Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dec. 15, 2012, column:
College documents key Methodist figures

By Mike Haynes
            Asbury, Coke, Wesley.
            If you keep up with Christian denominations, you know which one counts those three among its founders.
            Having grown up in a Methodist church, I certainly know and respect those names. So while on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas with Amarillo College journalism students a few weeks ago, I visited the Bridwell Library, part of the Perkins School of Theology. On display were books and documents associated with those iconic Methodist names as well as many others – including Carhart.
            If you’re familiar with Clarendon, one of the Texas Panhandle’s first towns, you might recognize that name. I have a cousin who lives on Carhart Street, in fact, in the Donley County seat.
            We’ll get back to Carhart. First, I have to tell you how glad I was that I walked across the gorgeous SMU campus to that library. One of the first documents I encountered was a yellowed piece of paper with a circular, bright red, wax seal on it – signed “John Wesley.” The 1770 signature of the founder of Methodism was at the bottom of the manuscript in brown ink.
It was his last will and testament, in which the 67-year-old preacher entrusted James Rouquet with many of his Methodist duties, such as making payments to the Kingswood School and allowing other ministers to use his personal library.
            Rouquet died in 1776, 15 years before Wesley, so the will later was revised. But 12 inches in front of my eyes was the signature of one of the most well-known preachers in history.
            The Bridwell collection also includes a May 14, 1765, letter from Wesley explaining his theory of “Christian perfection.” Who did he send it to? John Newton. You may have heard of Newton, too; the Anglican vicar wrote “Amazing Grace.”
              There’s a Bible bought in 1806 for the Methodist church in Coeymans, N.Y. The renowned Francis Asbury used it when he preached at that New York church. But just as interesting to Panhandle residents is the fact that it later was owned by John Wesley Carhart (1834-1914), another Methodist minister, writer, physician and inventor who was the cousin of Clarendon’s founder, the Rev. Lewis H. Carhart.
            Lewis Carhart, who established the town in 1878, had gotten J.W. Carhart,  living in Oshkosh, Wis., to print Clarendon’s first newspaper. For a while, it was mailed from Wisconsin to Texas.
            Clarendon began as a Methodist community and was known as “Saints’ Roost.” For the full story, see “Panhandle Pilgrimage,” a book by Pauline Durrett Robertson and R.L. Robertson.
            Still excited to see the Clarendon connection in the SMU library, I made a quick descent to the Bridwell basement to be sure I didn’t miss anything in this building where so many pastors have studied.
In a hallway were three library carts with signs that read, “Free Books.” Not able to resist, I scanned the carts for books that looked old. I picked J.B. Phillips’ “Letters to Young Churches” from 1948, Evelyn Underhill’s “Worship” from 1937 and, mainly because it was printed in 1856, “Life of Rev. John Clark” by the Rev. B.M. Hall.
It wasn’t until that night, back in the hotel, that I discovered this in the Clark book, written in brown ink:
“J. Wesley Carhart’s Library.”
The minister and printer of Clarendon’s first newspaper was born in Albany County, N.Y., and the book has a sticker that says it was sold in “Albany.” He would have been about 22 when it was published.
I’ll have to do more research to confirm that one of the Carharts inscribed his name in that now-fragile book, but it sure looks like it.
OK, I guess what I will do since the Amarillo Globe-News started charging for access to is to post my entire column here each time. I also will include a link to the column at
(I know I should go back and post every past column here in addition to the link, but I don't know when I'll have time to do that.) Thanks for your patience.
--Mike H.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Uh, oh. All these links to my columns go to the Amarillo Globe-News website, The Globe-News is about to start charging for access to its website, so I suspect that unless you are a Globe-News subscriber, the links no longer will take you to my columns.
I'm not sure what to do about that or if I have time right now to come up with an alternate way to make the columns easily available.
We'll see.
Thanks for your interest.
--Mike H.
Nov. 24, 2012, column:
Spend time on the road with God
(This column has two parts: the first is about praying while driving; the second is an update on C.S. Lewis College.)

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Nov. 3, 2012, column:

Katy Magee speaks Oct. 14, 2012, at the 110th anniversary of First United Methodist Church of McLean. She was instrumental in the installation of the historic windows and the church renovation.

This century-old window at First United Methodist Church of McLean is in the new fellowship hall.
First United Methodist Church of McLean marks 110th anniversary

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Oct. 13, 2012, column:

More churchgoers embrace technology

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Smith Reunion, Amarillo, Texas, July 21, 2012
Sept. 1, 2012, column:
Reunions rekindle family bonds

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jack and Rose in 1997 movie, "Titanic"
Aug. 11, 2012, column:
Tears show appreciation for life's tender moments
(Also notice that there's an update on the C.S. Lewis College situation at the end of the column.)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

July 21, 2012, column:
Houston Bible museum worth the time
At left is a page from the 1455 Gutenberg Bible, printed in Latin in Mainz, Germany. It's on display at the Dunham Bible Museum at Houston Baptist University. The portrait of Gutenberg is from the painter's imagination, because there are no known pictures of Gutenberg from his lifetime.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

June 30, 2012, column:

Couple heads to third-world Boys Ranch

For those interested in Texas history, here are two book reviews that were in the Amarillo Globe-News June 24. One is by British rock singer Phil Collins.

Collins' history collection impressive look at Texas

Zaboly gives us fresh view

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sunday, April 08, 2012

April 7, 2012, column:
C.S. Lewis College encounters money woes
Happy Easter, or as our pastor says, "Christos Anesti!" It would have been good timing for me to write a column about Easter, but I didn't want to wait any longer to alert people to the C.S. Lewis College situation. –Mike H.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012, column:
Authors seek Christian unity

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I wanted to write today’s column on something related to Ireland, but I had interviewed these two guys and needed to get it in the paper before it was too old. I do hope you’ll take a look at their book. –Mike H.
 These three photos show James Robison, Jay Richards and their book tour bus.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Feb. 25, 2012, column:

Spiritual undertone grips show


Monday, February 06, 2012

Feb. 4, 2012, column:
Book joins church, world history

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jan. 14, 2012, column:
Make reading the Bible resolution