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Kevin Barron

Denomination: United Methodist

About Kevin Barron

Education: Bachelor of Religious Education (Ministerial Major), God’s Bible School and College, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1988; Master of Divinity (New Testament Major), Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, 1993; Master of Library Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999

Comment to those looking at my sermons: I try to preach biblically - let me know what I can improve - I do listen to comments.

Sermon or series that made a difference: While pastoring in Tennessee, I preached a series from Hebrews 11. It may not have helped anyone else, but it really helped me through some dark days. I hope to turn the sermons into a book eventually.

Family: I have been married to my wife, Carol, since 1984. We have no children but are owned by three cats - Bootsie, Ike and Max.

What my parents think of my sermons: They were proud for awhile, but they haven’t said all that much in the last few years - of course, I have never been their pastor, so they have never heard me on a consistent basis.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She usually enjoys them, but if she doesn’t she lets me know!

Best advice given to me about preaching: K-I-S-S - keep it simple, stupid (from a layman). Quit while the audience is wanting you to say more instead of going on and saying more until the audience wishes you had quit (from a homiletics professor).

Books that have had an impact: Preaching in the Spirit, Dennis Kinlaw Biblical Preaching, Lloyd Perry

Hobbies: Reading, computers, Star Trek, science fiction/fantasy, sports (both participant and spectator)

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: You must be born again!

Something funny that happened while preaching: When younger and dumber and slower than I am now, the church I was pastoring was willed some money. The lady who was administering the estate was in church when I announced the fact that the church had received this gift. I mentioned that Marlene was the..., and my brain got stuck on what you call the person who administers estates! I finally came out with "execUtor", but pronounced it as if it sounded like execution! Marlene sweetly said, "I think you mean executrix." I have never forgotten!

What I want on my tombstone: Jesus Is All the World to Me