Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please forgive the rough edges. I’m speaking to truck drivers, after all. Being too polite could be counter-productive at times, not to mention hazardous. They can watch TBN if they want to hear nicer-than-Jesus preachers (and they don’t, by the way.)
Sermon or series that made a difference: Dr. Smith (of Greenvilled Theological Seminary) did a humongous tape series on the Westminster Confession of Faith that still instructs me today, though it’s been a year since I listened to it. R.C. Sproul’s "Tape of the Month" is always great (ligonier ministries). Recently sermons by Douglas Wilson and Steve Schlissel are demanding more from me than I have, frankly.
One of my favorite illustrations: You go up to a soda machine. Only two choices are left. They are your favorite soft drink in the world and your least favorite soft drink ever, one that you can’t stand, some diet thing probably. Which do you choose? You choose what you love, of course. This is precisely how the fallen will is bound. It is bound by what we love and hate as sinners. We are free to choose righteousness, but we will not, because we detest it.
Family: Married to Joyce, 18 years, with three homeschooled daughters (10,8, and 3)
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Transcript of her thoughts during my preaching: "Hmmm...he really is losing his hair, isn’t he?....he wore those pants last Sunday...I wish he’d find something better to do with his hands while he’s talking...is that the baby’s diaper I smell...at least he’ll be ending soon--kickoff is only minutes away..."
Best advice given to me about preaching: I have a tie for Best Advice: 1. Don’t preach from a manuscript! and, 2. Make sure your fly is zipped.
Most annoying question about my preaching: "Are you really sure you should be doing this?"
Books that have had an impact: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers... Ha, ha. Aren’t I a scream? But seriously, favorite authors are A.W. Tozer and Gary North. Highly recommend "The Bondage of the Will" by Martin Luther; Foxe’s Book of Martyrs impacted me greatly. I’ll never forget Green Eggs and Ham, either. Classic!
Hobbies: Eating. That’s about it. Well, I guess I should add diet and exercise, too. (Those last two "hobbies" are pretty much forced on me, though, and protested vehemently.) I do a little writing from time to time, as well.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: ...pretty much what I said the last time. Sure, I’d start with a different text and all that, but it’s really all the same. I figure when my listeners actually change as a result of what I’m saying, then I’ll move on to something else.
Something funny that happened while preaching: You mean something more outrageous than the fact that it’s me up there preaching? Not much more ridiculous than that has happened. Or if it has, no one’s dared tell me about it.
What I want on my tombstone: Careful, this could happen to you