On Aug. 20, the permanent Sirius XM channel dedicated exclusively to messages from “America’s Pastor,” who preached over the decades in hundreds of venues around the globe, will launch.
The Billy Graham Channel began a series of limited runs last November, beginning with Graham’s 99th birthday, and included a temporary tribute channel in conjunction with his passing earlier this year.
Since his death, ministry supporters and Sirius XM subscribers have steadily contacted his ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), as well as the broadcast company, to petition for more inspiring messages from the world-renowned evangelist.
Soon, subscribers from around the world will have access to these messages 24 hours a day by tuning into Channel 460 or listening online.
New exhibit at Museum of the Bible
Meanwhile, Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., opened an exhibit on Aug. 5 to honor the late evangelist and give visitors a glimpse of his impact on the world.
“Pilgrim Preacher: Billy Graham, and the Challenges of the Modern World” will be on display for museum visitors through Jan. 29, 2019.
With the support of BGEA, Museum of the Bible is presenting rare video footage, photographs and artifacts to help tell the story of how Graham became a leading evangelical presence in the world.
The exhibit provides a historical examination of the life, work and cultural significance of William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. (1918 – 2018), focusing on his use of the Bible in his ministry from the late-1940s through his retirement in 2005.
The exhibit is divided into two sections: The first examining the development of Graham into a global revivalist, starting with his roots in the American revival tradition and the postwar context of his early ministry, and the second exploring the impact of his work in the realms of religion, society and politics.
“Perhaps no individual in modern history has done more to invite people to engage with the Bible than Billy Graham,” said Anthony Schmidt, Museum of the Bible’s associate curator of Bible and religion in America. “We are honored to help tell the story of the arc of his life and work and the impact the Bible had on them.”
Key features of the exhibit include:
- Original pulpit used during one of Graham’s first major crusades in Modesto, California, 1948
- Original pulpit and sermon notes used during Graham’s final crusade in New York City, 2005
- Sermon notes used during one of Graham’s largest crusades in South Korea, 1973
- Personal Bibles owned by Graham, his mother Morrow and his father Frank
- Original movie posters from Graham’s World Wide Pictures production company
- Rare images taken by Graham’s personal photographer Russ Busby
The 430,000-square-foot museum opened in November 2017 and is three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
— by Joy Allmond | BP