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Billy Graham funeral attendees reflect, marvelCHARLOTTE, 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 invitationCHARLOTTE, 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. CapitolWASHINGTON (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'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 CenterWHEATON, 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
FIRST-PERSON: Billy Graham's motorcade
Keith Shorter traveled to North Carolina to say thanks to Billy Graham as his motorcade passed by. The crowd stood silent. "We were not there because he was famous," Shorter recounts, "we were there because he was faithful." Read More
George W. Bush: Billy Graham 'changed my life'CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- With Billy Graham's body scheduled to lie in honor this week in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, former President George W. Bush paid tribute to the late evangelist in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, writing, "He changed my life."
"God's work within me began in earnest with Billy's outreach," Bush wrote in the Journal Feb. 23. "His care and his teachings were the real beginning of my faith walk -- and the start of the end of my drinking. I couldn't have given up alcohol on my own. But in 1986, at 40, I finally found the strength to quit. That strength came from love I had felt from my earliest days and from faith I didn't fully discover until my ... Read More
Billy Graham's Southern Baptist ties highlightedMONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- While Billy Graham was widely known for working across denominational lines, he also was more involved in his own denomination -- the Southern Baptist Convention -- than many may realize.
Graham, who died Feb. 21, spoke at 13 SBC annual meetings between 1951 and 1995, served as a trustee of two SBC entities, and, including references to two institutions and a professorship named in his honor, his name has been mentioned in every SBC Annual since 1951. Read More
Billy Graham to lie in honor in coffin made by prisonersMONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- The late beloved evangelist Billy Graham, who ministered to both the disenfranchised and the most powerful, will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in a pinewood coffin fashioned by prisoners' hands.
The Feb. 28–March 1 viewing will mark only the fourth time a private citizen has been so honored, and puts Graham in the company of a legendary list of 11 U.S. presidents and 20 esteemed leaders and others who have lain in state or in honor in the rotunda, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) said Feb. 22. Read More
Graham's indelible impact on global missionsRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Besides Billy Graham's unprecedented impact as an evangelist in the United States, he also profoundly influenced international missions in a way many Christians may not realize, Southern Baptist international missions leaders said.
Not only did Graham, who died Wednesday (Feb. 21), preach in person to large gatherings in more than 180 countries, but for 40 years he led in organizing international conferences on missions and evangelism that introduced the concept of "unreached people groups" that today lies at the heart of global strategy. Read More