WATCH Billy Graham’s Final Sermon

There is a man who, for decades longer than most readers of this blog have been alive, has defined evangelicalism, inspired multitudes, preached the true gospel to millions, met with every president of the USA since the end of World War Two, and is in short without doubt the most respected evangelist the English-speaking world has ever known.I am of course talking about Billy Graham who has just turned 95. If you can watch this video without being profoundly moved, you have no heart!Find a … [Read more...]

What is an Evangelical?

In this post,  I offer a meaning of Evangelical, but this must be read in conjunction with my post "What is a Christian?" I do not claim in this post to be outlining the boundary markers of Christianity.  Evangelicalism is a part of the broader Christian movement. I also do not claim any special authority to lay out these principles which are not new to me.  It is true that Evangelicalism can be hard to define.  But this is I believe because it is more about attitudes than doctrinal sta … [Read more...]

What is the Gospel Coalition? Perspective from the new

A recently launched new Christian news site is making a bit of a splash on this side of the pond. They appear to be aiming to have a good broad coverage of diverse Christian groups. I was asked to comment on a brief article on the Gospel Coalition for them. Here is the part of the article based on my comments, the rest of the article is worth a read. Just for the avoidance of any doubt, I have indeed stated that I uphold the Gospel Coalition statement of faith, and became an … [Read more...]

Billy Graham quote for Remembrance Day / Veterans Day / Armistice Day

Billy Graham has brought definition to evangelicalism for decades. Here is a great quote from a great article that is apposite for today:From time to time we have had the opportunity to visit veterans’ hospitals. After a service, we’ve gone from bed to bed talking and praying with the patients. Many of these people feel neglected. They have lost limbs, eyesight or health in service to their country.Some have been in the hospital for years and will remain there the rest of their lives. What a … [Read more...]

GUEST POST – Billy Graham, the first sincere preacher many had heard

“A strangely fascinating power is exerted by those who are utterly sincere.  Such believers attract unbelievers, as with the case of David Hume, the eighteenth-century British deistic philosopher who rejected historic Christianity.  A friend once met him hurrying along a London street and asked him where he was going.  Hume replied that he was going to hear George Whitefield preach.  ‘But surely,’ his friend asked in astonishment, ‘you don’t believe what Whitefield preaches, do you?’  ‘No, I don’ … [Read more...]

Billy Graham Newsreels From The 1950s

Pathe has masses of old video newsreels which were played before cinema films as a way of keeping up with the news back in the 1950s. Still fondly remembered and appreciated from that time are of course the missions of Billy Graham. Adrian Holloway at Newfrontiers Prayer and Fasting told us of some fantastic films which detail those events. You can imagine yourself there. It is wonderful to see the crowds and somehow the very English voice-over speaking about what happened makes it seem more … [Read more...]

Billy Graham at 90 Round Up Post

Many bloggers are commenting on the 90th birthday of Billy Graham, who is the evangelist who has spoken the gospel to more people than anyone else in human history. Billy is a global force for good who is sorely missed. I, for one, wish he could do one last big mission beamed all around the world to multiple stadiums. But, at 90 he can be forgiven for feeling it is time to just enjoy his retirement.Apparently because of Graham's ill health Obama will be the first president not to have Graham as … [Read more...]

SERMON – Building for the Glory of God: Nehemiah 3

Last Sunday I preached on Nehemiah 3. You can download the sermon, listen to it right here, download the video via the vodcast or by rightclicking on this download link. or read the edited trancript below. You can Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel. And next to him the men of Jericho built. And next to … [Read more...]

VIDEO – Billy Graham Preaching in 1958

I only just recently discovered that videos from Billy Graham are available free online. I had a look at the following sermon from 1958 and it was really heartwarming. O may God raise up preachers like Billy again! Billy will soon be 90 years old and some people have set up a site for people to send their stories of how Billy's preaching touched them. … [Read more...]

Has Gordon Brown Doomed Obama?

In a typically clumsy political maneuver by Gordon Brown, he has had to retract his endorsement of US presidential candidate Barack Obama. UK prime ministers are usually extremely careful to remain neutral in American politics. Blair, for example, was possibly the only person in the world (other than perhaps Billy Graham) who was able to be a close personal and professional friend of both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.The Times report suggests that Brown was forced to make his climb down by … [Read more...]