Isn't the old adage "break a leg"? Before sunrise yesterday morning, while adjusting the heater in his hotel room, evangelist Billy Graham slipped and fell backwards, breaking his foot. (For you osteal-philes: he has an undisplaced fracture of his fifth metatarsal and two undisplaced fractures in his right fifth toe, or pinky toe). He's in some pain but not on medication, and says he's looking forward to his four-day evangelistic crusade in Fresno. Apparently, it's still being called a crusade. (June 2002's visit to Cincinnati is instead being called a "mission" and "outreach.") But that doesn't mean Graham isn't being sensitive to Muslims. Yesterday he tried to visit the city's mosque, but police tape prevented him from stopping as he drove by. "I was going to walk in and tell the people, whoever was there, that we love and want to be a part of them," he told reporters yesterday. "And we want them be a part of us." Fresno Mayor Alan Autry, also speaking at yesterday's press conference, said there was a rumor that the crusade would be canceled. "We are here to emphatically rebuke that rumor," he said. Added Graham, "This will be the safest place you can be. If you have that many people and the Lord here, there's not going to be any trouble here."
Nonregenerative baptism, apparently
A few verses:
- "This water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him" (1 Peter 3:21-22).
- "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Romans 6:4).
Apparently James Lusk Jr wasn't listening too well when Community of Christ Church explained baptism to him. He was so upset that his family members didn't attend his baptism that he allegedly attacked his wife with a claw hammer at the middle school where she taught—in front of her students. She is still in intensive care following the September 26 attack. He also threatened to attack his son. (Thanks to RelapsedCatholic.com for the link.)
After the 9/11 attacks:
- On the horns of a dilemma | After Sept. 11, defining what is evil seems easy. But the devil is in the details. (The Washington Post)
- Greek church lost in attacks was symbol of stubborn faith | Congregation eager to rebuild St. Nicholas as a memorial for all faiths (The Dallas Morning News)
- Bible sales skyrocket following attacks | Books on prophecy also selling well (WKMG, Orlando)
- Britons join in prayer day | Archbishop of Canterbury leads nation in prayers responding to terrorist attacks (BBC)
- Groups plan vigils and rallies to urge alternatives to war | Christian pacifists demonstrate throughout country, but Christian just-war advocates disagree with conclusions (The New York Times)
- Watergate figure cites religious revival in U.S. | Charles Colson warns that patience in waiting for careful response may wear thin (Boston Herald)
- Meeting for prayer with President Bush was no photo-op | It was clear that the president wanted counsel; that he sought prayer; that he also hoped to reassure us that he understood the issues involved. (Jean Bethke Elshtain, The Dallas Morning News)
- Students pray at school events | The spiritual revival — coupled by massive displays of patriotism — shows no sign of abating soon. (The Washington Times)
- In tough times, Americans turning to faith | To an extent unheard of in recent years, God is suddenly a very public figure in America (Fox News)
- Evangelicals seek repenters amid ruins of attacks | Evangelical Christians, backed by a range of like-minded denominations and church organizations, are preaching revival, and they see Manhattan as its unlikely epicenter (Religion News Service)
Airstrikes on Afghanistan:
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