HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The first-ever Preach-Off between veteran Adventist evangelists, Dwight Nelson and Doug Batchelor, has been scheduled to coincide with the March 25 box office opening of Warner Brothers superhero blockbuster, Batman v Superman.
Event producers are hoping to capitalize on buzz about the Batman v Superman opening to lure Adventist viewers to the Preach-Off and keep them from going to the movies on Friday night.
The Preach-Off will be aired live on the Hope Channel and will feature all-out attempts by each pastor to best the other’s preaching style. Nelson and Batchelor will perform both rehearsed sermonettes as well as impromptu speeches on topics chosen by the audience.
Hope Channel spokesperson Michael Buffer promised viewers “edge of your seat excitement as two Adventist legends go head-to-head in the most anticipated Adventist match-up of our generation.”
So as not to favor either speaker with home court advantage, Buffer said that the Preach-Off will take place on the stage of Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Buffer warned that clapping is absolutely forbidden during the live event. “The Preach-Off winner will be selected at the end of the night as measured by cumulative decibels produced by ‘Amens’ from the crowd.”