The Bible Says: Billy Graham

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(This post is part of a series on Billy Graham.  See Part 1 and Part 2.) In the Billy Graham Museum at Wheaton, the last three figures highlighted before Graham are Charles Finney, Dwight L. Moody, and Billy Sunday. In many ways, Graham saw himself as the heir and steward of their tradition. Though like them…



Andrew Fuller on Preaching Christ

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“We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5 Andrew Fuller believed that a preacher’s greatest responsibility is to preach Christ and Him crucified. Fuller warned, however, that preachers find themselves in particularly great danger of failing to preach Christ because they are so familiar with divine…



The Spirituality of the Law

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Paul tells us in Romans 7:14 that the law is spiritual. But what does that mean? And why does it matter? I’d like to make a few suggestions regarding the nature and the importance of the law’s spirituality. 1. The spirituality of the law exposes our inability to justify ourselves. In Romans 7 Paul is…



7 Reasons to Teach Your Kids Church History

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Ask my four children what their father loves and ranking high on the list after “Jesus, our mom, baseball, and the Georgia Bulldogs,” might just be “dead people.” Why? The fact that I teach church history notwithstanding, I think it is important that my children—beginning at a tender age—understand the richness of the faith I…



Lord in Humble Sweet Submission

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In past posts I have highlighted several American hymn writers who contributed to early Southern Baptist hymnody, including Benjamin Cleavland, Abram Poindexter, and Basil Manly, Jr. Another Southern Baptist worth noting, who contributed a hymn specifically on the ordinance of baptism, was Robert T. Daniel. Robert T. Daniel was born in Middlesex County, Virginia on…



Preaching Stories

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Stories communicate. Just look at your local bookstore. It’s filled with stories. Consider the classic books by Dickens, Lewis, Tolkien, and Sayers. They continue to gain new generations of readers. Their stories communicate. So do the biblical stories. They communicate an eternal message that remains equally true for each generation. The message that the Holy…



Was Richard Baxter Orthodox on Justification?

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Richard Baxter seems to be largely known today for his works of practical theology, including, The Christian Directory, which has been used in some quarters as a manual of Christian counseling, and The Reformed Pastor, which is often commended as a useful paradigm of pastoral ministry among Reformed men. But Baxter is less known for his doctrinal…



Shaping an Icon: Billy Graham

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The resolutions of Graham and his team for integrity and tenacity soon bore fruit both for evangelistic success and public notice. Mel Larson, in commenting on the Los Angeles crusade of fall 1949, captured both of these elements when he observed, “Revival flowed through Billy Graham during that time until the entire world was conscious…



5 Tips for Engaging those Different than Yourself

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I have a confession to make: I am a terrible evangelist. I do try, but I can’t seem to have much success or consistency.[1] I often find myself hiding behind the excuse that “I’m an introvert.” But the real problem is that I am just not loving my neighbor as myself. The task is made even…



Wait on the Lord

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Do you find it easy to trust the Lord everyday? Maybe some days seem easier than others but to use the word “easy” with “trust” appears out of place! Maybe better put, some days we don’t struggle as much as other days to believe the Lord and to rest in His gospel promises. Waiting on…