Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Jubilee Journey for I.N.H. Beahm

July 26, 1931 was an important day in the life of I.N.H. Beahm. Celebrating fifty years in the ministry, he undertook a two-hundred mile journey during which he preached twenty times on twenty different topics at twenty locations - all in one day. He began what he called his "jubilee journey" at 4:00 am at the C.W. Sutphin home in Fluvanna County, Virginia, where he preached on "The Morning Star." Beahm was accompanied by singers from Reading, PA; by ministers who assisted in each service; and by three stenographers who took down his sermons in shorthand. He called them "recording angels."

As the day went on, Beahm preached in private homes, on church lawns, and on courthouse lawns, as well as in several churches. He concluded with his twentieth sermon, on the subject "How to Be Saved and Church Ordinances," at the Valley congregation in Prince William County. At that evening service Beahm said, "I feel as I felt this morning, very weak, and yet I have felt the Lord to be with us today." He was seventy-two years old.

His topics ranged from work, giving, fasting, prayer, and education to the state and the church as divine institutions, the positveness and the negativeness of Christianity, and the supremacy of the Bible and the church. He was scornful of preachers who read their manuscripts, and he had little use for notes. He said, "The Holy Spirit makes notes but needs no notes to preach by. Note that."

Source: The Brethren Encyclopedia, Ken Morse
Information and stenographic reports of sermons preached
are in the possession of Mary Beahm Baber, his daughter.