Helping People Sing Their Hearts Out

Our most important choir is made up of the men and women with untrained voices who sit in the pews.
—Howard Stevenson

One of the most magnificent and impressive "choirs" I ever heard had never been rehearsed. It was the vast audience that gathered in Anaheim Stadium one night during the 1985 Billy Graham Southern California Evangelistic Crusade.

I had been selected as the chairman of the local music committee and so assisted in the recruitment and direction of a 10,000-voice crusade choir, the largest crusade choir ever assembled in North America, according to Cliff Barrows. A magnificent sea of voices stretched along the entire third-base line.

Yet as mighty and moving as that choir sounded, the most powerful music that night came not from the third-base line, but from the huge 85,000-seat stadium.

The sound still echoes in my mind, a memory that remains electrifying and overlaid with emotion to this day. As Cliff was leading the stadium in singing the gospel song "At Calvary," I slowly walked ...

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