In prayerful preparation for Winter Revival, Holcomb said he wants students to keep in mind that revival is both corporate and personal.
“Certainly David’s prayer, ‘Search me, O God,’” Holcomb suggested, referring to Psalm 139. “We want God to speak to us as a community.”
Revival is one of Olivet’s most cherished campus traditions. This year’s Winter Revival will be no exception. Dr. David Busic will be speaking in special chapel services Feb. 1-3, as well as at special revival services at College Church of the Nazarene.
Busic was a revival speaker at Olivet four years ago when he spoke about God’s Kingdom, according to Chaplain Mark Holcomb. “He’s a really good communicator, a really good storyteller,” Holcomb said.
In 2013, Busic was elected as a general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene. Previously, he had been pastor of First Church of the Nazarene near Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He was also briefly the president of Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. from 2011 until he was elected to his current position.
“We try to develop about eight speakers that we keep in rotation because we’d like every student to hear them at least once while they’re here,” Holcomb said about returning campus revival speakers. “[Busic] is one of those.”
“Revival is kind of an anomaly,” Holcomb said. “We don’t really ask them to speak on a theme.” Other speakers are asked to speak as contributors to the overall theme for each semester, which for this semester is “LIFE together.” “Revival is kind of a pause,” he said.
While Holcomb does not know what Busic might be speaking about, students can expect that his preaching will incorporate stories. Busic has written two books:,“Perfectly Imperfect,” which tells the stories of God’s work with various characters in the Old and New Testament.
Holcomb encourages students to pray for College Church, since revival is done in partnership with them. Revival services at College Church are Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 1-3 at 7 p.m.