Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ
The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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That this book carries the name of a single author obscures the fact that its successful completion has depended on innumerable archivists, librarians, and readers. For searching their collections and sending me valuable documents, I am grateful to the helpful staff at the John Vaughan Library of Northeastern State University ...
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In June 1972, eighty-five thousand college and high school students converged for a weeklong festival. They lived in a “tent city,” listened to rock music, played in mud formed by downpours, and enjoyed being away from their parents. Yet this throng of students was different from the youthful gatherings more often associated with the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...
1. God May Choose a Country Boy
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William Rohl Bright was born on 19 October 1921, the sixth child and fifth son born to Forrest Dale and Mary Lee Rohl Bright. Since her last pregnancy had ended in a stillbirth, Mary Lee worried that she would not be able to carry her next child to full term. ...
2. Campus Ministry at America’s “Trojan Horse”
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After deciding to found Campus Crusade for Christ, Bright wrote potential supporters to outline his vision, which fused spiritual and political concerns and objectives. He asserted that “the average collegian is spiritually illiterate” and—probably not counting Catholic or Jewish students ...
3. Sibling Rivalries
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At the 1943 convention of the National Association of Evangelicals, Harold Ockenga asserted that “the United States of America has been assigned a destiny comparable to that of ancient Israel.” Evangelicals recognized that in order to fulfill that destiny, they needed to reassert their position of leadership in American society. ...
4. The Conservative Impulses of the Early 1960s
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Despite Campus Crusade’s conflicts with Bob Jones University and the emerging charismatic movement, the organization grew quickly in the early 1960s, tripling in size to nearly three hundred staff on 108 campuses by 1963.1 The ministry maintained its small office in Los Angeles and the summer training grounds on Lake Minnetonka in Mound, Minnesota. ...
5. The Jesus Revolution from Berkeley to Dallas
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On Monday, 23 January 1967, the campus of the University of California at Berkeley appeared poised to explode into another round of student protest and turmoil. The preceding Friday, the California Board of Regents—prodded by newly inaugurated Governor Ronald Reagan—fired Clark Kerr, president of the University of California system since 1958. ...
6. The Evangelical Bicentennial
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The mid-1970s were heady times for American evangelicals. Dramatic conversions were front-page news. Shortly after going to prison for his role in the Watergate scandal, Charles Colson announced his Christian faith in the best-selling book Born Again. ...
7. America and the World for Jesus
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Despite the mixed success of Here’s Life, America, Bill Bright foresaw a massive acceleration of Campus Crusade’s ministries. Bright’s entrepreneurial style had always been to charge ahead and tackle new challenges rather than linger over setbacks. ...
8. Kingdoms at War
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Whether it was Josh McDowell speaking to university students, Senator Bill Armstrong speaking to a group of executives, or a staff member conducting a Bible study at a high school, Campus Crusade staff and associates regularly encouraged individuals to make a commitment to believe in and follow Jesus Christ. ...
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In July 2003, Campus Crusade’s staff members gathered at Colorado State University for the organization’s biannual staff conference. More than five thousand in attendance, they sang, swayed, and raised their hands to the high-octane praise music that pulsated through the university’s basketball arena. ...
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Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 20 illus.
Publication Year: 2008