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Billy Graham

Billy Graham, April 4, 1966.
Born November 7, 1918 (1918-11-07) (age 91)
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Residence Montreat, North Carolina, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Evangelist
Religion Baptist
Spouse(s) Ruth Graham (m. 1943–2007) «start: (1943)–end+1: (2008)»"Marriage: Ruth Graham to Billy Graham" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Graham)
Children Franklin, Nelson, Virginia, Anne and Ruth
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Bily Graham
Born November 7, 1918 (1918-11-07) (age 91)
Church Christianity (Baptist)
Education Diploma in Biblical Studies, Florida Bible Institute (Trinity Bible College), 1940
B.A. Wheaton College, 1943
Offices held President, Billy Graham Evangelistic Ass'n
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William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr., KBE (born November 7, 1918) is a Christian evangelist and an Evangelical Christian. He has been a spiritual adviser to many United States presidents[1] and is number seven on Gallup's list of admired people for the 20th century[citation needed]. He is a Southern Baptist.[2][3] He rose to celebrity status as his sermons were broadcast on radio and television.

Graham has preached in person to more people around the world than any other preacher in history.[4] According to his staff, as of 1993 more than 2.5 million people had "stepped forward at his crusades to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior".[5] As of 2008, Graham's lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion.[4]

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Early life

Born on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, Billy Graham was raised in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church by his parents, Morrow Coffey and William Franklin Graham. In 1933, when Prohibition in the United States ended, Graham's father forced Graham and his sister Katherine to drink beer until they vomited, which created a lifelong aversion, in both of them, to alcohol and drugs.[5] According to the Billy Graham Center, Graham was converted in 1934 at age 16 during a series of revival meetings in Charlotte which were led by evangelist Mordecai Ham.[6] However, he was turned down for membership in a local youth group because he was "too worldly."[5] He was persuaded to go see Ham at the urging of one of the employees, Albert McMakin, on the Graham farm.[7]

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Background

Christianity
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Anabaptists
General Baptists,
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& Reformed Baptists
Landmarkism
"Conservative Resurgence"


Baptist theology

London Confession, 1689
New Hampshire Confession, 1833
Baptist Faith & Message


Doctrinal distinctives

Biblical inerrancy
Autonomy of the local church
Priesthood of believers
Two ordinances
Individual soul liberty
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People
Deceased

E. Y. Mullins | James P. Boyce
John A. Broadus | A. T. Robertson
John Spilsbury
Lottie Moon · Annie Armstrong
B. H. Carroll
W. A. Criswell ·
Monroe E. Dodd
Adrian Rogers ·
Jerry Falwell, Sr.

Living

Mark Dever · James T. Draper, Jr.
Billy Graham ·
Franklin Graham
Duke K. McCall
Jack Graham ·
Richard Land
Mike Huckabee ·
Johnny Hunt
James Merritt ·
Albert Mohler
Paige Patterson ·
Pat Robertson
Charles F. Stanley
Rick Warren


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Seminaries

Golden Gate
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Southern
Southwestern

After graduating from Sharon High School in May 1936, Graham attended Bob Jones College (now Bob Jones University), then located in Cleveland, Tennessee, for one semester but found it too legalistic in both coursework and rules.[5] At this time, he was influenced and inspired by Pastor Charley Young from Eastport Bible Church. He was almost expelled, but Bob Jones, Sr. warned him not to throw his life away: "At best, all you could amount to would be a poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks.... You have a voice that pulls. God can use that voice of yours. He can use it mightily."[5] In 1937, Graham transferred to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida) on the site of today's Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. In his autobiography he writes that he "received [his] calling on the 18th green of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club," which is immediately in front of today's Sutton Hall at Florida College in Temple Terrace. Reverend Billy Graham Memorial Park is today located on the Hillsborough River directly east of the 18th green and across from where Graham often paddled a canoe to a small island in the river, where he would preach to the birds, alligators, and cypress stumps. Graham eventually graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois with a degree in anthropology, in 1943. It was during his time at Wheaton that Graham decided to accept the Bible as the infallible word of God. Henrietta Mears of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was instrumental in helping Graham wrestle with the issue, which was settled at Forest Home Christian camp (now called Forest Home Ministries) southeast of the Big Bear area in Southern California. A memorial there marks the site of Graham's decision.

Family

On August 13, 1943, Graham married Wheaton classmate Ruth Bell (1920–2007), whose parents were Presbyterian missionaries in China, where her father, L. Nelson Bell, was a general surgeon. He met Ruth at Wheaton: "I saw her walking down the road towards me and I couldn't help but stare at her as she walked. She looked at me and our eyes met and I felt that she was definitely the woman I wanted to marry." Ruth thought that he "wanted to please God more than any man I'd ever met."[8] They married two months after graduation and later lived in a log cabin designed by Ruth in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Montreat, North Carolina.[5] Ruth died on June 14, 2007, at age 87. They have five children together: Virginia Leftwich (Gigi) Graham Tchividjian (b. 1945); Anne Graham Lotz (b. 1948; runs AnGeL ministries); Ruth Graham (b. 1950; founder and president of Ruth Graham & Friends); Franklin Graham (b. 1952; administers an international relief organization called Samaritan's Purse and will be his father's successor at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association);[9] and Nelson "Ned" Graham (b.1958; a pastor who runs East Gates International,[10] which distributes Christian literature in China). Graham has 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Grandson Tullian Tchividjian is senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ministry

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Beginning

Graham transferred in January 1937 from Bob Jones College to Florida Bible Institute, and then finally to Wheaton College in 1939. Graham attended Wheaton College from 1939 to 1943, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.[11] While attending college, he became pastor of the United Gospel Tabernacle and also had other preaching engagements.

