Posts Tagged ‘evangelist’


William Ashley “Billy” Sunday died 11/6/1935 at Chicago.  He was orphaned during the Civil War (born 11/19/1862), played major league baseball at Chicago, Pittsburgh & Philadelphia (1883-1891), was converted to Christ (1886) at the Pacific Garden Mission.  He worked for the Chicago Y.M.C.A. 1891-1893.

In 1903 he was ordained by the Presbyterians and spent his remaining years as an evangelist.  “Fiery” “conservative” “dramatic” and “unconventional” are words used to describe his preaching.  It is believed that more than 100 million heard him and some 300,000 became Christians.

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Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of thy love;
take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King;
take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from thee.

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;
take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine.
take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store;
take my self, and I will be ever, only, all for thee.

Henri A. C. Malan died this date,5/18/1864, at Vandoeuvres (near Geneva) Switz­er­land. He wrote the music to the well-known song above.

Malan (may also be seen as “Cesar H. A.”) finished his studies and traveled to Mar­seilles, France, to learn bus­i­ness.  God had other plans for him; soon he en­tered the Acad­e­my at Ge­ne­va.  Here he prep­a­red to enter the min­is­try (was or­dained, 1810) having been made a mas­ter at the Coll­ege in 1809.  He has the distinction of being an orig­in­at­or of the “hymn move­ment” in the French Re­formed Church.

Malan also has the distinction of saying to a young lady named Charlotte Elliott that he hoped she was a Christian.  (It was on a visit to England where God allowed this evangelist to be seated at the same table.)  She bristled and let him know she did not wish to discuss his question.  Henri Malan apologized, expressing he did not wish to give offense.  Though offended, it became a turning point for Charlotte and, as known, she became a beleiver in Christ.

In ad­di­tion to his musical abilities, Malan penned a numb­er of tracts and pamph­lets.  This musician, ar­tist, and me­chan­ic (suggesting cleaver use of hands) was born Ju­ly 7, 1787 at Ge­ne­va,Switz­er­land.

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“I Heard Them Saying That God Was Dead”


I heard them saying that God was dead

            But the sun still rose at dawn.

And the stars still twinkled o’er my head

            When the last sunlight was gone.


The moon serene smiled sweetly on

            The storm clouds reared on high

The lightnings flashed; the thunders rolled

            In power across the sky.


The trees still bowed to the passing wind

            And the earth drank in the rain.

And deep in my heart the Spirit sang

            A glad and sweet refrain.


“All things are upheld by My mighty power

            I govern from shore to shore.

I hold thee in life from hour to hour

            And I live forevermore.”


John F Dorsey was born today 1/3/1916 in Ohio.  His life has been a blessing through sermons (evangelist, pastor, Bible teacher) and through his pen, both in poetry and in prose.  See A Farmer Looks at the Parables

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“God has voted for you, and 

 the devil has voted against God… 

 it’s up to you to vote how you will be elected.”    

             – Uncle Buddy (Reuben Robinson)


Bro. Robinson was born in Tennessee, cowboyed in Texas, was born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and became one of the most famous Nazarene evangelists.



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“Now, a man with a fixed heart is not only natural, but he is as bold as a lion; he neither fears men nor devils. He now has the courage of his conviction; he will wash out his mouth, and tear off his lodge pin, and vote the Prohibition ticket. Even if he knows that the man that he voted for would not be elected, he would rather vote for a cleanProhi­bitionist and get defeated in the election than to vote for a rum seller and elect him, and you would, too, if you are natural and bold.”


– Bud Robinson, Honey in the Rock (Cincinnati: God’s Revivalist Press, 1913), 103.


Underlining mine.  You can remove “Prohi­bitionist,” “rum seller” in the above and apply it to the 21st century.  THINK ABOUT it.  Must we always vote for the lesser of too evils?  (Too is purposely here.)


Uncle Buddy was a famous, Tennessee born, Nazarene Evangelist.  He is the holiness preacher I’ve heard most quoted by Baptist ministers. 

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