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Interview with Franklin Graham: Three things that surprised me

My recent interview with evangelist Franklin Graham wasn't my first time chatting with him.

Still, he said some things that surprised me.

1. He didn't preach initially because he thought people would be disappointed that he's not just like his famous dad.

Franklin Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said he didn't preach initially because he didn't want to disappoint people, presumably those people who might be expecting him to be just like his father. By now, most people know that he is a self-described "prodigal son" who spent several of his younger years doing what he wanted to do, regardless of who his father was. He eventually became entrenched in ministry through Samaritan's Purse, the international humanitarian relief organization he leads. Preaching and public speaking like his father wasn't on his radar, he said, until the Lord's urging led him past his thoughts of disappointing folks.

2. He's traveling to all 50 states next year, a presidential election year.

In January, Graham issued a sort of rally cry to people who attended the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's annual Evangelism Conference in the metro area. Graham told attendees to stand up and speak out about their biblical values and their freedom of religion. In Friday's interview, Graham told me that he will be issuing another rally cry, so to speak, during his tour which he called Decision Year 2016.

3. He's concerned about Ashley Madison.

That's the name of the website for people seeking extramarital affairs. Well, the site was hacked and now a lot of people know who may have used the site to find a willing partner for an affair. Graham said his concern about Ashley Madison is twofold. No. 1, the recent hacking incident let the world know that there are plenty of people seeking to indulge in adulterous affairs and No. 2, with many of those individuals facing public exposure, marriages and families will likely be ripped apart. Graham said Ashley Madison is a sign of the times, a symptom of a hurting world, with many people seeking to who fill their emptiness witb such things as marital affairs, drugs and alcohol.

Graham will deliver a message of hope for those very people tonight at the Good News Festival with Franklin Graham ministry outreach. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

Read my interview with Graham and watch the interview video: "Franklin Graham prepares for Oklahoma city ministry outreach" 

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor 

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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