Billy Graham

March 2nd, 2018

Group Reading

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” ~ Francois Rabelais

One– to find the universal elements enough;
All- to find the air and the water exhilarating;
One- to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter…

All- to be thrilled by the stars at night;
One- to be elated over a bird’s nest, or a wild flower in spring –
All- these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~ John Burroughs

Quotes & Readings

“Much of Graham’s preaching focused not on the pressing issues of his time — other than mentioning from time to time the Cold War — but on personal conversion and salvation. This homiletical orientation represented the logic of Southern Baptist ministers and lay people of his generation: Social transformation only comes through individuals “giving their life to Jesus Christ.”

This posture exposes one of white evangelical Protestantism’s sharp edges: The elevation of individual religious experience trumps concern for systemic injustices. This led Graham, at the height of the civil rights movement,
to accuse “some extreme Negro leaders [of] going too far and too fast.” That logic was an inevitable result of Southern Baptists and other evangelical Protestants losing their cultural battles against evolution, integration and reproductive justice throughout the 20th century.

And, for a generation, white evangelical Protestants were told by their leaders to withdraw from the broader American culture — a tightrope Graham walked carefully. While his message was one of individual salvation instead of societal power, his personal relationship with every U.S. president from Eisenhower to Obama showed that not even he was exempt from the allure of American politics.”

~ Rev. Broderick Greer Billy Graham’s legacy is the evangelical pursuit of politics instead of Jesus

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/billy-graham-s-legacy-evangelical-pursuit-politics- instead-jesus-ncna850821

Seed of Meaning

When the heart is open to another, I am my true self and part of the great divine everlasting ‘whole’, the Ground of Being that unites our humanity. ~ Bill Lawton

Say together: I live my days with meaning, seeking beauty in everyone and everything.

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