AoP Chapters….Now Forming

August 27, 2014

By Dwight Moody

MOody head shot, 2014For six years, the Academy of Preachers has been hosting events: preaching camps and festivals for young preachers. Our premiere event is the National Festival of Young Preachers. The next one is January 2-5, 2015 in Dallas, Texas and there’s lots of information about it on this web site. Registration is now open.

But there is a new game in town: AoP Chapters.

This current academic year, nine chapters will form: two in Texas and two in Indiana, one in Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia……and Kentucky.

We are launching the Louisville Metro Chapter of the Academy of Preachers.

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Baptist. Orthodox. Catholic.

August 22, 2014

By Dwight Moody

MOody head shot, 2014Lucas called me from Louisville several years ago.

“I need to find a new school,” he said. “Can I come to Georgetown and speak to you?”

He came; then enrolled; and before he graduated he took a tutorial with me on the theological tradition of the Christian faith. I gave me a list of books, from Tertullian to Tillich, and he read them all and wrote papers and we talked.

Two years later, he converted to Orthodoxy. “Where did this come from?” I ask.

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A Time for Preaching

August 12, 2014

By Dwight Moody

Ecclesiastes contends there is a time for everything, and surely this is the time for preaching.

Our homes, our communities, our nation, even our world is in dire need of the gospel of God, that God, in Christ, is redeeming the world, is at work in every circumstance to pull us forward into the future that Jesus called the kingdom of God.

But there is much evidence pointing in the other direction.

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“Wait”–A Sermon We All Need

August 5, 2014

By Dwight Moody

MOody head shot, 2014 Very rarely, if ever, do I post a sermon in this space. Maybe that will change, beginning today. Here is a sermon we all need to read and hear. It was preached last February by my long time friend, Terry Ellis. He was pastor of my home church in Murray, Kentucky, and then another church in Alabama, and now Broadmoor Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. He is a wonderful preacher, but this sermon goes deeper, wider, and higher than the vast majority of sermons I have read, heard, or preached. I needed this sermon and so do you.

I’m Terry. And I’m an alcoholic.

I’m quite sure that for the first half century or so of my life those are words I never thought I would say. The idea never crossed my mind. It is not something I ever considered. But here I am, an alcoholic. I’m not proud of that, but I’m also not ashamed. It doesn’t define completely who I am, but it does inform who I am. I am a grateful alcoholic, grateful for what God as done in my life, what God has taught me, and the hope God has stirred to life within me. So my sermon today may be words you do not need or expect to hear, but they are words I need to say. I hope you understand.

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General Assocation of Baptists in Kentucky

July 31, 2014

By Dwight Moody

Moody, Freddie MoodyAll week long, the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky have been meeting in Lexington, at the Hilton Hotel. This is the same hotel that will host the 2016 National Festival of Young Preachers in Lexington, in January of 2016.

The General Association of Baptists in Kentucky is the primary gathering of Black Baptists or African American Baptists (I never know which descriptive phrase to use!) in Kentucky. I have attended much of this annual meeting; and when I have not been free to do so, other AoP representatives have (Elbonita Hawkins AoP’10, Allan Moody, Christian Smith AoP’10, and Keith Turner AoP’12).

It has been a wonderful experience for me. I have greeted some old friends:

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