Faith & Religion
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Evangelist Billy Graham has died

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/21/18, 09:16 am

The Rev. Billy Graham, who shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with hundreds of millions around the world through personal appearances and television and radio programs, has died. He was 99. Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, N.C., after suffering from cancer, pneumonia, and other ailments, his spokesman Mark DeMoss said. Born in 1918 on a dairy farm near Charlotte, N.C., Graham became a passionate follower of Jesus at age 16 after he attended a revival led by evangelist Mordecai Ham.

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On pandemics and providence

Religion | Avoiding simplistic interpretations of deadly disasters
by Russell St. John
Posted 2/15/18, 03:05 pm

March 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish influenza in America, but the virus left no part of the earth untouched. An estimated 50 million or more people died worldwide. According to historian Howard Phillips, influenza stole 6 percent of the population of South Africa in six weeks.

Many pastors there and elsewhere declared the pandemic a divine retribution for sin. Whether they blamed drunkenness, poor church attendance, general wickedness, or war, sin caused the pandemic.

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Helping little ones learn

Religion | A Bible for toddlers offers age-specific, sound theology 
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/01/18, 02:54 pm

Christian parents looking to introduce toddlers to the Bible should look at The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible (New Growth Press, 2017). It grew out of family pastor Jared Kennedy’s desire to “help toddlers and early preschoolers hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts.” In 52 stories, equally divided between Old and New Testaments, Kennedy uses the theme of “Promises Made” and “Promises Kept” to lay a sound theological foundation.

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