Education: I attended Purdue University for two years studying psychology, sociology and philosophy. Then I spent an additional 4 years at Great Lakes Bible College in Lansing, Michigan where I graduated Summa Cum Laude and with a Bachelor’s in New Testament studies.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Look at my sermons in the same way I look at those of others: Look for ideas and illustrations that will help you better understand and communicate what you see in the text.
Sermon or series that made a difference: The sermons that have made the most difference in my life have been those that I felt God had influenced the most, like the "Miracle Sunday" sermon where I felt God wanted me to announce the specific amount I believed He would supply - before I knew the actual count. He supplied exactly what we needed.
Another was my "bag of stones" sermon (based on Jesus admonition about "casting the 1st stone") that essentially confronted a church with its judgmentalism and broke the back of a rebellious
One of my favorite illustrations: Dr. Walter L. Wilson tells of the Revival he held where a woman approached him after the crowds had gone to explain that she had a desire to become a Christian but she just couldn’t understand how God could forgive her and accept her. For some reason, Dr. Wilson felt he should ask her if she recalled any scripture. At that point she said yes:
"For God so loved the world that he gave His only FORGOTTEN son..."
Noting that she had substituted "forgotten" for "begotten" he realized what he
Family: I have a son Jonathan, a daughter Naomi.
What my parents think of my sermons: My parents had always been supportive of my ministry and have taken the tapes I’ve sent and shared them with others (they've both since passed on to be with Jesus)
Best advice given to me about preaching: My father told me to focus primarily on my preaching. He said that I’d never get another chance to talk to so many people in a week.
Books that have had an impact: Anything by C.S. Lewis. Most particularly his "The Great Divorce" and "The Case For Christianity."
Hobbies: I enjoy singing, playing guitar and banjo, working on the computer and preaching. I’m presently part of a Southern Gospel Quartet that has sung for the past few years and for which I’ve written a few songs.
Something funny that happened while preaching: The time I was baptizing an aged woman who had hearing aides in both ears. When she didn’t have her aides in she spoke extremely loud and of course she couldn’t have her hearing aides in when she was being baptized.
When she got down into the baptistry, I realized I hadn’t told her she needed to pinch off her nose so that water wouldn’t get in. So, I attempted by mouthing my instructions and by sign language what I wanted her to do. I thought she understood. But obviously she didn’t becaus
What I want on my tombstone: He was faithful to His Lord