|“There’s Room at the Cross for you,” a sculpture of Billy Graham -- a stone at his feet displaying the words of John 3:16 -- was unveiled June 14 during the final session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C. The sculpture was created by Terrell O’Brien -- a bi-vocational pastor whose church and studio are in Wyoming.Photo by Jonathan Blair |
GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Billy Graham’s impact on the Southern Baptist Convention will last for generations, and a bronze sculpture unveiled June 14 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will likewise cement forever the famous evangelist and his Gospel message for passersby in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
Representatives from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), sculptor Terrell O’Brien and financiers Chris Fryer and Matt Samuelson joined officials from LifeWay Christian Resources and SBC President Bobby Welch to dedicate a larger-than-life sculpture of Graham during a brief ceremony.
Graham’s grandson, William Franklin Graham IV, who pastors a small Southern Baptist church outside Winston Salem, N.C., closed the ceremony in prayer.
|Cliff Barrows, long-time song leader at Billy Graham’s crusades, leads messengers in “How Great Thou Art” – a favorite anthem of the crusades -- after a new statue honoring evangelist Billy Graham was unveiled June 14 at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C. Graham could not attend the gathering but his grandson, Will, accepted it on his behalf.Photo by Jonathan Blair |
The sculpture features a seven-foot-tall depiction of Graham standing beside a 17-foot cross.
Graham’s arms are open wide, an open Bible rests in his left hand and, as Welch pointed out during the ceremony, the famous evangelist’s mouth is open in full Gospel proclamation. At the foot of the cross rest three nails and a stone inscribed with the words of John 3:16.
The sculpture will stand in a grassy area in front of the LifeWay Christian Resources complex and the SBC Building in Nashville. Read More