Graham served briefly as pastor of the Village Church in Western Springs, Illinois, not far from Wheaton, in 1943-44. While there, his friend Torrey Johnson, pastor of the Midwest Bible Church in Chicago, told Graham that his radio program "Songs in the Night" was about to be canceled for lack of funding. Consulting with the members of his church in Western Springs, Graham decided to take over Johnson's program with financial support from his parishioners. Launching the new radio program on January 2, 1944, still called "Songs in the Night," Graham recruited the baritone George Beverly Shea as his director of radio ministry. While the radio ministry continued for many years, Graham decided to move on in early 1945, and in 1947, at age 30, he became the youngest person to serve as a sitting college president during his tenure at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Graham served as the president of Northwestern College from 1948 to 1952.

Initially, Graham intended to become a chaplain in the armed forces, but shortly after applying for a commission contracted mumps. After a period of recuperation in Florida, Graham was hired as the first full time evangelist of the new Youth for Christ International (YFCI) which was co-founded by Torrey Johnson and evangelist Charles Templeton. He traveled throughout the United States and Europe as an evangelist for YFCI. Unlike many evangelists then and now, Graham had little formal theological training; he turned down offers to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.[5]

Hearst intervention

Graham scheduled a series of revival meetings in Los Angeles in 1949, for which he erected circus tents in a parking lot.[4] The Los Angeles revival is considered to be the time when Graham became a national religious figure.[12] Graham's rise to national prominence is partly because of the assistance he received from news mogul William Randolph Hearst, whose interest in Graham was that he respected Graham for being his own person and following what he believed, though the two never met.[13] Most observers believe that Hearst appreciated Graham's patriotism and appeals to youth and thought that Graham would be helpful in promoting Hearst's conservative anti-communist views.[13][14] Hearst sent a telegram to his newspaper editors reading "Puff Graham" during Billy Graham's late 1949 Los Angeles crusade.[5][2]

The result of the increased media exposure from Hearst's newspaper chain and national magazines[13] caused the crusade event to run for eight weeks—five weeks longer than planned. Henry Luce put him on the cover of TIME in 1954. At the Los Angeles revival, a fellow evangelist accused Graham of setting religion back 100 years. Graham replied, "I did indeed want to set religion back, not just 100 years but 1,900 years, to the Book of Acts, when first century followers of Christ were accused of turning the Roman Empire upside down."[7]

Crusades

Billy Graham has conducted many evangelistic crusades since 1948. He began this form of ministry in 1947 and continued until recently. He would rent a large venue, such as a stadium, park, or street. He arranged a group of up to 5,000 people to sing in a choir and then preached the gospel and invited people to come forward. These people, called inquirers, were then given the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a counselor who clarified any questions the inquirer may have had and would pray with that person. The inquirers were often given resources, such as a copy of the Gospel of John or a Bible study booklet. In Moscow in 1992, one-quarter of the 155,000 people in his audience came forward upon his request.[5]

Graham was offered a five-year, $5 million contract from NBC to appear on television opposite Arthur Godfrey, but he turned it down in favor of continuing his touring revivals because of his pre-arranged commitments.[8] Graham had missions in London, which lasted 12 weeks, and a New York City mission in Madison Square Garden, in 1957, which ran nightly for 16 weeks. In 1959, he led his first crusade, which was in Australia.

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

In 1950, Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with its headquarters in Minneapolis. The association later relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. BGEA Ministries have included:

  • Hour of Decision, a weekly radio program broadcast around the world for more than 50 years
  • Mission television specials that have been regularly broadcast in prime time in almost every market in the U.S. and Canada
  • A syndicated newspaper column, My Answer, carried by newspapers across the United States
  • Decision magazine, the official publication of the Association
  • Christianity Today was started in 1956 with Carl F.H. Henry as its first editor
  • Passageway.org, the website for a children's program created by BGEA
  • World Wide Pictures, which has produced and distributed more than 130 films

Civil Rights Movement and Anti-Segregation

Graham opposed segregation during the 1960s and refused to speak to segregated auditoriums, once dramatically tearing down the ropes that organizers had erected to separate the audience.[7][15] Graham said, "There is no scriptural basis for segregation.... The ground at the foot of the cross is level, and it touches my heart when I see whites standing shoulder to shoulder with blacks at the cross."[7] Graham paid bail money to secure the release of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from jail during the 1960s civil rights movement; he invited King to join him in the pulpit at his 16-week revival in New York City in 1957.[15] During that 16-week stint, Graham was heard by 2.3 million listeners, who gathered to hear him at Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, and Times Square.[4]

Later years

Graham with son Franklin at Cleveland Stadium, June 1994

Graham's visibility and popularity extended into to secular world. He created his own pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair.[16] He appeared as a guest on a 1969 Woody Allen television special, where he joined the comedian in a witty exchange on theological matters.[17] During the Cold War, Graham became the first evangelist of note to speak behind the Iron Curtain, addressing large crowds in countries throughout Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, calling for peace.[18] During the Apartheid era, Graham consistently refused to visit South Africa until its government allowed attending audiences to sit desegregated. His first crusade there was in 1973, during which he openly denounced apartheid.

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Billy Graham at the Feyenoord-stadion in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (30 June 1955)

In 1984, he led a series of summer meetings in the United Kingdom, called Mission England, using outdoor football grounds as venues.

Graham was interested in fostering evangelism around the world. In 1983, 1986 and 2000 he sponsored, organized and paid for massive training conferences for Christian evangelists from around the world; with the largest representations of nations ever held until that time. Over 157 nations were gathered in 2000 at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

At one revival in Seoul, South Korea, Graham attracted more than one million people to a single service.[8] He appeared in China in 1988—for Ruth, this was a homecoming, since she had been born in China to missionary parents. He appeared in North Korea in 1992.[7]

On September 22, 1991 Graham held the largest event he ever led in North America on The Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park. City officials estimated over 250,000 in attendance. In 1998, Graham spoke at TED (conference) to a crowd of scientists and philosophers.

