Why Johnny (and Susie) Can’t Preach

I spent $155 at the book store and the one worth the whole amount is a slim paperback written by a Pennsylvania college professor: “Why Johnny Can’t Preach”. In the preface he confesses: “I’ve always feared to state publicly that, in my opinion, less that 30 percent of those who are ordained to the Christian…Continue Reading Why Johnny (and Susie) Can’t Preach

Young Preacher #16….from Philadelphia!

We welcome to the Festival of Young Preachers our 16th registrant, Michael Dellig. Hurrah for you, Michael, and we are eager to meet you! Michael’s story begins in Richmond, Indiana. A few weeks ago I traveled there to speak with students and professors at the Bethany Theological Seminary. They were so gracious and receptive; I…Continue Reading Young Preacher #16….from Philadelphia!

As of the First of May

Time for another progress check. Dateline: May 4, 2009 Enrollment for the Festival of Young Preachers now stands at 15, and as many as 50 other young preachers are working on registration forms for the Festival next January. Some of these will be complete before summer but the summer will not be a high activity…Continue Reading As of the First of May

Watch the Videos on Facebook!

Ever since I purchased my Flip video camera I have been recording interviews with people (students, professors, preachers, etc) about the Festival of Young Preachers. So far, I have up-loaded onto our Facebook site (Academy of Preachers) videos from Campbellsville University, Fisk University, and Oakland City University. Coming in the next few days are videos…Continue Reading Watch the Videos on Facebook!

Travel Journal: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!

The Travels of Dwight A. Moody:      Friday, and back in Owensboro, meeting with Kent Lewis, campus minister at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Largely because of the earlier endorsement by the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, Kent pledged the cooperation of the College and gave me a list of seven students who are candidates for…Continue Reading Travel Journal: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!

Bethany Seminary President Endorses Academy

“Please receive this letter as Bethany Theological Seminary’s endorsement of the Academy of Preachers and an expression of my intention to encourage students and faculty to participate in the Academy.” So wrote Dr. Ruthann Knechel Johansen, President of Bethany Theological Seminary to Dr. Dwight A. Moody, Executive Director of the Academy of Preachers. “My visit…Continue Reading Bethany Seminary President Endorses Academy

Festival Reaching Out on Facebook

Less than two weeks ago, our marketing firm Peritus led by our account representative Charissa Acree designed and launched an advertizing effort on Facebook. Today (Tuesday) she reported to me the following summary: In the era of social media, the Academy of Preachers wants to reach young people where they are. Today, with more than…Continue Reading Festival Reaching Out on Facebook

Festival: Local, Regional, National or Global?

The Festival of Young Preachers will be held Thursday-Saturday, January 7-9, 2010, in Louisville, Kentucky. Registrations are now being received. The first one hundred Young Preachers to register will be admitted to this first-of-its-kind event. But questions have arisen: is the Festival limited just to those Young Preachers in the target area; or is anyone…Continue Reading Festival: Local, Regional, National or Global?

Why Newsweek Got It Wrong

Easter and Christmas always bring cover stories on religion in the national press; and this year Newsweek put on its front cover the provocative title: “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.” It summarizes two things: some data from the 2009 American Religious Identification Survey, and some opinions of Dr. Al Mohler of the Southern…Continue Reading Why Newsweek Got It Wrong