The Christian message of grace and love is planned as the focus of the Liberate 2014 conference led by Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida and grandson of Billy Graham.
Organizers say the three-day event, that kicks off today in Fort Lauderdale, promises to be "a spiritually enlightening and engaging event" that will explore God's "one-way love" in Christian life, personal failures, families, the church and pop culture.
"The purpose of the event is to spread and celebrate the message that our relationship with God is based on his one-way, unmerited, unconditional, love for us; his inexhaustible grace for an exhausted world," Rev. Nick Lannon, editor in chief of liberate.org, told The Christian Post. more >>
Franklin Graham and his missionary organization Samaritan's Purse will be featured in an upcoming episode of "Fox Files," which will take a look at Syrian refugee camps in Iraq and the important work being done to help the suffering people there.
Samaritan's Purse said that millions have fled the civil war-torn country, where over 100,000 people have been killed, according to U.N. statistics. Refugees have spread across neighboring countries, many in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
"Samaritan's Purse has rushed to the aid of these desperate people by providing them with food, blankets, diapers, shoes, warm winter coats, and kerosene heaters," the organization said. "In one camp, we also started a sewing project and built a playground and soccer field for the children." more >>
Phil Robertson, star of the hit A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," is gracing the cover of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's latest "Decision" magazine.
The February 2014 issue of "Decision" shows a photo of Robertson in his natural element, wearing camouflage gear and equipped with a shotgun and duck call, presumably standing in the swamps that line his expansive West Monroe, La., property.
A photo of the cover was tweeted by Matt Lewis, senior contributor at the Daily Caller with the caption "Phil Robertson makes the cover of Billy Graham's magazine." The headline accompanying Robertson's cover photo reads "Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: In the Cross Hairs of the War on Christianity." more >>
The grandson of American evangelist Billy Graham and executive director of GRACE, a Christian sex abuse victim ministry, blasted a church video featuring a convicted sex offender apologizing for her crimes.
Boz Tchividjian appeared on Janet Mefferd's radio show last week to speak out against the film, which he alleged paints a "perfect, tragic picture" of what is wrong in the Church's response to sex abuse.
"Why? Why make a video and post this? My guess would be that the [Deeper Life Fellowship] wants to show 'Look how Christ can transform somebody else.' But what ends up coming up after the video is that there are four or five things that I have seen over and over again in responses to offenders by the church," said Tchividjian. more >>
Billy Graham is "doing OK, just OK," according to his son, Franklin Graham, who asked for prayers for his ailing father on the weekend, saying he's "ready to go to heaven" whenever that day comes.
Evangelist Graham was hospitalized after his 95th birthday celebration for observation and lung tests last November, and has been very weak since then, Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told WBTV.
"My father is ready to go to heaven and whenever that day comes, he's ready," quoted Franklin Graham as saying Sunday. "He's worked hard all of his life and faithful to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ his entire life. And so he's ready to go home and I'm praying that the Lord will leave him a little longer. We need him." more >>
Using the recent "Duck Dynasty" incident as an example, in a statement on Monday, Franklin Graham expressed his disappointment that many Christians had avoided taking a "stand" on the issue and urged them to combat "the religious war" that has attacked and disparaged their values.
Graham, who is the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Assocation and chairman of humanitarian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, said while he was pleased to see how the Robertsons had stood by family patriarch Phil's comments on homosexuality and race, he was frustrated that more churches did not speak out.
"I appreciate the Robertson family's strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson's comments in a recent interview," wrote Graham on the Billy Graham Evangelical Assocation website. "As the Robertson controversy winds down—at least for now—I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently "ducked" out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson." more >>