Education: Bachelor of Sacred Literature (4 yr degree) at the
Cincinnati Bible Seminary.
English and Drama graduate studies at the University of Evansville.
Working on Doctorate from Trinity.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: That which is written in the Bible was intended to be understood by the readers, and was certainly understood by the authors.
If we labor to understand the times and the language, we should be able to preach intelligible sermons.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Series on the Church as the Continuing Incarnation, the Christ of this time.
One of my favorite illustrations: God’s love for us as it is shown in the parable of Jesus regarding the Lost Coin, The Lost Sheep, and the Lost Boy.
Family: My 4 children are grown. My household consists of my wife Virginia and Duke the Beagle.
What my parents think of my sermons: Unfortunately, they were seldom in the same state where I served, and heard few of my sermons.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: The short ones are best (10-12 minutes).
Best advice given to me about preaching: In promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your
superficial sentimentalities, and amicable philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity.
Let your conversational communications possess a compacted
conciseness, a clarified comprehensibility, a coalescent cogency, and a concatenated consistency.
Eschew obfuscation and all conglomeration of flatulent
garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations.
Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated
expatiations have intelligibility and voracious vivacity without
rodomontade or thrasonical bombast.
Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous
prolificacy, and vain vapid verbosity.
In short: "Be brief and don’t use big words."
Books that have had an impact: N.T. Wright The Challenge of Jesus
Teilhard de Chardin The Divine Milieu The Phenomenon of Man
Early Church and Apostolic Fathers, especially I and II Clement
Karl Barth - Church Dogmatics
Hobbies: Fishing, writing, computers.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: The first and great commandment is "Thou shalt Love the Lord God with all thy heart, soul and mind; and the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
What I want on my tombstone: Rest, Rest, Perterbed Spirit (from Hamlet)