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Read the November 25 Illinois Baptist
The Nov. 25 Illinois Baptist tells how Baptists in Illinois are ministering to victims of the Nov. 17 tornadoes, provides complete coverage of the IBSA Annual Meeting, Pastors' Conference and Ministers' Wives' Luncheon, and much more. Read these stories and others at IBonline.IBSA.org.
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Pray. Partner. Plant. New commitment to evangelism through church planting
It was the altar call preachers dream of: hundreds of people streamed down the aisles to the platform to make their commitment public. Responding to a call to support church planting in Illinois, messengers at the 107th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association brought forward cards indicating their commitment to pray, partner with church planters, and/or lead their own congregations to join in planting new churches. Read more
Baptists provide aid after deadly tornadoes
Joshua Monda stood just outside his church Sunday morning, watching a powerful tornado churn on the horizon a half-mile away. He shot video with his cell phone before calling the few other church members standing outside to get inside. Sirens sound just as the video ends. Read more
After the vote: Guidance for churches now that same-sex marriage is legal
After the General Assembly voted to make Illinois the 15th state in the Union to allow same-sex marriages, many Christians asked themselves, “What do we do now?” Read more
Pastors: Speakers urge personal growth as servant leaders
Nine sermons from six preachers in two days, and it all seemed choreographed by the Holy Spirit. With leadership as a theme, the speakers wove biblical instruction with stories from their ministry experience to exhort Illinois pastors. Everything rises and falls on leadership, the saying goes, so follow the best leader, Jesus Christ. Read more
Adams: Our moral minority
On November 5 our Illinois state legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage, effective next June. Much could be written about how and why that happened, and what its consequences will be for churches, in the culture, and within families. Right now, however, none of those lamentations are as important as the need for individual churches to get prepared for the future under this new law. Read more
Reports detail progress, new challenges
The Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA) and its two agencies gave their yearly reports on Wednesday, Nov. 13. IBSA, BCHFS (Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services), and BFI (The Baptist Foundation of Illinois) all reported positively for the year. Read more
Ministry wives celebrate God's provision
Who wore a dress to church last Sunday? Women seated at round tables laughed when they heard the question, and several nodded. Read more
Resolutions address social issues, mark WMU's 125th year
Messengers to the IBSA Annual Meeting passed five resolutions at this year’s meeting. The Resolutions and Christian Life Committee brought to the meeting resolutions which affirmed biblical marriage and religious liberty, opposed gaming expansion, celebrated 125 years of WMU, and condemned human exploitation. A fifth resolution from the committee was introduced at the meeting and called for Christian repentance and evangelism. Read more
Reporter's Notebook: Yellow shirts are on the move
It’s a clear day in Springfield. The storms have passed. But in the third floor conference room of the IBSA Building, the effects of the tornado-band that killed six people in Illinois are real and present in the minds of those at the table. By this time on Monday morning, IBSA’s Rex Alexander has been working since just after the first storms touched down on Sunday, gathering reports from the Illinois Disaster Relief field teams on the scene, taking calls from across the nation with offers of help, and readying the response of Southern Baptists in Illinois. Read more