Education: B.S. in Marketing - Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Actively working on B.A. in Bible - Heritage Christian University, Florence, AL
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Most of my sermons are expository sermons. I have found that when you preach from a passage of scripture you preach only the bible and leave your opinions at home where they belong. Expository preaching is a lost art that should be revived! Expository preaching is NOT a running commentary but rather teaching what the passage meant to those who first heard it and then relating it to your listeners. Use these outlines anyway you see fit, add to them, enhance them, make them your own, give the glory to God!
Sermon or series that made a difference: Revival-Light the Fire! A series of sermons based upon bible class material from Dr. Steven Guy-Heritage Christian University
Jesus, One of Us! (Sermon) - Understanding your Savior and how he is able to understand the struggles you are going through.
Messages from Hebrews (Series) - A look at the book of Hebrews as it applies to modern Christianity
Bought at a Price (Sermon) - Shows the great price Christ paid not because of anything he had done but just so that we could be saved! Illicits a response based upon this great fact.
One of my favorite illustrations: The story about the man who carried a message to Garcia. The full text of this is public domain and can be found by searching on the web for "a message to Garcia".
Family: Married: Wife-Sheryl
Three Children: Reagan (12), John Austin (8), Chloe Grace (7)
What my parents think of my sermons: My Mom is just always so proud. My Dad (who is an Elder) always has some constructive criticism or ideas about how to improve my sermon. They are always supportive and remind me of the fact that I shouldnâ€™t get in the way of the message.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Sheryl is my sounding board, by the time all of my ideas make it into sermon form she has already heard it hundreds of times. If she has an opinion I always have ample time to consider and refine before it makes it into the sermon.
Best advice given to me about preaching: "Never let the man get before the message." Dr. Steven Guy (Heritage Christian University)
Books that have had an impact: Balance - Ira North
Expository Preaching - John MacArthur, Jr.
Radical Restoration - F. LaGard Smith
Six Hours One Friday - Max Lucado
A Commentary on Romans - Robertson Whiteside
Preciousness of Preaching - E. Stevens
A Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
Hobbies: Golf, Softball, Playing with my Children
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Bothers and Sisters please pray for me that the Lord may spare my life that I may continue preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. I would rather leave this world and be with Christ but I want to stay around a while longer to take as many people with me as I can.
Something funny that happened while preaching: I was preaching my heart out one day to a rather stale audience and it was raining rather hard outside. Just at the moment I made one of those AMEN points, (which I knew I wasnâ€™t going to get out of this congregation) a loud clap of thunder erupted. It shook the building it was so loud and several of the women gasped. All I could think to say was, "And God said â€™AMENâ€™."
What I want on my tombstone: A Man of God