On September 14, 2001, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Graham led a prayer and remembrance service at Washington National Cathedral, which was attended by President George W. Bush and past and present leaders. He also spoke at the memorial service following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.[7] On June 24–26, 2005, Billy Graham began what he has said would be his last North American crusade, three days at the Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in New York City. But on the weekend of March 11–12, 2006, Billy Graham held the "Festival of Hope" with his son, Franklin Graham. The festival was held in New Orleans, which was recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Graham said that his planned retirement was because of his failing health. He has suffered from Parkinson's disease for about 15 years, has had hydrocephalus, pneumonia, broken hips, and prostate cancer. In August 2005, a frail Graham appeared at the groundbreaking for his library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Then 86, Reverend Graham used a walker to assist with mobility during the ceremony. On July 9, 2006, Graham spoke at the Metro Maryland Franklin Graham Festival, held in Baltimore, Maryland, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Until a June 13, 2007, press release saying that he and his wife would be buried alongside each other at the Billy Graham Library in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, there had been controversy over where the burial place would be. Graham's younger son Ned had argued with older son Franklin about whether burial at a library would be appropriate. Ruth Graham had said that she wanted to be buried not in Charlotte but in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, where she had lived for many years; Ned supported his mother's choice.[19] Novelist Patricia Cornwell, a family friend, also opposed burial at the library, calling it a tourist attraction. Franklin wanted his parents to be buried at the library site.[19] At the time of Ruth Graham's death, it was announced that they would be buried at the library site.

On August 18, 2007, Graham, 88, was in fair condition in Mission Health & Hospitals in Asheville after undergoing treatment for intestinal bleeding, but his condition was not life-threatening.[20]

Billy Graham has preached Christianity to live audiences of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Graham has also reached hundreds of millions more through television, video, film, and webcasts.[21]

Politics

Politically, Graham was a registered member of the Democratic Party.[22] He leaned Republican during the presidency of Richard Nixon.[13] He did not completely ally himself with the religious right, saying that Jesus did not have a political party.[5] He did not openly endorse political candidates, but he gave his support to some over the years.[13]

He refused to join Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority in 1979, saying: "I'm for morality, but morality goes beyond sex to human freedom and social justice. We as clergy know so very little to speak with authority on the Panama Canal or superiority of armaments. Evangelists cannot be closely identified with any particular party or person. We have to stand in the middle in order to preach to all people, right and left. I haven't been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will be in the future."[7]

According to a 2006 Newsweek interview, "For Graham, politics is a secondary to the Gospel.... When Newsweek asked Graham whether ministers—whether they think of themselves as evangelists, pastors or a bit of both—should spend time engaged with politics, he replied: 'You know, I think in a way that has to be up to the individual as he feels led of the Lord. A lot of things that I commented on years ago would not have been of the Lord, I'm sure, but I think you have some—like communism, or segregation, on which I think you have a responsibility to speak out.'".[23]

Pastor to presidents

President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan greet Graham at the National Prayer Breakfast of 1981

Graham has had a personal audience with many sitting US Presidents from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush. He visited in the Oval Office with Truman in 1950, urging him to counter communism in North Korea. However, Graham and his accompanying pastors were not aware of Washington protocol; they appeased the press corps waiting outside with details of the visit, with the three pastors even acquiescing to the calls of the press to kneel on the White House lawn, as if praying.[13] This led to Truman calling Graham a "counterfeit" publicity seeker, and Truman did not speak to Graham for years afterward.[5][13] Graham has often told the story, usually as a warning that he would not reveal his conversations with world leaders.[13] Graham became a regular in the Oval Office during the tenure of Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom he urged to intervene with federal troops in the case of the Little Rock Nine,[5] and it was at that time, on a Washington golf course, that he met and became close friends with Vice President Richard Nixon.[13] Graham was invited by Eisenhower to visit with him when the former president was on his deathbed.[24] Graham also counseled Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and the Bush family.[12]

The single notable exception among modern presidents is John F. Kennedy, with whom Graham golfed, but Kennedy was Roman Catholic;[25] Graham enjoyed a friendship with Nixon and prominently supported him over Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.[5] Nixon wrote to Graham after that election: "I have often told friends that when you went into the ministry, politics lost one of its potentially greatest practitioners."[5] Graham spent the last night of Johnson's presidency in the White House, and he stayed for the first night of Nixon's.[24]

After Nixon's victorious 1968 presidential campaign, Graham was an adviser, visiting the White House and leading some of the private church services that the President organized there.[13] Nixon offered Graham the ambassadorship to Israel in a meeting they had with Golda Meir, but Graham turned down Nixon's offer.[5] Nixon appeared at one of Graham's revivals in East Tennessee in 1970; the event drew one of the largest crowds to ever gather in Tennessee.[13] Nixon became the first President to give a speech from an evangelist's platform.[13] However, their friendship became strained when Graham rebuked Nixon for his post-Watergate behavior and the profanity heard on the Watergate tapes; they eventually reconciled after Nixon's resignation.[13] Graham announced at that time, "I'm out of politics."[7]

After a special law was passed on his behalf, Graham was allowed to conduct the first religious service on the steps of the Capitol building in 1952.[5] When Graham was hospitalized briefly in 1976, three Presidents called in one day to wish him well: former President Nixon, current President Ford and President-elect Carter.[24]

He was one of Reagan's personal guests at his inauguration and gave the benediction at George H. W. Bush's inauguration.[24] He stayed at the White House the night before George H. W. Bush (who called Graham "America's pastor") launched the Persian Gulf War.[12] Two days before the 2000 presidential election, Graham spoke at a prayer breakfast in Florida with George W. Bush in attendance. At a New York revival in 2005, Bill Clinton recalled how he had attended Graham's revival as a boy in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1959.[7]

Graham has officiated at one presidential burial and one presidential funeral. He presided over the graveside services of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1973 and took part in eulogizing the former president. Graham officiated at the funeral service of former First Lady Pat Nixon in 1993[5] and the funeral of Richard Nixon in 1994. He was unable to officiate at the state funeral of Ronald Reagan on June 11, 2004, because of recent double hip replacement surgery, which former President George H. W. Bush acknowledged during his eulogy. Graham had been Reagan's first choice. Because of his hospitalization, the Reverend John Danforth, a Missouri Republican Senator during Reagan's tenure, officiated at the funeral. Failing health prevented Graham from officiating at the state funeral of Gerald R. Ford on January 2, 2007, as well as the funeral of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson in July 2007.

