The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth

Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
Organization: Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

The Rev. James Neil Hollingsworth, Jr., better known as 'Dock' Hollingsworth, is senior pastor of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.

Before accepting the call at Second-Ponce in 2013, Dock had an 18 year career with Mercer University, most recently serving at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology as assistant dean and assistant professor of leadership.

Dock earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University, and received his master of divinity degree from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

Earlier Dock served churches in North Carolina and Georgia.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth

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Dock Hollingsworth: Because God Is Not in Favor of Ignorance

Tuesday May 09, 2023
Knowledge is good, Dock Hollingsworth says, but wisdom is better. Wisdom is the recognition that the groping for life's meaning is over only when we trust in the risen Christ, not in the gods the world is worshipping now.

Dock Hollingsworth: Dominus Flevit

Tuesday April 05, 2022
In his Palm Sunday sermon, Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says Jesus doesn't enter Jerusalem on a war stallion, but on a colt. His new kingdom is alive in the hears of people who search for Christ's peace first within their own souls, so that they may be agents of that peace in the world.

Dock Hollingsworth: "Low Estate" Is Not a Charleston Plantation

Tuesday December 14, 2021
In his sermon for Advent 4, Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says, like Mary, those who hear and respond to God's grace all end up singing. There are just some experiences in life that are so grand that song and dance are the only right response.

Dock Hollingsworth: It's Not Donkeys & Elephants, It's Sheep & Goats

Tuesday November 17, 2020
Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says according to this teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25, we know there is going to be a final exam, and we’ve been given the single question on it in advance—that question being, How did you respond to human need? Let's prepare for it!

Dock Hollingsworth: And You Will Be Hated

Tuesday November 12, 2019
Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says Jesus's disciples had seen so many wonderful miracles and events—there had never been anybody like this man! Yet Jesus knows that following the way of the Kingdom is not all about the good times. Sometimes there is hardship, sometimes bad things happen—and not in spite of being a Jesus follower but because you are.

Dock Hollingsworth: The War of the Cravings

Tuesday September 18, 2018
The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth shows us that first century Christians were just as greedy, lustful, and ambitious as we can be. And the writer of James addresses the common everyday sins that might look harmless enough, but are the true thieves of human happiness and congregational unity.

Dock Hollingsworth: How Big Is the Church?

Tuesday May 02, 2017
Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says the ways of church life have changed over the centuries since the book of Acts--back then they had no building, constitution, by-laws, or even a pastor; they had the presence of the Holy Spirit and each other. Churches today can rediscover their connection with the early church, and find how truly big the church is.

Coming Home

Tuesday March 01, 2016
In his sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Dock Hollingsworth guides us through the four acts in Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, and encourages us all to come home and join the party.

Trouble at the Festival

Tuesday September 30, 2014
The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth takes a compelling look at a dramatic encounter in Matthew between Jesus and the religious elite--and urges us to consider our own failure to produce fruit as Jesus' followers.