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Joe Brooks

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FIRST-PERSON: Recalling W.A. Criswell with a Bible in his hand

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. (BP)--The line of people and preachers stretched back 20 people at the altar at First Baptist Church, Dallas. It was the concluding service of the 1983 School of the Prophets. At the time, I was 20 years old and had traveled from my hometown of Cookeville, Tenn., with a friend. We had made the pilgrimage from Dallas in a '70s-model Volkswagen for the school and to have our "Brush With Greatness" -- perhaps a brief meeting with Dr. W.A. Criswell.