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Chicagoland ‘Glory’ event highlights God’s unchanging nature

MATTESON, Ill. (BP) – “I need some exciting music.” Jackie Hill Perry paused on stage to ask the keyboardist playing softly behind her for a new tune to accompany her message on David and Goliath.

FIRST-PERSON: The wisdom of the ages

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – A friend recounted her visit to a family member in an assisted living facility. Not only did she spend time with her relative, she also had a long chat with a few other residents and their families. “I don’t think we do that enough,” she said, explaining how the group – varied in age and life experience – simply enjoyed each other’s company.

FIRST-PERSON: Raising Generation C

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – Gen Z is now Gen C. Social scientists are using the term to describe the youngest children who are growing up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Generation C, the thinking goes, will be forever marked because of how the crisis is shaping their formative years.

Chicago church sues over stalled building purchase

CHICAGO (BP) -- Immanuel Baptist Church in Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit over the city's enforcement of a zoning ordinance that won't allow the congregation to purchase its building near the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. The church contends the ordinance is in conflict with the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. "Agonizing" is how Nathan Carter, the church's pastor, described the decision to either seek other meeting space or file the lawsuit.

Ill. pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

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 ...

10 of 22 motions referred to SBC entities

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 22 motions, the most since 2010. Ten motions were referred to convention entities for further study and for a report at the 2017 SBC meeting in Phoenix. The Committee on Order of Business automatically referred three motions to SBC entities and/or the Executive Committee:

Motion for persecuted church gets SBC prayer

BALTIMORE (BP) -- Messengers proposed 17 motions during the Southern Baptist Convention's June 10-11 annual meeting, six of which were referred to SBC entities for consideration.

Wife of slain pastor tells of peace & hope

MARYVILLE, Ill. (BP) -- Cindy Winters didn't set out to write a book. But as she journaled about her grief and pain after her husband Fred was killed in his Maryville, Ill., pulpit four years ago, she realized how healing the writing process could be. And she wanted to share that with others on a similar journey.

Parents refused to ‘interrupt’ Haley’s life

ANNA, Ill. (BP) -- Haley Willis has exceeded expectations her whole life. Diagnosed with a neural tube defect 21 weeks before she was born, doctors told her parents, Jeff and Lynel, that Haley wouldn't survive the pregnancy. When she was born on her due date, the Willises were told to take her home and enjoy her for as long as she survived –- two weeks, at most.

Ill. Baptists recognize strength in cooperation

DECATUR, Ill. (BP) — Messengers to the 106th annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association heard an urgent plea: Go — to the places and people in the state with the greatest need and with a spirit of partnership and cooperation. “For Southern Baptists in particular, the strength has always been in cooperating,” IBSA […]