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Chicken Soup For The Soul: Billy Graham & Me

In 2005, I had the opportunity to chair the Billy Graham Crusade in New York City, which Dr. Graham said would be his final crusade. We did a press conference together, and for a community leader such as myself, the founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, appearing alongside Dr. Graham was an outstanding moment.

Reporters from nearly every media outlet imaginable questioned this outstanding statesman of evangelical Christianity. As he took question after question, Dr. Graham was able to concisely answer each one. He did not allow the journalists to lead him in a direction that he did not want to go. He was very polished, very respectful, but he stood by his convictions. Of course, I sat there amazed.

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The sturdy roots of stable rights

Our inalienable political and civil rights ensure our ability to participate in the social and political life of the state; without them, a republic cannot work. These rights are supposed to be reflected in, and guaranteed by law. These are unbreakable, no matter what any law says. The brilliant scholar Dr. J. Budziszewski refers to this natural law as “what we can’t not know.” Everyone knows that murder is wrong; everyone knows that stealing is wrong. As Lincoln said, “No law can give me the right to do what is wrong.” 

Our inalienable political and civil rights ensure our ability to participate in the social and political life of the state; without them, a republic cannot work. These rights are supposed to be reflected in, and guaranteed by law. These are unbreakable, no matter what any law says. The brilliant scholar Dr. J. Budziszewski refers to this natural law as “what we can’t not know.” Everyone knows that murder is wrong; everyone knows that stealing is wrong. As Lincoln said, “No law can give me the right to do what is wrong.” 

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Creating pre-K education opportunity inspires learning

Back in the late ‘80s, my wife and I cultivated our search for alternative education experiences for our children. From our search we were able to develop and design programs that fostered a culture of education. In implementing an integrated system of education and environment, we were able to help channel children towards actually loving learning and looking forward to their daily educational experience.

In founding the Brooklyn Preparatory School in New York City, we facilitated exposure to the arts, reading and writing, horseback riding, swimming, museum tours, and technology. When our students graduated, they had been so enriched that they read at a second- or third-grade level. Throughout the past 20 years, our students have scored in the 90th percentile on the Stanford Achievement Test Series.

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