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Honoring Billy Graham

Preaching Today's contributors share lessons they've learned from Billy Graham.

Honoring Billy Graham
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On February 21, 2018, Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. We reached out to some of Preaching Today’s contributors and asked them to share how Graham inspired them as preachers and teachers.

We'll be updating this page with new responses throughout the week.

John Ortberg (Senior Pastor at Menlo Church)

There is no longer shadow that has been cast, there are no larger shoes to be filled. No one defined and united the evangelical world for half a century and more the way that he did. For anyone who was a part of that tribe, he was our representative and ambassador and voice.

For those who grew up thinking that we might preach, he was the preacher who called people to Jesus like no other. His message grew simpler and clearer with the passing decades. He was captivated by Jesus, and devoted above all else to challenging all who heard to devote themselves to Him. He conveyed a reliance on God to empower his words. He conveyed that his one purpose in preaching was not to impress ...

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