Updates, Events, and Publications

Alumna Melissa Ferguson Publishes First Novel

Melissa Ferguson, MBS ’11, publishes her first novel entitled The Dating Charade.

Here is a summary:

“Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?”

Visit Melissa’s website for more information on upcoming publications as well as e-books already online at: www.melissaferguson.com

You can order her book and read more on The Dating Charade here.

Asbury Alumnus Inducted into Salina Business Hall of Fame

Marshall Stanton, M. Div. ’60, was inducted into the Salina Business Hall of Fame on November 5, 2019. To be considered as a Hall of Fame Laureate, an individual’s record of business achievement must demonstrate excellence in the following general categories: business excellence; entrepreneurial spirit; courageous thinking and action; inspiring leadership; community impact; positive role model; enduring accomplishments; and local influence. Marshall served as the President of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas from 1984 – 2002, guiding it from a near-death condition to the strongest position in its life up to that time. Marshall is a career United Methodist minister who served pastorates in Ohio and Kansas, was appointed as a District Superintendent in 1978 and then elected to the presidency in 1984. He holds a D. D. and B. A. from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and a Th. M from Princeton Theological Seminary in addition to the degree from Asbury. Marshall and Janice have been married 63 years, have three grown children ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. They continue to live in Salina.

Alumnus Publishes New Book

Sterling Merritt Durgy, MDiv ’74, announces the publication of a new printed resource for Wesleyans:
Walking with the Full Assurance of Understanding has been written to provide Christians who are serious about their faith what Paul called: “the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding.” In its pages readers will find the central truths, logic, and promise of Christianity necessary for a confident, stable, and fruitful walk with God.
No one knew better than John Wesley that it is one thing to know Scripture, quite another to understand it. Even as a missionary to Georgia, well-schooled in the faith by a clergyman father, a devout mother, and his studies at Oxford, Wesley remained unaware of the full meaning of Scripture. It was understanding that unlocked the power of God’s work in his life.
Given the multitude of negative influences both from secular culture within the Christian community, there has never been a greater need to avoid the false teachings of philosophy, popular but mistaken beliefs, and poor assumptions. The information and insights presented here will enable twenty-first century Christians to avoid being “carried about by every wind of doctrine” by understanding the treasure they have in God, Jesus Christ, and the Scriptures.
For more information and a discount coupon if purchased from the publisher, go to: http://amnightwatch.com/wwfau.htm

Dr. William Payne Releases Second Book in Spiritual Warfare Series

Alumnus Dr. William Payne, Doctor of Philosophy ’01, releases the second installment in his Spiritual Warfare series.
Here is a summary: Spiritual warfare is not a church fad. Rather, it is the rediscovery of biblical Christianity. Furthermore, one will not grasp what the Bible teaches until one comprehends what it affirms about spiritual warfare. In truth, spiritual warfare permeates the entire Bible. When one learns to read the Scriptures through the lens of spiritual warfare, one will discern the mission of God, understand the kingdom of God, and be able to participate in the work of God. As a professional theologian, seminary professor, and spiritual warfare practitioner, Bill Payne believes that the church will not make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18–20) until it operationalizes what the Bible teaches about spiritual warfare. As it orients the reader to the spiritual warfare mandate, Satan Exposed tackles the difficult passages of Scripture. In short, this book will change how you read the Bible, how you understand reality, and how you do ministry.
You can find the book on Amazon here.

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