LYNCHBURG, Va., (BP)--Thousands thronged Lynchburg, Va., and the facilities of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University for the May 22 memorial service of Jerry Falwell.
The capacity crowd heard a statement from President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush as read by Tim Goeglein, special assistant to the president.
The statement offered the Bushes' sympathies and said that Falwell was a man who "cherished faith, family and freedom."
The Bushes wrote that one of Falwell's "lasting contributions was the establishment of Liberty University, where he taught young people to remain true to their convictions, and to rely upon God's Word throughout each stage of their lives."...
Publican, I for one, hate to see you go. I have enjoyed our discussions and your thought provoking insights (I haven't forgotten your thoughts from the discussion on where the light came from before the fourth day). I would like to see you stay, but I know that people can be cruel and that thick skin is required. So, should you choose to leave, Godspeed, and I will rejoice to meet you in Heaven some day
Thank you, Abigail, for your dear comment on your last post to me; but after the type of comments that 'fitting tribute' has made, my trial period is over. I'm out of here. Lord bless those who remain. I pray for you all by name.
At least Falwell and Graham has done a great deal more than you to proclaim the gospel in the world. Perhaps their doctrinal stance does not marry up with yours whatever that might be. But they proclaimed the name of Jesus to a world that needs that, - a lot more than your belligerence. What did you last do to proclaim the gospel?
Men such as Falwell deserve a special tribute. Instead of erecting a headstone over the grave, they should use an auger to bore a hole down into grave and the casket, and then build an old-style out-house over the hole.