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  • UPDATED: DR teams on site after EF-3 rips central Ill.

    by Illinois Baptist & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (BP) -- Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief (IBDR) volunteers were in Taylorville, Ill., one day after an EF-3 tornado damaged 500 structures there.

    Rare late-winter storms Nov. 30-Dec. 1 spawned tornadoes in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma, killing one person in Missouri, CBS News reported. Though no fatalities have been reported in Illinois, the most severe damage was in Taylorville, some 25 miles southeast of Springfield, Ill., where at least 26 people were injured.

    Several houses in Taylorville were "flattened," and others had their roofs ripped off or saw "gaping holes" torn in their roofs, according to CBS. Read More

  • History visits annual meeting of Ill. Baptists

    by Illinois Baptist staff, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    MARYVILLE, Ill. (BP) -- The pioneering spirit of more than 200 churches was on display during the Illinois Baptist State Association's (IBSA) annual meeting Nov. 7-8.

    This year's meeting was held at First Baptist Church in Maryville. IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams helped lead a Wednesday evening service dedicated to the steps churches must take in order to reach Illinois' mission field with the Gospel.

    The vast spiritual need in Illinois, where at least 8 million people do not know Christ, was communicated most poignantly by the words of the state's most famous ... Read More

  • 350-plus baptized in 'One GRAND Sunday' in Illinois

    by Illinois Baptist Staff, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    STAUNTON, Ill. (BP) -- Volunteers carried a livestock feeding trough April 8 into the high school gymnasium where NET Community Church meets each Sunday.

    The trough had a lofty purpose as 11 people were baptized during morning worship, each wearing T-shirts with the words "going public."

    "Their life stories were all very different, but their life conversion was the same," said Derrick Taylor, pastor of NET Community. "It was so exciting to witness each one 'going public' with their new lives in Christ, thus declaring 'I'm not ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ!'" Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Why Chicago?

    by Dennis Conner, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (one year ago)

    No matter where you live, Dennis Conner notes, metropolitan areas like Chicago are located between you and "the end of the earth" in the Great Commission. Read More

  • Illinois churches prepare for new ministry frontiers

    by Meredith Flynn, Lisa Misner Sergent & Eric Reed, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    DECATUR, Ill. (BP) -- The urgent need to get the Gospel to more people was a driving theme of the 111th annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association, with churches challenged to make four "Pioneering Spirit" commitments in the areas of church planting, evangelism, giving and leadership development.

    The Pioneering Spirit theme also coincides with Illinois' 200th anniversary to be celebrated in 2018. In keeping with the state's bicentennial, IBSA is asking 200 or more churches to make each of the four commitments. Read More

  • Ill. pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    by Meredith Flynn, posted Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- Pro-life advocates in Illinois are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow the use of public money to fund abortions.

    Illinois House Bill 40, currently awaiting a vote by the state's House of Representatives, would strike from state law a provision that says Illinois' medical assistance program cannot pay for abortions. The bill also would allow state workers' health insurance plans to include coverage for abortions.

    Illinois Right to Life is one of the pro-life organizations that opposes HB 40. Its ... Read More

  • Ill. Baptists urged to cross cultural divides

    by Illinois Baptist staff, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BROADVIEW, Ill. (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association voted to increase the state's Cooperative Program giving to national causes, met missionaries coming off the international field who have joined the state staff, and welcomed 10 new churches to the association.

    The meeting, held Nov. 2-3 at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in a western suburb of Chicago, also challenged Illinois Baptists and their churches to embrace the call to take the Gospel across cultures. Read More

  • 'Most chaotic three minutes of the year'

    by Meredith Flynn/Illinois Baptist, posted Thursday, December 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Meredith Flynn, managing editor of the Illinois Baptist, shares thoughts on "the most chaotic three minutes of the year," or what many refer to as the annual photo taken when Illinois Baptist State Association messengers gather each fall. Read More

  • Child use of medical marijuana ahead in Ill.

    by Staff/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (4 years ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- Children in Illinois will be eligible for medical marijuana prescriptions, according to rules announced by state health officials in late December.

    The rules by the Illinois Department of Public Health amend the medical marijuana pilot program approved by lawmakers in June. ... Read More

  • Illinois Baptists hold 'Concert of Prayer'

    by Eric Reed & Meredith Flynn, posted Friday, November 14, 2014 (4 years ago)

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- It was all about prayer. Messengers to the 108th annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association Nov. 5-6 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield pled for spiritual awakening and revival, highlighted in a Concert of Prayer based on Isaiah 6. Read More