Foreign policy views

Graham has been outspoken against communism and supportive of U.S. Cold War policy, including the Vietnam War. However, in a 1999 speech, Graham discussed his relationship with the late North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung, praising him as a "different kind of communist" and "one of the great fighters for freedom in his country against the Japanese." Graham went on to note that although he had never met Kim's son and current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, he had "exchanged gifts with him."[26] Graham has given a globe surmounted with doves to the North Korean Friendship Museum.

During a March 12, 1991, CBS broadcast of Billy Graham's Long Island, New York crusade, Graham said in reference to the Persian Gulf War, "As our President, President Bush, has said, it is not the people of Iraq we are at war with. It is some of the people in that regime. Pray for peace in the Middle East, a just peace."[27] Graham had earlier said that "there come times when we have to fight for peace." He went on to say that out of the war in the Gulf may "come a new peace and, as suggested by the President, a new world order."[28]

Controversy

Discussion of Jews with Nixon

In 2002, declassified "Richard Nixon tapes" confirmed remarks made by Graham to President Nixon three decades earlier. Captured on the tapes, Graham agreed with Nixon that Jews control the American media, calling it a "stranglehold" during a 1972 conversation with Nixon.[29] These remarks were characterized as anti-Semitic by Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League [15] and evangelical author Richard Land.[30]

When the tapes were publicly released, Graham stated, "[A]lthough I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret comments I apparently made... They do not reflect my views, and I sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the remarks,"[31] and "If it wasn't on tape, I would not have believed it. I guess I was trying to please... I went to a meeting with Jewish leaders and I told them I would crawl to them to ask their forgiveness."[32] According to Newsweek magazine, "[T]he shock of the revelation was magnified because of Graham's longtime support of Israel and his refusal to join in calls for conversion of the Jews."[32]

In 2009 fresh tapes were released, in which Graham is heard in conversation with Nixon referring to Jews and "the synagogue of Satan." A spokesman for Graham said that Graham has never been an anti-Semite and that the remarks should be understood in context, as part of a conversation with the president.[33]

Moral leadership

Graham, along with associates whom he called the "Team", created in 1948 what one of them called, "The Modesto Manifesto", because they produced it in Modesto, California. They decided among themselves to avoid certain problems that gave evangelists a bad name. The first item on the list was a matter of money, to which Graham was sensitive, because of the practices of some unscrupulous evangelists. (The "manifesto" proceeded to note the dangers of sexual immorality, criticism of local churches, and exaggerated publicity.).[34][35][35][36]

Finances

In 1977, the Charlotte Observer published a story intimating that Graham's ministry had a secret stash of $22 million and that Graham had ties to organized crime.[37] However, the story proved groundless, and Graham was shown to take a small salary; the $22 million was not secret and was in fact a fund to create a Bible college in Asheville, North Carolina.[37] Graham has been careful to take reasonable compensation far below what other television evangelists would later receive.

Awards and honors

Graham has frequently been honored by surveys, including "Greatest Living American" and has consistently ranked among the most admired persons in the United States and the world.[8] Between 1950 and 1990, he appeared most frequently on Gallup's list of most admired people.[38] The United States Postal Service has said that Graham is one of the few Americans, along with the current President, who can be delivered mail that simply reads his name and the country: "Billy Graham, America."[38]

He has received the Congressional Gold Medal from the United States Congress and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Reagan, America's highest civilian honors.[38] President Bill Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole awarded Graham the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in 1996.[39] In December 2001, he was presented with an honorary knighthood, Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), for his international contributions to civic and religious life over 60 years.

In 1971, Graham's hometown of Charlotte held "Billy Graham Day" at which President Nixon made an appearance.[13] On May 30, 1999, Graham was invited to give the pre-race invocation at the Indianapolis 500. On May 31, 2007, the $27 million Billy Graham Library was officially dedicated in Charlotte. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton appeared to celebrate with Graham.[40][41] A highway in Charlotte bears Graham's name.[19] In 1986, Graham was given North Carolina's highest honor, the North Carolina Award, for public service.[42]

In 2000, former First Lady Nancy Reagan presented the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to Graham. Graham has been a friend of the Reagans for years.[43]

Graham received the Big Brother of the Year Award for his work on behalf of children. He has been cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations. He has received the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion and the Sylvanus Thayer Award for his commitment to "Duty, Honor, Country". The "Billy Graham Children's Health Center" in Asheville is named after and funded by Graham.[39]

In 1971, Graham received an award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. After the Nixon tapes were released, Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League called for Graham to return the award.[15] He was honored by the American Jewish Committee with its National Interreligious Award for his efforts on behalf of Jewish-Christian relations; the committee called him one of the century's greatest Christian friends of Jews.[15]

For providing a platform during his events for many Christian musical artists, Graham was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999 by the Gospel Music Association. A professorial chair is named after him at the Southern Baptist Samford University, the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth.[15] His alma mater Wheaton College has an archive of his papers at the Billy Graham Center.[4] The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth. Graham has received 20 honorary degrees and refused at least that many more.[8]

The movie Billy: The Early Years premiered in theaters officially on October 10, 2008, less than one month before Graham's 90th birthday.[44] Graham has yet to comment on the film, but his son, Franklin released a critical statement on August 18, 2008, noting that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association "has not collaborated with nor does it endorse the movie."[45] Graham's eldest daughter Gigi, however, has praised the movie and also been hired as a consultant to help promote the film.[46]

