Colorado Christian University
2020 Billy Graham Exhibit

2020 Billy Graham Exhibit

A letter from CCU President Donald W. Sweeting:

As an evangelist, Billy Graham stands in line with a long train of noted evangelists such as George Whitefield, John Wesley, and Dwight Moody who led the way in gospel proclamation in their respective generations.

Over his lifetime Graham preached to some 215 million people in 185 countries in crusades, rallies, and live satellite feeds. Of those, some 77 million saw him face to face in more than 70 countries. More than 3 million responded to his invitation to profess faith in Christ. “With the possible exception of Pope John Paul II, said religion journalist David van Biema in Time magazine, “Graham….touched more lives for Jesus than anyone else in the modern era and….extolled him directly to a greater swath of humanity than anyone else in history.”

Throughout his life Graham gave himself to the single-minded pursuit of evangelism. As a preacher he held large indoor and outdoor rallies with sermons that were broadcast on radio and TV, and are still being broadcast on satellite radio. As an innovator he launched bold evangelistic initiatives from helping to form Youth for Christ to breakthrough mass evangelism and Christian media (film, magazine, and satellite).

Graham’s life and ministry had an unparalleled spiritual impact on America and the world. His rise was closely tied to the post-war evangelical resurgence, and was certainly helped by the fact that he lived in what has been called the American Century (the 20th century).

But Graham’s influence went even further. When America needed a chaplain or pastor in times of national transition or tragedy, time and again it turned to Graham. He was a pastor to U.S. presidents from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush.

Annual Gallup polls listed Graham in the Top 10 most-admired-men-in-America list 60 times from 1955 to 2015!

For all these amazing accomplishments, Graham modeled a life of integrity in his ministry. Throughout his long life he sought to stay true to the Scriptures. There was a genuine humility about him. He was convinced he was not a great preacher.

And to think, this man lived during our lifetime. Yet, there are many in the younger generations who are not familiar with Graham. That is precisely why we are putting on this exhibit from January to June 2020. We want everyone to know how God used Graham, and to show how one person can make a difference for Christ today.

Colorado Christian University is pleased to present a new temporary exhibit of unique personal artifacts chronicling Graham’s life and professional career. The loaned items are from multiple sources, including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, N.C., and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The exhibit is sure to be an inspiration to students, pastors, and Christian leaders all over the Rocky Mountain West.

The primary motivations driving this exhibit are:

  1. To bring glory to Jesus Christ,
  2. To help many become familiar with this great servant of God,
  3. In the words of one of our University’s Strategic Priorities, to “teach students to trust the Bible, live holy lives, and be evangelists.”

We pray that God will raise up many evangelists from this University who will make known the riches of God’s grace in Jesus Christ all over the world.

Donald W. Sweeting, Ph.D.
Colorado Christian University