The Rev. Billy Graham's Casket Will 'Lie In Honor' At The Capitol

Throughout his career as a preacher, the Rev. Billy Graham's message of faith drew massive crowds of believers to tents, arenas and stadiums. Next week, mourners will have a final opportunity to turn out for Graham. His casket will lie in honor in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 1. The public viewing for the internationally famous spiritual leader who is credited with changing the face of evangelical Christianity in America, was arranged by House...

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Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, native son of Charlotte, evangelist to millions and religious counselor to Presidents all the way back to Harry Truman, the Reverend Billy Graham has died. Rev. Graham died at his Western North Carolina home Wednesday morning shortly before 8:00 am at the age of 99. Host Mike Collins is joined by religion writers and experts to talk about the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham.

Billy Graham Evangelical Association spokesman Mark DeMoss details plans for Graham's funeral at the Billy Graham Library.
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Billy Graham’s funeral service will be under a tent – just like the crusades he launched during his nearly six decades of preaching.

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Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99. And as we look at his legacy a recurring question is this: Who is the next Billy Graham? It's a question that Bill Martin hears often as the author of a biography on Graham called “A Prophet With Honor.”

“It's not any one person, but these tens of thousands of preachers trained by organizations,” says Martin.  

That organization is the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Leighton Ford is a former vice president of that organization. He's also a brother-in-law to Billy Graham.

Billy Graham Library

As news spread early yesterday morning that Evangelist preacher Billy Graham died at his home in Montreat, both the faithful and followers of Graham reflected on the Charlotte-born preacher’s genuine nature and charm. 

A visitor from Sierra Leone at the Billy Graham Library.
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Through his ministry, Billy Graham’s sermons reached people across the globe of varied denominations, races and economic backgrounds. That outreach was evident in the diverse people who came to the Billy Graham Library today, to pay their respects.

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