Billy Graham delivered what may be his last address to America last night in a short video entitled "The Cross," in which the world-recognized preacher asked America: "I know where I've come from, I know why I'm here, I know where I'm going, do you?"
Graham's message aired Thursday evening as the pastor celebrated his 95th birthday in Asheville, North Carolina with an estimated 900 attendees, including former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The 30-minute message was later made available for viewers to watch online on the My Hope with Billy Graham website, and will be made available in select broadcasting networks this weekend.
At age 95, Graham's most recent message has been dubbed as possibly being his last; the evangelical leader and former spiritual advisor to multiple U.S. presidents has suffered a series of medical ailments, including Parkinson's disease, in his old age. Graham's message in "The Cross" was one of both sadness and hope; the pastor lamented over how greatly America has distanced itself from God, and how he believes the nation is in "great need of a spiritual awakening." more >>
A Messianic Jewish organization that is scheduled to have former President George W. Bush speak at its annual banquet has removed references of such from their website, apparently due to the controversy it provoked from certain circles.
The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute of Dallas, Texas, was scheduled to have the former president as a featured speaker at their Rekindle event next week.
However, a search on Friday afternoon of the MJBI's webpage for the Rekindle event has shown an apparent absence of previous mentions of Bush and his speaking engagement. more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham's possible final message to America premiered last night on Fox News, while the global preacher hosted family and friends at his home in Asheville, N.C., to celebrate his 95th birthday. After its debut last night, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association made his "The Cross" message available for free viewing online.
The 30-minute program features a salvation message from Graham, who shares how his heart has been broken for America because he feels that the country is in need of a revival.
"Our country's in great need of a spiritual awakening," says Graham in "The Cross" video. "There have been times that I've wept as I've gone from city to city and I've seen how far people have wandered from God." more >>
Earlier this week I wrote a short piece about the impact of mockery and stigma on kids' beliefs that contained the following observation about modern college life:
The idea of college as mounting a comprehensive intellectual challenge to conservatism, especially conservative Christianity, is largely outdated. The modern college isn't a terribly intellectual place, featuring dumbed-down courses, far more time spent partying than studying, and legions of stressed-out adjuncts and graduate students (rather than the classic liberal intellect seen in movies and television) doing most of the actual teaching. In other words, when it comes to the life of the mind, there's not much to most contemporary universities.
Just when we thought we saw the craziest of the crazy that the abortion movement had to offer this July in Austin, Texas, we got this: MOM BABY GOD, a new play created to fictionalize the work of Students for Life of America and some of our compatriots in the pro-life movement.
Last month, one of our Students for Life team members attended the play's premiere in New York City and filmed it undercover. While the footage is too vulgar to release to the general public, I can tell you that the plot of the play is pretty unoriginal. It takes place at a fictionalized Students for Life National Conference, where young pro-lifers appear tragically sex-deprived and brainwashed into their pro-life convictions.
MOM BABY GOD was created by abortion advocate Madeline Burrows, a Hampshire College graduate who developed the play out of her undergraduate thesis in theater and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Research for the play took place via a year-long hiatus she spent going undercover as a pro-lifer and attending a number of pro-life events, including my organization's Students for Life of America National Conference, the largest pro-life conference in the nation. After attending these events, Burrows felt the need to respond to the pro-life movements "attack on women's reproductive rights" was more urgent than ever. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham, born Nov. 7, 1918, celebrates his 95th birthday Thursday, and is marking the special day with a nationally televised program called "The Cross" and a gathering of about 800 people, including singer Michael W. Smith and businessman Donald Trump, at his Asheville, N.C., home.
Graham has said that his Gospel message airing Nov. 7 on Fox News, TBN, God TV and several other cable networks, may very well be his last one to the American public.
"I've recently prepared what may well be my last message to our nation. I have prayed a great deal about this," Graham has shared. more >>