Uh, excuse me, but I believe hundreds of thousands – ney, I would estimate millions – have heard the Gospel through the preachings of the Rev. Billy Graham and accepted Christ "in the heat of the moment." (In fact, consider that at a June rally DC Talk and Michael W. Smith joined Graham and jammed before the more than capacity crowd of 82,000 in Minneapolis.)

As for telling people "they don’t have to give up anything," it’s obvious Godwin has never heard – or chose to ignore – the convicting lyrics penned by Steve Camp, Keith Green or even DC Talk – lyrics that challenge us to walk our talk and die daily for Christ. Many of these artists carry as strong a burden as Dietrich Bonhoeffer when it comes to urging Christians – whether born of new wine or old – to carry the cross of Christ.

Perhaps Godwin and his followers should consider lyrics such as these from Camp’s "Living Dangerously in the Hands of God":

"How easily Jesus is forgotten,
Amid the comfort of my life
How the flame’s become a flicker
And faith a brilliant disguise
Sunday’s become a holiday
Prayer an empty exercise
And the cost of real devotion
Seems so foreign to my life
Oh, to gladly risk it all
Oh, to be faithful to his call
Abandoned to grace but anchored in His love L
iving dangerously in the hands of God."

 

Larry Norman "Only Visiting This Planet"
The Buzz Trexler Experience of the Reckless, Radical Love of God

 


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About Buzz Trexler

Buzz is a married father of two, managing editor for print/online at The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times and pastors Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN. He is a 1981 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he is a member of the Mass Communications Department Hall of Fame.

Columns

Inside you will find a collection of columns penned by Buzz on topics ranging from the death of Rich Mullins, to his battle with Hepatitis C, to asking the question, "Does God have a sense of humor."

CCM Interviews

Buzz talks with those who, as the late Larry Norman would say, "rock the flock." His interviews range from members of Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Third Day, to David Crowder and more.

Missions

Follow Buzz as he travels with Vine International on two different medical misison trips to Guatemala, as well as one with Volunteer Medical Mission. In 1999, he also went to Estonia with a Volunteers in Mission team.

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