Education: 1968-1972 Charterhouse
1973-1976 University of London, Chelsea College
1999-2001 Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please pray before reading any of them to see if the Lord is speaking to you from what I have written. If so, give Him the glory - and do it!!
If you have any comments that could constructively add to what I have said, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a great encouragement when I hear from people.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Series on Abraham
Prayer (based on Richard Foster’s book on Prayer)
One of my favorite illustrations: A vicar was retiring after 25 years in the parish. As he came to clear out his bedroom he found a small bowl with 5 eggs and £1,000 pounds in.
Baffled he called his wife and said: Darling, what is this little basket under the bed with five eggs and £1,000 in.
"Oh " she said " I must confess that everytime you preach a bad sermon I put an egg in the basket"
Secretly the vicar was pleased: "Not bad five bad sermons in 25 years" he thought:
"And what about the £1,000?"
"Well every ti
Family: Wife Maddy
Children Jonny, Chris and Jeremy
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Seems to like them (or is it me she likes!)
Best advice given to me about preaching: 1. Ask the Lord what you feel he wants you to say in your sermon.
2. Write it down in a single sentence.
3. Once you have written the sermon ask yourself if each new idea or story in your sermon illuminates the point - or if it leads down a rabbit warren. If the latter - delete ruthlessly.
Perhaps the mistranslation of 1 Cor. 13:1 (KJV) might not be so wide of the mark as one might think:
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not CLARITY, I am become as sounding
Books that have had an impact: Christian Leaders of the 18th Century - JC Ryle
Happiest People on Earth - Demos Shakharian
The Heavenly Man - Brother Yun
Hobbies: A Bernese Mountain dog!
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: We are here for the Great Commission (Mt 28:16-20)
Something funny that happened while preaching: When preaching in St. Michael’s Catwick, a bird threatened to dive-bomb me!
What I want on my tombstone: That his ambition in life was to be a faithful minister of the Lord Jesus Christ