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RITES OF SUMMER Vacation Bible School It started right here P. 11 DAVE RAMSEY Too good to be true Financial advice P. 14 Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Can we save congregational singing? Table Talk with Steve Hamrick P. 15 JUNE 30, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 09 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Visit our new website See page 3 for more addresses. IB SPECIAL SECTION P. 5-10 Cool convention turns hot in Phoenix Dramatic in focus Alt-right racism' condemned Messengers call for rare special vote Phoenix The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will be remembered for ac- tions it took that were not on the agendathe con- demnation of alt-right racism. One committees mis- calculation set into mo- tion dramatic actions over the two days of the meeting June 13-14 that drew national attention and emotional response. The chairman of the 2017 Resolutions Committee, former ERLC Vice-President Barrett Duke , opened his final presentation of a resolution condemning alt-right racism with an apology: We re- gret and apologize for the pain and confusion we created for you and the watching world when we chose not to report out the resolution on alt-right racism. After what the proponent of the original resolution called a 24- hour roller coaster, the committee brought for a vote a new state- ment on racism. Messengers to convention approved it, then gave their action a standing ovation. Today is a great day for all Southern Baptists, said Byron Day , president of the SBC National African American Fellowship of 4,000 churches. The resolution to denounce racism and white supremacy is in my view the strongest statement to date by the Southern Baptist Convention, Day said. P. 3 Important actions Follow declining baptisms, membership Summer silence After a winter of discontent with the ERLC June harvest Crusade becomes prototype for annual SBC soul-winning event Illinois gallery Photos and stories of our own Sandy Wisdom-Martin, Illinois pastors, and busy Baptists from all over I am resolved In addition to alt-right racism, messengers speak on gambling, atonement, and other issues Team coverage from the SBC Annual Meeting moments McKISSIC DUKE She made it! P. 13 BY ERIC REED

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