Billy Graham, Champion of the Gospel, Dies at 99

February 21, 2018 ...

“Billy Graham has been the best known face and voice of evangelicalism for more than half a century,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “With Christian graciousness, he transcended political and religious differences to faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Graham is credited as preaching the gospel to nearly 215 million, not including those reached …

Billy Melvin, Past NAE Leader, Dies at 88

February 7, 2018 ...

“Billy Melvin led and loved the National Association of Evangelicals during the rapid expansion of evangelicalism in America,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “He blessed and encouraged me as the once youngest member of the NAE board, in our travel together across developing countries of Africa, and more recently as a supporter of the NAE …

NAE’s Beginning

February 6, 2018 ...

They focused on evangelism and found the radio to be an effective medium for broadcasting their message. Lacking a central organizing body, the community centered around engaging personalities and independent institutions. The downside to this emerging popular movement was that many radio preachers, Christian college presidents and pulpiteers spoke and acted independently. At times they …

Evangelicals Leaders Don’t Want Partisan Political Identity

February 5, 2018 ...

“Interesting commentary flowed in with the responses to this survey question,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There is angst over media coverage and popular thought that identifies evangelicals with this or any president. Evangelicals are so many and so diverse that leaders are wary when media gives the impression …

Not Just About U.S.

January 29, 2018 ...

The term was popularized by Martin Luther and his German evangelischel congregations. William Wilberforce, who pressed the British Commonwealth to outlaw slave trading, brought the term and its usage into the public forum at the turn of the 1800s as a social force for good. In time the word became synonymous with Protestants who pressed …

Evangelical ≠ Political

January 29, 2018 ...

When I ask why “evangelical” should be abandoned, the answer is almost always about politics. They tell me that our name has been co-opted by politicians and policies that are polarizing and painful. They say they are being identified with policies contrary to the Bible and blamed for practices they don’t approve. They contend that …

Theology Behind Euangelion

January 29, 2018 ...

The Jewish Path to Good News The first is a Jewish path. Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus, announced the good news of God’s reign for Israel in exile, with no immediate hope of restoration. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news who proclaim peace, who bring good …

Defining Evangelicals in Research

January 23, 2018 ...

Few identifiers are as ubiquitous but so poorly defined. The result has been that even premier polling groups are divided on who counts. To understand how we got here, I will give some background on research into evangelicalism and then offer a path forward. In the wake of Jimmy Carter, existing and new polling agencies …

Evangelical: What’s in a Name?

January 23, 2018 ...

For both of these contemporary opinions, there are some admittedly good reasons. Yet stepping back for a longer view historically and a wider view internationally opens up another possibility: Maybe the scholars are too fussy, and the pundits too shortsighted. More Than Right Wing In the media’s obsession with partisan politics, evangelicals are the white …