Books authored

Graham has authored the following books:[47]

  • Calling Youth to Christ (1947)
  • America's Hour of Decision (1951)
  • I Saw Your Sons at War (1953)
  • Peace with God (1953, 1984)
  • Freedom from the Seven Deadly Sins (1955)
  • The Secret of Happiness (1955, 1985)
  • Billy Graham Talks to Teenagers (1958)
  • My Answer (1960)
  • Billy Graham Answers Your Questions (1960)
  • World Aflame (1965)
  • The Challenge (1969)
  • The Jesus Generation (1971)
  • Angels: God's Secret Agents (1975, 1985)
  • How to Be Born Again (1977)
  • The Holy Spirit (1978)
  • Till Armageddon (1981)
  • Approaching Hoofbeats (1983)
  • A Biblical Standard for Evangelists (1984)
  • Unto the Hills (1986)
  • Facing Death and the Life After (1987)
  • Answers to Life's Problems (1988)
  • Hope for the Troubled Heart (1991)
  • Storm Warning (1992)
  • Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham (1997, 2007)
  • Hope for Each Day (2002)
  • The Key to Personal Peace (2003)
  • Living in God's Love: The New York Crusade (2005)
  • The Journey: How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World (2006)

Notes

  1. ^ "The Transition; Billy Graham to lead Prayers". The New York Times. December 9, 1992. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE6D61E3AF93AA35751C1A964958260. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  2. ^ Individuals cannot be members of the SBC. The SBC is a convention of churches. Individuals can be members of Southern Baptist churches and can consider themselves to be Southern Baptists but cannot be members of the Convention.
  3. ^ "Billy Graham joins FBC Spartanburg". Baptist Press. 2008-12-29. http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=29579&ref=BPNews-RSSFeed1229. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "BILLY GRAHAM: A MAN WITH A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.(SPECIAL SECTION)". Cincinnati Post. June 27, 2002. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-87912863.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q http://205.188.238.109/time/magazine/article/0,9171,979573,00.html Time, God's Billy Pulpit, November 15, 1993
  6. ^ Who led Billy Graham to Christ
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Billy Graham: an appreciation: wherever one travels around the world, the names of three Baptists are immediately known and appreciated--Jimmy Carter, Billy Graham and Martin Luther King, Jr. One is a politician, one an evangelist, and the other was a civil rights leader. All of them have given Baptists and the Christian faith a good reputation. (Biography)". Baptist History and Heritage. June 22, 2006. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-87912863.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Billy Graham: the world is his pulpit.
  9. ^ Samaritan's Purse
  10. ^ East Gates International
  11. ^ http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/bio.html
  12. ^ a b c http://www.time.com/time/time100/heroes/profile/graham01.html Time, Billy Graham, June 14, 1999
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "When worlds collide: politics, religion, and media at the 1970 East Tennessee Billy Graham Crusade. (appearance by President Richard M. Nixon)". Journal of Church and State. March 22, 1997. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-19592304.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  14. ^ "In 1949, for example, William Randolph Hearst, head of one large publishing empire, and Henry Luce, chief of another, Time, Inc., were both worried about communism and the growth of liberalism in the United States." "Billy Graham, an obscure evangelist holding poorly attended tent meetings in Los Angeles. (...) Hearst and Luce interviewed the obscure preacher and decided he was worthy of their support. Billy Graham became an almost instantaneous national and, later, international figure preaching anticommunism. In late 1949, Hearst sent a telegram to all Hearst editors: "Puff Graham." The editors did - in Hearst newspapers, magazines, movies, and newsreels. Within two months Graham was preaching to crowds of 350,000." (from Ben Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Boston, Mass Usa: Beacon Press, 2000 6th ed., p. 39 ff)
  15. ^ a b c d e f New York Times, Billy Graham Responds to Lingering Anger Over 1972 Remarks on Jews, 17 March 2002
  16. ^ "Man in the 5th Dimension," In 70mm News / The 70mm Newsletter
  17. ^ Foster Hirsch (200). Love, Sex, Death & The Meaning of Life: The Films of Woody Allen. Da Capo Press. p. 52. ISBN 0306810174. http://books.google.com/books?id=xS9f-DI5ag4C&pg=PA52&dq=billy+graham+woody+allen&ei=nKSWS9yzLZWOywSI3oy1CQ&cd=9#v=onepage&q=billy%20graham%20woody%20allen&f=false. 
  18. ^ http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1627139,00.html, Duffy, Michael and Gibbs, Nancy. TIME. Billy Graham: A Spiritual Gift to All, 2007-31-05. Retrieved on 2007-24-11.
  19. ^ a b c "A Family at Cross-Purposes". Washington Post. December 13, 2006. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/12/AR2006121201338.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  20. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=nation_world&id=5582690 ABC12.com, Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized, 19 August 2007
  21. ^ http://www.billygraham.org/mediaRelations/bios.asp?p=1 Billy Graham Bio
  22. ^ "Rev. Billy Graham on his lasting legacy". Today Show. June 23, 2005. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8326362/. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  23. ^ "Pilgrim's Progress, page 4". Newsweek. August 14, 2006. http://www.newsweek.com/id/46365/page/4. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  24. ^ a b c d "The President Preacher; In Crisis, White House Turns to Billy Graham". The Washington Post. January 18, 1991. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1044879.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  25. ^ "The Essence of Billy Graham; A Warm but Honest Biography of the Evangelist". The Washington Post. October 25, 1991. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1091805.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  26. ^ http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2553945.ece Independent Article, Preacher power: America's God squad, 25 July 2007
  27. ^ Quotation of section
  28. ^ [given source: March 1991 CIB Bulletin]
  29. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1850077.stm BBC, Graham Regrets Jewish Slur, 2 March 2002
  30. ^ Christian Post
  31. ^ http://www.ujc.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=32770 Eric J Greenberg, United Jewish Communities
  32. ^ a b "Pilgrim's Progress, page 5". Newsweek. August 14, 2006. http://www.newsweek.com/id/46365/page/5. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  33. ^ Cathy Lynn Grossman. "In Nixon tapes, Billy Graham refers to 'synagogue of Satan'". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-06-24-graham-tapes_N.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  34. ^ MinistryWatch Summary Report
  35. ^ a b AOL Research & Learn
  36. ^ The official biography of Graham is John C. Pollock's Billy Graham: The Authorized Biography (1966). Other helpful biographical studies include William G. McLoughlin's Billy Graham: Revivalist in a Secular Age (1960), Curtis Mitchell's Billy Graham: The Making of a Crusader (1966), The Reader's Companion to American History (1997), Gospel Communications Network (GCN), Time Daily (Nov. 95), and People (1997).
  37. ^ a b Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. pp. 33–34. ISBN 0465041957. 
  38. ^ a b c "The Billy pulpit: Graham's career in the mainline.". Christian Century. November 15, 2003. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-111114181.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  39. ^ a b "Billy and Ruth Graham awarded Congressional Gold Medal for service.". Knight-Ridder News Service. May 2, 1996. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-18252882.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  40. ^ [1]
  41. ^ ABC News: 3 Ex-Presidents Open Graham Library
  42. ^ "A MAN IN FULL; EVEN THOSE FAMILIAR WITH BILLY GRAHAM'S LIFE, EXHIBIT MAY OFFER REVELATIONS.(LIFE)". News and Record, Piedmont Triad, North Carolina. June 3, 2001. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-80571622.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  43. ^ Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library
  44. ^ http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080729/billy-graham-movie-prepares-for-oct-10-release.htm The Christian Post, Billy Graham Movie Prepares for Oct. 10 Release, June 29 , 2008
  45. ^ http://www.billygraham.org/News_Article.asp?ArticleID=358 Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, A response from Franklin Graham, August 18, 2008
  46. ^ http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080826/franklin-graham-among-billy-movie-critics.htm The Christian Post, Franklin Graham Among 'Billy' Movie Critics , August 26, 2008
  47. ^ Graham, Billy. Just As I Am. New York: Harper Collins Worldwide, 1997. Copyright 1997 by the Billy Graham Evangelist Association.

