Illinois Baptist 01 15 2018 E Edition Page 1

Illinois Baptist JANUARY 15, 2018 Vol. 112 No. 1 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Speak for the unborn What preacher John Piper taught me Table talk with Jonathan Davis P. 11 Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Online all the time IllinoisBaptist.org IB Table Grace Families embrace their community for the gospel A 'GRAND' goal for April 8 Churches challenged to baptize 1,000 on one day Springfield One thousand baptisms on a single Sunday. That's the challenge behind One GRAND Sunday, an initiative designed to help IBSA churches train church members in evangelism, share the gospel, and follow-up with believer's baptism. One GRAND Sunday is scheduled for April 8, one week after Easter. Easter is normally a high attendance day, and the strategy of scheduling April 8 as One GRAND Sunday is to encourage people to return the following week to witness an historic event-their It's an old idea that's new again. Part one in a series on counter-cultural parenting, P. 12-13 NATE ADAMS Back to basics What drives today's pioneers P. 2 SECURITY Churches everywhere beef up After Texas massacre P. 4 PUBLIC OPINION Do you trust pastors? New poll shows decline P. 5 SANCTITY OF LIFE New status report & 'A changed life' P. 10-11 MISSION P. 3 Some evangelicals seeking shelter in the maelstrom Gorsuch favors religious liberty; his effect on the High Court Millennials aren't as conservative on social issues as their parents SBC entities steadier after downsizing and debate #churchtoo PAJAK Vision for the New Year The year past offers glimpses into a few big issues. IN FOCUS P. 7-9

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