Jim Elliot, one of five men who in 1956 were speared to death by Waorani Indians, is the most famous American missionary of the twentieth century. He and his colleagues longed to bring the gospel to this fierce and isolated Amazonian people.
His wife Elisabeth was taking care of their ten-month old daughter back at their mission station at the time. Jim and Elisabeth had met as students at Wheaton College. They were both Classical Greek majors and would study together in the east wing of Blanchard Hall. Their relationship deepened as Jim came more and more to rely on her to help him translate Thucydides.
Wheaton College was itself a kind of curious wonder in the mid-twentieth century. The other historic liberal arts colleges by then had mostly diluted or shed altogether their Christian identities. Wheaton, however, was fervently evangelical. Its students were on fire to make their lives count "for Christ and His Kingdom." There were many other Christian colleges with no less spiritual fervor, but they were almost all Bible schools. At Wheaton, one would study not only the Bible but also chemistry and anthropology, ancient history and the new physics. And one would learn to write well. more >>
Atheists represent less than 1 percent of the population of the U.S. military, but at the end of this month they will be holding a public festival and rock concert to celebrate "freethought" (atheism, humanism and skepticism) on one of the largest military bases in the U.S.
North Carolina's Fort Bragg will host "Rock Beyond Belief" (RBB), an event organizer Justin Griffith, a sergeant in the US Army and an atheist, hopes will generate more support for nonbelievers serving in the military.
According to some reports, military nontheists have said they feel they are unwelcome targets of proselytism, and complain of compulsory religious prayers and practices at official events. more >>
A feature article in People Magazine was a big deal for Will Graham three decades ago when his father, Franklin, showed up at his elementary school class to take him to a family photo shoot for the publication.
Although Graham doesn't like to read his "own press," the evangelist grandson of renowned Billy Graham admits that appearing in this week's edition of the celebrity-focused magazine was also "huge."
Two other third-generation members of the Graham family are in Christian ministry as well. However with lesser known last names, People may have decided to stick with a name everyone knows in choosing to do the story on him, Graham said. more >>
[UPDATE] 2/28 4:17 p.m.
Franklin Graham responded on Tuesday to criticism from faith leaders in the NAACP who accused the evangelist of questioning President Obama's Christianity.
"I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama," he stated. "The president has said he is a Christian and I accept that (and have said so publicly on many occasions). I apologize to him and to any I have offended for not better articulating my reason for not supporting him in this election – for his faith has nothing to do with my consideration of him as a candidate." more >>
World renowned evangelist Billy Graham has another piece of road named after him, this time in Tennessee.
Cleveland County in Tennessee dedicated the Billy Graham Avenue on Friday, which the county declared "Billy Graham Day." Graham, 93, was unable to attend the ceremony, but his daughter, Gigi, was on hand for the ribbon cutting, according to local station WDEF News 12.
Graham briefly lived in Cleveland, Tenn., but he is more popularly associated with North Carolina. He was born on a farm near Charlotte and raised his family in a log cabin in Montreat, N.C. more >>
One day after drawing fire for comments some saw as questioning whether or not Barack Obama was a Christian, the Rev. Franklin Graham clarified his position on the president's faith, and clearly declared he could never support a candidate who supports abortion.
"I don't question the president's faith. I'm not questioning whether he's a Christian," Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, said on CNN. "I disagree with his position on abortion."
On Tuesday, Graham was asked to judge whether President Obama was Christian by MSNBC. By not offering a straight answer Graham left himself open to criticism. "You have to ask him… He has said he's a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is," Graham said. more >>