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Academy of Preachers seen as 'Jesus version of American Idol'
Dwight A. Moody, the founder and president of the Academy of Preachers, has been recruiting potential preachers at Samford University and Birmingham-Southern College to take part in an effort aimed at reigniting an interest in preaching.
The academy organizes a national festival of preaching each year, summer camps and workshops for aspiring ministers ages 16 to 28, of all denominations. Modern seminary students often seek to work in ministry outside the pulpit, said Moody, former dean of the chapel at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.
"Today half of seminary and divinity school students are women, and very few if any want to preach," Moody said. "Some believe that preaching is no longer a socially significant vocation. It has lost part of its punch."...
USA wrote: "Do not forsake the gathering of the called out ones." Must this be face-to-face or may it be virtual? Many would argue that this forum, for example, is a gathering of the faithful.
You have misquoted the Scripture, for your own purposes.
Let me ask you a question. Called out of what?
Face to face is to be preferred but when providencially hindered one might use other means to keep the Lord's exhortation given through his apostle. We have examples of the faithful in church history in prison cells using writing implements. Computers were/are not always available. Can one sin with a pen and paper?
I would not argue that point, this morning heeding the words of Psalm 5:1-3 "Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."
I said to the Lord these (on this forum) are all 'asylum seekers' under attack by the world, the flesh and the devil. Some are more aware of the battle then others but all are in the fray.
questioning wrote: So, your answer is convenience. Shallow Christianity that can be content without fellowhip face to face and without a man ((not a machine) to care for their souls. It still doesn't answer my question. How has it come to this? Whose fault is it. If I'm not mistaken these great messages on audio are preached in congregations each week. Yet it is some of their flock who are now sitting home listening to someone else's minister. There is more to this, than a new generation.
Top 3 Reasons for Church: (1.) Sermon. (2.) Lord's Supper. (3.) Fellowship.
Substitute: (1,) SermonAudio.com, etc. (2.) Offered monthly (Low relevance). (3.) Elk's, Lion's, Sunday AM at Starbuck's.
USA wrote: what's motivating folks to attend a weekly church service? Perhaps it's an occasional Lord's Supper or a little fellowship. Hasn't digital media, inadvertently, unplugged the Evangelical church?
So, your answer is convenience. Shallow Christianity that can be content without fellowhip face to face and without a man ((not a machine) to care for their souls.
It still doesn't answer my question. How has it come to this? Whose fault is it. If I'm not mistaken these great messages on audio are preached in congregations each week. Yet it is some of their flock who are now sitting home listening to someone else's minister.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I've Been to the Mountaintop" sermon in Memphis the night before he was killed in 1968 -- preachers have had a resounding influence on U.S. culture.
Martin Luther King was a unitarian; not a Christian! So, if he had an impact, it wasn't a Christian one.
Moody hopes to improve the quality of preaching in America by attracting top talent to the pulpit.
But the bible says God uses the foolish things to confound the wise, etc..
The preaching festivals have featured aspiring preachers from a variety of mainline and evangelical Protestant denominations, and have included Catholic and Eastern Orthodox seminarians.
Bill Graham supposedly desired to save Catholics et al but then leave them their churches. I guess this fellow agrees. So, we witness to a Mormon, he says he believes the gospel and then we say go back to your Mormon church and be a good Mormon? So much for "come out from among them and be separate..."
Clearly they don't have a proper worldview and they have misunderstood the concept of common grace.
I have been thinking that seminary is becoming irrelevant if has no links to preaching and the church and can access all the resources anyway To me preaching has been improved by the quality of sermons on sermonaudio ,but churches have not realised we are in a digital age. To me it is important what they preach as we do not want more Rob bells Most solid Christians stay away from seminary because Christians end up losing there faith rather than gaining it I think this is a good idea that every church should let young preacher preach as they are the next generation
questioning wrote: Why do you think that is, the popularity of Sermon Audio and the decline of desire for the preached word? Just curious.
If you can listen to 1000s of the world's best preachers 24/7, on any topic, from your hand-held on SermonAudio.com (which you can), then doesn't this debase your local pastor's Sunday sermon?
Now that the preached word and music are digitized and accessible to anyone totally free, what's motivating folks to attend a weekly church service? Perhaps it's an occasional Lord's Supper or a little fellowship.
Hasn't digital media, inadvertently, unplugged the Evangelical church?
Sounds like the same as what we do with singers and music. i.e. We rank music groups on charts of popularity and sales. Some even allow these groups to come in and sing and then sell to the congregation. I'm being sarcastic but what about a top 40 for preachers!
The article was sadly not surprising yet truly a cause for concern for any sober minded person. I have another concern that is something that I have been observing of late. I fear the decline in faithfulness and truth of the greater part of the visible Church has led to an open door to much error. Many have been caught up it it. I recall reading something Luther said recently that before the restoration of the doctrine of justification by faith or first reformation Rev. 14:6-7 the amount of new revivals of old heresy was incomprehensible.
I believe what is needed is repentance and rest. Isa.30:15For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
I trust that the truth has been made known and can be known by God's appointed means, that God has dealt a death blow to Mystery Babylon already. And all that remains is a recognition of Satan's wiles in Church and State so as to avoid eternally fatal error Rev.14:9-12.
Contrary to Moody, in my life time, I've never seen so many young people and not so young, aspiring to a self appointed gospel ministry, to fill in the void. Moody is not seeing what is right before his eyes. Wonder why?
His Mission is nonle, but his Method is deplorable.
It's dissapointing that preaching has taken a backseat to everyting these days. But to have preaching contests? To look for the most talented? What does Paul say? But God has chosen the foolish things of this world.....God had chosen the weak things,the base things.....that no flesh should glory.
Saved at 17 in a Fundamental Baptist church; gave me a great foundation. However; they would have Preachung Contest, and the winner would get a cash prize. The would have never let me preach. My sermon would be a Rebuke to such Carnal nonsense.
This group had taken it even further. They freely admit they are using the Worldy American Idol as a motif.
If you ask the question: As long as it creates the desired result (interest in preaching)doesn't that make the means alright? Simply put NO! The ends do not justify the means. Moses struck the rock, but the people drank. Was Moses of the hook? No.
Let's pray that God will stir a hunger once again for the preaching of the Word. And that God (not gimmiks) would raise up anointed preachers, and anoint exising preachers in the pulpit. Also to protect them. Please pray that for me as well brethren.