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Neil Armstrong
Recipient of The Sylvanus Thayer Award
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Recipient of The Ronald Reagan Freedom Award
2000
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Billy Graham

William Franklin Graham, Jr. (born November 7, 1918), better known as Billy Graham, is an Evangelical Christian and an evangelist.

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  • My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.
  • Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
    • "A Time for Moral Courage", Reader’s Digest (July 1964)

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  • Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.
  • When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

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Billy Graham
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Billy Graham, on April 11, 1966
Born: November 7, 1918 (1918-11-07) (age 92)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Occupation: Evangelist

Spouse:Ruth Graham (1943 –2007)
Website:BillyGraham.org

William Franklin Graham, Jr. (born November 7, 1918) better known as Billy Graham, is an Evangelical Christian and an evangelist. He is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has been a spiritual advisor to many U.S. presidents.[1] Graham has preached in person to more people than anyone else who has ever lived.[1] Until 2002, Graham's lifetime audience, with radio and television broadcasts, was more than two billion.[2] Graham has met every United States President since Harry Truman.[3] He has received many honors including the "Congressional Gold Medal" and the "Presidential Medal of Freedom". [4]

Contents

Biography

Early life

Billy Graham was born on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina.[5] He was the son of Morrow Coffey and William Franklin Graham. In 1933, Graham's father forced Graham and his sister Catherine to drink beer until they vomited. This made them hate alcohol for the rest of their lives.[6] The Billy Graham Center says Graham was converted in 1934 during a revival meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, he did not become a member of a local youth group because he was "too worldly". [6] He then went to see the local evangelist Mordecai Ham. After graduating from Sharon High School in May 1936, Graham went to Bob Jones College (now called Bob Jones University).

In his first semester of college, he found both the schoolwork and rules too hard for people.[6] He almost had to leave school, but Bob Jones, Sr. said that in doing that, he would throw his life away. He told Graham, "At best, all you could amount to would be a poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks... You have a voice that pulls. God can use that voice of yours. He can use it mightily."[6]

While he was at college, Graham would often take a canoe to a little island in the river. On that island he would preach to the birds, alligators, and cypress stumps. In 1943, Graham graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a degree in anthropology. While he was at Wheaton College, Graham decided to take the Bible as the perfect Word of God. He accepted this as truth at the Forest Home Christian camp (now called Forest Home Ministries), southeast of the Big Bear area in Southern California. A memorial is there showing where Graham first made this choice.[7]

Family

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In 1946, Graham married a girl who was in a class with him, Ruth Bell. Her parents were Presbyterian missionaries in China. Her father, L. Nelson Bell, worked as a surgeon there. When talking about Bell, Graham said "She looked at me and our eyes met and I felt that she was definitely the woman I wanted to marry." Ruth said that he wanted to please God more than any man she had ever met. They married two months after they graduated from college. After marriage, they lived in a log cabin that she had made. Ruth died on June 14, 2007, at age 87.[8] They had five children together:[9] Virginia (Gigi) Graham Foreman; Anne Graham Lotz; Ruth Dienert; Franklin Graham, and Ned Graham. They also have 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Ministry

Beginning

Graham became a Southern Baptist minister in 1939. Then he took over and organized financing of the radio program "Songs in the Night". Afterwards, he made the baritone, George Beverly Shea director of music in his ministry. The program went well, but Graham left it in 1945. He wished to be a chaplain in the armed forces, but after trying to get in, he came down with mumps, so he had to forget going there. After some time, he recovered in Florida. Then he started Youth for Christ with evangelist Charles Templeton. He traveled all through the United States and Europe as an evangelist.[6]

