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Monday, August 07, 2006
Interesting Article
Newsweek this week has a great article about Billy Graham. I've always been sort of afraid of Graham finding him more akin to Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, but the article in Newsweek paints him in a very different light.
Check it out.

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6 Comments:


  • At 8/07/2006 07:40:00 PM, Blogger From the Margins

    Thanks for the link. It was an excellent article! I thought I was reading the thoughts of someone who is grappling with the theology of the same issuess as in McLaren's "Generous Orthodoxy".

    Both voices seem to be suggesting that answers to life's tough questions, both in this life time and the eternal, are not so black and white ... not so easily answered and dismissed.

    Thanks again for the link.
    Sherri

     
  • At 8/08/2006 01:17:00 PM, Blogger lydia

    Yes, thanks for the link.

    Was anyone else a little sad at the end of the article? Billy Graham has always seem like such a charismatic person to me. I wasn't expecting him to grow "old" so quickly.

     
  • At 8/08/2006 02:53:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    Good article. It's nice to see a big name personality who isn't afraid to keep growing and learning. I hope I continue to be open to seeing things in a new light and unafraid to say I've changed.

     
  • At 8/08/2006 09:17:00 PM, Blogger From the Margins

    How ironic that a person who spent his entire life getting people to come forward and say the sinners prayer is now questioning whether that is what the "saving message of Christianity" is all about afterall ... we are all journeyers! Just when we think we have it all figured out ...

    So Graham wonders:

    Great Commission / Great Commandment

    A Decision / A Process

    An Event / A Pilgrimage

    An Absolute / A Faith

    In Unchanging Stone / In Changeable Clay

    A Fact / A Mystery

    I suspect that most Evangelicals will cast off his musings as that of an 'old man,' rather than the wisdom sayings of a Sage.

     
  • At 8/08/2006 11:50:00 PM, Blogger Michele L

    That was a nice article. I hadn't followed him much over the years, but I know many of my family members have greatly respected him. The ironic thing is... I had just told my husband recently that I would be curious to see how my family would act toward more "emergent" thinking, if someone of high regard spoke about it. Then I read this article and thought,"well that would be an interesting beginning"...I liked his comments about his personal ideas changing over time, about politics, the Bible, etc. There were definately some open thoughts. Great for him to reflect on the journey and seeking he continues to do, when I am sure many would think he was set in his thoughts and opinions all of these years. I forwarded the link to the article to many people!

     
  • At 8/09/2006 09:46:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

    I once heard Brian McLaren mention that he had spoken with several "big name" influential Christian leaders who had expressed their agreement and sympathy with the emergent movement, but couldn't publically let this be known for fear of losing their jobs and/or influence in the evangelical mainstream. At the time I wondered if Billy Graham may have been one of these "anonymous emergents". Now it seems like even if he wasn't exactly who Brian was talking about, he still definitely is asking the same kinds of questions and is open to similar kinds of answers as those of us in the emerging church.

    I take this as a hopeful sign, as I've always had a lot of respect for Billy. And I really do hope that the evangelical world doesn't shun him now as having "given up the faith" right at the very end of his life. We'll have to see what Christianity Today makes of this Newsweek article, since Billy was actually their founder. They're kind of the voice of conservative evangelicalism these days.

     

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