Education: Diploma, Christian Theology, Grace Ministries Bible College
Doctoral studies, Vanderbilt University
Ed.S., Tennessee Technological University
MBA, Tennessee State University
BS, University of Tennessee
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I'm a teacher not a preacher. I teach from outlines. I get into the text and try to help the hearer see things from God's perspective. Outlines also give "The Teacher" -- the Holy Spirit -- freedom to minister to meet people's needs. My plans include posting pieces I've written about various topics.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Dr. Jim Martin's series "Is My Eternity Secure?" examines scriptures that deal with the "once saved, always saved" issue. Excellent! It changed the way I view and respond to my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
One of my favorite illustrations: Faith. A little girl was walking past the place where they had a cellar door. She looked into the darkness. She couldn't see her father; he could see her. "Jump and I'll catch you," he says. "But I can't see you and I'm afraid." "Do you believe I'm down here?" "Yes." "Do you believe I'm strong enough to catch you?" "Yes." "Do you believe I love you?" 'Yes." "Then jump." "Okay, daddy here I come." She stepped into the black hole and her father caught her.Believe it or not that's faith
Family: Married 39 years
Spouse, university professor
2 adult children
What my parents think of my sermons: Before his death my father enjoyed listening to them on CD. He lived in another state. My mom never heard me teach.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She thinks I should start my own church.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Always teach to be understood
Books that have had an impact: The Holy Bible (KJV); Screw Tape Letters, C.S. Lewis; Extravagant Worship, Darlene Zschech; The Bait of Satan, John Bevere;The Walk of the Spirit, Dave Roberson; God of the Possible, Gregory A. Boyd; Don't Blame God!, Mark Graeser/John A. Lynn/John W. Schoenheit
Hobbies: Reading (non-fiction related to scripture)
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Always, always forgive everyone who has offended you whether they ask for forgiveness or not. Always. When you hold unforgiveness you build a barrier between you and the blessings your Heavenly Father has for you.
Something funny that happened while preaching: I was teaching and said that God doesn't want us to worry. At that moment the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" went through my mind and I instinctively started singing the song. The congregation burst into laughter and then joined me!
What I want on my tombstone: Well done, my good and faithful servant.