Stan Jantz
"Eighty percent of success is showing up." (Woody Allen)
Huntington Beach, CA

Billy Graham's Literary Legacy

The life and legacy of Billy Graham is front and center as national and Christian media report the passing of the world-famous evangelist at the age of 99. Over the span of his 70 plus years of ministry, Graham always characterized himself first and foremost as an evangelist. As he wrote in the preface to his 1997 memoir, Just As I Am, “an evangelist is one sent by God to announce the Gospel, the Good News.”

Billy Graham will remembered most for announcing the Good News of the Gospel through his crusades. Over a span of nearly six decades, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents. It is estimated that Graham preached in person to over 200 million people.

As important as the crusades were to the life and ministry of Mr. Graham, there’s another dimension to his legacy that will continue to carry on his life’s work, and that’s his writing. Graham was a prolific author with 34 books to his credit, many of them best sellers.

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First and Second Things

In the Olympics as in life, coming in second is nice, but it’s nothing like being first. We remember gold medalists but quickly forget who took the silver. Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights speaks for all those whothink first is best when he says, “If you ain’t first you’re last.”

If there’s an exception to this “It’s Best to Be First” principle, it’s one made popular by the outstanding “I Am Second” campaign—currently featuring Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton—where the message echoes the ubiquitous HE>i slogan from a clothing brand based on the Bible verse John 3:30: “HE (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.”

Which is why it’s puzzling that so many of us who call ourselves Christians put second (that would be us) ahead of first (that would be God). To be fair, it’s not like we think we’re more important or better than God, but that doesn't stop us from taking a shot at first place. So we trumpet a passion we have for a cause and make that our first priority. You know, good causes like caring for the poor, helping the disadvantaged, giving voice to marginalized voices, those sorts of things.

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The details of my life are quite inconsequential. I love my wife, kids, and grandkids. Oh wait, I love God, too. He should probably be first.
I'm rhe interimtExecutive Director for the Evanglical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). I'm still writing with Bruce Bickel even as I do my best to find new young talent.
Running, reading, writing (at the same should see me). I also have a passion for the local church and Christian higher education.
All kinds: classical (big Beethoven fan), jazz (favorite station: KKJZ Long Beach), and some worship (right now I'm listening to Phil Wickham).
My wife and I stream movies or go to our local Cinelux (where they serve food and drinks and you sit in bit recliners). As long as the movie is good, we like it!
Because I'm working on a new book series that explores the big questions about God and the Bible, I'm reading lots of books on theology.
Whether these are the best of times or the worst of times, these are the times God has given us.
B.A. Fresno State University (English Literature), M.A. Biola University (Christian Apologetics)
Interim Executive Director of the Evangelical Publishers Association (ECPA) while continuing the important work of in Huntington Beach.