Today’s Scripture

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
— Eph. 6:14-17

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Today’s Scripture

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
— Eph. 6:13

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Their

“They’re the best,” not “their the best.”

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Anyway

It’s “anyway,” not “anyways.”

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Today’s Scripture

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
— Eph. 6:12

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Your

It’s “you’re right about that,” not “your right about that.”

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Today’s Scripture

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
— Eph. 6:10-11

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Review of Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God

Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God

Review by Stan Guthrie

With all the books out there about Billy Graham, do we really need another? Lon Allison, former executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, says Graham’s recent death provides a fresh opportunity to look at the man and his message. The result is Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God (Paraclete Press, 2018).

Allison has written this attractive hardcover volume for “a generation that has never heard of Billy Graham.” So he has kept the writing informal and pastoral, with frequent asides to explain key points to the uninitiated about the man and his evangelical theology.

The approach is thematic, rather than strictly chronological, with chapters on the beginning and growth of Graham’s career, key spiritual influences, his underappreciated role in civil rights, mistakes made (particularly his unseemly cozying up to Richard Nixon), and his conflicted but loving approach to his family.

Graham’s humility shines through on nearly every page. When Allison was about to be named as head of the BGC, he was whisked up to Ottawa, where Graham was holding a crusade, to meet the evangelist. In the bowels of the stadium, as thousands streamed in above them, a nervous Allison spoke with the aging legend. The two men talked about family. Graham asked Allison about his plans for “the Wheaton Center” (never calling it “the Billy Graham Center”).

Then Graham learned that Allison had earned his doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—an institution that Graham had helped found—on the subject of evangelistic preaching in the 21st century. The great evangelist put his hand on Allison’s shoulder and asked in utter sincerity, “Do you think you could teach me some things about preaching the gospel better?”

Allison, who is an accomplished evangelist himself, departs from previous treatments of Billy Graham by repeatedly highlighting the gospel that he preached, following the evangelist’s desire that people focus not on him but on the God who had saved him.

In describing “an ordinary man and his extraordinary God,” Allison has succeeded admirably.

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Flout

It’s “flout the law,” not “flaunt the law.”

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Today’s Scripture

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
— Eph. 6:9

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