Briefing: Chicago violence, new Hybels accusations, Christian genocide

Lisa Misner —  August 7, 2018

The Briefing

75 people shot, 12 fatally, in Chicago over the weekend
At least 75 people were shot in one of the most violent weekends of the year in Chicago, spurred by a 7-hour period early Sunday morning when 41 people were shot. Their ages spanned from 11 to 62 years old, and most were attacked on the South and West sides.

Bill Hybels faces new allegations of sex abuse; Steve Carter resigns
Another woman has come forward and accused Willow Creek Community Church founding pastor Bill Hybels of groping and performing unwanted sex acts in the 1980s. Following the new allegations, Lead Teaching Pastor Steve Carter announced his resignation over disagreement with how the church has handled sexual misconduct allegations against Hybels.

Support for Christians refusing to serve same-sex weddings goes … up
In the wake of Masterpiece Cakeshop’s victory at the US Supreme Court, a new survey finds that public support is increasing both for conservative wedding vendors like Colorado baker Jack Phillips and for same-sex weddings such as the one he refused to serve.

Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter
The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa’s most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene.

Rauner signs bill to change state liquor control act, gives back local control
It will now be up to local officials as to whether they want a bar next to a church, school, military facility or hospital, with the signing of Senate Bill 2436, which passed with large bipartisan support.


Sources: Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Christianity Today, Baptist Press, Illinois News Now, World Magazine, Fox2Now

Lisa Misner


Lisa is IBSA Social Media/Public Policy Manager. A Missouri native, she earned a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois. Her writing has received awards from the Baptist Communicators Association and the Evangelical Press Association.