Among the early influences, Edwin talks about his involvement in a Baptist youth fellowship and the influence of the church pastor, an early mentor. He also talks about some of his first steps into preaching – delivering epilogues alongside a music group.
He describes the formative influence of his involvement with the Christian Union during his time at university. University years were formative – not least in that it was here that he met his wife, but also because of a significant group of friends.
The opportunity to be involved in speaking that had begun to shape his thinking in terms of a sense of call to vocational ministry, and his pastor gave him strong encouragement to pursue theological training. We discuss the opportunity for leaders to encourage people in this way.
After studying at IBC and entering pastoral ministry, Edwin maintained his contact with the college as a visiting teacher before eventually joining the staff full time.
We talk about the challenge for Bible College students to maintain both an academic approach and a devotional approach.
For your own reflection:
- As you listen to Edwin talk about the influence of his pastor, what are some of the things you have noticed about mentors?
- Would you describe yourself as a reader? What are some of the books that have most helped you?
- Would you agree with what Edwin quotes from Charles Spurgeon in relation to the importance of earnestness in preaching?
- What do you make of Edwin’s advice to approach the devotional life with both discipline and variety?
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