Hearst intervention

Graham held many revival meetings in Los Angeles in 1949. These revivals are thought to be the time when Graham became a national religious figure.[10] This is because he got help from the powerful newspaper man William Randolph Hearst. Many people believe that Hearst liked Graham for his love of his country. It is also believed that he may have thought that Graham could help with his conservative, anti-communist views.[11] Hearst sent a telegram to his newspaper editors reading "Puff Graham" during Billy Graham's late 1949 Los Angeles crusade.[6] Therefore one could read much more about Graham now in Hearst's newspaper chain and national magazines. That meant that his crusade event could run for eight full weeks — five weeks longer than planned. Henry Luce put Graham on the cover of Time magazine in 1954.[12]

Middle years

, Pennsylvania, where Billy Graham often held revivals]] Graham had missions in both London and the Madison Square Garden in 1957. The London mission lasted 12 weeks and the New York mission was about 16 weeks. He also led his first crusade in Australia in 1959.

Graham was the president of Northwestern College in Minnesota from 1948 to 1952. He began many organizations, such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He also spoke against racial segregation during the 1960s. Graham did not want to speak to segregated auditoriums. He even once tore down ropes that had been put up to split the audience. Graham paid bail money to get Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. out of jail. That was during the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. He asked King to join him in the pulpit at the revival meeting at New York City in 1957. During that 16-week tour, he was heard by many people, who came to hear him at Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium and the Times Square.[2] Because they became good friends, Graham was one of the few white people King let call him by his birth name "Michael".[13]

Later years

During the Cold War, Graham was the first evangelist to speak behind the Iron Curtain. [14] During the Apartheid times, Graham would not go to South Africa until the government let all people sit together.[15] He finally preached his first crusade there in 1973, during which he taught that apartheid was not right.

Graham went to China, where his wife Ruth was born. He also appeared in North Korea in 1992. On September 14, 2001, shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Graham led prayer at the Washington National Cathedral. President George W. Bush went to this service. On June 24, 2005, he began what he said would be his last North American crusade. On the weekend of March 11 and March 12, 2006 Billy Graham held the "Festival of Hope". It was held in New Orleans, which was recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Graham said that he had to retire because of his failing health. He has had Parkinson's disease for about 15 years, as well as many other problems. In August 2005, though weak, he used a walker to go to at the start of his library in Charlotte, North Carolina. On August 18, 2007, Graham, aged 88, was treated for intestinal bleeding.[16]

Billy Graham has preached Christianity to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. Graham has also preached to hundreds of millions more through television, videos, movie, and webcasts.[17] He has been to over 41 evangelistic crusades since 1948. He began this ministry in 1947, and kept doing it until recently. He would often use a big area, such as a stadium, park, or a large street to speak at. Groups of up to 5,000 people would often sing in choir at his meetings. Graham would preach the gospel and then invite people to come forward. In 1992, one-quarter of the 155,000 in his Moscow audience came for Salvation upon his request.[6]

Politics

In politics, Graham was a member of the Democratic Party, but changed to Republican during the presidency of his friend Richard Nixon. He is no party member, because he says that Jesus did not have a political party. Though he does not support people running on politics in general, he has given his support in some cases over the years.

Pastor to Presidents

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Graham has met every United States President since Harry Truman. He became close friends with Vice-President Richard Nixon while on a Golf course. Dwight D. Eisenhower asked to see Graham while on his deathbed.[18] Graham also worked with Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and the Bush family.[10]

The only president he did not know very well was John F. Kennedy. Graham did golf with him, but Kennedy was a Roman Catholic. Graham spent the last night of Johnson's presidency in the White House. He was also there for the first night of Nixon's.[18] Nixon appeared at one of Graham's revivals in East Tennessee in 1970. It had one of the biggest crowds ever to gather in Tennessee. However, their friendship got weaker because Graham did not approve of Nixon's post-Watergate behavior. They became better friends again. Graham said at that time, "I'm out of politics."[19]

When Graham went to the hospital in 1976, three Presidents called in one day to wish him well: former President Nixon, President Ford, and President-Elect Carter.[18] He was at the start of Reagan's presidency, and gave the speech at George H.W. Bush's presidency.[18] Bill Clinton went to one of Graham's New York revivals in 2005. He also said that he had gone to Graham's revival as a boy in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1959.[20]

Graham has spoken at many funerals over the years, but he was unable to do Reagan's on June 11, 2004, because of recent hip surgery. Graham had been Reagan's first choice. Bad health also kept Graham from doing the funeral of President Gerald R. Ford in Washington D.C., on January 2, 2007.

Foreign policy views

Graham spoke against communism. He was in favor of the U.S. Cold War policy, including the Vietnam War. However, in a 1999 speech, he talked about his relationship with the late North Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung. He said that he was a "different kind of communist" and "one of the great fighters for freedom in his country against the Japanese." Graham went on to say that even though he had never met Kim's son and current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, he had "exchanged gifts with him."[21] Graham has given a globe covered with doves to the North Korean Friendship Museum.

Controversy

In 1994, the public read in the diaries of H. R. Haldeman that Graham had talked with President Nixon about "Jewish domination of the media". (H. R. Haldeman worked with Richard Nixon at the White House). Because what Haldeman had written was different from things that Graham usually said in public, most Jewish groups did not really believe it. Graham released a statement that he never spoke "publicly or privately about the Jewish people, including conversations with President Nixon, except in the most positive terms." He said, "Those are not my words." In 2002, however, "Richard Nixon tapes" showed that Graham had talked about it, in the 1970s. This was like Haldeman had written. On the tapes, Graham agreed with Nixon that Jews had control over the American media. He called it a "stranglehold" in 1972.[22] Graham said "This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain."[23] When the tapes were released, Graham said he was sorry for his remarks, saying, "although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret comments I apparently made ... They do not reflect my views, and I sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the remarks."[24] He also said that "If it wasn't on tape, I would not have believed it. I guess I was trying to please... I went to a meeting with Jewish leaders and I told them I would crawl to them to ask their forgiveness."[25]

Awards and honors

Recognition

Between 1950 and 1990, Graham appeared many times on Gallup's list of most admired people.[26] The United States Postal Service has said that he is one of the few Americans, along with the current President, who can get mail that simply says his name and country: "Billy Graham, America".[26] He has received the "Congressional Gold Medal" from the United States Congress and the "Presidential Medal of Freedom"[27] from Reagan, America's highest civilian honors.[26] President Bill Clinton and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole gave Graham the "Congressional Gold Medal" at a ceremony in Washington D.C., in 1996. The George Washington Carver Memorial Institute has honoured his work to help make better relationships between people of different races.

