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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Honoring the Pentecostal Who Linked Azusa Revival to the Modern Day
stanley horton photo (2).jpgDr. Stanley Horton
Before he was laid to rest Saturday in Springfield, Missouri, friends and colleagues eulogized Stanley Horton as a great man and educator with roots going back to Azusa Street. He was born only 10 years after the revival broke out at Azusa Street, and his grandparents were baptized in the Holy Spirit there. In the words of Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood, he was a "bridge linking the Azusa revival to the present day."

The day he died, July 12, we ran Horton's obituary that lists his many achievements. This is my attempt to eulogize a man I greatly admired and enjoyed the privilege of working with in his capacity as the senior editorial advisor for the Modern English Version, which I am publishing, that will release in September.

I've known about Horton all my life. Before I was born, he served as a professor at Central Bible College in Springfield, when my parents attended the school. But, I met him only once when I interviewed him two years ago about this work on the MEV, which you can view here.

As we began talking to leaders about this new translation, I heard firsthand how men from Jack Hayford to George Wood conveyed that Horton's involvement gave the translation credibility because of his reputation as a scholar and a translator.

We had intended to give Horton one of the first numbered copies of the MEV when the first edition comes off the press in less than two weeks. Now he is gone. He'll never see the completed Bible. The MEV is his last big—and perhaps biggest—project of a long, productive and respected life.

Horton was well-known for his work in academic circles, writing books, Sunday School curriculum and teaching at Bible colleges and seminaries. In the 1940s, it was unusual for Pentecostals to receive advanced degrees; yet Dr. Horton received two from Gordon College and Harvard University, as well as a doctoral degree in the 1950s from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

Throughout his long life he was given many accolades for his work, which you can read about here. However, he was also known as a humble, loving Christian man.

"He was a man of impeccable integrity," said Darrin Rodgers, the archivist of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, to whom Dr. Horton entrusted his papers only seven weeks ago.  "He loved his wife, Evelyn, and his children. He loved his students. He took time for everyone."

At his funeral service in Springfield, friends and family ...

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