Receiving the Frances Asbury Award
“At the beginning of my ministry,” says the Rev. Dr. John E. Harnish, “I never intended to be connected with colleges, seminaries and campus ministry, but looking back over 50 years, I realize what an important part it has played in my life.” Education has played a large part in the work of the Methodist Church around the world as well. Methodism had its birth when John Wesley was a student at Oxford and his “Holy Club” was mockingly called “Methodists” because they were so methodical in their disciplined life. When Frances Asbury came to the American colonies . . .
From Beth Miller Executive Director Kenyan Urithi Education Fund
I quickly read through your fabulous book when you first sent me a copy and found it remarkable, exceptionally written, quite well done.
Recently I’ve been reading it meditatively… slowly… pondering…, the profound approach of Brother Stanley going deep into my soul. Wow!!! I resonate with each thought, amazed at how vital his message is for the world today. You captured his essence with each chapter and offered it on an enticing platter to nourish. Thank you!!! I read it each night before bed, it puts the world and my soul on the life giving “Way.” I sleep carried by your thoughts and insights.
I plan to read it again once I am finished, to reinforce and soak in the wisdom.
It is the best gift I’ve received in a long time. Thank you!
Blessings and love,
Executive Director Kenyan Urithi Education Fund www.kuef.org
From Bishop William Lewis, retired United Methodist Bishop.
It was an honor to be invited to write a few words of commendation for Jack Harnish’s new book: “Thirty Days with E. Stanley Jones. ” Janet and I began our life’s journey together reading and sharing THE WAY (by E. Stanley Jones). We became admirers and followers of this great missionary’s career. The Journey began for us as young lovers in 1950. 72 years later Janet was recommending Jones’s book to a gathering of spouses of United Methodist Bishops. Eunice Mathews spoke up and said, “I typed every word of that book.” Janet and I had become friends of Jim and Eunice Mathews since my election to the episcopacy in 1988 but it wasn’t until that moment that Janet realized that Eunice was the daughter of E. Stanley Jones.
Jack’s excellent little work consists of an imaginative series of
devotional meditations, each of them a daily snapshot of the man and his message. They are so well-written one feels compelled to read ahead of schedule. Why wait for more of such a compelling story?
I think it highly appropriate that Asbury University considers E. Stanley Jones as its preeminent alum. In a real sense Jones’s life and work belongs to the whole world and to the church universal. He loved and lifted people who were different than himself. He was a powerful witness for the ecumenical movement and the inclusive communities of faith. The chapters about the meaning of the word “all” and the dream of a federated Christian Church highlight these emphases. His ability to enter into conversation with all kinds of cultures and religions without a trace of ideological or spiritual superiority was a powerful witness to his “arms around the world” outlook and “Way” on the road of life.
The current role of some Asbury graduates in the crusade for disaffiliation and division is an anomaly. I’m sure this was somewhere in the back of Jack’s mind as he wrote about the ministry of this great man who embraced the world in lovingkindness.
As at the dawn of creation the Lord looked upon all that was made and called it “good,” E. Stanley Jones was never frightened by diversity but saw it in its kaleidoscopic wonder as the work of the Great God Almighty who was in Jesu. Indeed, “Jesus is Lord.”