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The Six Songs From Billy Graham’s Funeral (via Christianity Today)

This article from Christianity Today features the six songs that Billy Graham chose for his funeral service, along with commentary about the choices.
The songs:
“Until Then” (Stuart Hamblen, 1958), performed by musical artist Linda McCrary-Fisher
“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” (Edward Perronet, 1779), congregational singing led by Bledsoe
“Above All” (Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche, 1999), performed by musical artist Michael W. Smith
“Because He Lives” (Bill and Gloria Gaither, 1970), performed by the Gaither Vocal Band
“To God Be the Glory” (Fanny Crosby/William Howard Doane, 1875), congregational singing led by Bledsoe
“Amazing Grace,” bagpipe escort led by Pipe Major William Boetticher

Above All is an interesting contemporary choice.
Its sentimentality has not seen it age well, but it does fit within the ethos of Graham’s ministry.

Here’s the article.

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Billy Graham In Sydney (via Philip Jensen)

There’s no shortage of Billy Graham reflection pieces since his death.

I watched Peter Jensen be interviewed on Dominic Steele’s The Pastor’s Heart webcast where he mentioned his response to the Graham Crusade of 1959 as a 15 year old, and that his 13 year old brother followed him forward.
Philip Jensen provides his perspective of being that 13 year old.
But it’s the human story of the impact of Graham’s ministry that remains.
From Jensen:

However, the main impact of the Graham crusades was felt at the grass roots of our society rather than in the public domain. Certainly, many who made a decision for Christ, later fell away – but the long-term impact in the lives of individuals, families and churches can still be found across Australia. Half the students training at Moore College to become Ministers during the 60’s were converted at the ‘59 crusade. Nearly all the youth group I lead were converted in the ‘68 crusade. The church I pastored doubled in size during 1979, largely as a result of the that year’s crusade. At university I met a girl who, as a young teenager, was converted in 1959 listening to Billy Graham on a landline in Broken Hill. That’s how my wife became a Christian.
Read the whole post here.