It is early Christmas morning here in the Houger Home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you; and we pray that you sense the joy, happiness, and peace of Christ and His first coming. Also, Barb and I want to take this opportunity to say “Merry Christmas” from our house to wherever you may be! We pray that the message of His first coming will continually spur you on to reach the unreached, the least reached, and the forgotten and to look forward to welcome Him at His second coming! We are so appreciative and thankful for each of you and the partnership we have with you! “Merry Christmas!”
Barb is the coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry Class here at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), Philippines! There are 13 students from nine countries. Drs. Waldemar and Rosemarie Kolwaski are the lectures and presenters. The students have expressed their appreciation for these seasoned professors, ministers, and counselors and they have said they have learned a lot through their teaching. Would you take a moment and pray for this class?
Merry Christmas to all of our friends, family members, students, colleagues (both in the educational and ministry realms), etc. All of you are very important to Barb and I! We appreciate you very much and we are very grateful for the partnership that we have with you! It is our prayer and desire that each of one of you experience the lovingkindness of the LORD in a greater and deeper sense! We pray that the Kingdom of God will expand through your lives. Furthermore, may your stories that flow through you lives and touch many other lives! Each of us have been privileged and honored to carry the greatest gift to the entire world — Jesus Christ! Again, Merry Christmas!
AG NEWS SPECIAL REPORT–
**Beloved Theologian Dr. Stanley M. Horton Passes
Rev. Stanley Monroe Horton, 98, of Springfield, Missouri, died
Saturday, July 12, 2014. Dr. Horton, recognized as the premier
Pentecostal theologian, was a renowned scholar and prolific
writer. Influencing the Assemblies of God through teaching
generations of ministers and missionaries personally and
through his works, Dr. Horton was highly regarded and loved by
leaders and students throughout the world. AG General
Superintendent George O. Wood referred to Dr. Horton as a
“bridge linking the Azusa revival to the present day.”
Visitation and funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
**BELOVED THEOLOGIAN DR. STANLEY M. HORTON PASSES
Rev. Stanley Monroe Horton, 98, of Springfield, Missouri, died on
Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Maranatha Village in Springfield.
Son of Harry Samuel Horton and Myrle May Fisher, Dr. Horton was born
on May 6, 1916, in Huntington Park, California. His maternal
grandparents Elmer Kirk Fisher and Clara Daisy Sanford participated
in the historic Azusa Street Revival of 1906, leading the nearby
Upper Room Mission. As a child of the Azusa Street Revival and
Mission, Horton has served, in the words of Assemblies of God
General Superintendent George O. Wood, as a “bridge linking the
Azusa revival to the present day.”
Dr. Horton received his educational training at Los Angeles City
College (A.A., 1935); University of California-Berkeley (B.S.,
1937); Gordon College (now Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
(M.Div., 1944); Harvard University (S.T.M., 1945); and Central
Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.D., 1959). He was Distinguished
Professor Emeritus of Bible and Theology at the Assemblies of God
Theological Seminary (AGTS), where he taught from 1978-1991. Prior
to that, he served as chair of the Bible Department at Central Bible
College from 1948-1978 and professor at Metropolitan Bible Institute
from 1945-1948. He wrote the Assemblies of God “Adult Teacher” Sunday
School curriculum for over 25 years. In 1980 he served as president
of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Upon his retirement from
teaching in 1991, he held the position of general editor of the
Pentecostal Textbook Series/”Logion Press” in Springfield until 2000.
Dr. Horton has been recognized as the premier Pentecostal
theologian. A renowned scholar and prolific writer, he continued to
travel the world until age 92, visiting 25 countries as a lecturer.
He authored dozens of books — many of which have been translated
into multiple languages, book chapters, and manuals and published
more than 250 articles and book reviews. He was listed in “Who’s Who
in Religion and Outstanding Educators of America.” His writings have
appeared in publications as diverse as “The Encyclopedia Americana
and the Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements.”
He served as chair of the editorial committee for “The Full Life
Study Bible” and its 2003 revision titled “Life in the Spirit Study
Bible.” Foreign translations commonly refer to this as “The Fire
Bible.” His book, “What the Bible Says about the Holy Spirit” (Gospel
Publishing House, 1976), has long been the definitive text on that
topic in universities and seminaries around the world. Dr. Horton
served as the official translator of 1 and 2 Corinthians from Koine
Greek to modern Messianic Jewish vernacular for the “Tree of Life”
Bible, an undertaking done in cooperation with the Messianic Family
Bible Project and now the official Bible of The King’s University.
Stanley Horton’s devotion to the salvation of “All Israel” and
biblical translation abilities did not weaken with his length of
Dr. Robert Cooley, Horton’s student at Central Bible Institute in
1949 and later his colleague on the faculty there, would later
comment about his writing, “He modeled a biblical scholarship that
was practically applied. So if you read the adult quarterly for 25
years, you can see that the lesson material grew out of an academic
understanding of Scripture but was very practical. It was the same
with his articles and other books — a technical understanding of the
biblical text but a remarkable way of translating that into a body
of applied theology. This is the meaning of his life, that he had a
wonderful way to do that. His scholarship was never esoteric; it was
for everyone. To be able to go from an exegetical theology to an
applied theology was a real gift.”*
Horton’s life of service has been characterized by a unique
combination of Pentecostal fervor, a commitment to biblical
scholarship, and Christ-like character.
