About the Workman
Who are you and where do you come from? My name is Colin Adams. I am married to Nicki, and have four children: Glen (8), Rebekah (6), Grace (4) and Beth (1 1/2 years). I originally hail from Glasgow but lived in Edinburgh for 6 years before moving to Northern Ireland in 2009.
What do you do? I am the pastor of Ballymoney Baptist Church, Northern Ireland. For six years I had the privilege of serving as an Associate Pastor with Charlotte Baptist Chapel in Edinburgh. Before coming to Edinburgh I studied theology for four years at International Christian College in Glasgow.
What do you believe? Not less than the UCCF statement of faith, but in fuller terms, probably something more like the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Most essentially: I believe in a personal, Triune, Creator God; a fallen humanity; that Jesus died for sinners (to bear their condemnation and endure their judgement), yet was raised to life, appearing to many witnesses; and that Jesus will one day return to earth again. If all this is new to you, read this.
Why this blog? There are several preaching-blogs that I already appreciate (see my links). Nonetheless there is still fairly little blogging being done relative to such an important task as preaching. I hope Unashamed Workman will help fill in this gap. Personally, this is a space for me to think through how I can be a “workman” who is not ashamed, one who “correctly handles the word of truth.” Let me underscore that I speak as a student and learner of preaching, not as a teacher and expert!
Can I be contacted? Feel free to communicate through the posts, or alternatively drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t promise to always respond but I do try.
Whitefield’s prayer for preachers:
“Yea…that we shall see the great Head of the Church once more . . . raise up unto Himself certain young men whom He may use in this glorious employ. And what manner of men will they be? Men mighty in the Scriptures, their lives dominated by a sense of the greatness, the majesty and holiness of God, and their minds and hearts aglow with the great truths of the doctrines of grace. They will be men who have learned what it is to die to self, to human aims and personal ambitions; men who are willing to be ‘fools for Christ’s sake’, who will bear reproach and falsehood, who will labor and suffer, and whose supreme desire will be, not to gain earth’s accolades, but to win the Master’s approbation when they appear before His awesome judgment seat. They will be men who will preach with broken hearts and tear-filled eyes, and upon whose ministries God will grant an extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, and who will witness ‘signs and wonders following’ in the transformation of multitudes of human lives.”