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Rodney Burton

Contributor since: Jan 26, 2009
Denomination: Assembly of God

About Rodney Burton

Education: Practical Ministry degree from Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, Florida. Taken further classes through Berean School of the Bible.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: I am not going to wow anyone with depth. I think my job is to communicate on a real level with people. I don’t have all the answers and I don’t always say things the right way. Nonetheless, I am confident that God is able to speak to people’s hearts through what He allows me to share.

Sermon or series that made a difference: During my time at Brownsville, I heard many sermons that had a powerful impact on my life. It is vital that we always maintain a teachable spirit. In terms of sermons I have preached that made a difference, I would say "Restoring His House" that I preached at the church we were at in Missouri. The audio of that is with the outline here on S.C. I also have heard testimonies of how God has used the message on "The Progressive Holy Spirit".

Family: Been married to the love of my life for going on 14 years. We have a son who will soon turn 5. Enjoying God’s blessings every day.

What my parents think of my sermons: Mom loves it any time she gets to hear me in person or when I send her some tapes or CD’s of sermons. Would really like it if she lived closer and could be at our church each week. Before my dad passed away, he was a big fan. I realized he saw me as a minister when he would start asking me Bible questions.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She always tells me straight. She thinks I hold back sometimes and that I have a tendency to be apologetic. She told me once she would enjoy my preaching even if I wasn’t her husband. I guess that is a good thing.

Best advice given to me about preaching: Not every sermon has to be a homerun. Getting on base is important and moving the runner around the next time you step to the plate.

Books that have had an impact: The Bible obviously impacts everyone. "God Chasers" by Tommy Tenney. "Who Moved My Cheese?" "The Thomas Factor" by Pratney. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Covey.

Hobbies: Love spending time with the family. Watch lots of sports. Outdoor activities and even chores are a hobby to me. Yep, I even love mowing the lawn. :)

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Don’t be someone who tries to create God in their image, in a way that is acceptable to them. Be sure that you are embracing and worshiping the God of Heaven. In doing so, there is nothing that the world can do to take you away from Him.

Something funny that happened while preaching: Speaking on condemnation and swinging a small hammer, only to watch the head of the hammer go flying toward the audience. My heart stopped and my face must have turned white as a ghost. There are also many times where you say things you wish you didn’t. :)