(Church Times) Sixty years on: Billy Graham’s London Crusade

Over the years, there have been many attempts to assess the impact of Dr Graham’s ministry – particularly that first crusade of 1954 – on the British Church and people. There is no doubt about its immediate effect.

A former Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Michael Baughen, was a theology student in 1954, and fondly remembers Underground trains crowded with hymn-singing passengers. He spoke for many when he recalled: “It was like divine adrenalin for a jaded Church.”

As far as the nation was concerned, if the national press is to be any guide, initial hostility – “Yankee spellbinder”, and “hot-gospeller” were two of the milder epithets, while one columnist suggested that the Home Secretary should refuse him entry – gave way to grudging, and in some cases warm-hearted, approval. For example, a Sunday Graphic columnist, whose initial reaction was “This Billy Graham line just won’t do,” 11 weeks later expressed thanks to Graham, saying: “You’ve done us a power of good.”

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2 comments on “(Church Times) Sixty years on: Billy Graham’s London Crusade

  1. Jill Woodliff says:

    The Billy Graham Association is still doing a world of good. Will Graham recently came to central Mississippi. Young people came forward at the altar call in droves. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!

  2. Katherine says:

    It’s funny in the American context to hear North Carolinian Billy Graham referred to as a “Yankee spellbinder.”