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Welcome to the online ministry of Wallace Thornton, Jr.  This ministry exists to EXALT CHRIST through various means including preaching, teaching, and writing–“that in all things He might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).  For this to be accomplished, we seek to encourage Christians individually and churches collectively in

1) Experiencing God’s Presence through a life of worship—“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:2)  “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31)  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

2)  Edifying the saints through preaching and teaching—“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Romans 14:19)  “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (I Thessalonians 5:11)  “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

3)  Evangelizing the world through making disciples—“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)  “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”  (John 20:21)

The resources provided through this ministry include articles, books and sermons by Wallace Thornton, Jr. and occasional recommendations of related materials.  You may contact Mr. Thornton HERE.

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Resources available from Wallace Thornton, Jr. Publications



Patterns to Ponder from Bible Characters (119 pages, paperback) presents twenty-six expositions of Bible characters and narratives formed from their lives, providing  devotional encouragement,  everyday application, and fresh ideas for sermons or lessons.  This book may be purchased HERE.  It is also available as an e-book here.



A 31 Day Devotional from the Life of Gideon

Mighty Man of Valour (124 pages, paperback) provides a one-month devotional tour of Gideon’s life    bringing to light principles relevant for spiritual warriors today.  These truths prove essential for personal spiritual victory as well as for successful  Christian leadership.  This book may be purchased HERE.  It is also available as an e-book here.


Walking_on_Water_CoverWalking on Water and Other Insights from the Life of Simon Peter (20 pages, paperback) distills in four brief chapters principles from the life of one of Christ’s most beloved disciples, following a devotional-expositional approach similar to that used in Patterns to Ponder and Mighty Man of Valour.  This booklet may be purchased HERE.  


Cover for The Conservative Holiness MovementThe Conservative Holiness Movement: A Historical Appraisal (59 pages, paperback) presents a germinal essay on the formation of this religious tradition,  bringing into focus the underlying rationale of the conservative position and evaluating its relationship to early Wesleyan-Holiness ethical    emphases. An Afterword shares additional reflections refined in light of  continued research into the movement’s history.  This booklet may be purchased HERE.  It is also available as an e-book here.


Why_Standards-_Cover_for_KindleWhy Standards? Exploring the Connection Between Heart and Life (40 pages, paperback) continues this author’s interaction with the work of Dr. Keith Drury concerning the health of the Holiness Movement.  It focuses on the relationship between the content and form of holiness as illustrated through a particular facet of the biblical analogy of the body for the Christ-filled life.  This booklet may be purchased HERE.  


Resources by Wallace Thornton, Jr. available from other publishers


When the Fire Fell: Martin Wells Knapp's Vision of Pentecost and the Beginning of God's Bible SchoolWhen the Fire Fell: Martin Wells Knapp’s Vision of Pentecost and the Beginnings of God’s Bible School (341 pages, paperback)   provides a multi-faceted historical study of the founder of God’s Bible School and the school’s formative years, underscoring theological and cultural developments.  This book may be purchased HERE.


Radical RighteousnessRadical Righteousness: Personal Ethics and the Development of the Holiness Movement (343 pages,  paperback) traces various emphases regarding behavioral standards throughout church history, particularly in the Wesleyan tradition, including stewardship, submission, and separation.  It focuses on the mid-twentieth century development of what is commonly referred to as the Conservative Holiness Movement.  This book may be purchased HERE


From Glory To Glory By Wallace Thornton, Jr.From Glory to Glory: A Brief Summary of Holiness Beliefs and Practices (38 pages, paperback) provides an overview of the traditional commitments of Christians committed to the Wesleyan/Holiness theological persuasion, including the emphasis on entire sanctification and the sanctified life.  This booklet may be purchased HERE.


Sons Of Thunder By Wallace Thornton, Jr.Sons of Thunder: Camp Meeting Sermons by Post-World War II Holiness Revivalists (235 pages, paperback) includes sermons from Bona Fleming, U. E. Harding, Warren C. McIntire, Joshua Stauffer, Wallace Thornton, Sr., et. al. with a biographical introduction of each evangelist.  This book may be purchased HERE.



Lightning From The Past By Wallace Thornton, Jr.Lightning from the Past: Camp Meeting Sermons by Early Twentieth-Century Holiness Revivalists (222 pages, paperback) includes sermons from Beverly Carradine, J. B. Chapman, W. B. Godbey, Bud Robinson, Daniel Steele, et. al. with a biographical introduction of each evangelist.  This book may be purchased HERE.



Other resources with contributions by Wallace Thornton, Jr.

Foxe Book CoverJohn Foxe and His Monument: A Theological-Historical Perspective,” A Historical Essay in the book, A Leaf from the First Edition of the Actes and Monuments Commonly Known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs 1563 (Birmingham, AL: Aldersgate Heritage Press, 2013), pp. 9-71.  Check for availability here. 




Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement  Edited by William Kostlevy (365 pages, hardback).  Includes articles on several of the pioneer leaders of the Conservative Holiness Movement.  This book may be purchased HERE.  (This book has also been published as a paperback and an e-book under the title The A to Z of the Holiness Movement.  Check for availability here).


From Aldersgate to Azusa StreetFrom Aldersgate to Azusa Street: Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal Visions of the New Creation  Edited by Henry H. Knight III (371 pages, paperback) includes biographies of numerous representatives of the traditions tracing their roots to the Wesleyan revival.  This book may be purchased HERE.



Counterpoint - Keith Drury, Richard S. Taylor, Kenneth J. Collins & Wallace Thornton, Jr.

Counterpoint: Dialogue with Drury on the Holiness Movement Editor D. Curtis Hale (166 pages, paperback).  Contributors include Keith Drury, Kenneth J. Collins, Larry D. Smith, Richard S. Taylor, and Wallace Thornton, Jr.  This book presents reflections on Dr. Drury’s essay “The Holiness Movement is Dead.”  See also the follow-up booklet by Wallace Thornton, Jr.—The Heart of the Matter: A Response to Dr. Kenneth Collins’ Critique of “Holiness or Hubris?”  (14 pages, paperback).  This book may be purchased HERE.


Call Me Coach: A Festschrift in Honor of Keith Drury on His Retirement from Full-Time Ministry  Edited by Stephen J. Lennox and Kenneth L. Schenck (334 pages, paperback).  Issues raised in Counterpoint receive additional examination by Wallace Thornton, Jr. in Chapter Four, “It’s Not Just Wrapping—It’s Skin: A Reflection on the Work of Keith Drury and the Relevance of Faith to Lifestyle,” pp. 89-129.  This book may be purchased HERE.


The Radical Holiness Movement in the Christian Tradition: A Festschrift for Larry D. Smith  Edited by William Kostlevy and Wallace Thornton, Jr.  (167 pages, paperback).  This book of essays honors Larry D. Smith, known best for his remarkable twenty-year career as editor of “God’s Revivalist.”  These essays focus primarily on the Radical Holiness Movement of which “God’s Revivalist” and God’s Bible School have been a key center for almost 125 years, and its impact on World Christianity is inestimable.  Wallace Thornton, Jr. is the author of Chapter Twelve, “Reckoning with Babylon: G. T. Bustin and Radical Holiness Interaction with Roman Catholicism,” pp. 149-165.  This book may be purchased HERE.


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