Holiness and Love
July 28, 2017

There are many aspects to God’s nature. Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) comments on two of God’s qualities in The Mark of Love.

“The Christian really has a double task.
He has to practice both God’s holiness and God’s love. The Christian is to exhibit that God exists as the infinite-personal God; and then he is to exhibit simultaneously God’s character of holiness and love.
Not His holiness without His love: this is only harshness.
Not His love without His holiness: that is only compromise.
Anything that an individual Christian or Christian group does that fails to show the simultaneous balance of the holiness of God and the love of God presents to a watching world not a demonstration of the God who exists but a caricature of the God who exists.”

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Here in Kentucky
February 23, 2014

We came to Wilmore, Kentucky, on February 19, 2014, to attend a renewal conference – more about that later – and to visit some students and a friend from years ago. We lived in Wilmore from 1965-1968 while I was a student at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Wilmore is in central Kentucky, south of Lexington, and the area is full of horse farms.

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I was unable to get any good photos of horses. But we saw a lot of stone walls or fences in various stages of maintenance or disrepair. Here are two scenes of good repair – walls with no mortar at all.

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Here are some  scenes of Asbury Theological Seminary, including a statue of John Wesley.

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And inside the Beeson International Center forBiblical Preaching and Church Leadership you find this art piece of Francis Asbury, circuit riding preacher and one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States.

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At the seminary we met with the two Brethren in Christ persons who are students here: Luke Embree from Chambersburg, PA: and Megan Byers from Mechanicsburg, PA.

And in order to explore possible connections between Brethren in Christ World Missions and the Seminary, I met with Dr. Gregg Okesson, Dean of the E.  Stanley Jones Center for  World Mission and Evangelism; and with Dr. Thomas Tumblin, Dean of the Beeson Center, which serves as a link between the Seminary and the global church.

Now, for the renewal conference that brought us to Wilmore at this time. This conference was sponsored by the Francis Asbury Society (FAS), an organization founded by Dennis Kinlaw and dedicated to proclaiming the message of biblical  holiness through evangelistic meetings, conferences, retreats and publishing. You may learn more about the Society by visiting its web site.

Here are some views of the building that serves as the center for the Society. The society’s emphasis on the Holy Trinity is shown in a window and the unusual table in the board room.

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Speakers for the conference included Jerry  Coleman, Director of International Ministries for FAS; Stan Key,
Director of Operation for FAS; and guest, Sam Kamaleson, seen in this photo.

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Kamaleson, originally from India, studied at Asbury Seminary. He has founded and directed two foundations in India, published books and spoken around the world in pastors conferences for World Vision.

This renewal conference was held from Friday evening through Sunday noon, February 21-23. The theme was “Living Lavishly,” taken from Ephesians 7:1-8: “…according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished on us…”

Through times of worship, prayer and teaching we drew near to God and pondered the mystery, beauty and power of the fact that God wants not only to be with us, but in us. JoLene and I had the privilege of meeting many church leaders and missionaries who have served in many nations of the world.

We plan to return home on Monday, February 24.

Roxbury Holiness Camp Meeting
August 11, 2012

Here we are at Roxbury Holiness Camp at the village of Roxbury, not far from Shippensburg, PA. The camp meeting continues from August 3 through 12. The attendance is sometimes as large as 1.200.

This is my last year as camp meeting director after having served in this role for 35 years.

Our daughter Melanie and her family came from Guatemala to be with us for the last half of the camp. Sheryl and her family are here for the second weekend.

The iconic scene of the camp is the main tabernacle or auditorium.

And here is one of the prayer chapels and a view of the prayer gardens.

The theme for the camp this year is “Radical.” We are seeing that God’s message of salvation is radical – and is just what our world needs. We have been hearing excellent preaching on many themes, and people are meeting God in life-changing ways.

All glory and praise to God!

Francis Asbury and His Influence
January 22, 2012

“My desire is to live more to God today than yesterday, and to be more holy in this hour that the last.” This was one of the statements of Francis Asbury.
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Holiness
January 14, 2008

The Brethren in Christ (the church family of which I am a part) have been strongly influenced by the holiness tradition of the Wesleyan revival and the American holiness movement.
Richard Foster, in his book Streams of Living Water, comments on some of the positive implications of the biblical teaching on holiness:

Holiness is loving unity with God. It is an ever-expanding openness to the divine center. It is a growing, maturing, freely-given conformity to the will and ways of God. Holiness gives us our truest, fullest humanity. In holiness we become the persons we were created to be.

To which I add this prayer: God, grant that I and all Christians everywhere will live a supernatural life of truth, love and power because of our living connection with you, the living God.