Education: In addition to four years of college (Whitman College) I completed a Masters of Religion at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA.
Sermon or series that made a difference: I did a sermon series on J. Ellsworth Kalas' book If Experience is Such a Good Teacher, Why Do I keep Repeating the Course? The "Life Experience" series has 8 or 9 parts, and has been helpful for a variety of church groups.
Family: I am married to wife Barbara, and have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Gerald Kennedy (noted Methodist preacher of the mid-20th century) said you should preach "with the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other." Kennedy also used to "test out" his sermons on a 5th grader and if he/she did not understand the sermon, Kennedy would go back and re-work the part that was unclear before delivering the sermon.
Books that have had an impact: The writing of Charles Swindoll (too many books to cite) and C. S. Lewis, William Willimon (UMC teacher and bishop) Robert Schnase (Five Practices of Fruitful Living) Albert C. Outler (the Wesley scholar) Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Tillich have shaped both my theology and spirituality down through the years.