Showing posts from April, 2012

WRITERS: Focus on Margaret Muse Oden (1917-2002)

One of the first female writers to consistently appear in Pentecostal Holiness Church denominational pages was Margaret Muse Oden.  Her love for writing, and creative expression in general, meant she would logically gravitate toward music, art, and writing. That is exactly what she did mastering and teaching the organ and piano, attaining teaching level mastery of China painting, and developing skills in both editing and writing.
On July 20, 1916, the home of Daniel Thomas and Margaret Adelaide Scott Muse welcomed into their simple home a baby girl, Margaret Pearl Muse.   In the 1920, U.S. Federal Census for Oklahoma the family was residing at 526 California Street.  In 1927, her father would be called to pastor the church where he had begun working in 1907 as a janitor. The earliest First P.H. Church of Oklahoma City was located along two stretches of California street.  Later it moved to NW 9th and Blackwelder.
In the 1930 U.S. Federal census for Oklahoma, they were living at 1812 …


After promoting the new biography on British born scholar Noel Brooks, we received many comments. Many wished to know where his early noted work Scriptural Holiness might be purchased.  In response to those we are sharing this information.

Noel Brooks authored Scriptural Holiness in the early 1960's and it quickly attained the level of a classic among Holiness and Pentecostal groups. The ability of this small volume to speak across theological and denominational lines is a testament to the sound scholarship and Biblical interpretation used by Brooks.   LifeSprings of Franklin Springs, Georgia, currently has this book available for purchase at $7.95.


In the July 11, 1918 issue of the Pentecostal Holiness Advocate, there is an article by early Pentecostal pioneer, Richard Baxter Hayes. Son of Rev. Hamilton N. Hayes, he had been a minister in the Fire Baptized Holiness Church and then an evangelist for many years in the Pentecostal Holiness.  He died in in July 1937 and Bishop J.H. King and Paul F. Beacham led the service. 
"We see by all the scriptures that there have been women preachers all along the way, and we notice in every holiness movement, as long as the power and fire fell and they kept red hot for God, women preachers were in the crowd...just as soon as they backslide and compromise and tone down, they want to elbow off the women preachers." (pg. 6)
" every great holiness movement when the saints are red hot for God and the burden of the lost upon them, they lose sight of churchanity, sectarianism, the world, and the only burden of their hearts is to get souls saved and sanctified and filled with the Ho…


Velma Cochren Terry (1914-1999), a Pentecostal Poet.

Born on the wind swept plains of middle Kansas was married at age 15. She was a mother to ten children of which only seven survived infancy.  She raised five children by herself after being deserted by her first husband. During WW2 - while a 'Rosie the Riveter" - she met the man she would marry after the war and have five more children. 
She first attended a Pentecostal church in the 1940's in Nebraska (Church of God and Foursquare congregations).  She became a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church under the ministry of Rev. Sally Flippin in Wichita, Kansas in the early 1950's. She was a charter member of churches in Wichita and Wellington, Kansas (under Sally Flippin, Bill and Evelyn Thompson, Pastor Burchett and Hoyle Baker). 
She trained as a Nurses Aide later in life and served as special care attendent at local hospitals and in private care. 
Velma's first poem was published in the church newsletter, th…


The Novermber 29, 1945 issue of the Pentecostal Holiness Advocate carries an article by J.A. Synan, "Bible Institute Opens in British Columbia" (pg. 7).  The Pacific Coast Bible Institute was dedicated with Rev. Harold Paul , superintendent of the B.C. conference in attendance with a local pastor Miss Elsie Cartmell (who was also sect-treas of the new school) and local and regional government representatives.

Leadership for the school was Miss Florence O. Hamilton (Principal), Rev. C.W. Serle (Asst. Principal and Dean), and Rev. J.W. Bruce (Intructor).  The school was located in the center of Chilliwack, in the Fraser River Valley.

Hamilton had graduated from Holmes Bible College, served 17 years as a missionary to China and had previous experience as an assistant principal prior to that.  Searle was an Oxford graduate and Anglican clergy, while Bruce had been a Methodist minister.

This now may constitute the earliest administrative role for a woman in education in the PHC, …

Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, 2012

The SBL Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of biblical scholars in the world. Each meeting showcases the latest in biblical research, fosters collegial contacts, advances research, and focuses on issues of the profession. The 2012 event will be in Chicago Nov. 17-20, 2012.

One of the world's largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies is on display at the congress. At this meeting, scholars benefit from sessions on religion, philosophy, ethics, and diverse religious traditions.

The call for papers for this year's conference is now closed but here are the dates/locations for future events:

Baltimore, MDNovember 23-26, 2013San Diego, CANovember 22-25, 2014Atlanta, GANovember 21-24, 2015


The Society for Pentecostal Studies will hold their 42nd Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Wesleyan Theological Society, hosted by Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA, March 21-23, 2013.  The theme of the event is "Holiness."  Information about their call for papers may be found here.
Proposals are due to the appropriate Interest Group Leader (IGL) no later than June 30, 2012. Each proposal will be acknowledged by email from the IGL or chair within two weeks of submission. 
Membership information on the society is available here.


The Noel Brooks Memorial Conference Book Series A scholarly multi-disciplinary conference in honor of the pastor, educator, writer, and theologian, Noel Brooks (1914-2006).
Description: A series of books containing scholarly articles related to the general themes of each conference. Each book will bear the series title: “The Noel Brooks Memorial Conference Series” and a number. The main title will reflect the theme or some element of it.

2012: “Merging Faith and Learning”    DEADLINE June 15, 2012 2013: “Transformations”                      DEADLINE June 15, 2013 2014: “Centennial” and the theme of legacy  DEADLINE June 15,2014
Mission: To promote the Conference, to encourage discussion on the themes, and to foster scholarship.
Funds: Monies generated from any sales will go into a special "Noel Brooks Conference‟ fund to help defray costs for future events. Funds over the cost of the conference in any calendar year will go into a fund to support and maintain the special collections and a…