Education: University College London, BA (Hons) English Literature
Kings College London, PGCE, English (Certificate of Education)
Cornhill Training Course, run by the Proclamation Trust (teaches Biblical exegesis and preaching)
Comment to those looking at my sermons: May the Lord bless you and help you to find some small crumb of blessing here. May God bless you with your Christ-centred, Bible-based, full-gospel preaching too.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Anything by Martyn Lloyd Jones
Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Seattle
Ray Comfort from Living Waters
RC Sproul & Ligonier
One of my favorite illustrations: The book illustration- how Jesus takes our sins away.
What my parents think of my sermons: They very kindly listen to them on the internet, as they live in Turkey. They are very encouraging- possibly more feedback from them than from the congregation :-)
Best advice given to me about preaching: "The hero of every Bible story is God" (David Jackman).
"Until you use the word ’you’, you have not really begun to preach" (Spurgeon).
"If you can’t persuade yourself to be holy by your preaching, you won’t persuade your congregation" (my pastor, Tom Forryan- not sure of source).
"Only 1 in 11 people you are preaching to is exceptionally intelligent" (MLJ! Sounds patronising, but often I tend unhelpfully to go over the heads of people).
"The best two times I ever preached were while I was d
Books that have had an impact: ’Preaching and Preachers’ and ’What is an Evangelical?’ by Martyn Lloyd Jones
’The Gospel of God: Romans’, ’One Holy Passion’ and ’Defending your Faith’ by RC Sproul
’Pilgrim’s Progress’ by John Bunyan
Everything by JC Ryle
’The Death of Death in the Death of Christ’ by John Owen
’God’s smuggler’ by Brother Andrew
’More than a carpenter’ by Josh McDowell
’Mere Christianity’ by CS Lewis
Everything by Francis Schaeffer, especially ’Escape from Reason’
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Now is the day of salvation, the time of the Lord’s favour- repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Something pretty urgent. Nothing different, I hope, from how I normally preach.
Something funny that happened while preaching: I banged my shoe on the pulpit like Khruschev at the Cuban Missile Crisis. Sadly this is apparently the most memorable thing I’ve said or done from the pulpit it.
What I want on my tombstone: Christ loved this wretched sinner and gave Himself for him.