Friends, Join Us for SeniorCelebrations!

By Cliff Barrows

To say that we are excited about the first 2011 SeniorCelebration we are planning for April 11-13 at The Cove is putting it mildly! Bev Shea, Tom Bledsoe and I are looking forward to being with many of our friends and prayer partners who have been so faithful in their loving, prayerful support for Mr. Graham and the team throughout the years.

And, The Cove is the perfect place to meet. It is one of the most beautiful Christian retreats anywhere in the world.

Cliff Barrows and Ann
Cliff Barrows and his wife Ann at The Cove

In addition to lots of great fellowship and good food, we will be singing some favorite hymns, and a few new songs, too!  We may even find out the source of Bev Shea’s longevity – 102 years old! And, he just accepted a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY®! You’ll meet his wife Karlene, and my wife, Ann. It’s going to be a happy time.

We will also search God’s Word together to find out how to get the best out of the rest of our lives. We are planning so many good things and your presence will make it complete. I urge you to make your reservations right away.

Accommodations are limited and are on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made by calling The Cove at 1-800-950-2092.

As our dear colleague and friend, Billy Graham, would always say at the end of the “Hour of Decision” radio broadcast, “May God love and bless you real good.”

See you at The Cove!

For more information on senior events at The Cove, click here.

Cliff Barrows

Clifford Burton Barrows (born April 6, 1923 in Ceres, California) is the longtime music & program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has been a part of BGEA since 1949. Barrows is best known as the host of Graham’s weekly Hour of Decision radio program, and the songleader and choir director for the crusade meetings.

See Cliff at The Cove

GUEST POST: Apologetics – An important part of evangelism today

By Alex McFarland

Alex McFarland
Alex McFarland

“Christian apologetics” is the practice of sharing reasons why we believe what we do. If you’ve witnessed to unbelievers you’ve probably heard various objections to the gospel message. Some people are under the false impression that the Bible contains errors. Others wonder how God (if He exists) could allow natural disasters. Whether a listener has a legitimate question about God or tosses out a thinly veiled excuse for unbelief, we must equip believers to support their faith with evidence and sound reasoning.

Apologetics means “a defense.” Its Greek root, apologia, appears several times in the Bible. For example, 1 Peter 3:15 encourages believers to “be ready always to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have.” Translated answer and reason, apologia is an ancient legal term meaning—you guessed it—“a defense.” That same word is found in Philippians 1:7 where Paul said he was prepared to defend the gospel. The principle is also echoed in Jude 3 as believers are encouraged to “earnestly contend” or “stand up for” the faith.

Each of us has been given the assignment of not only presenting the gospel but also explaining and defending the truths of our message to the world around us. There is plenty of evidence to support what we believe. The Bible reminds us that the good news about Jesus is not just based on human opinion or someone’s personal preference. Christianity is truth, not mere fables or myths (2 Peter 1:16). Romans 1:4 says that Jesus’ resurrection shows He was the unique Son of God. Acts 1:3 says that, after His resurrection, Christ showed He was alive by many undeniable proofs.

Christianity is unique in that it is the only faith system based on historical facts that can be thoroughly investigated. We have verifiable words and events, including the bold claims of Jesus Himself. When a non-Christian says “You have no right to judge me” they are absolutely correct. But Jesus has evaluated the entire human race and His Word sums it up for each of us: “You must be born again” (John 3:3-20). It’s there in black and white, yet people risk eternity by trusting their own opinion about what it means to be in right relation to God. If we hope to reach them we need to be armed, not to win arguments but to win souls.

Learn more about apologetics with Alex McFarland, when he leads a seminar April 15-17 at The Cove entitled “When Worlds Collide.” Click here for more information.

Alex McFarlandAs a speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics, Alex McFarland has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout the US and abroad. He has preached in over 1,300 different churches throughout North America and internationally, and has been featured at conferences such as The Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus On The Family’s Big Dig, and California’s Spirit West Coast, sharing the platform with leaders such as Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, Dinesh D’souza,and many others.

Welcome to Our Blog!

We are very excited to launch this new blog. The idea came from a genuine need to have a place for not only sharing in more detail about what God is doing through this ministry, but also providing you additional access to our speakers and leaders.

For more than 20 years, The Cove has developed seminars and programs specifically designed to encourage and strengthen the walk of Christian pastors and lay people – all in the serene surroundings of the mountains of Asheville, NC.

We wanted to create a place where you could get a detailed view of The Cove and encouragement in your walk with the Savior – through the eyes of our guest speakers, our staff and other believers who have experienced The Cove for themselves. On this blog, we’ll offer guests posts from seminar speakers; posts from Will Graham, evangelist and assistant director of The Cove; sneak previews and recaps of seminars; and more.

We encourage you reach out to us and let us know what you would like to see in this blog. We’d love to see you in person at The Cove, but in the meantime, we’ll look forward to connecting here!

The blog of the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove