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Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Visit our new website IllinoisBaptist.org See page 3 for more addresses. IB The crowd was right, for once Table Talk with Doug Munton P. 13 APRIL 10, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 05 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Nashville, Tenn. Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore and his entity's executive board released a state- ment March 20 seeking unity amid recent debate in the Southern Baptist Convention. Moore, who has served as the ERLC's president since 2013, has drawn criticism for comments he made during the 2016 pres- idential campaign and for his support of a New Jersey Islamic group's efforts to build a mosque. In the statement, the ERLC's executive board (comprised of six of the entity's 34 trustees) expressed their sup- port for Moore and how he has followed up on tension caused by his campaign comments opposing then-candidate Donald Trump. SBC news Leaders strive for unity Moore issues statement after ERLC tensions P. 3 IBSA BOARD REPORT Facilities upgrades cited New control of BCHFS properties proposed P. 5 RELIGIOUS LIBERTY State senate bill withdrawn After clergy objections P. 4 REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK Protecting children When pastoral concerns and rights conflict P. 12 MOORE GOD-GIVEN INFLUENCE: Ministers' wives learn to leverage their position P. 6 Bold Strokes A Surrendered Life A special section on ministry, calling, and education, starting on page 7 Reformation @ 500 Links to the past P. 13 Plus: Helping young people make vocational choices By Jason K. Allen

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