The Rev. Billy Graham and his ministry will be honored with the Hope Medallion for Graham's worldwide leadership in creating life-changing films through "unswerving commitment to the gospel message" by The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Cru.
Presenters say the award, which is given to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication and unfailing commitment to sharing eternal spiritual hope around the world, will be given to Graham's daughter, Gigi, accepting on her father's behalf, on Saturday in Asheville, N.C.
"Mr. Graham long ago recognized the impact that various forms of media had on people and culture, both as a method for communication and as a means to influence opinions and perceptions, or more viscerally, to impact hearts and minds," said Dr. Erick Schenkel, executive director of The JESUS Film Project. "Much as he used a microphone to amplify his voice to reach those present in a stadium, he leveraged all the various forms of media that could be utilized in the presentation of the gospel, from the printed page, to radio broadcasts, then to television and motion pictures, extending all of that around the world via satellite and then Internet." more >>
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 >>