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Jack Graham named honorary prayer chairman

PLANO, Texas (BP) -- The National Day of Prayer Task Force has named Jack Graham, who served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, as honorary chairman for the 2015 National Day of Prayer. Graham leads the 37,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church, which includes three locations in the Dallas area. He is also the voice of PowerPoint Ministries, a radio and television broadcast ministry from the Prestonwood pulpit that shares the Gospel throughout the world.

Jack Graham marks 25 years at Prestonwood

PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Prestonwood Baptist Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of pastor Jack Graham during special services this past weekend (May 31-June 1) that joined all three campuses for the first time.

Dad’s murder pushed Graham into the unseen

PLANO, Texas (BP) -- In his father's hospital room, amid the whir and thunk of life support equipment, a young Jack Graham squeezed the hand of his dad -- his hero -- as he had repeatedly over the last days. This time, though, and only this time, he felt the tiniest squeeze in return, one last response from Thomas Benjamin Graham before his Lord took him home.

Billy Graham, My Hope America: 24,000 churches now involved

PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Nike Ladapo shares a birthday week with Billy Graham, and the soon-to-be 50-year-old Texas woman is following his lead on the most fulfilling way to celebrate a milestone birthday. For his 95th birthday on Nov. 7, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is kicking off a weeklong endeavor to reach the country with the Gospel. From Nov. 3-12, more than 24,000 churches are participating in "My Hope America with Billy Graham," reaching out with the love and Good News of Christ in homes and other venues across the country.

Jack Graham, O.S. Hawkins celebrate lifetime of friendship, 40 years in ministry

PLANO, Texas (BP)--The significance of the number 40 in the Bible is not lost on Jack Graham and O.S. Hawkins as the lifelong friends reach the four-decade mark in ministry.

Jack Graham diagnosed with cancer

PLANO, Texas (BP)–Jack Graham, pastor of the Dallas-area Prestonwood Baptist Church and a former Southern Baptist Convention president, has announced that he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and is taking a two-month sabbatical. “Today I want to share something of the journey I, along with Deb and our family, have been on in recent […]

Texas teens venture to N.Y. for Billy Graham

NEW YORK (BP)--They flooded into Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, a sea of students in khaki shorts and celery-green T-shirts, energized about taking part in such an historic event even in the blistering heat of a New York City summer. The 200-plus students from the student choir at Prestonwood Baptist Church near Dallas had spent three days all over the city -- in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens -- doing servant evangelism, taking in some sights and doing some shopping.

Billy Graham, amid New York’s human tapestry, continues to point toward heaven

NEW YORK (BP)--As he has for 60 years, Billy Graham ended his three-day New York crusade by offering about 90,000 in the crowd a glimpse of heaven Sunday night. But as in perhaps no other crusade in his long history of evangelism, New York provided heaven's face.

Talk, uncertainty abound over when Graham crusades will end

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High notes in N.Y.
Nic Gonzales, lead singer of the musical group Salvador, helped set forth the Gospel in music during the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade’s first night at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Photo by James Edward Bates
NEW YORK (BP)--Was it or wasn't it Billy Graham's final crusade?
      For months, the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was billed as likely his last, or likely his last in North America, or his final "planned" crusade because of talk of an invitation from London. But, as always, the 86-year-old evangelist wasn't ready or willing to provide a definite answer.
      On Sunday, he said he'd been asked if this was his final crusade.
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Graham in New York
Evangelist Billy Graham, 86, addresses the opening night crowd of his crusade at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Photo by James Edward Bates

      "I said, 'It probably is -- in New York," he said in his southern drawl. "But I also said, 'I never say never.'"
      Graham, now in fragile health with Parkinson's, prostate cancer, water buildup on the brain and the effects of a hip replacement and broken pelvis, has always said that evangelists don't retire. But others hinted that this could be it.

Jack Graham, in new book, urges men to fulfill their calling

PLANO, Texas (BP)--Jack Graham often has challenged men to "step up to the plate." The Dallas-area pastor's new book, "A Man of God: Essential Priorities for Every Man's Life," reflects his efforts over the years to build up the men in the church.