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Billy Graham Biography by Drummond Explores Profound
Effect of Evangelist's Ministry
Cumberland Professor Karon Bowdre Confirmed for
Billy Graham Biography by Drummond Explores
Profound Effect of Evangelist's Ministry
Billy Graham's life, its impact and the legacy he'll leave
are examined in Samford divinity professor Lewis A. Drummond's
new biography of the man who has preached to more than two
billion people. Its title: The Evangelist.
Graham has been called "the most spiritually productive
servant of God in our time," Drummond noted in the concluding
chapter of his 352-page book.
He adds, "the most profound effect" of Graham's
ministry is "the change in the countless thousands of
individuals" who have heard him preach. "Those believers,
in turn, have influenced and changed their families, workplaces,
churches, communities and nations as they became new people
in Christ," Drummond wrote. "This result is impossible
to measure. . . ."
Published by Word Publishing of Nashville, Tenn., Drummond's
work places Graham in the company of such important religious
figures as Jonathon Edwards and St. Francis of Assisi because
of his far-reaching influence for Christianity.
"Billy Graham is considered a father figure to all evangelists,"
Drummond wrote. "He has set the standard of leadership. The
church is broader, stronger and bolder because of him. And light
has been shed around the world by his clear presentation of Christ
and the lives changed by commitment to Him."
Drummond, who has taught evangelism at the seminary level for many
years, holds the Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism and Church Growth
at Samford's Beeson Divinity School. The author of 21 books, he
is former president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Evangelist retails for $22.99. Inserted into each book
is a CD of audio and video clips of Graham, including never-before-seen
footage from some of his earliest and most recent crusades, as well
as sermon clips from each decade since the 1950s.
Cumberland Professor Karon Bowdre Confirmed
for Federal Judgeship
Cumberland School of Law professor Karon O. Bowdre '77, L'80,
has been confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. District Judge
for the Northern District of Alabama. She assumed duties Nov.
Bowdre, a law faculty member since 1989, taught insurance
law, legal ethics and professional responsibility. She also
directed Cumberland's legal research and writing program.
She was an associate and partner at the Birmingham firm of
Rives & Peterson before joining Cumberland.
Bowdre was a cum laude graduate of Samford and Cumberland.
Janet Cone (head coach, Women's Basketball) received the
2001 Service Award presented by the Alabama State Association for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance [ASAHPERD] at the
fall conference in Montgomery.
Dr. Joe Dean (dean, Pharmacy) received the American College
of Apothecaries 2000-01 Dean's Award for outstanding service to
community pharmacy practice by a pharmacy school dean. The award--a
medallion and $1,000 for Pharmacy's community pharmacy practice--came
in October at the ACA national conference.
Dr. Lewis A. Drummond (Divinity) was awarded an honorary
doctorate by the University of Bucharest in Romania. The award cited
his contribution to the development of theological education in
Dr. Cindy Formanek Kirk (dean, Metro College) was elected
vice president of the national Alpha Sigma Lambda foundation, which
funds and awards scholarships to adult students for undergraduate
study. Her election came at the fall meeting in Vancouver, British
Joseph "Bill" Mathews (vice president, Business
Affairs) received the American Association for Teachers of German
[AATG] Friends of German Award for exemplary leadership in the advocacy
of German language education. The national award was presented Nov.
16 in Washington.
Eric Olson (Performing Arts) created the scenic design
for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival fall production, Driving
Miss Daisy. ASF, located in Montgomery, is recognized as one
of the nation's leading regional theaters.
Dr. Milburn Price (dean, Performing Arts) received an ASCAPLU$
Standard Award from the American Association of Composers, Authors
and Publishers. The award cited his catalog of original compositions
and recent performances of those works.
Dr. Marlene Reed (Business) was appointed to the five-member
Council of Economic Advisers by the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce.
The group meets quarterly to discuss area economic conditions.