you, so do not get upset. If it does apply to you, I hope you find it makes you think a little bit.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Too many to count but what really made me think was acting in a play about Peter on the Beach being forgiven by Christ after denying him.
One of my favorite illustrations: Papa Panov. The man who waited to be visited by Jesus and found Jesus in everyone who visited him.
Family: I am married with three children. One boy, 19 (in 2002) two girls, 16 and 14. Chris, my son, is at University studying Computer Science. Kim and Katy, the girls are studying at secondary school. Jan. my wife of 26 years, is a warden in sheltered housing for the elderly.
What my parents think of my sermons: My father never saw me preach. I hope he likes what he sees. My mother professes not to be a Christian but she always argues about what I say.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She says that they are "usually" very good, but she does have a kind heart!
Best advice given to me about preaching: Let God do the talking!
Books that have had an impact: Lord of the Rings. Not actually a spiritual book but has the fight between good and evil, the subtle draw of evil hidden in good works, failure, salvation, redemption and so much more.
Hobbies: Computers, Science Fiction (written and TV) Reading almost anything else, the family.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Preaching is not about shouting from the pulpit but living your life, every day, as a Christian, as best as you can, so the rest of the world can SEE what you preach is part of who and wht you are.
Something funny that happened while preaching: The organist getting three out of five tunes wrong and the congregation singing the wrong words to the other two!!
What I want on my tombstone: Whatever those paying for it thinks is right