In 2010 AGTS honored Dr. Horton as a “Legacy Leader” — one who
displays “fierce biblical faithfulness … long tenure … a high level
of confidence but no appearance of arrogance or haughtiness … [who]
accepts the responsibility for [his or her] ministry … [who] shows
unconditional love for those he or she serves … is persistent … has
a vision that always includes evangelistic passion … and [who] makes
decisions that will benefit the church … well beyond their own
tenure or even lifetime.”** Part of that legacy was Dr. Horton’s
support of women in leadership as well as his commitment to racial
reconciliation. “Scripture makes it clear that we’re all one in
Christ, and we need each other,” he said.
Committed to a sense that following Christ means being a “lifelong
disciple,” Dr. Horton continued to serve the Church well into his
nineties, on the Assemblies of God Commission on Doctrinal Purity,
an adviser for AGTS doctoral participants, and an original board
member of Israel’s Redemption — a role in which he served to the end
of his life.
In 2009 AGTS established The Dr. Stanley M. Horton Scholarly
Resources Endowment (http://agts.edu/more/horton/) in his honor. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to this endowment by
contacting the AGTS Development Office at 417-268-1000.
In 2009, Gospel Publishing House released Dr. Horton’s biography,
“Stanley M. Horton: Shaper of Pentecostal Theology.” As an addendum
to the biography, a full bibliography of works by and about Dr.
Horton up to the present time, and video interviews with him are
available at the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center website (click
here to view: http://s2.ag.org/hortonbib).
Stanley M. Horton was predeceased by his parents, his loving wife
Evelyn Gertrude Parsons, and siblings Donald, Harold, David, Evelyn
May, and Gertrude. He is survived by two sisters, Esther and Ruth of
California; two sons, Stan, Jr. (Linda Self) of Springfield,
Missouri; and Ed (Diana Dykes) of Branson, Missouri; and a daughter
Faith (Brent Stilts) of Springfield, Missouri. He is also survived
by three grandchildren: Matthew (Darci Stonebreaker), Monica
(Matthew Bryant), and Zachary Andrew Horton Stilts as well as six
great grandchildren: Cale, Aven, Asher, Noah, Lila, and Seth.
Visitation and funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
*Robert Cooley, telephone interview by Lois E. Olena, Springfield,
Missouri, August 28, 2008.
**Thom S. Rainer, “Breakout Churches: Discover How to Make the Leap”
(Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan 2010), 66-67.
Good Morning, MTI! MTI happens on the Campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) nearly every year. It is wonderful and an honor to see 12 eager students. They are ready to study Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, and Taoism! Please pray that the Lord will give us a special time of learning and exploring these religions; and vision for the lost!
Last evening, March 26th, APTS student Body leadership (Carol, Sunil, Kelly, and Deanna) and the Assistant Dean of Students, Herman Dionson led a wonderful Graduation Party! It was an evening full of laughter, musical and cultural dance, a quartet from Myanmar, and lots of food and desserts and fellowship! Hey, Team, you did a fantastic job! I wonder what next will be like?
Good Morning, Bangkok! The short time we have been here in Bangkok, the weather has been unbelievably pleasant! This morning’s temperature has been 62 degrees! Amazing! And, we are loving the cooler weather! We have been here in this great city visiting our medical doctors for routine check ups and on Saturday morning we will leave for Manila, Philippines.
We want to express our sincere thanks for those that have been praying for us. We sense those prayers and the strength of our Lord that comes from those prayers! It is so wonderful to be a part of a great team knowing that the Lord’s work goes forward! We serve a Mighty and Powerful Lord!
Happy New Year to all of our friends, financial and prayer supporter, and family! May the Lord richly bless you with His presence, power, and peace including direction for your lives! We appreciate each of you and the partnership we have with you! May the Lord be with you every step of the way!
First and foremost, this day, Christmas, centers around the birth of Christ! I am grateful, thankful, and yet honored that He obediently to pave the way for you and I to come back to the throne room of God! Secondly, the Houger family has had a fantastic Christmas morning; and we will continue to have a wonderful and memorable day. Merry Christmas to each of you. Each of you bring a certain blessing into our lives! We are honored by our partnership with you. May His face always shine upon you! Peace and Joy!
Barb and I want to take this opportunity to say thanks for your prayers and monthly financial support. It means a lot to us and we are very grateful for your faithfulness.
Yet, there may be those who do not support us on a monthly basis. We need your help in monthly support. This year we have had the privilege and opportunity to be in Cambodia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, etc. We have had wonderful sessions of teaching classes, faculty development seminars and curriculum development sessions. Obviously, this type of ministry does take finances and we would really appreciate if you would consider supporting us with a monthly support pledge or a one-time offering. If you already support us, would you consider giving a one-time offering?
Please note the Donate feature on the Houger Home website (www.hougerhome.com). Your contribution will greatly help us to continue to minister to Bible schools as they reach out to the unreached and the forgotten.