The Rev. William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr., born Nov. 7, 1918, will mark his 95th birthday this week with a special message to America entitled "The Cross." The highly anticipated program, set for television and online broadcasts, may very well be the venerable evangelist's final message to the U.S.
Graham, who has counseled many U.S. presidents, including Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, and was a friend to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., revealed last month that his "timeless message of hope and redemption through Jesus Christ" was finally ready to be shared with Americans.
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Kicking off the first plenary session at the Mosaix 2013 Multi-Ethnic Church Conference on Tuesday, Pastors Mark DeYmaz, Derwin Gray and Eugene Cho, and theology professor Paul Louis Metzger shared their belief in this movement that aims to reflect God's love for all people and the diversity of the kingdom of heaven by planting and growing economically and ethnically-diverse churches.
DeYmaz, who planted Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Ark., where he's the directional leader, noted that among all of the churches in the United States, 86.3 percent fail to have at least 20 percent diversity in their congregations, adding that churches are 10 times more segregated than the communities in which they sit and 20 times more segregated than nearby public schools.
"Surely it breaks the heart of God that so many churches throughout this country are segregated ethnically and economically from one another," DeYmaz commented, "and little has changed in more than 100 years since it was first heard that Sunday morning is the most-segregated hour of the week." more >>
SEATTLE – Pastor Mark Driscoll set the tone early during a meeting of Christian leaders strategizing for a faith-driven resurgence on the first day of a two-day conference at Mars Hill Downtown Church by walking out on the stage and screaming, "I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed."
The host of the annual Resurgence conference then shouted, "I am not ashamed of what?" To which the more than 800 people in attendance replied back, "Of the Gospel." Driscoll continued, "Of the Gospel of the Good News of the person and the work of Jesus Christ. This is a day for courage, not for cowards."
Driscoll was followed by other megachurch pastors later on Tuesday, there to discuss how leaders can continue to pastor and evangelize in a culture that appears to be embracing biblical values less and less. The conference theme, Call to Resurgence, is based on Driscoll's newly released book of the same name. more >>
In honor of evangelist Billy Graham's 95th birthday celebration on Thursday, the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, will give visitors a chance to join in on the celebration by signing a banner that will later be presented to Graham, while each guest will receive a copy of God's Ambassador, a book that celebrates his life and ministry.
The library museum, which also features Graham's childhood home that was moved and reassembled there, is a ministry that offers hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, who may have never attended one of his crusades, the opportunity to experience Graham's message of hope through the Journey of Faith Tour. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham doesn't mean as much to me as he has meant to many other Americans. I am 30 years old, and the lion's share of his ministry was accomplished in my parents' and grandparents' generation. While I have an almost indescribable respect for him, I've never met him and I cannot count myself among the 215 million individuals who have heard him preach in 185 countries around the globe. His significance in my life has been largely historical.
And you know what?
The same is true of most millennials I know. The stream of generations carries great figures past our shores and far downstream. The heroes and heroines of one generation fade as time passes, and unless we're intentional about preserving their legacy in the culture then they will be handed over to the historians. more >>
More than 900 church leaders and planters will be in Long Beach, Calif., this week to attend the Mosaix 2013 Multi-Ethnic Church Conference to equip themselves with the tools they need to build congregations that reflect the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the communities they serve.
At this year's conference, church planters will hear from 68 speakers who'll be leading workshops and discussing issues pertaining to 15 tracks that include topics on community engagement, overcoming the racial divide and engaging Hispanics and Latinos, among others, with each track being translated into Spanish and French.
The theme of this year's conference is "For the Sake of the Gospel" to reflect that the multi-ethnic church movement is exegetically sound and rooted in New Testament theology. more >>