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Marty Baker

Denomination: Church of God

About Marty Baker

Education: B.A. Lee College, Cleveland, Tennessee, 1983 M.A. Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. 1985 D.Min. Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC 1994 Many Conferences and Seminars

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Realize that I am attempting to connect with un-churched people. I begin with the culture and then attempt to build a bridge to the Bible.

Sermon or series that made a difference: Bill Hybels sermon on "The Seven Step Strategy"

One of my favorite illustrations: Evangelism is simply one beggar telling another beggar where to get the bread.

Family: My wife Patty is my best friend. She has given me three children, Stuart, Sarah and Samuel.

What my parents think of my sermons: Let’s be honest ... parents are not a good judge of sermons. Of course, they think that their children are the best.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She enjoys the sermons because I attempt to be concise and honest.

Best advice given to me about preaching: Make the Bible practical. Tell people what they need to know and tell them what to do.

Books that have had an impact: Baby Boomerang by Doug Murren; The Leadership Engine; Rediscovering Church by Bill Hybels; Books by Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic

Hobbies: University of South Carolina Sports Golf, computers

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Dare to dream ... the future is yours to see

Something funny that happened while preaching: Humor is discovered in the moment ... in other words you would have to be there to think it’s funny. My description of the event would not do it justice.

What I want on my tombstone: His dreams are now fulfilled