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Billy Graham and Jim Bakker

If asked to name a most-admired Christian, Billy Graham would be at the top of many people's list. Jim Bakker, who was at the center of the televangelist scandals of the 1980s, might be toward the bottom. As the president of the PTL network, Bakker fell into immorality, financial scandal, and spent time in prison. Most Christians distanced themselves from Bakker. Surprisingly, Billy Graham had a different reaction. After Bakker's release from prison, Billy and Ruth Graham invited him to dinner at their old log mountain home. In his book I Was Wrong, Bakker wrote: 

Ruth…had prepared a full-course dinner. We talked and laughed and enjoyed a casual meal together like family. During our conversation, Ruth asked me a question that required an address. I reached into my back pocket and pulled out an envelope. My wallet had been taken when I went to prison. I had not owned a wallet for over four-and-a-half years. As I fumbled through the envelope, Ruth asked tenderly, "Don't you have a wallet, Jim?" "This is my wallet," I replied. Ruth left the room, returning with one of Billy's wallets. "Here is a brand-new wallet Billy has never used. I want you to have it," she said. 

Bakker wrote: I still carry that wallet to this day.

Reference: Jim Bakker, I Was Wrong (Thomas Nelson, 1997)

There’s a Catch

There were stories of a couple of give-aways in the news this summer (2010).

The first was about a church in Indiana that was giving away a house. A two-story house, likely built in the 1940s, with about 2000 sq... [Read More]

Reference: Kim Kilbride, "No takers in church’s offer of a free house," wsbt.com (2010); "Ohio Red Cross giving away new car, or Amish buggy," news.yahoo.com (8-2-10)

Superman Saves the Day

Superman has saved a family in the South from foreclosure.

The family, who wishes to remain anonymous, was losing a home that had been in the family since the 1950s. They were in tears, packing things up. They we... [Read More]

Reference: Ray Sanchez, "Superman Comic Saves Family Home From Foreclosure," abcnews.go.com (8-3-10)

Working Your Way to Heaven

Man has tried to work his way to Heaven in some strange, even disastrous, ways.

The ancient Jews added rule upon rule to the Law of Moses, to the point that on the Sabbath it was even prohibited to write or erase ... [Read More]

Reference: The Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 8, 2002, "Mishna," p. 185, and thenazareneway.com; The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Maya," "Aztec," and "Inca" articles