Education: I have a . . .
BA degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jax. FL, MM degree from Trinity Theo. Seminary in Newburg IN, MA degree from Framingham State College in Framingham MA, and a Ph.D. in Counseling from Trinity Theo. Seminary in Newburg, IN
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I hope these sermons give you some ideas and a fresh perspective on the particular passages.
One of my favorite illustrations: http://checkyourcompass.blogspot.com
Family: I have been married to my beautiful bride Heather since 1995. We have an amazing little one named Mikayla (born in 2002). We have another one on the way (her name is Megan).
What my parents think of my sermons: You mean HE is a pastor? There must be a God.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Too long.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them. Keep Christ at the center of your preaching.
Books that have had an impact: Soul Tsunami by Leonard Sweet, New Kind of Christian by Brian McClaren, Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chappell
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: There is HOPE! Find your way to it. Or rather, let it find its way to you.
Something funny that happened while preaching: When I was a teenager, I entered a preaching competition and won. I had the opportunity to stand before hundreds of people and deliver a portion of the winning sermon. I got up there and I can’t even describe what happened. People laughed at my jokes like I had never heard them laugh before. Everything went well until I sat down after the sermon and realized that I had left my zipper undone before going up there to preach.
I was telling that story to a group of preachers at college during devotional time before lights out. I compared it to another incident when my preaching didn’t seem to have any effect. During a pause in my speech, a young man from North Carolina spoke up, "Maybe you shoulda let down yer zipper."
What I want on my tombstone: He helped people find The Way.