The homegoing of William Franklin Graham spells the end of an era. Not of modern American Evangelicalism, of which he was a key architect, but of his style of mass evangelism. As an evangelist he stood in a line that went back to 18th-century preachers to mass audiences like George Whitefield and Daniel Rowland. In some ways, of all of these preachers Graham was the greatest: he was heard by far more people than any of these remarkable preachers. Between 1947 to 2005, some 214 million heard his stentorian voice proclaim the simple gospel message that Jesus Christ saves sinners. While he was not a doctrinal preacher like Whitefield—historian Grant Wacker once said Graham had but one message, namely John 3:16—his life and witness were ones of remarkable integrity and oneness of purpose.
Dr. R.C. Sproul
February 13, 1939 – December 14, 2017
A Personal Reflection
Heinz G. Dschankilic
The year was 1986. In the Autumn of that year, scarcely 12 months after the Lord graciously saved me, I was invited to attend a weekly Bible Study at Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church. The study series was six weeks in length and consisted of 6-23 minute taped video sessions on VHS followed by discussion questions and coffee. The series was The Holiness of God and the speaker obviously was R.C. Sproul.
It is with extreme sadness that we report the passing of Dr. R. C. Sproul. He has not been well these past two weeks and this afternoon at 3 PM his Lord lovingly called him home. We will be remembering him over the next few days. But in the meantime our prayers are being lifted up for the family and our hearts grieve for our brothers and sisters at Ligonier. Below is the link to the announcement at Ligonier.
I just off the phone with a new constituent who called us to order some magazines and resources. During the course of the conversation he relayed part of his personal story of what is happening to Evangelical Christians within our own country.
We are looking forward to visiting the West Coast on October 30, 2017 for the regional conference hosted by Cloverdale Baptist Church in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition. This year’s event is called Hope on the Edge of a Precipice and the link for details are below:
The news feeds are buzzing this morning with reports of a shooting in a Quebec City Mosque last night. Any act of senseless violence perpetrated against any people group is to be condemned and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. There is no justifiable reason to walk into any house of worship and begin destroying fellow image bearers who are engaged in exercising their freedom to practice their faith.
We enjoy a great many liberties in Canada. For the time being the greatest freedom is the one which allows us to worship our Lord and God unimpeded by Government opposition. We are grateful and thankful to our Heavenly Father for allowing us to live in a land as great as Canada.
Universities have billed themselves as institutions where young men and women can come to learn. The free exchange of ideas is one of the sacred mantras that have allowed many unsavory and questionable philosophies to gain ground in the minds of our populace. One would think that the free exchange of ideas would cut both ways allowing Christian, Secular, Atheist or whatever to voice their views. This has been the case for many years.