I hear Billy Sunday
And the Kaiser and the Czar
Talking about God
Like God was some pal of theirs,
Like the rest of us was in the cold outside,
Like they had been drinking beer with God . . .
These lines may sound just a little too close for comfort in the U.S. Presidential Campaign, as the media notices Sarah Palin's religious connections...
Billy Sunday (1883-1935) played baseball with the Chicago White Sox before working as an evangelist. He died in Chicago from a heart attack, and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery.
"Hitting the Sawdust Trail with Billy Sunday" from the Billy Graham Center Archives of Wheaton College. (The Billy Graham Center "opened on the campus of Wheaton College in September 1980. Funded by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the 2000,000-square-foot facility was a gift to Wheaton College in honor of Billy and Ruth Graham, members of the Wheaton College class of 1943." Source: print edition of The Encyclopedia of Chicago).
http://billysunday.org, an evangelical source.
Photo of Billy Sunday outside the Moody Bible Institute, 1915 from Encyclopedia of Chicago.
Read sermons by Billy Sunday here.
Other evangalists of Chicago:
"The Next Billy Graham: Rick Warren has emerged as the most powerful evangelical in America," The Economist (August 16, 2008), p.42.
Rick Warren's website.
Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California.