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Billy Graham on the Centrality of the Cross to Preaching

26 November 2008

imageThis month was Billy Graham’s 90th birthday. (b. Nov. 7, 1918).  In an article in 1959, he spoke about an event that became transformational in the effectiveness of his preaching:

A few years ago I was in Dallas, Texas, and we had a crowd of 30,000 to 40,000 people. I preached and gave an invitation and practically no one came forward. I left the platform a little bit perplexed and wondering what had happened. A saint from Germany put his arm around me and said, "Billy, could I say a word to you?" I said, "Yes." He said, "Son, you didn’t preach the Cross tonight. Your message was good, but you didn’t preach the Cross." I went to my room and wept. I said, "Oh, God, so help me, there will never be a sermon that I preach unless the Cross is central." Now, there are many mysteries to the Atonement, and I don’t understand all the light that comes from that Cross. But to lift it up is the secret of evangelistic preaching.

Find the complete article here.

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