The Billy Graham Center in Wheaton has an interesting section on certain aspects of evangelical history. One part that stood out to me when I was there was a series of pictures of a “frontier camp meeting” that took place around 1814. Most of my long-term readers will know that I am part of a reformed charismatic group called Newfrontiers. Hence it was somewhat amusing to me to see the name, and rather nice to see further evidence that raising hands in church is not a novel invention:
Since the Bible commands us to lift our hands in prayer and worship repeatedly, I suppose I should not think that charismatics somehow created the practice! God’s Word also commands us to clap, and even dance. I must say I have little understanding why those who love the Bible the most often seem to struggle with comprehending and obeying these plain commands from Scripture.
I also rather liked the following picture of Billy Sunday preaching. Oh for preachers of like passion today! If only our pulpits were filled with more men like this Billy, I suspect we would see more salvation.
Speaking of Billys, there was another one, of course, Billy Graham. Here is my friend, Matt Sweatman, trying out that Billy’s pulpit: