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Illinois Baptist JUNE 18, 2018 Vol. 112 No. 8 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Online all the time IllinoisBaptist.org IB One nagging question Named #1 Christian Newspaper by the Evangelical Press Association Landslide: Greear wins with 2-1 majority, becomes youngest SBC president ever The gavel is passed in focus 2018 Convention Politics takes spotlight Pence appearance overshadows abuse debate Dallas Argument by convention messengers over the last-minute addition of a speech by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shunted discussion of Paige Pattersons handling of sexual abuse al- legations and subsequent firing. And Pence replaced Patterson as the most controversial igure on the schedule at the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas in June. After his firing by the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminarys trustees executive com- mittee as president emeritus, Paige Patterson eventually withdrew as the scheduled preacher at the convention. Patterson was replaced by the alternate who was elected last year, Austin, Texas pastor Kie Bowman. Patterson's firing produced a string of motions and debate, but it was Pence's appearance that ignited the most argument in the hall and online, and produced a small protest. P. 3 SPECIAL SECTION P. 5-13 Patterson withdraws as convention preacher after second firing Action by Southwestern executive committee supported, messengers reject their removal Task force identifies ways to increase evangelism and turn baptism declines Actions on sexual abuse, role of women pass with little debate Plus: Look who we saw in Texas PENCE Team coverage starting on P. 5 I ask it every year about this time Nate Adams P. 2

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