February 28, 2014
By Dwight Moody
I have just returned from two splendid days in Baltimore-Washington-Virginia. I stayed overnight with old friends, had lunch with a former student, introduced myself and AoP to a series of potential new Partners (Leland Center for Theology, Washington Baptist University, National Cathedral, Howard School of Divinity, and Baptist World Alliance), visited a high-tech, entrepreneurial incubation center and walked through the 125th anniversary display of the National Geographic Association. It was all terrific, and it reminds me how good it is to get out of the office away from our home turf and visit the people and places that can take the Academy of Preachers to the next level.
On the Southwest flight from Louisville to Baltimore I read two things. First, I read through “Cornerstone” magazine. The masthead describes it this way: “A Christian Journal of Literary Arts at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.” It is designed, managed, written, edited, published, and distributed by students. It is one of several such Christian student publications in New England in which we advertise (especially our series of New England Festivals of Young Preachers, to begin this fall at Harvard Divinity School in Boston).
February 24, 2014
By Erica Evans Whitaker
Growing up with a horrible speech impediment I never dreamed I would ever stand in a pulpit, publicly delivering a message from God. And yet, this is my calling. By divine grace, my speech along with a deep seeded fear of public speaking has diminished only rising periodically to the surface to humble me. My call to preach lay dormant in the closet of my subconscious waiting for the opportune time to come out.
February 21, 2014
By Joshua Barrett, AoP'13
That is your fair warning. When you attend the Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers – or any Festival for that matter – your preaching will be influenced. Someone will preach something that sparks something in you – an illustration, a refrain, a style, an intro, a closing – that you will take with you and blend with the way God has gifted you to preach. It is not a possibility, it is a fact – you can bank on it.
We all have people in our lives that we just like to be around. They refresh us by their very being. They do not have to do anything directly for us – though they usually do – yet their witness lifts us for when we depart. They enable us to be in a way we otherwise would not. We leave their presence better than we came.
The Texas Regional Festival is that kind of person. All of the preachers, all of the styles, all of the energy, combined with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit affects everyone involved. And it affects you whether you want it to or not. Trust me though, you do. It is like osmosis. No one could say anything to you (but they will), no one could give you any helpful feedback (but they will), no one could encourage you (but they will), no one could pray for you (but they will), no one could do any of that, but you would walk in a certain preacher and leave a better preacher. It just happens.
I cannot recommend this Festival enough. Come to Abilene and experience better preaching by osmosis. Come share your contribution to the osmosis. Help us be better preachers, and maybe learn a thing or two yourself. Join in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. www.academyofpreachers.net/texas
February 19, 2014
By Dwight Moody
Nothing illustrates the broad range of the AoP network like the three Partnership letters we received recently.
Matt Maiberger wrote from Fort Collins, Colorado: “Both the Academy of Preachers and out ministry, Youth Speaker’s Coach, share a common passion for equipping and sharpening young pastors and ministers to become excellent communicators of the Gospel for the advance of God’s Kingdom.”
The Youth Speaker’s Coach thus becomes our 74th National Partner (toward our goal of 100) and our first in the state of Colorado. Why not have a Festival of Young Preachers in that Rocky Mountain State (and add a ski excursion to the schedule)?
Welcome Matt Maiberger.
And welcome American Baptist College!
February 14, 2014
By Wyndee Holbrook
Ever go to a church potluck and be amazed at how the variety of flavors on your plate makes the perfect blend? That is exactly what you can expect from our menu of plenary preachers at Abilene Christian University on March 28-29 at the ’14 Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers. Sample below and then register to get your fill! www.academyofpreachers.net/texas
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