This morning I had the honor of presenting the Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award winner here at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The award is for an outstanding Master of Divinity student, nominated by his peers for his giftedness in preaching. The nominations are weighed by a committee of preaching professors, and each year one student ascends to the pulpit to deliver the Word.
I was thrilled to see the committee choose Nick Moore (no relation except in Christ) this year. The first time I heard Nick preach, I, and I mean this quite literally, did a double-take. I was sitting in the back of my Christian Preaching class, and I couldn’t believe the gravity and power with which he, such a young man, preached.
Since then, God has providentially placed the two of us as the Pastors Moore on the Highview preaching team, he at the Spencer County campus. God has blessed Nick with a great wife, Kyndra, and three children.
What I appreciate most about Nick Moore though is that he doesn’t seem to know that he’s a good preacher. God has granted him a humility and a servant-heartedness that I pray never collapses to the devil’s schemes.
I also am thankful to God to serve in a place like Southern Seminary, where preaching is so central, and where God is sending men who are called to be the sheep-herders in the noisy flock of Christ.