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(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE USA TODAY NEWSPAPER)
ASHEVILLE – World-renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham’s body is being brought to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of a procession drawing crowds of well-wishers.
The motorcade carrying Graham began at around 11 a.m. Saturday at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville. At least eight black SUVs and a hearse are a part of the transport.
About 250 family, friends and staffers attended a private prayer service earlier this morning. Onlookers lined the road, some with one hand holding their phones for a picture and the other hand over their heart.
Graham died Feb. 21 at his mountain home in Montreat, North Carolina. He is to be buried at the Billy Graham Library March 2, but his body will first lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington next week.
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TIME NEWS)
From his early days as a preacher making news for his large-scale revival events, to his later years as an icon of American faith, Billy Graham — who has died at 99 — made headlines over the course of more than half a century. During those decades, TIME closely covered his ideas and his influence. Follow the arc of his career through the four cover stories below.
Billy Graham: A New Kind of Evangelist, Oct. 25, 1954
“I may be just a small item on the back page of heaven’s newspaper,” says Graham modestly. But on earth he has already got enough newspaper publicity to make both Hollywood and the circus envious. Five full-length movies in which he appears, a weekly radio program, broadcast on nearly 1,000 stations, and a daily newspaper column syndicated in 99 newspapers, keep a steady stream of converts “deciding for Christ” every week. Tycoons listen to him respectfully, and grey-headed clerics sit at his feet. The humble send him gifts, and the great ones seek him out. Churchill invited him to Downing Street, and Eisenhower keeps one of Billy’s red leather Bibles at his bedside. By all indications, that is just the beginning of a career that is making this Baptist from North Carolina one of the greatest religious influences of his time.
God’s Billy Pulpit, Nov. 15, 1993
Weathering both applause and derision, Graham has through the years become America’s perennial deus ex machina, perpetually in motion, sweeping in to lift up spirits befuddled by modernity. When Presidents need to pray, it is Graham whom they call; he ministered to Dwight Eisenhower in the White House, spent the night with the Bushes on the eve of the Gulf War. Richard Nixon offered him the ambassadorship to Israel at a meeting with Golda Meir. “I said the Mideast would blow up if I went over there,” Graham recalls. “Golda then reached under the table and squeezed my hand. She was greatly relieved.” When Billy arrived for a crusade in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1989, Hillary Rodham Clinton invited him to lunch. “I don’t eat with beautiful women alone,” Billy told her, so they met in a hotel dining room and talked for a couple of hours.
In the Name of the Father, May 13, 1996
Between father and son, there are differences in style. If the father is known for the plainness of his preaching–what made him absolutely impossible to ignore was not his turn of phrase or his way with a parable, but his utter, breathtaking conviction–then the son’s style is, if anything, even more unadorned. The older man would pace the stage pantherlike, an outsize Bible often waved aloft in the left hand, his right index finger jabbing forward as if to impale Satan against the horizon. The son stands as though his feet were in cement, his posture as unyielding as his message.
“Religion can’t save you,” he intones. “Being a church member can’t save you. Being an Anglican can’t save you. Being a Catholic can’t save you. It’s about having a relationship with Jesus Christ.” And he can deploy at least one gospel weapon unavailable to his father. “People might say: come on, you’ve got it made. Your father is Billy Graham! You have a perfect position before God. No, I don’t. No one can choose God for you. You must choose.”
Billy Graham, Pastor in Chief, Aug. 9, 2007
Back in 1955, when Dwight Eisenhower had become Graham’s first real friend in the White House, he used to press the evangelist on how people can really know if they are going to heaven. “I didn’t feel that I could answer his question as well as others could have,” Graham told us. But he got better at it with practice. John F. Kennedy wanted to talk about how the world would end–more than an abstract conversation for the first generation of Presidents who had the ability to make that happen.
Lyndon Johnson was obsessed with his own mortality. “He was always a little bit scared of death,” Graham said, and thus wanted a preacher handy–like the time he talked Graham into flying to a convention with him because the weather was so bad, he thought the plane might crash. Having entered office in the shadow of the Kennedy assassination, Johnson was conscious of how a President’s death can shatter a country…
For more than 20 years, Graham’s good friends George H.W. and Barbara Bush invited him and his wife every summer to Kennebunkport, Maine. They were very grateful when he took a walk on the beach one day in 1985 with their eldest son. George W. Bush said that encounter put him on a path to a new relationship with Jesus and “planted a mustard seed” in his soul.
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)
Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and is the executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. The views expressed in this column belong to him.
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I am a 60-year-old American man who is a Christian first and I am an Independent registered voter. The state I live in does not allow a registered Independent to vote in their primaries yet they beg for your vote in the fall elections. Being a person is supposed to only get one vote in any election I have always felt un-Constitutionally slighted during the primary season. Like this spring I would have liked to have cast my vote for Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary but I was not allowed to vote. When Donald Trump threw his sombrero into the Republican circus I know that my wife and I scoffed at the concept that anyone would ever vote for him, obviously we were wrong on that one. I understand the feeling of the people being sick of career politicians and being willing to vote for dang near anything that wasn’t one of them. My analogy is something like this, concerning Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I do not have a problem at all with there being a woman President or in my voting for one, but not ‘this’ woman! Concerning Mr. Trump, I don’t have any problem at all in voting for a non-politician, but not ‘this’ buffoon!
I have a question for everyone out there reading this article today, did the 2005 bus conversation Mr. Trump had with Billy Bush actually surprise you? With someone who is so egotistical, hate filled and moral-less as Mr. Trump, none of these taped conversations surprise me even a little bit. I have been hearing terms for Hillary Clinton that I won’t put down in this article just in case a minor is reading it. One term I have heard quite often is that she is “a she bi–h from Hell.” I honestly don’t know if that is an incorrect statement. I have read in several places that the son of Pastor Billy Graham “Franklin Graham” still wants people to vote for Mr. Trump because he refers to Hillary, President Obama and the Democratic Party as “Godless.” When I was a young child the Democratic Party was considered the “Christian” Party but once Roe V Wade abortion ruling came down from the U.S. Supreme Court in the early seventies and the Democratic Party sided with having abortions they lost a whole lot of their Christian voters. Because that here in America with there only really having been one other political party the “Conservative” Christians moved over to the Republican Party.
Now people of the Christian faith and of the Jewish faith are in a quandary as far as which Presidential candidate to vote for. Most people don’t want to “waste” their one and only vote by voting for a ‘fringe’ candidate like with the Libertarian or the Green Party candidates. But what do you do, stay home and not vote, in essence making that your vote? Yet, if we do chose to vote for neither of the ‘big two’ haven’t we actually voted for Hillary Clinton in a way? I personally believe that Hillary and Trump are both very evil self-centered human trash and I just can’t get myself to vote for either of them so I guess I will end up voting for Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party have issues in their Party Platforms that I both agree with and that I disagree with, in some cases very strongly so. I am one of those folks who try to weigh the evil of a candidate against the good of a candidate, just as I do with the Party they represent but with these two Candidates there is so much pure evil how does a person of faith choose which one, or neither? In my personal opinion the term “lock them both up and throw away the key” sounds like the most logical choice and the best choice for America and the whole world!
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