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Ride The AoP Express to Dallas!

November 18, 2014

By Dwight Moody

AoPExpressA chartered bus dubbed The AoP Express will leave Lexington at 4pm on January 1 bound for the 2015 National Festival of Young Preachers in Dallas, Texas.

Any young preacher, mentor, volunteer, exhibitor, or friend of young preachers registered for the National Festival may ride the bus. Call 859-949-1000.

Cost for this round trip is only $50, payable when you step on the bus. The only other cost are two meals en route.

Pick up stops are scheduled for Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, all in Kentucky, and Nashville and Memphis in Tennessee. The complete schedule coming and going is below.

This will help all of our Kentucky and Tennessee friends get to Dallas in an affordable way, and it will allow this same cohort to present a warm COME TO KENTUCKY IN 2016 invitation to the entire Festival in Dallas.

Lv. from Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington 4:00 PM
Arrive Middletown, KY 5:15 PM
Lv. Middletown, KY 5:30 PM
Arrive Elizabethtown, KY 6:30 PM
Lv. Elizabethtown, KY 6:46 PM
Arrive Bowling Green, KY 7:00 PM
Lv. Bowling Green, KY 7:15 PM
Arrive Nashville, TN 8:15 PM
DINNER BREAK
Lv. Nashville, TN 9:15 PM
Arrive Memphis, TN 12:15 AM
Lv. Memphis, TN 12:45 AM
Arrive Little Rock, AR 2:45 AM
Lv. Little Rock, AR 3:00 AM
Arrive Greenville TX 7:00 AM
BREAKFAST BREAK
Lv Greenville TX 8:00
Arrive Dallas Hotel 9:00 AM

Lv. Dallas, TX 2pm
SUPPER BREAK (1 hr.)
Arrive Little Rock, AR 8pm
Lv. Little Rock, AR 8.15pm
Arrive Memphis, TN 10.30pm
Lv. Memphis, TN 10.45pm
Arrive Nashville, TN 1.45am
Lv. Nashville, TN 2am
Arrive Bowling Green, KY 3am
Lv. Bowling Green, KY 3.15am
Arrive Elizabethtown, KY 5.30am
Lv. Elizabethtown, KY 5.45am
Arrive Middletown, KY 6.45am
BREAKFAST BREAK (1 hr.)
Lv. Middletown, KY 7.45am
Arrive Lexington, KY 9am

 

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Master Classes at the Festival

November 13, 2014

By Wyndee Holbrook

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The AoP is proud to present these extraordinary homileticians with great thanks to these sponsoring institutions: Perkins School of Theology, Truett Theological Seminary, Wesley Seminary (IWU) and Wesley Seminary (Washington, DC).

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From the Page to the Pulpit

November 6, 2014

By Erica Evans Whitaker, AoP'14

erica whittakerThe blank page. The blinking curser. Where to begin?

How will I ever get from the page to the pulpit?

Sermon preparation can be daunting and even terrifying. There are moments the mind races around with an abundance of thoughts and ideas as you type speedily onto the Word document. Then there are other times when the empty void of nothingness fills the mind and preacher paralysis sinks in.

I have had the opportunity to preach at several Festivals with the Academy of Preachers giving me many opportunities to practice my sermon preparation skills. There, of course, is a buffet of sermon preparation options that each preacher chooses according to their personal taste. As a young preacher I am still trying a little bit of this and a little bit of that hoping one day I will have the perfect platter of sermon preparation.

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Boston. Nashville. Dallas

November 4, 2014

By Dwight Moody

What fabulous festivals this fall!

Harvard Divinity School hosted the first of our series of New England Festival of Young Preachers. Twenty one came to preach, from Gordon Conwell Seminary, Yale Divinity School, Boston University, Eastern Nazarene University and other places far from Boston.

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Chaplains of the Common Good

October 15, 2014

By

.Frank Thomas CTS Our guest columnist today is noted preacher and author Frank Thomas, professor of preaching at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Thomas was a plenary preacher at the 2014 National Festival of Young Preachers.

In his book, Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, the Reverend Doctor Joseph E. Lowery published a sermon entitled, “Chaplains for the Common Good,” from which I take the title of this article. In 1998, after his retirement from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Lowery joined with other activists and formed the Coalition for the People’s Agenda (CPA) – a coalition of advocacy groups on civil rights, peace, labor, women’s issues, justice, youth, human rights, etc.

At the end of each CPA meeting, they quoted together this line: “We are chaplains of the common good.” While many see the role of chaplain as reading scriptures and praying prayers at community, social, and even church events before eating or discussing business, they saw the chaplain role much deeper than that. A chaplain is the conscience of an organization, nation, or church, Lowery explained, urging all to do what is right and what is pleasing to God.

According to Lowery, chaplains nudge everyone toward the common good. Through Scriptures, prayers, and sometimes a clap of thunder, they jar us to righteous reality. Sometimes it is a flash of lightning making plain the landscape of societal ills; sometimes it is a whisper into our still conscience; sometimes it is an alarm clock saying it is time to rise; sometimes it’s a bugle call to engagement; sometimes it is a cool breeze of thankfulness following the glory of triumph or the agony of defeat; but it is always on the side of the Creator, always calling out the best in us for the common good.

In his book, Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, the Reverend Doctor Joseph E. Lowery published a sermon entitled, “Chaplains for the Common Good,” from which I take the title of this article. In 1998, after his retirement from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Lowery joined with other activists and formed the Coalition for the People’s Agenda (CPA) – a coalition of advocacy groups on civil rights, peace, labor, women’s issues, justice, youth, human rights, etc.

At the end of each CPA meeting, they quoted together this line: “We are chaplains of the common good.” While many see the role of chaplain as reading scriptures and praying prayers at community, social, and even church events before eating or discussing business, they saw the chaplain role much deeper than that. A chaplain is the conscience of an organization, nation, or church, Lowery explained, urging all to do what is right and what is pleasing to God.

According to Lowery, chaplains nudge everyone toward the common good. Through Scriptures, prayers, and sometimes a clap of thunder, they jar us to righteous reality. Sometimes it is a flash of lightning making plain the landscape of societal ills; sometimes it is a whisper into our still conscience; sometimes it is an alarm clock saying it is time to rise; sometimes it’s a bugle call to engagement; sometimes it is a cool breeze of thankfulness following the glory of triumph or the agony of defeat; but it is always on the side of the Creator, always calling out the best in us for the common good.

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