Billy Graham eager to preach but family wary of his health

Charlotte-born Billy Graham would like to give one more sermon. That, everybody can agree on.

But there appeared to be mixed signals coming out of Graham's family this week over whether, at 91 and in fragile health, he'll be up to achieving that goal. And if he is, where, when and in what format should he preach?

On Monday, Graham's youngest daughter, Ruth, told a religion reporter for The Associated Press that her evangelist father was preparing a sermon and was thinking about delivering it sometime next year at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium - the site of his last hometown crusade, in 1996.

But on Tuesday, spokesmen for Billy Graham and his son Franklin, who heads the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, dismissed that scenario as mere speculation. The elder Graham does want to preach again, said his spokesman Larry Ross, but the likeliest possibility would be to have him speak into a camera and then widely distribute the video.

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