Social Significance of Preaching

Randy Scroggins was the preacher last Sunday morning when 100 people gathered at the New Beginnings Church of God. Sitting on the front row was his daughter, Lacey, who had just survived the mass shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Sitting alongside Lacey was 18-year-old Mathew Downing, who also survived Thursday’s shootings. Pastor Scroggins…Continue Reading Social Significance of Preaching

Four Schools, One Message

Over the past two weeks, I have visited four schools to speak about preaching–actually five, if we include both the undergraduate university and the seminary in Cincinnati! Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. They have a very large contingent of ministerial students. I spoke to their preaching class…Continue Reading Four Schools, One Message

Ministers are Number One!

Dwight A. Moody Seven years ago I started the Academy of Preachers because young ministerial students did not believe that the preaching/teaching/leading/praying/listening/organizing work of the Christian minister was a socially significant vocation. They wanted to change the world but were not convinced that preaching was an avenue for that ambition. Now comes an interesting and…Continue Reading Ministers are Number One!

Tuesday June 23 is AoP Day 2015

It all started seven years ago, June 23, 2008. I was unemployed, 58 years old, and a Baptist preacher. Those are not the cards you want to hold in your hand. “How are things at Georgetown College,” he asked; and I responded, “I am not there any more.” “What are you going to do?” “I don’t…Continue Reading Tuesday June 23 is AoP Day 2015

Next Gen Preacher

Wednesday, June 24, witnessed the second of four national Festivals of Young Preachers sponsored by four difference denominations or traditions. This one by the North American Christian Convention, which includes Churches of Christ and Independent Christian Churches. It is called: Next Gen Preacher Search. Hundreds of young preachers submitted short sermon videos last fall; 40 (including…Continue Reading Next Gen Preacher

Preaching Festivals All Over the Country!

Dwight A. Moody Festivals for Young Preachers are springing up all over the country this summer, and they are hosted by national denominational gatherings. The first is the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. At their General Assembly in Dallas (June17-20), 16 Young Preachers are registered to preach on the year-long AoP theme, HEAVEN & EARTH. This tradition…Continue Reading Preaching Festivals All Over the Country!

A Roman Catholic Ordination

Dwight A. Moody I have been to many ordinations in my day, including my own back in 1977 at the First Baptist Church of Murray. I have participated in some, led some, and observed some. But none like the one I attended last Saturday, with my back up against the sanctuary wall on Fifth Street in Louisville,…Continue Reading A Roman Catholic Ordination

Methodists Lead the Way

Dwight A. Moody “Every regional and national denominational gathering,” I have said from the very first, “needs to have attached to it a festival for young preachers.” Why? because these denominational gatherings are too often a collection of grey headed men (mostly) with too few young faces; and many of these are long on reports…Continue Reading Methodists Lead the Way

Francis: The World is His Parish

I went to Rome last month (April 2015) and saw the Pope. No, it was not a papal audience, as they call it, but with at least 50,000 of my closest friends I stood in Vatican Square and listened as Francis delivered his weekly homily. It was all in Italian (I presume) so I did…Continue Reading Francis: The World is His Parish

An Academy Like No Other

By Joseph T. Howard, AoP’12 What began as a dream after seeing a video on YouTube has blossomed into one of the most important things in my life. The Academy of Preachers is without a doubt one of the best things that has ever happened to me, as both a Christian and a preacher. Through…Continue Reading An Academy Like No Other