For preachers, a textual feast inside Austin city limits

Sermon Seminar affords spiritual — and physical — food.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

AUSTIN, Texas — Welcome to the Lone Star state capital, home of the South by Southwest Festival and the Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K.

A lesser-known annual festival: the Gourmet Preachers Tour, conducted during the Austin Sermon Seminar.

The informal tour involves a dozen or so minister friends. It usually starts with Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Favorites such as Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen and Chuy’s Tex-Mex follow. Don’t forget nightly visits to Amy’s Ice Creams.

“We emphasize fellowship,” said Larry Roberts, minister for the Daugherty Street Church of Christ in Eastland, Texas.

“A lot of it has to do with the psalm that talks about oil flowing down Aaron’s beard, I think,” quipped Greg Fleming, minister for the North A Church of Christ in Midland, Texas, referring to Psalm 133:2.

Joking aside, it’s not really the food — but rather the chance to feast on God’s word — that keeps these preachers returning to Central Texas.

For 36 years, the Austin Graduate School of Theology has hosted the Sermon Seminar.

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This story appears in the July 2017 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.