The pastor, the Rev. Ken Thornton, of Pine Bluff First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., will present the church’s monthly book review at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30.
Thornton will review the newly published book, “Hear My Heart: What I Would Say to You,” written by Billy Graham and others who contributed to this book.
“Billy Graham served for over 60 years as America’s pastor before his death on Feb. 21, 2018,” according to a news release.
“Hear My Heart” includes numerous articles written by Graham through the years in which he discuses issues of the day as well as the Biblical convictions he stood by, according to the release. He also gives insights into some of the decisions he made during his ministry and the reasons for them.
“Many tributes from those who knew Billy Graham best are included in the book, written by such authors as Pastor Rick Warren, J. I. Packer, Philip Yancey, John R.W. Stott, Ruth Graham and others. This book was assembled and printed to be released upon his passing so that his final words would bring comfort and peace to the many lives he touched,” according to the release.
“The world-renowned author, preacher, and evangelist has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world. His lifelong message, passion for the Gospel, and his love for people never changed,” according to the release.
The reviewer, Thornton, has been pastor of the First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff, since Jan. 1, 2013. He has also served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force as an active duty and reserve member. A lieutenant colonel, he is currently the wing chaplain at the 932d Airlift Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He is a veteran of nine duty station assignments and four deployments, according to the release.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 from Central Baptist College at Conway and a Master of Divinity degree in 1989 from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary at Memphis, Tenn.
Thornton also completed a full-year residency in clinical pastoral education in 2006 at the Wilford Hall Medical Center at San Antonio, Texas, and a Master of Arts degree in management and leadership degree in 2007 from Webster University at St. Louis, Missouri.
He is married to the former Ann Johnson of England, AR, and they have two sons and four grandchildren.
The book review will be held in the church’s fellowship hall. Refreshments and door prizes will be furnished. Books will be available for sale. Details: First Baptist, 870-534-4741.