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Some of you are familiar with Will Davis Campbell, the Baptist minister and award winning author who died recently at age 88. One of the last surviving icons of the civil rights movement, Campbell’s prophetic ministry earned him death threats and opposition — while helping others gain insight into what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus.

Campbell once preached a sermon critiquing the “invitation” as it is given in many Baptist denominations and other evangelical churches where altar calls are an integral part of the service. He said, “Those of us who are acquainted with such invitations know that at the end of a sermon, the preacher invites people who want to commit their lives to Christ…

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