Billy Graham

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  • Billy Graham's back -- on the radio

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Billy Graham may be gone from this world, but you can hear his voice on the radio -- at least for the next few days.

    A Billy Graham tribute channel on SiriusXM will broadcast Graham's sermons around the clock at least through Easter.

    The channel is a collaboration between SiriusXM and the Charlotte, N.C.-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, according to the Charlotte Observer. Read More

  • Embargoed Billy Graham documents to be released

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Known as "America's pastor," evangelist Billy Graham also had personal relationships with leaders around the world -- in the Vatican, in Buckingham Palace, and in nations stretching from Argentina to Yugoslavia.

    Starting Monday (March 19), two new collections about his ministry, including notebooks documenting Graham's personal relationship with each U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama, will be opened to the public. Maintained by the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College in Illinois, the collections ... Read More

  • Billy Graham's next-generation legacy

    by A. Larry Ross, posted Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- The world stopped to celebrate the homegoing of evangelist Billy Graham, 99, who was buried in Charlotte on the grounds of the library bearing his name next to Ruth, his marriage and ministry partner of more than 63 years.

    Throughout his ministry, Graham constantly leveraged the leading edge of technology, from radio and print journalism to satellite television and the internet in order to speak timeless truths to the mercurial interests of the next generation. Read More

  • Billy Graham legacy honored by historic pulpit at NOBTS

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (14 days ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The faded pulpit at the front of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Leavell Chapel during the first week of March seemed out of place. Out of place unless one saw Billy Graham's signature scrawled on its top.

    The time-worn, battered pulpit is the one used by Graham during his 1954 New Orleans crusade. From Oct. 3-31, 1954, Graham preached the Gospel to crowds at Pelican Stadium and Tulane Stadium in the Crescent City.

    According to The Times-Picayune, 4,411 people committed their lives to Christ during the crusade. Leaders at NOBTS placed the pulpit in Leavell Chapel for campus revival week and preview weekend to honor the Gospel-focused legacy of Graham, who passed away Feb. 21. Read More

  • Billy Graham holiday petition climbing toward 150,000 goal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (16 days ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- A grassroots petition to honor the late Billy Graham with a national holiday had gathered nearly 103,000 signatures as of noon today (March 7) at

    Petition author Kyle Siler, described in media reports as a 41-year-old heavy-equipment operator from Trinity, N.C., said honoring the evangelist would be good for America.

    "True men of God don't want recognition," he said in a March 6 Facebook video posted by Spectrum News of Charlotte. "Yes, this is about Billy Graham, but also if it's a day that we could recognize a preacher and if everybody could think about the Lord for a day or for a minute, it would be great for this country." Read More

  • Billy Graham funeral attendees reflect, marvel

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- "Billy Graham's greatest crusade." His "largest crusade." "One of the most meaningful and profound moments in my life." Those were among ways the late evangelist's funeral was described by Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents and former SBC presidents in attendance.

    Additionally, they told Baptist Press via email that Graham's March 2 funeral has opened doors for personal evangelistic conversations and noted the array of Christian and world leaders present. Read More

  • Billy Graham funeral capped by Gospel invitation

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 02, 2018 (21 days ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Set in a revival tent at the foot of a 40-foot glass cross, Billy Graham's funeral was punctuated by the same theme that characterized his 80-year ministry: a call to trust Christ as Lord and Savior.

    "If this were your funeral," said the late evangelist's son Franklin Graham, "would you be in Heaven? Are you sure?"

    Delivering the funeral sermon to a crowd of some 2,300 invited guests -- including President Trump and Vice President Pence -- Franklin Graham said today (March 2) at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., "If you're not sure, there would be no better time than at Billy Graham's funeral to settle this once and for all." Read More

  • Thousands pay respect to Billy Graham in U.S. Capitol

    by Shannon Baker/Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware , posted Thursday, March 01, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- On an uncharacteristically beautiful spring day, the calm before a Nor'easter storm, thousands of people waited patiently to pay respects to Billy Graham, "America's pastor," whose remains were brought to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Feb. 28 and March 1.

    The international evangelist, 99, died at his home in North Carolina on Feb. 21.

    Though the public viewing would start at 1 p.m., the earliest guests arrived around 5:30 a.m., U.S. Park Police reported, and began assembling between the Supreme Court building and the Capitol. Read More

  • Billy Graham's pastor reflects on 'dear friend, mentor'

    by Butch Blume/Baptist Courier, posted Thursday, March 01, 2018 (23 days ago)

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    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- As he prepares to speak Friday (March 2) at the interment service for the preeminent preacher of the 20th century, South Carolina pastor Don Wilton admitted earlier this week he doesn't yet know what he'll say.

    "I've prepared many messages in my life, and I've had numerous conversations with Dr. Graham about this moment, but I would be less than honest if I did not say that the privilege to stand over the casket of Dr. Billy Graham and share what I believe would be, in that sense, his last message, is a very humbling thing," said Wilton, who has served as Graham's pastor since 2008 and has been a close friend going back 25 years.

    "I can only ask the Lord, by his Holy Spirit, to take hold of me and completely and totally hide me behind the cross," said Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Spartanburg. "Nobody taught me that better than the living example of Dr. Billy Graham." Read More

  • Stetzer undergirds evangelism at Billy Graham Center

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    WHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- Ed Stetzer works amid the aura of Billy Graham each day at Wheaton College.

    Stetzer, a longtime Southern Baptist denominational personality who began as a church planter in Buffalo, N.Y., joined Wheaton's faculty in 2016 as the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism and as executive director of the college's Billy Graham Center.

    "Holding the Billy Graham chair" -- an academic post, "not a literal chair" -- "reminds me each day of the importance of prioritizing a verbal Gospel witness," Stetzer told Baptist Press. Read More