Our report on Billy Graham’s three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl, an event that celebrated his twenty-five years in mass evangelism, appears on page 52. Dr. Graham is a seasoned veteran who has learned a great deal since his first Los Angeles crusade a quarter of a century ago. But there are at least two things he has not changed. He still preaches the Gospel with particular emphasis on the cross of Christ. And he preaches understandably, so that young and old, educated and non-educated, rich and poor, all get the message.
I was very pleased to have the opportunity to pay a four-minute tribute to Billy Graham that will appear on nationwide television in December.
The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, pastored by Lloyd Ogilvie, was the scene of the School of Evangelism, attended by more than 1,600 people. There I heard some outstanding speakers who are doing the work of evangelism. Dr. S. M. Lockridge, a black Baptist preacher from San Diego, was outstanding. He and three other black clergymen will appear in alternation on a weekly TV program about to be released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.1