MONTREAT, N.C. ‚ÄĒ Every morning the world‚Äôs most famous evangelist walks slowly and carefully up the narrow road twisting behind his log cabin. He sits on an iron bench, set in a clearing amid the pines where a tiny stream plunges down the ridge to form an icy pool far below.
Here, Billy Graham, 86 and every day more frail, prays, ‚ÄúHelp me, Lord.‚ÄĚ Here, he practices his voice, a habit of 40 years, ‚Äúlike an opera singer does the scales. Yes. Yes. Yes. No. No. No.‚ÄĚ
He‚Äôs warming up for his 417th crusade ‚ÄĒ three nights of Christian testimony and music in New York, culminating in his inimitable call to come forward to God. The event in late June will be his first appearance in the city since he packed Central Park in 1991.
Today, as many fundamentalists and ‚Äútraditionalists‚ÄĚ refuse to share podiums with people who don‚Äôt share their vision of salvation, Graham opens his events to people of every ...