Billy Graham’s impact praised by Baptist leaders

Few men could spark the outpouring of respect and gratitude as Billy Graham upon his death Feb. 21 at age 99. Among Southern Baptists — among whom Graham counted himself — a range of leaders underscored the broad scope of the famed evangelist’s influence. Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of […]

Billy Graham, 99, now in ‘the presence of God’

Legendary evangelist Billy Graham — whose preaching may have been heard by more people than anyone in Christian history — died Feb. 21. He was 99. During 80 years of ministry, Graham’s down-to-earth, homespun sermons filled stadiums across the world, leading to the salvation of untold millions. Ordained a Southern Baptist minister, he was a […]

Editor’s Word: What a providential time for gospel conversations

Billy Graham died on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and was buried on Friday, March 2. During this time, the world is being exposed to the word “gospel” in an unprecedented way. Tributes to the great evangelist have come from people in all walks of life. News organizations and social media have shown video clips of the […]

Billy Graham: A Man After God’s Own Heart — by Don Wilton

Editor’s note: This tribute to Billy Graham by Don Wilton, pastor of Spartanburg First Baptist Church, where Graham was a member, was first published in June 2013. Writer: Don Wilton Dr. Billy Graham is a man after God’s own heart. The genuineness of his gracious humility is matched only by the genuineness of his personal […]

Evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

Editor’s note: Evangelist Billy Graham, 99, died today (Feb. 21). Below is a story we published in November 2017 concerning his far-reaching impact across America. In the fall of 1949, a little-known Baptist preacher launched a series of revival meetings at a “canvas cathedral” at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street in Los […]

David Platt to transition out of IMB presidency

David Platt has announced plans to transition out of his role as president of the International Mission Board but will continue to serve until a new president is selected. Platt told trustees, missionaries and staff Feb. 12 that during his nearly four-year tenure at the IMB, he has been “burdened to continue preaching and leading […]

Platt asks trustees to begin search for successor

International Mission Board President David Platt has asked the mission agency’s trustees to begin searching for his successor. Platt announced his decision to IMB field personnel and staff on Monday, Feb. 12, in person and via email to those not in Richmond. While requesting that the search for the IMB’s next president begin immediately, Platt […]

From the Editor: A Closer Look at the SBC’s Decline

Southern Baptists, from local churches to the national convention’s Executive Committee, seem to have been infatuated with numbers for many years. Now that our numbers are declining, what does it mean and how are we responding? In 2014, a North American Mission Board task force comprised chiefly of pastors released its report regarding the decline […]

They ‘paid a big price’ for racial reconciliation

BAPTIST PRESS NOTE: Sunday, Feb. 11, is Racial Reconciliation Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention. Striving for racial reconciliation was costly for some Southern Baptist pastors in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. It cost Jack Kwok his property, Paul Turner a beating by angry segregationists and Thomas Holmes his pastorate. But Kwok, now executive director […]