Billy Graham

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  • Billy Graham's impact praised by Baptist leaders

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (7 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 (7 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 (10 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

  • Survey: Billy Graham continues far-reaching legacy

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the fall of 1949, a little-known Baptist preacher launched a series of revival meetings at a "canvas cathedral" in Los Angeles at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street.

    The meetings were supposed to last three weeks. Instead they continued for eight weeks, drawing more than 300,000 people and making Billy Graham a household name.

    Nearly 70 years later, the 99-year-old Graham remains one of the best-known preachers in America, according to a survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Billy Graham's 99th birthday offers 12-day radio special

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, November 06, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Sermons from Billy Graham's prolific international ministry will be broadcast on an ad hoc radio station 12 days surrounding the evangelist's 99th birthday (Nov. 7), the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has announced.

    BGEA will host the Billy Graham Channel today (Nov. 6) through Nov. 17 as channel 145 on SiriusXM Radio, featuring sermons from Graham's six decades of evangelism, as well as salvation invitations and reflections from family and friends, BGEA said. A companion website, TheBillyGrahamChannel.com, will offer companion resources. Read More

  • Study: With evangelism, small things matter

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Small churches can make a difference by sticking to the basics, according to a study released today (Aug. 28). The study identifies at least 13 effective ways small churches can attract and retain more new converts, including many practices churches have used for years. Read More

  • Franklin Graham Decision tour targets small-town Tenn.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- It’s not often an evangelist with the following of Billy Graham’s son Franklin hosts Gospel events in communities as small as Jackson, Tenn., home to about 68,000 people.

    Fresh from the success of the 2016 Decision America Tour that drew a total of 230,000 people to prayer rallies in all 50 states, Franklin Graham is focusing on small and medium-sized towns in Tennessee in May as he continues his national call to prayer. Read More

  • Q&A: Laurie talks Crossover, Billy Graham & WWIII

    by Brian Hobbs/Baptist Messenger, posted Monday, May 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    Evangelist Greg Laurie shares in an interview with The Baptist Messenger about the upcoming Harvest evangelism mega-rally in Phoenix on June 11. Read More

  • Billy Graham statue finds new home at Ridgecrest

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (one year ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. -- A larger-than-life statue of evangelist Billy Graham has been installed at its new location at Ridgecrest Conference Center in the North Carolina mountains.

    The sale of LifeWay Christian Resources' 14-acre downtown Nashville campus prompted the move from middle Tennessee to LifeWay's conference center near Asheville, N.C.

    The statue was removed from LifeWay earlier this summer and placed in storage ... Read More

  • Billy Graham Crusades' Cliff Barrows dies at 93

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (one year ago)

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    PINEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Clifford Burton "Cliff" Barrows, who served as music director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for more than 60 years, died Nov. 15 in Pineville, N.C., after a brief illness. He was 93.

    The Marvin, N.C., resident had traveled the world with Billy Graham since the noted evangelist's first crusade in 1947 in Grand Rapids, Mich., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) reported.

    Barrows' contributions to the ministry were immeasurable, Graham said in an official statement upon the musician's death. Read More