Evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham occupies a singular place in American religion. For over seventy years, he preached to audiences large and small. He traveled the world, sat with presidents and other leaders, and urged listeners to commit to a life following Jesus Christ. A master communicator, his career paralleled the spread of new media technologies. Graham founded ministries, wrote books, produced films, and started Christianity Today magazine. As Graham turns 95, our panelists assess his life and legacy.
Contributors include Mark Galli, Jim Gertmenian, Johnny Moore, A. Larry Ross, Donna Schaper, and Madison Shockley.
Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today
The legacy of the great evangelist can only be measured one person at a time.
Jim Gertmenian, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational Church
Responsibility for the recent decades of fundamentalist and evangelical wrath can be laid just as easily at the feet of us liberals and our intellectual snobbery as it can at the feet of this essentially gentle and good man.
Johnny Moore, VP, Liberty University
Graham's message isn't a nostalgic one for another time. It's a message for now.
A. Larry Ross, Spokesman for Billy Graham
The principles of Jesus one lifts up and lives out are far more powerful than the mere words one says.
Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church
Billy Graham and I may be different kinds of Christians (and different kinds of Protestant Christians), but I still like him. Here's why.
Madison Shockley, Pilgrim United Church of Christ
Can we imagine the impact of a national crusade across the United States led by the two most powerful preachers of the 20th century, one white, one Black?