• Revd. Martin Dale

    Contributing sermons since Jul 9, 2001
Revd. Martin's church

East Marshlands - Diocese of Ely
Tilney St. Lawrence, UK *Province/Other , PE34 4QQ

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; 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)
  • One of my favorite illustrations: A vicar was retiring after 25 years in the parish. As he came to clear out his bedroom he found a small bowl with 5 eggs and £1,000 pounds in. Baffled he called his wife and said: Darling, what is this little basket under the bed with five eggs and £1,000 in. "Oh " she said " I must confess that everytime you preach a bad sermon I put an egg in the basket" Secretly the vicar was pleased: "Not bad five bad sermons in 25 years" he thought: "And what about the £1,000?" "Well every ti
  • Family: Wife Maddy Children Jonny, Chris and Jeremy
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Seems to like them (or is it me she likes!)
  • 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!
  • 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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  • A Reflection On Mary The Mother Of Jesus On Mothering Sunday

    Contributed on Mar 11, 2018

    1. No one is too insignificant for God to use them if their heart is right. 2. If God says it – we are to believe it – otherwise we are calling God a liar and 3. If we really want to be disciples of Christ we must love Jesus and be obedient to God's will

    Collect for Mothering Sunday God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence more

  • Jesus Cleanses The Temple

    Contributed on Mar 3, 2018

    Why does Jesus cleanse the Temple rather than deal with the Roman occuppying force. In short, because the Priests were not living up to the standards God expected from them. The Temple's uses were being abused. God requires higher standards.

    TSJ 04-03-2018 John 2: 13-25: Jesus clears the Temple This morning's Gospel reading blows a hole in our comfortable view of Jesus being "Gentle Jesus meek and mild.". He was anything else but meek and mild This morning we see Jesus clearing the money changers out of the Temple. We more

  • God Is Not Into Conventional Wisdom

    Contributed on Jan 13, 2018

    If you don't think you are good enough for God to use you (seen from a human perspective) you are quite right and if you think you are good enough to be used by God you are quite right (if your empowerment is by the call of God).

    God is not into CONVENTIONAL WISDOM Story: Just before I was appointed as Head of the Group Patent Department at Reckitts in 1994, I was given a psychological assessment. And yes Geoff even despite that they offered me the job!! Now if Jesus had written to a firm of management consultants more

  • The Second Coming

    Contributed on Dec 2, 2017

    Our Advent Gospel today reminds us that i) one day Jesus will return in glory and that we are living in the ADVENT of that time 2. that Jesus wants us to go on living as if he was coming tomorrow - to be on RED ALERT. 3. Jesus wants us to be on our guard

    TSJ/TSL 03-12 -17 Mark 13:24-37 Lew Slade records the scene in his sermon entitled : The Second Coming "It is just before midnight on October 22 1844. Come with me to a hillside just outside New York. It’s a balmy evening and we are standing in an enormous crowd numbering upwards more

  • What Is Your Role In Your Church

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2017

    The Parable of the Talents is a reminder that God calls each one of us to ministry and you will have to give an account one day of what God has gifted you to do. The more you exercise your talents the greater your blessing will be.

    Story: For our 10th wedding anniversary, Maddy and I went to Prince George in Britsih Columbia, Canada. We flew into Vancouver and our friends Pete and Nina came down by car and drove us up to Prince George It was a three day drive. The first night we stopped off in Surrey B.C and the more

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  • Norman Vincent Peale On Spreading Love

    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

    Story: Some years ago, I attended called a conference called “Spring Harvest at Work” in Sheffield (in November 1998). And what was memorable for me was that the conference organisers sprang a surprise interviewee on us – Jim Bakker- a pariah in the Evangelical community. Indeed he was more

  • The Red Baron And Temptation

    Contributed on Feb 16, 2013
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    THE RED BARON AND TEMPTATION Manfred, Freiherr von Richthofen was a famous German First World War fighter pilot. He was better known as the Red Baron because he flew a distinctive a red Fokker aircraft. He shot down more combat planes than any one else on either side in the first World more

  • Lifeless Prayer

    Contributed on Dec 28, 2012

    The famous Dutch born Catholic priest and Christian philosopher Henri Nouwen – author of the book “The Wounded Healer” who died in 1996 said this about his own spiritual journey: “After sixty-three years of life and thirty eight years of priesthood, my prayer seems as dead more

  • Where Your Treasure Is...

    Contributed on Aug 31, 2012

    I once read about in one of Richard Wurmbrand’s books. “An elder of a local free Church in Communist Romania was brought before the judge for embezzlement - a crime he had not committed. His defence lawyer started his defence plea by telling the Court of a well known story about the man that more