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Reflections

I came. I saw. I conquered.

"Riding along in my automobile" is not exactly the song that I thought I would be humming at the end of the festival. But today, due to impeding weather, we find ourselves cruising the highway headed back to Kansas City. This experience at AoP has been one that is hard to put into words. I...
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My insightful preaching circle experience

It has been more than 24 hours since I preached my fifteen minute sermon at the 2014 Academy of Preachers’ festival. It has taken me a full day to digest all of the events from the first day of the conference, especially my sermon experience. I needed to let it soak in, marinate, and simmer...
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Festival - A Definition

fes·ti·val noun: festival; plural noun: festivals 1. a day or period of celebration, typically a religious commemoration. synonyms: fair, carnival, fiesta, etc. You want to know the best part of being at a festival? It’s not the food. It’s not the music. It’s not the people watching. While all of those things make a festival...
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My favorite part of today

Today is a day of new experiences. The beauty of the Academy of Preacher’s festival is reflected in its ecumenical diversity—the incredibly diverse body of Christ uniting for the common purpose of preaching the Gospel and growing together as young preachers. There are many traditions, theological positions, and backgrounds represented here in Indianapolis. Each individual...
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A Festival of Young Preachers Reflection

I’M EXCITED RIGHT NOW. …Which is exactly opposite of what I felt at 7:39 A.M this morning while boarding my flight to Indianapolis headed to the Academy of Preachers’ conference. This morning I was completely drained. I was completely unmotivated to come to the conference. Why? The end of December is insanity. The Advent season...
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