January 20, 2003, 11:25 am
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So the San Diego hype has begun . . .

Not talking about the Super Bowl here. It was recently announced that Billy Graham will be coming to San Diego for a crusade in May. I find myself really wrestling with mixed feelings on this one. He’s clearly had an impact on many many people, and was (is?) a powerful evangelist. However, these crusade things perpetuate the idea of a linear, one-time decision point, “pray this formula prayer and you’re in the club” sort of salvation. That’s troubling. It also continues the myth of evangelism as something that’s best left to the professionals. I actually heard these exact words in our worship service yesterday regarding the crusade – “This is going to get us [our church] in balance in the area of evangelism.” Huh??


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