Margaret Dempsey

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Campus minister’s open-air forum answers crux questions about faith

URBANA, Ill. (BP)–“I’m really searching, but what if I don’t find the answer before I die?” “I prayed to receive Christ when I was young. I read my Bible, but God doesn’t speak to me. Why doesn’t God speak to me?” “Your God created evil. How can you worship a God who created evil?” These […]

Ill. Baptists celebrate records in number of churches, budget

DECATUR, Ill. (BP)–More than 600 messengers to the 1999 annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association celebrated a record number of member churches in the state association and adopted a record $8-plus-million budget. With an annual meeting theme of “Celebrate Jesus 2000,” messengers welcomed 30 congregations to the state association’s rolls, bringing the total […]

Leathers named editor of Illinois Baptist paper

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)–Michael W. Leathers, 38, has been named editor of the Illinois Baptist, according to Bob Wiley, executive director of Illinois Baptist State Association. “Mike brings us a fresh perspective as well as a deep commitment to the purposes of IBSA. I believe Illinois Baptists will appreciate his approach,” Wiley said. Since January 1998, […]