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Opinion: Billy Graham's other voice
George Beverly Shea sings "How Great Thou Art" to 54,000 people at a Billy Graham crusade in 2003.
April 21st, 2013
01:53 PM ET

Opinion: Billy Graham's other voice

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story"; "Duty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War"; and "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen."

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - Devoted fans.

Faithful listeners.

Seldom have those words sounded quite so apt.

They describe the people who enjoyed the singing of George Beverly Shea, who died last week at the age of 104. The name may not be instantly recognizable to some Americans, but that was no fault of his. He accomplished something very few vocalists can claim: During his career, he sang in front of an estimated 200 million people in live performance.

How could this be?

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    The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic
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    Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

    Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

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    May 6, 2013 at 7:17 am |
    • Science

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      New Device Can Extract Human DNA With Full Genetic Data in Minutes

      May 6, 2013 — Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.

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      May 9, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  3. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..........splat goes a fairy in the sky !

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before.

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    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

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    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/category/culture-science/

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

    Peace

    Unusual Anal Fin Offers New Insight Into Evolution

    Apr. 10, 2013 — An unusual fossil fish that has fins behind its anus

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    Prayer changes things

    April 26, 2013 at 6:55 am |
    • Science

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      April 26, 2013 at 7:05 am |
    • Science

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

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      April 27, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  5. Dusica

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  6. Trance

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxk9TvyJrs&w=640&h=390]

    April 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  7. Brett

    "Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" Jesus, John3:3 The human race is fallen. We are all born into sin. We must be born again (from above). When we are born again, we become children of God, and have escaped the wrath of God, having been born into His family. Only by trusting Jesus Christ alone for eternal life we will escape the penalty that all men must face. Jesus died on the cross to pay our penalty. Are you a child of God through faith in Jesus? May you know His peace and forgiveness. Recieve Him as your Lord and Savior. God bless

    April 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • sam stone

      why do you feel man need salvation? because a book says so?

      April 24, 2013 at 4:37 am |
    • sam stone

      come on, brett....can you answer, or are you yet another one of the post and run christian cowards?

      April 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Brett

      Sam, we need salvation because God says so. "His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and we cry out Abba Father". You have to step up to the plate in faith my friend to receive His gift of slavation. If you reject His free gift of eternal life than you cannot blame anyone but yourself. Reject Him at your own peril. "Blessed are those who do not take offense in Me".....Jesus

      April 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  8. connie michael

    I know his words are Right,I used to watch him with my hrandma ,,and she was a saint.

    April 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  9. A sermon from Billy Graham

    The Bible says, “He that hardeneth his heart, being often reproved, shall suddenly be cut off and not without remedy” [see Proverbs 29:1].

    You never know. To some of you who go out on the slick highways this afternoon, this may be the last sermon you will ever hear. In every crusade we have ever conducted anywhere, there have been people who have come to the meeting in good health and never came back because they were dead in the next few hours through an accident, or a heart attack, or something else.

    We never know when our moment is coming. Maybe God spoke to you this afternoon, and your heart is in danger of being hardened. Some of you are older people; some of you are younger people. The Bible says once you hear the Gospel and do nothing about it, you are in danger of being hardening your heart.

    But, last of all, there were some that made a decision [see Acts 17:34]. They received Christ and went their way rejoicing. I am going to ask you today to receive Him. I am not asking you this afternoon to join some special church. I’m asking you today to give your life to Christ.

    You may be a member of a choir. I don’t know who you are or what you are, but you want to give your life to Christ on this opening Sunday afternoon. I’m going to ask you to do a hard thing, because coming to Christ is not easy. So many people have made it too easy. Jesus went to the cross and died in your place. Certainly, you can come a few steps from where you are sitting and stand here, quietly and reverently, and with bowed head. And say, “I need God; I need Christ. I want to be forgiven of my sins. I want a new life, and I want to start a new direction today.”

    April 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • sam stone

      Rev. Billy Graham openly voiced a belief that Jews control the American media, calling it a "stranglehold" during a 1972 conversation with President Richard Nixon, according to a tape of the Oval Office meeting released Thursday by the National Archives.

      "This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain," the nation's best-known preacher declared as he agreed with a stream of bigoted Nixon comments about Jews and their perceived influence in American life.

      "You believe that?" Nixon says after the "stranglehold" comment.

      "Yes, sir," Graham says.

      Sounds like a really holy fellow

      April 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • Akira

      Sam, clearly Billy felt that the Jewish were cutting into his slice of the money pie.

      April 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • sam stone

      as we have seen by such "men of god" such as benny hinn, mike murdock, jimmy swaggert, et al. there is plenty to go around.....something about a sucker being born every minute

      April 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • Science

      No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

      Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

      Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

      Peace

      April 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
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    Amen!

    April 23, 2013 at 8:50 am |
    • Science

      Fish Was On the Menu for Early Flying Dinosaur Bye Bye doogie !

      Apr. 22, 2013 — University of Alberta-led research reveals that Microraptor, a small flying dinosaur was a complete hunter, able to swoop down and pickup fish as well as its previously known prey of birds and tree dwelling mammals.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130422154925.htm

      April 23, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Science

      And doogie you might want to check where your head is at !

      And you have seen this lol??.

      Unusual Anal Fin Offers New Insight Into Evolution

      Apr. 10, 2013 — An unusual fossil fish that has fins behind its anus

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130410082201.htm

      April 23, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • Science

      The Mind goes bad when you get old kiddies, so always, keep exercising that brain ! .........You too doogie !

      April 23, 2013 at 11:32 am |
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    April 23, 2013 at 8:39 am |
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