• Alan Mccann

    Contributing sermons since Jun 23, 2004
Alan's church

Holy Trinity Woodburn
Carrickfergus, *Province/Other BT38 9RQ
028 93362126

About Alan
  • Education: B.A. (Hons) Business Studies, University of Ulster, Jordanstown B.Th., Trinity College, Dublin M.Phil., Queens Univeristy Belfast (Thesis: The Charismatic Movement in the Church of Ireland: a Theological and Historical Introduction). D.Min (Union Theological College) - (Thesis: Anglican Ecclessiology and Emerging Church Ecclesiology) Attended curriculum approved courses UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland in: Critical Incident Stress Management - Group Crisis Intervention Critical Incident Stress Management - Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support Presently studying Psychological Trauma Management at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown Fellow of the Anglican Leadership Institute
  • Experience: Ordained 1993. Curate-assistant St Nicholas 1993-2000, 1996-2000 curate-in-charge of Holy Trinity, Woodburn Rector of Holy Trinity, Woodburn (Diocese of Connor) - September 2000 -
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: i am still learning so be patient - big sign ’Work in progress.’
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Too many to name
  • One of my favorite illustrations: C S Lewis’ man with the lizard on his shoulders, describes so many people it is unreal.
  • Family: Wife - Janet,we have been married for 15 years. Daughter - Taylor (7 years old)
  • What my parents think of my sermons: i dont really know - they are generally very encouraging
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: encouraging and refreshingly honest with me - she is my Barnabas
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Stick to the passage, put it in its context and let it dictate to you. The passage is not a washing line for you to hang your thoughts on. Take it to Corinth (if preaching on Corinthians) before you bring to to Woodburn.
  • Books that have had an impact: Eugene Petersen’s Series of Books on Pastoral care Francis Schaeffer and Ravi Zacharias - big influence As are John Stott, Dick Lucas, etc Brennan Manning’s books have been inspiring. John Eldgredge - has infulenced my understanding of men’s ministry. Joseph Girzone’s Joshua series - were a refreshing read (not very theological but a good read). Essay’s in Telling the Truth - helped understand the present generation and reaching them with the gospel. enjoy reading Hemingway and also Laurens Van der Post (especially about Africa). PG Wodehouse for sheer fun G K Chesterton - excellent reading - especially ’Orthodoxy’ and his ’Father Brown Mysteries.’
  • Hobbies: Reading, golf, shooting, swimming and meals with friends
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus loves you, He died for you and He wants you to be with Him for all eternity,will you not come.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A parishioner fell asleep and fell off their chair - then criticised the sermon on the way out.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Jesus loves me this i know, for the Bible tells me so.
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  • Revelation 12.7-17

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2016

    War in the heavens

    Revelation 12 verses 7-17 If you can cast your mind back to September last year when we began this journey through Revelation together - I said to you that some people approach Revelation as if it was written in a linear and chronological manner. I put to you that a better way to view the book more

  • Revelation 12.1-6

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2016

    Hostility to the Church

    Revelation 12 verses 1-6 Chapter 12 marks a division in Revelation. John turns aside to explain the underlying cause of the hostility about to break upon the Church. This is outlined in chapters 12-14 and then in chapters 15-19 God will come in judgment on His enemies before we encounter more

  • Revelation 11.15-19

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2016
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    The disclosure of the Ark of the Covenant

    Revelation 11 verses 15-19 Let us do a quick review of where we are in the book of Revelation. Back in September last year we began this journey with the opening chapters and the seven letters to the seven churches of Asia-Minor. We looked through the eyes of John through the open door of heaven more

  • Revelation 11.1-14

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2016

    symbolism in Revelation

    Revelation 11 verses 1-14 We come this morning to one of the most difficult passages in the book of Revelation. Is this passage to be understood literally? Symbolically? I think it is fair to say that the majority of bible scholars take, at least part of, this passage, to be symbolical. So more

  • Revelation

    Contributed on Mar 1, 2016

    The glory of the Word of God arches over all the universe

    Revelation 10.1-11 As some of you may know I like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books. However, it is always a good to remember that you should never judge a book by its film. In the films of those books there are no pauses or interludes as the books do. We are not given any more

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