Billy Graham

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  • Stetzer undergirds evangelism at Billy Graham Center

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (3 months 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Billy Graham's motorcade

    by Keith Shorter, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (3 months ago)

    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'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
    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 highlighted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    MONTREAT, 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 prisoners

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    MONTREAT, 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 missions

    by IMB staff , posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, 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

  • Study shows far-reaching impact of Billy Graham

    by LifeWay Research staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- About 80 years after he began his ministry, Billy Graham continued to impact the faith of millions with nearly half of all Protestant churchgoers saying they have watched one of his sermons on television.

    "Billy Graham was one of the greatest evangelists the Christian faith has ever known," said LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer. "Throughout his life, it was obvious he wanted the focus to be not on himself but on one thing: the cross of Jesus Christ." Read More

  • Billy Graham's impact praised by Baptist leaders

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Few men could spark the outpouring of respect and gratitude as Billy Graham upon his death today (Feb. 21) at age 99.

    Among Southern Baptists -- among whom Graham counted himself -- a range of leaders underscored the broad scope of the famed evangelist's influence.

    Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church: "Billy Graham is with Jesus. He has seen and talked with our beloved Savior. May the awareness of his death result in many people hearing the Gospel and being converted to Jesus Christ! Read More

  • Billy Graham, 99, now in 'the presence of God'

    by Baptist Press Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (4 months ago)

    MONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- Legendary evangelist Billy Graham -- whose preaching may have been heard by more people than anyone in Christian history -- died today (Feb. 21). He was 99.

    During 80 years of ministry, Graham's down-to-earth, homespun sermons filled stadiums across the world, leading to the salvation of untold millions. Ordained a Southern Baptist minister, he was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Dallas before joining First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C., in 2008. Graham preached in person to more than 210 million people in 185 countries and in all 50 U.S. states, according to ministry statistics. Read More

  • Longtime Billy Graham photographer Russ Busby dies

    by BP Staff, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Russ Busby, who traveled the world as evangelist Billy Graham's photographer for six decades, died Nov. 14 at his son's home in California following a long illness. He was 86.

    Busby joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1956 after a crusade in Oklahoma City. He managed a local photography studio and saw some advertisements about the event. After hearing Graham preach, he tracked down the team in their hotel to show them samples of his work. He photographed the crusade for two days and soon was part of the ministry, traveling to dozens of countries over the ensuing decades as he photographed Graham with everybody from presidents and kings to survivors of natural disasters. Read More