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Billy Graham, 99, now in 'the presence of God'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
Billy Graham's impact praised by Baptist leadersNASHVILLE (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
BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth'DALLAS (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas' decision to stop forwarding churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention's president and executive director.
"I am very grateful for the consistent, steady way in which the BGCT has held to God's Word," BGCT President Danny Reeves said according to a news release from the convention. "We lovingly say to all people the truth that marriage is to be between one man and one woman." Read More
WRAP-UP: EC considers DC convention, mission board mergerNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has given the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) 90 days to "secure" the "the removal of any churches from its fellowship that have demonstrated a faith or practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior," according to a recommendation adopted by the EC Feb. 20.
If such churches remain in friendly cooperation with the DCBC after that period, the DCBC will lose its authorization "to receive and disburse Cooperative Program and other SBC contributions," the EC stated during its Feb. 19-20 meetings in Nashville. Read More
Pastor, sports ministry share God's love to OlympiansGANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Pastor. Chaplain. Olympic dog sitter.
That's Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church in upstate New York near Lake Placid. Lake Placid is home to the Olympic Training Center where elite athletes come to train as they pursue their Olympic dreams.
In addition to his role as the church's pastor, Schneider ministers in a variety of ways to the athletes in Lake Placid. Because of his role there, he's working as a chaplain at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. His family is keeping U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender's dog while she competes in the Olympics. Read More
Study shows far-reaching impact of Billy GrahamNASHVILLE (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
FROM THE COLLEGES: Merritt to headline 3rd West Tenn. Evangelism Rally; Finn named N. Greenville provost
JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- James Merritt, lead pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Ga., will be the keynote speaker for the third annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally March 4 at Union University.
Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism at Union and organizer of the event, said the rally aims to strengthen and equip churches in evangelism and outreach.
"My hope is that, through this rally, people in our churches across West Tennessee will become more soul-conscious, better equipped than they were before to share the Gospel and will be encouraged and inspired to do it," Easley said. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Be a light in the NICU
In a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Autumn Wall writes, families with infants hooked up to multiple wires and tubes can be encouraged by gestures like tiny baby hats and personal notes of prayer and Scripture. Read More
Bible Study: Feb. 25, 2018
This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More