Central Scholars Reflect

A Benedictine Spirituality Course Reflection

As I drove from my home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Nashville, Tennessee, to catch my plane, darkness surrounded me. My husband made coffee, filled my mug and sent me on my… Read more »


Reflections at Conception Abbey

This was the year I decided to register for the Benedictine Spirituality Course as a lifelong learner. I was given the required reading list, syllabus and instructions for living at the Abbey… Read more »


“I’m not a preacher. I’m a writer.”

To this day, I don’t understand why people ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. On the one hand, I think we need to hold onto the passions… Read more »


Gaining Experience and Confidence in Crafting and Delivering a Sermon.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one… Read more »


Bethany Who Has Preached One Sermon

When I was first asked to attend Academy of Preachers as the student representative for Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I thought, “Oh boy…they have an awful lot of faith in me…..I have… Read more »


Surprised by my EMERGE 2014 Experience

The conference in Orlando was delightfully more than I had anticipated. I’m interested in non-pastoral ministry and am working on starting my second career at the age of 62 so I came… Read more »


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… Read more »


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… Read more »


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… Read more »


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… Read more »