Revd. Keith Hitchman
Romans 4: 13-25, Mark 8: 31-38 ~ Lent 2
Billy Graham last died Wednesday, aged 99.
‘In terms of sheer arithmetic, Billy Graham was the most successful evangelist the world has known, a man who preached the Gospel to more people than any other person in history.’ (Independent Newspaper, 22 February).
In many ways Billy Graham was a controversial figure. The obituaries, not all of which were complementary, reflected as much. His life raised as many questions as the answers he was so ready to give.
Was Billy Graham once a racist. Yes, he was. But then so were the majority of white’s raised in the southern states at that time. During the 1960’s Billy Graham publicly repented of his racism, removed the cords that separated blacks from whites in the Southern Baptist churches he preached in, and became an early supporter of civil rights, forming a…
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