National day

In 1971, Graham's hometown of Charlotte held a "Billy Graham Day", to which President Richard Nixon came.[28] On May 30, 1999, Graham was invited to speak right before the Indianapolis 500. On May 31, 2007, the $27 million Billy Graham Library was officially started in Charlotte. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton came.[29] In 1990, the band "The Swirling Eddies" gave homage to Graham with its song "Billy Graham" on the album Outdoor Elvis.[30]

Awards

Graham got the "Big Brother of the Year Award" for his work on behalf of children. He also got the "Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion" and the Sylvanus Thayer Award for his commitment to "Duty, Honor, and Country."[17] The "Billy Graham Children's Health Center" in Asheville is named after him. There is a special chair named after him at the Southern Baptist Samford University; the "Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth."[30]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pastor to Power: Billy Graham and the Presidents". ABC news. http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=3386025. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Horstman, Barry M. (June 27, 2002). "Billy Graham:A Man with a Mission. (Special section)". Cincinnati Post. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-87912863.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  3. "Billy Graham to Step down from President’s Advisor Role". Mark Over Street. http://www.markoverstreet.com/?p=529. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  4. "Billy Graham Awards". Highbeam. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-87912863.html. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  5. "Billy Graham". Encyclopædia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9037605/Billy-Graham#260467.toc. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 "God's Billy Pulpit". Time. http://205.188.238.109/time/magazine/article/0,9171,979573-2,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  7. "About Billy Graham: A Biography". DrBillyGrahamMinistries.org. http://drbillygrahamministries.org/about-billy-graham.php. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  8. Marshall Shelley (June 14, 2007). "Ruth Graham Dies at 87". ChristianityToday. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/juneweb-only/124-43.0.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  9. Roger A. Lee. "Biofiles: Billy Graham". HistoryGuy.com. http://www.historyguy.com/biofiles/graham_billy.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harold Bloom (June 14, 1999). "TIME 100: Billy Graham". Time. http://www.time.com/time/time100/heroes/profile/graham01.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  11. "In 1949, for example, William Randolph Hearst, head of one large publishing empire, and Henry Luce, chief of another, Time, Inc., were both worried about communism and the growth of liberalism in the United States." "Billy Graham, an obscure evangelist holding poorly attended tent meetings in Los Angeles. (...) Hearst and Luce interviewed the obscure preacher and decided he was worthy of their support. Billy Graham became an almost instantaneous national and, later, international figure preaching anticommunism. In late 1949, Hearst sent a telegram to all Hearst editors: "Puff Graham." The editors did — in Hearst newspapers, magazines, movies, and newsreels. Within two months Graham was preaching to crowds of 350,000." (from Ben Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Boston, Mass Usa: Beacon Press, 2000 6th ed., p. 39 ff)
  12. Duffy, Michael; Nancy Gibbs. The preacher and the presidents: Billy Graham in the White House. Center Street. pp. 413. ISBN 9781599957340. 
  13. "Billy Graham". Encyclopedia.com. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-155475837.html. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  14. Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (May 31, 2007). "Billy Graham: "A Spiritual Gift to All"". Time. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1627139,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  15. Shelley, Marshall; Harold Myra. The leadership secrets of Billy Graham. Zondervan. pp. 348. ISBN 9780310255789. 
  16. The Associated Press (19 August, 2007). "Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized". ABC12.com. http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=nation_world&id=5582690. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Media:Bios — Billy Graham". BillyGraham.org. http://www.billygraham.org/mediaRelations/bios.asp?p=1. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 "The President Preacher; In Crisis, White House Turns to Billy Graham". The Washington Post. January 18, 1991. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1044879.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  19. Shelley, Marshall; Harold Myra. The leadership secrets of Billy Graham. Zondervan. pp. 348. ISBN 9780310255789. 
  20. "Pastor to Power: Billy Graham and the Presidents". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Story?id=3386025&page=2. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  21. "Independent Article, Preacher power: America's God squad". The Independent. July 25, 2007. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2553945.ece. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  22. "BBC, Graham Regrets Jewish Slur". BBC. 2 March, 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1850077.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  23. "Slate Article by David Greenberg, Assistant Professor Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University". Slate. http://www.slate.com/id/2063030/. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  24. "Eric J Greenberg, United Jewish Communities". http://www.ujc.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=32770. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  25. "Newsweek, Pilgrim's Progress". MSN. pp. 5. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14204483/site/newsweek/page/5/. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 "The Billy pulpit: Graham's career in the mainline.". Christian Century. November 15, 2003. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-111114181.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  27. "Billy Graham Awards". Highbeam. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-87912863.html. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  28. "When worlds collide: politics, religion, and media at the 1970 East Tennessee Billy Graham Crusade. (appearance by President Richard M. Nixon)". Journal of Church and State. March 22, 1997. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-19592304.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  29. "Billy Graham Library beginning". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/31/national/main2871482.shtml. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  30. 30.0 30.1 "Billy and Ruth Graham awarded Congressional Gold Medal for service.". Knight-Ridder News Service. May 2, 1996. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-18252882.html. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 

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