Opened the mailbox today and found the @CTMagazine edition devoted solely to Billy Graham. Choked up just flipping through it. Graham’s life makes me want to dig deeper into the Word so when I speak, I’m always saying through the power of the Spirit: “The Bible says.”
In my view, Dr. Graham’s greatest legacy is the large number of organizations he was able to found and support. They will impact many more people than his preaching, and that is saying a lot. It shows that he was able to communicate with widely divergent people from widely different social, cultural, and theological backgrounds. That takes an enormous amount of the fruit of the Spirit, especially self-control.
The coverage of Billy Graham’s death by Christianity Today is insiderish, yes, but in-depth and very useful.
We on the left and the right could learn a lot from Billy Graham. The left can’t claim him and the right surely can’t claim him, and he wanted it that way. How else could he reach the lost?
A comprehensive and balanced article: (1) It explores the difficulties of Graham balancing his personal humility with the demands of advertising and promotion, a tension which still beguiles evangelicalism. (2) It is frank about Graham’s early problematic Americanism and political entanglements, but how he grew out of that, learning to major on the majors (e.g., the gospel). (3) It delves into arguably Graham’s greatest legacy, his catholicity: how he reached out to mainline churches and helped build interdenominational parachurch ministries that became the definition of neo-evangelicalism. (4) Finally, it celebrates his international influence for ...1