David's church

Green Acres Baptist Church

About David
  • Education: I received an undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. I received my M. Div. and D. Min degrees from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. I did post-doctoral work at Cambridge University in England.
  • Experience: I've been preaching since 1970 and a full-time pastor since 1977. I've been at Green Acres since 1991.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Know that my preaching is a distillation of dozens of years of reading and listening to good preachers. I strive for excellence in content and structure. I am happy for people to use my ideas, but as I always cite a source, I encourage every preacher to do the same.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Hearing Stephen Olford in 1972 preach for the first time on the conditions of the human heart had a profound impact on me.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The true story in 1266 of Kublai Khan requesting Mateo Polo to return to Rome and send missionaries back to tell his people about Jesus. The Church in Rome failed to respond. The first Christian missionaries didn't show up in Mongolia until 1991. What a missed opportunity!
  • Family: Cindy and I have been married since 1974 and I have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They've both been in heaven for many years, so if they are part of the "cloud of witnesses" I hope they are smiling.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She seldom praises my preaching because God has called her to keep me humble. So when she does compliment a message, I know it is special.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Every sermon should have at least ONE point!
  • Books that have had an impact: Everything by Vance Havner and Warren Wiersbe
  • Hobbies: I am an avid golfer and reader. I enjoy writing and have published twelve Christian non-fiction books. Inspired by my friend, Joel Rosenberg, I have written two novels under my first and middle names, David Orlo. You can check on both categories of books on Amazon.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Look to Jesus and be saved.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: At one time I used a small three ring binder for my notes. In an impassioned moment I swept my hand forward for emphasis. I accidentally caught one of the round binders and the notebook went flying off the pulpit and struck an elderly deacon on the forehead. I have heard of preaching cutting people to the heart, but never the forehead. He did stay awake every sermon after that!!!
  • What I want on my tombstone: Philippians 1:21
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