Education: BS in mechanical engineering from NC State. MDiv. and Ph.D. in theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I truly believe the Lord gives me insight in my messages for my congregation. If these sermons contain something of value for you, then praise the Lord. I don’t consider myself novel in any way, rather, I hope to be faithful to God’s Word.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Dr. Danny Forshee preached a series at SEBTS chapel that kept me in ministry during an especially challenging time.
Family: I have a beautiful wife of 18 years, a wonderful and talented daughter of 13, an 11 year old son who loves Scouting, and a rambunctious 7 year old who has never had a bad day.
What my parents think of my sermons: They seem a bit indifferent.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My wife (really) does enjoy my preaching. She thinks I’m the best preacher she’s ever heard, but I think she’s a bit biased because she loves me!
Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. We all know this, but too often we supplant God’s leading for our own agendas.
Books that have had an impact: Of the classics, Calvin’s Institutes and Luther’s Table Talk. For preaching, Ian Murray’s bio of D. Martyn Loyd Jones and Loyd Jones’ "Preachers and Preaching." For personal/time management read Covey’s stuff. It’s practical and it works. Recently I read Malcolm Gladwell’s "The Tipping Point." It was fascinating. Also, biographies of military leaders motivate me. Eisenhower is my favorite. Finally, my favorite book of all time... "Lord of the Rings" of course.
Hobbies: Guitar, military history, Scouting, working out, shooting for fun, Amateur Radio, good movies, etc.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Hold fast your faith. Press on. Never, ever, ever stop fighting the good fight.
Something funny that happened while preaching: The only funny thing to me is being able to see my daughter’s cat sitting in front of the glass doors of our church during services. No one can see her but me, but somehow her presence seems to gladden my heart.
What I want on my tombstone: Faithful