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Evangelist Luis Palau has died

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April 2021
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Evangelist Luis Palau has died

The Argentinian Christian evangelist has died at the age of 86 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He served as an intern with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and would sometimes assist as Billy Graham’s Spanish translator. He is survived by his wife Patricia; his sons Kevin, Keith, Andrew, and Stephen.

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Scottish hate crimes bill passed

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April 2021
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Scottish hate crimes bill passed

The Scottish Parliament has passed a new hate crimes bill which, although improved, still poses a great risk to freedom of expression. SNP veteran Jim Sillars called it ‘one of the most pernicious and dangerous pieces of legislation ever produced’. Although some free speech protections were added to the law, he said the ‘badly…

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Rise in abortion ambulance calls

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April 2021
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Rise in abortion ambulance calls

Do-it-yourself abortions, where termination pills are taken at home, have led to a rise in ambulance calls due to emergency complications. The findings come in response to several Freedom of Information requests made by Kevin Duffy, a former Director of Marie Stopes International who now helps to expose the abortion industry.

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Robertson cancelled by Premier

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April 2021
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Robertson cancelled by Premier

Evangelical writer David Robertson says he has been trashed as a racist and ‘cancelled’ for an article he wrote about the Meghan Markle interview for Premier Christianity magazine. In his article Robertson said Christians shouldn’t watch the interview and he said Meghan Markle played ‘the race card’. A Twitter backlash arose when Premier published…

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Police ‘invent’ hate incidents

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April 2021
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Police ‘invent’ hate incidents

Police forces have been accused of ‘inventing’ non-crime hate incidents in a report by the Free Speech Union. Worryingly, the report quotes one force as saying, ‘the role of British police today goes beyond bringing offenders to justice when they commit crimes’, and includes preventing people “questioning the identity” of various groups.’

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Churches gain public support

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April 2021
Articles > Church news

Churches gain public support

A poll has revealed increased appreciation among non-Christians for the role of UK churches since the Covid-19 pandemic. 2,170 adults were surveyed in February by Savanta ComRes. 25% of those identifying as non-Christians agreed that churches ‘make a positive difference’ compared to just 19% of the same demographic agreeing with the statement three years…

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Tim Adams to lead IFES

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April 2021
Articles > Church news

Tim Adams to lead IFES

Tim Adams has become General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. Adams has worked for IFES for 22 years. The organisation is a global network of locally-led Christian student movements, including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and UCCF. It aims to help students ‘impact the university, the church and society for the glory of…

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New editor at church paper

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April 2021
Articles > Church news

New editor at church paper

Revd Christopher Pierce has been appointed full-time editor of English Churchman. Revd Pierce is American by birth but is an ordained minister in the Church of Ireland. The fortnightly newspaper, founded in 1843, adheres to the 39 Articles but is not an organ of the Church of England.

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April 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A walk with Mr O: My pastor’s preaching is so dull

Mr. O, thank you for agreeing to meet up with me for a socially-distanced walk. I’ve got a few things on my mind and I’m hoping you might be able to help me. It’s a pleasure. Besides, the exercise will do me good. So let’s get down to business straightaway. What would you like…

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April 2021
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Cry Freedom! – Part 1

Revolutionaries in America and France proclaimed it; ‘freedom fighters’ like Che Guevara became iconic pin-ups; George Michael and Freddie Mercury sang about it; and the 1987 Richard Attenborough film Cry Freedom, following the life of Steve Biko in apartheid-era South Africa, won many prestigious awards. Is ‘freedom’ a good thing? You bet! Like the…

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Historical

April 2021
Articles > Historical

‘The Best Friend in the Worst Time’: pandemics in church history

As historians look at history, they seek to discern the forces or people that have shaped the past. My own historical convictions have led me to focus on people as the main actors on the stage of history, not economic forces or ideologies per se. Yet there is definitely a place to evaluate the…

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April 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Gender confusion spreading – what can parents do?

Increasing numbers of young girls have been questioning their gender or seeking to change it. Once, those accessing NHS Gender Identity Development Service were mostly boys; now almost 75% are girls. Since 2017, 10,000 children have been referred to the clinic. A whistleblowing teacher reported that in one school 17 children were in the…

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