Major evangelical leaders recently announced their support for universal background checks for all firearms purchases in America.
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and Dr. Richard Land, outgoing head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated this in interviews with Time Magazine.
"As ministers, we agreed together that we could stand on a united front for universal background checks … We think that's reasonable and responsible," said Graham. more >>
The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries continues to draw praises for its record television ratings and for increasing interest in the Bible, with the Rev. Franklin Graham being the latest to pay tribute to the positive influence the show is having on viewers.
"The Bible Series ... will likely cause a viewer to want to open the pages of Scripture to see the realities of Almighty God's plan for the human race," Graham said on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.
Graham acknowledged that some story lines on the show are interpreted differently, but said that "the truth is that in all things the Lord Jesus Christ is seen lifted up before the world and glorified as the King of kings." more >>
Evangelist and noted humanitarian the Rev. Franklin Graham has recently stated that President Barack Obama should consider the apparent offer of a phone conversation with North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un.
Graham, who has visited North Korea five times and has a charity organization operating in the Communist nation, said in an interview with U.S. News and World Report that it was a "golden opportunity."
Graham was commenting specifically on the recent visit by NBA star Dennis Rodman to North Korea wherein the former Chicago Bull met with Kim Jung-Un. more >>
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory met with the Rev. Billy Graham for a personal visit at his home in Montreat during a trip to the state's mountains, and expressed gratitude that the evangelist prayed for his family and the state.
"While in western North Carolina today, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Reverend Billy Graham at his home in Montreat," said Governor McCrory, a Republican, in a statement, talking about his visit on Friday.
McCrory, who assumed office as the 7th governor of North Carolina on Jan. 5, praised the 94-year-old evangelist for being "such an inspiration and has been for generations." At the end of the meeting, Graham and the governor prayed together "for me, my family, but most importantly for the state." more >>
NASHVILLE – The first installment in a video series produced in association with "My Hope America with Billy Graham" is planned for release by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Monday. Those attending the BGEA breakfast meeting at the National Religious Broadcasters 2013 convention on Sunday were treated to an advanced screening of the gripping program, "Defining Moments."
"God looks at your heart and God sees that you have a spiritual disease, and that spiritual heart disease is called sin," says Billy Graham in the program. "The things that are broken in your heart and life can be restored in Christ, if you put your faith and your obedience in Him."
The video features the redemption stories of three individuals – illusionist Jim Munroe, NFL player David Tyree and musical artist Lacey Sturm – as told by them. Each found success in their careers, yet were still searching for hope while facing struggles. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has launched an initiative aimed at helping children grow in their faith and share their beliefs during a current social climate in which youth face a lot of opposition, says a training director for the group.
The Ultimate Mission, a 12-session Bible study developed for ages 6-10, was announced this week at the annual Children's Pastors Conference in San Diego, Calif. "We're looking at basic discipleship. What does it look like to walk with God in a way that I might be asked about my relationship with Jesus Christ, and then will I be ready to give an answer?" said Chad Miller, BGEA's director of Children's & Youth Evangelism Training, during a product review of The Ultimate Mission with peers and children's pastors.
"It's clear that 6-10 year olds – unlike previous generations – are being asked, and sometimes even harassed, about their faith, and we're ready to come alongside the churches to let these students know that they're not alone," Miller said. "We want to equip them to take a stand and give an answer whenever someone asks them about the hope they have." more >>