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Explo '72 was an evangelical conference sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, planned and directed by Paul Eshleman. Each March, U.S. college students spend Spring Break participating in “Big Break,” a Campus Crusade outreach to Panama City Beach vacationers Campus Crusade for Christ is an interdenominational Christian mission organization, focusing on evangelism and discipleship in over 190 countries around the world. ...

It was held in various locations in Dallas, Texas from June 12 to June 17, 1972, with a nightly gathering in the Cotton Bowl. Its goal was to gather 100,000 high school and college students together to train them in personal evangelism, with a vision toward world evangelism, and to encourage attendees to seek some form of Christian service career. It is estimated that 80,000 people from across the United States and 75 foreign countries participated in the week-long training. The Cotton Bowl can refer to: The Cotton Bowl annual college football game The Cotton Bowl stadium that plays host to the above football game and other events. ...

Billy Graham spoke on six different occassions during the event. The final event was a public, eight-hour long, Christian rock music concert on Saturday, June 17, 1972. Dubbed "The Christian Woodstock, the event drew an estimated attendance between 100,000 to 200,000. Featured artists were Love Song, Larry Norman, Randy Matthews, Children of the Day, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. Billy Graham, April 1966 The Rev. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Larry David Norman (born April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer who is considered a pioneer of Christian Rock. ... Johnny Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an influential American country music and rock music singer and songwriter and the husband of June Carter Cash. ... Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential country music songwriter, singer and actor. ...

Many conservative Christian groups were critical of Explo '72 for its ecumenical involvement with both Protestant and Roman Catholic ministries, and for its use of rock music.

The long-term impact of Explo '72 cannot be measured. The most obvious and lasting effect was the influence of Christian rock and roll, which would later be more commonly called Contemporary Christian Music. The Beautiful Letdown, a 2003 CCM album by Switchfoot. ...

Maynard Pittendreigh, who attended the event as a recent high school graduate, did a limited study when working on his Master of Divinity degree in which he analyzed the long-term effects of large scale evangelistic events. Gathering information from churches from South Carolina that had sent youth groups to the event, he was able to demonstrate that more than 60% of those participants had entered the ordained ministry, were engaged in theological training, or had become missionaries. The Rev. ...

David Scott, writing for the May, 2005, edition of Christianity Today, documented the effects Explo '72 had on Pope John Paul II. As a cardinal in Poland, the future Pope was heavily influenced toward evangelistic efforts by Joe Losiak, a Polish American student who had attended Explo '72 and introduced its concepts to Roman Catholic officials in Poland. David Randolph Scott (born June 6, 1932) a former NASA Astronaut, was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963 and is one of only twelve men who have walked on the moon. ... Christianity Today is an Evangelical Christian periodical based in Carol Stream, Illinois. ... Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), born Karol Józef Wojtyła [1] (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from October 16, 1978 until his death, more than 26 years, making his the second-longest pontificate in modern times after Pius IXs...



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