Keswick is, first of all, a geographical term; it has, however, become a theological expression– the definition of a certain attitude of the mind and heart toward God.
Keswick is a place of quiet; its ancient hills and deep waters are a barrier which keeps at a safe distance the glare and blare of the modern world. T he tired and overwrought mind is restored and healed.
But the “Keswick” of the soul knows of a still deeper rest and truer healing. The Keswick Convention is not simply a series of meetings–it is an exhilarating experience compounded of prayer, preaching, and people into a spiritual fellowship whose setting is of earthly beauty fair and whose centre is of heavenly glory, the Lord Himself. Such an experience can never be forgotten; it works itself into the very soul.
And it works itself out like a mighty river spreading itself out over the barren wilderness and touching it into golden fruit. “It is all over now,” said one, after the closing meeting of the Portstewart Convention this year, “Or just beginning,” said another and a wiser. His was the truer vision and greater faith. He saw the departing crowds scattering like good grain which bears the promise of a rich harvest. May that be true of “Keswick” this year. D.K.
Dr. Robert G. Witty, a pastor for many years and founder of the Luther Rice Seminary, was one of my dearest friends and mentors. Dr. Witty was an ideas man. He was always thinking of new and innovative ways to advance the gospel. When he was in his 80’s and 90’s he manned two separate websites. He was computer savvy. When he went to be the Lord at age 100 years and 6 months he was still using his computer for ministry outreach.
Any student of Dr. Witty will recall that his mantra was, “write”, “write”, “write.” I can still hear his personal admonitions to me to write. He told us that what we write will outlast us and what we write will go to places we could never go. He was right!
Today I am launching a new blog/website for the purpose of sharing truths from God’s word and hopefully be an encouragement to others as Dr. Witty was to me. It is a marvelous thing that I can sit at my desk in my study…or wherever my laptop may be…and have a platform to speak to people all around the world.
Today I pause for a moment to remember a man who was a beloved friend and mentor. Thank you Dr. Witty.
More to come….stay tuned.