The past 48 hours have witnessed an amazing outpouring of love and respect for Billy Graham who passed away on Wednesday, only a few months shy of 100. Billy Graham was an essential part of the neo-evangelical movement of the second half of the 20th century. This worldwide spiritual revival and renewal originated in many ways right here in the Boston area with Park Street Church Pastor Harold John Ockenga. Don Ewing, long time pastor at TCC also belonged to this wave of God’s ‘mighty acts’ right here in Metrowest. Our own long-time member Tom Phillips came to Christ through Billy Graham in New York, along with many others who were impacted by his outreach efforts both in New York and here in Boston.
Dr. Garth Rosell, historian of the movement at Gordon-Conwell Seminary writes:
“It is difficult to imagine a world without Billy Graham. For the better part of a century, his has been the voice that everyone recognized; his has been the character that everyone admired; and his has been the message that gave hope to thousands around the globe. He walked among kings and presidents but he never lost the common touch. He preached to millions but he never lost his own sense of humility. He enjoyed access to the rich and powerful, but lived modestly in his rustic Black Mountain home.”
The greatest way we can honor the memory of this remarkable man of God is to follow in his footsteps. Let us commit ourselves to preach an unadorned Gospel faithfully to those around us with the same passion and love for Jesus!
Were you impacted by Billy Graham’s ministry? Leave a note here of tribute or memory to how Billy Graham impacted your life. View his memorial website at memorial.billygraham.org.