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The first time I had ever really heard of Billy Graham was in 1997. The first time I heard him preach was on a video around Christmas of that same year. After this peaked my interest, I read his autobiography. In fact, ‘Just As I Am‘ and my bible are the only two books that accompanied my wife and I during our honeymoon, and ‘Just as I Am‘ is the first book with over 300+ pages that I’d ever completed.

He wasn’t a saint, and preached in a unique style. He was close to the fire and brimstone tone of the Southern American Baptists, but always had a way of proclaiming the grace of God through that, which gave Jesus Christ centre stage. In my opinion, Johnny Cash gives one of the best primary examples for how Billy Graham served others, approached ministry and lived out a missionary ethos when it came to evangelism:

‘A man who really helped  me deal with my faith as a public person in the secular world was Billy Graham. He and I spent a lot of time talking the issues over…He advised me to keep singing “Folsom Prison Blues” and “A Boy Named Sue” and all those other outlaw songs if that’s what people wanted to hear and then, when it came time to do a gospel song, give it everything I had. Put my heart and soul into all my music, in fact never compromise…’ (Cash 1997, p.281)

Billy Graham set a standard for many to borrow, as they walk alongside him in the footsteps of Christ.

Rest well, B.G. Jesus Christ earned it for you.

Thanks for reminding us that He did, does and will do the same thing for us.

We’re sad to see you go, but what a terrifying, yet tremendous amount of joy must be radiating around the Bema Seat of Jesus Christ, right now!!

Post script:

Linked below is an interview between William Buckley Jnr and B.G. It was 1969 and the answers given by Graham hold as firm  today as they did then. If you are as keen and meticulous as I am about thinking through, and learning from, these kinds of discussions, here’s the link to the Stanford transcript: The Decline of Christianity



Cash, J. & Carr. P. 1997,  Cash: The Autobiography HarperCollins Publishers

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Happy 98th, B.G.

November 8, 2016 — Leave a comment
“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Answer me, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand.”
– (Job 33:4-5)

Image credit: Reiss,D.1983, 20th cent.Fox (text placement/design RL2013)

This sounds about right to me, how about you?

Billy Graham, 1997:

”God calls us to invest our time, our very lives, primarily in people, not in projects or possessions.”….read more here

Jim Elliot, 1949:

“He is no fool who  gives what he  cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” (also attributed to Philip Henry (1631-1696)

Jim Elliot diary

Image Credit: Jim Elliot diary, Wheaton College, 2012

Fr.Francis John Patrick Mulcahy, M*A*S*H (William Christopher):


Bill Graham Library
Reiss,D.1983 M*A*S*H, Bay Books 20th Cent.Fox film (Image Credit)
Song: The Message
Artist: 4Him
Album: The Message, 1997 Available @: iTunes & Amazon
(I did not create the youtube video)
Wheaton College archives, sourced from