Famed Evangelist Billy Graham's Funeral Draws Thousands

Just a Reminder that Flags Are at Half-Staff Today in Honor of a Homophobe and Bigot

Just a Reminder that Flags Are at Half-Staff Today in Honor of a Homophobe and Bigot

Graham passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21st at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

Glen Scorgie, professor of theology and ethics at Bethel Seminary, reflects on Graham's influence on the church for half a century. Nixon's White House tapes released in 2002 included Graham's voice telling the president that Jews "don't know how I really feel about what they're doing to this country".

"He was faithful. He was available and he was teachable", son Nelson "Ned" Graham told the service.

"Billy Graham had one message: Jesus", says Hall. The most important truth I've learned is that Jesus offers a gospel of second chances, a gospel of grace. His funeral was no different. "My daddy, by his example, taught me to think about what I read", she said.

President Donald Trump, who met Graham but is closer to his son, Franklin, nonetheless recalled that the elder Graham had always been part of his life. After making what she felt was a huge mistake early in her life, she said she made the two-day journey to her parents' mountain home. Don't you believe a word of it. I pray we can follow in his steps as we take the Gospel to a needy world.

The service, during which 2,000 people will reportedly gather under a large tent outside the entrance of the Billy Graham Library, will be streamed live from noon.

Wilton was Graham's pastor and a close friend in recent years. Dr. Bruce served for 23 years as Mr. Graham, who spent a decade planning his own funeral, wanted the message to be delivered beneath a tent because that's how his crusades began in the late 1940s.

Other notable guests included television host Kathie Lee Gifford, musician Ricky Skaggs, evangelist Rick Warren and politician Rudy Giuliani.

Air Force One landed in Charlotte shortly before 11:15 a.m.

When the Rev. Billy Graham passed away February 21, the world lost arguably the most influential religious figure of a generation. The death of Billy Graham last Wednesday stopped us all and caused us to ponder his insurmountable impact on our nation.

Franklin Graham is an adviser to President Trump, whom his father met once at his 95th birthday party in 2013.

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"The time in Washington has been very special to our family", he said. "I am deeply touched and grateful".

That comes two days after Trump and First Lady Melania attended a ceremony honoring the reverend on Capitol Hill.

"Everywhere he went he gave the same attractive message".

"Could it be that God is going to bring Joshua to lead us into the Promised Land, lead us to Heaven and - you know what the New Testament name for Joshua is?" All of this will play out beneath the quasi-religious ceiling painting "The Apotheosis of Washington", in which George Washington sits in heaven among the angels - another example of American civil religion.

The eulogy was preceded by memories of "America's Pastor" that were shared by Graham's sister, Jean Ford, as well as his children - Virginia "Gigi" Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham, and Ned Graham.

Following the seating of Graham's family and the Trumps and the Pences, McCrary-Fisher will perform "Until Then" by Stuart Hamblen.

A short ceremony was held Thursday morning as his casket was carried out of the Capitol and placed into the hearse.

Rev Billy Kim from South Korea, a former president of the Baptist World Alliance, said Graham had had an impact on millions of lives.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited Graham's home on Monday.

"Daddy, I won't see you on this earth again".

Some 2,300 invitations were sent out for Graham's private funeral.

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