• Revd. Martin Dale

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
Revd. Martin's church

Retired and living in the Diocese of Lincoln
South Witham, Grantham , *Province/Other NG33 5SL
+44 - 1572-767843

About Revd. Martin
  • Education: 1968-1972 Charterhouse 1973-1976 University of London, Chelsea College 1999-2001 Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
  • Experience: 1976 BSc. in Chemistry 1981 European Patent Attorney 1982 Chartered Patent Agent 2001-2003 Curate in the Stiffkey-Bale Benefice and Briningham Association; 2004-2007 Priest in Charge in the Benefice of New Romney and Dymchurch (8 parishes) 2007-2010 Priest in Charge of the South West Framland Benefice (15 parishes!!) 2010-2022 Vicar of the Est Marshland Benefice 2003 - 2007 Priest in Charge in the Benefice of New Romney with Old Romney and Midley, The Benefice of St Mary;’s Bay with St Mary in the Marsh and Ivychurch and the Benefice of Dymchurch with Burmarsh and Newchurch; 2007-2010 Priest in Charge of South West Framland Group 2010 Vicar of East Marshland Benefice In Ely Diocese
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please pray before reading any of them to see if the Lord is speaking to you from what I have written. If so, give Him the glory - and do it!! If you have any comments that could constructively add to what I have said, please e-mail me at It is a great encouragement when I hear from people.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Series on Abraham Prayer (based on Richard Foster’s book on Prayer)
  • Family: Wife Maddy Children Jonny, Chris and Jeremy
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Sadly they (Arthur and Ludmilla Dale) have both died and never heard my sermons
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: This is an apocryphal story When we were moving house from Frisby on the Wreake, we were taking the bedroom apart. Under the bed I found two baskets. One with three eggs in and the other with £100. So I asked Maddy what were the tree eggs for. She smiled and said For every bad sermon I put an egg in the basket. I felt quite good. Three bad sermons in three years,. I started to feel happy. Then I asked. And what are the £100 for? She gave me a smile as only Vicar's wives can give she said. "Every time I got a dozen eggs I sold them!"
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: 1. Ask the Lord what you feel he wants you to say in your sermon. 2. Write it down in a single sentence. 3. Once you have written the sermon ask yourself if each new idea or story in your sermon illuminates the point - or if it leads down a rabbit warren. If the latter - delete ruthlessly. Perhaps the mistranslation of 1 Cor. 13:1 (KJV) might not be so wide of the mark as one might think: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not CLARITY, I am become as sounding
  • Books that have had an impact: Christian Leaders of the 18th Century - JC Ryle Happiest People on Earth - Demos Shakharian The Heavenly Man - Brother Yun
  • Hobbies: A Bernese Mountain dog! W e have had three Bari, Teddy and now Hudson who is Teddy's nephe
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: We are here for the Great Commission (Mt 28:16-20)
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When preaching in St. Michael’s Catwick, a bird threatened to dive-bomb me!
  • What I want on my tombstone: That his ambition in life was to be a faithful minister of the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • What Is Our Motivation For Keeping God's Commandments

    Contributed on May 11, 2023

    What is our motivation as Christians with regard to God's Commandments, Do we keep them because we have to and we are worried that if we don't God will be angry and punish us or do we keep his word because we love Him

    John 14:15-21 Story: As you all probably know I came to South Witham from Tilney St Lawrence /where I served as the Vicar for 12 years As we came to take the bed apart in our bedroom in Tilney Vicarage, I discoverd two small bowls One bowl had 3 eggs in and nothing else. The other bowl had more

  • A Tribute To The Late Queen Elizabeth Ii

    Contributed on Sep 17, 2022

    A great Christian leader has gone to glory. Her Christmas message make her one of the great Evangelists of the 20th and 21st Century

    Tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, our Servant Queen The purpose of this talk is to draw together some of the Christian themes that have been coming out of reflections on her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II majestic life, Two themes have emerged for me about our Late Queen 1) The Queen was more

  • Gentle Jesus Meek And Mild. You Have To Be Kidding!

    Contributed on Aug 13, 2022

    Many people think of Jesus being in the worlds of Charles' Wesley's carol. But he wasn't. He came to do the Father's will even if it ruffled feathers. And he may even set Father against Son, as I experienced myself

    You will probably recall that famous Anglican hymn writer Charles Wesley’s famous hymn that start with the words “Gentle Jesus meek and mild” You have to be kidding - as we see in the Gospel today!! Jesus is anything but gentle, meek and mild as our Gospel reading today shows Story: At the more

  • Reflections On Maundy Thursday

    Contributed on Apr 14, 2022

    Why was it important that Jesus had a password for the Last Supper

    Sermon Maundy Thursday Today we remember the events that occurred on Thursday of Holy Week usually reckoned to be about AD 29. It is the most talked about week in the history of mankind It has been estimated that about a third of all the events that we have recorded in Scripture about Jesus’ more

  • Were The Events Of Holy Week - A Sherlock Holmes Style Mystery

    Contributed on Apr 9, 2022

    Was Holy Week an unfortunate series of unfortunate chance events or did Jesus plan it meticulously like a Sherlock Holmes Mystery

    Spy Wednesday The Student Cross Leicester Leg 2022 (from Leicester to Walsingham) Today we find ourselves in Holy Week and today is the day we know as Spy Wednesday It is the day we focus of the betrayal of Jesus by his friend Judas Iscariot It is the day just before Maundy Thursday when we more

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  • Understanding Justice And Mercy

    Contributed on Dec 2, 2021

    As we consider the call of John and look forward at Christmas to the birth of Christ, let us look at the content of God’s message to us God knew exactly what he was doing when he sent Jesus to this earth. The Cross wasn’t a “horrible misjudgement” Rather the reason Jesus came into this world more

  • He Who Has The Son Has It All

    Contributed on Dec 31, 2020
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    I wrote this at the end of 2014 Fourteen years from the Millennium seemed a long time and now we are into a new year – again!! I have spent much of last week preparing to lead a pilgrimage to Israel – a new experience for me. And with the new it is good to recall the old. Our Gospel reading is more

  • Road To Emmaus - The Good Samaritan Inn

    Contributed on Apr 28, 2020

    The Road to Emmaus The scene: A table in the Inn in Emmaus – with a big sign on the Table saying “The Good Samaritan Inn in Emmaus” Luke and Cleopas seated around a Table Cleopas and Luke start talking: Cleopas: Luke, Where’s he gone – he was standing right there and puff - He just more

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    Contributed on Mar 16, 2013

    Norman Vincent Peale wrote this: "Ralston Young carries bags for a living but his real job is living the spirit of Christ as a porter in one of the world's greatest railway stations. One day he was asked to take a little old lady to her train. She was in a wheel chair so he took her down more

  • Story: Some Years Ago, I Attended Called A ...

    Contributed on Feb 23, 2013

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