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December 2019
News > Church news

67th ‘School in Theology’ Conference

Carronvale House in Falkirk was once again the venue for the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)’s four-day September conference. Each day began with prayer and morning devotions (led by Mark Fitzpatrick, Simon Green and Trevor Kirkland) and ended with worship. Rev. John Keddie gave a well-researched paper on Thomas Chalmers. He covered his early…

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December 2019
News > Church news

Waterford House Evangelical Free Church inducts new pastor

On Saturday, 21st September, Waterford House Evangelical Free Church (near Strood, Kent) held a welcome thanksgiving service for their new pastor, Adrian Tribe and his wife, Andrea. Formerly from Borough Green Baptist Church, Adrian was called to Waterford House after the former pastor, Norman Hopkins, announced his intended retirement some five years before. Adrian…

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December 2019
News > Conferences

The Pastors’ Academy conference puts theology back into practice

The Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary held its annual two-day conference in September. It was good to catch up with old friends and make new ones as we considered the subject, ‘Putting theology back into practice: the sons of Jacob’. My initial fears that the focus was too narrow were soon dispelled. Garry Williams…

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December 2019
News > Conferences

‘Truth 4 Youth’ conference looks at creation research, Islam and discipleship

The Heatree Activity Centre in Dartmoor hosted the annual Truth 4 Youth conference in August. Attracting a host of young people, there was much opportunity for outdoor fellowship as well as teaching. Activities on offer included fencing, a water slide, high ropes and a bonfire (replete with marshmallows on sticks). John Mackay and Joseph…

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December 2019
News > Church news

From prison to pulpit: 20 years of ministry for pastor, Billy McCurrie

Forty years ago, Pastor Billy McCurrie was an angry young man locked up in the Maze prison, Northern Ireland. Thirty years ago, he was changed. The avowed atheist and communist had become a Christian, keen to find out what God had in store for him. Twenty years ago, he was appointed Pastor of Aughton…

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December 2019
News > Society

Parents slam government for steering children towards transgender surgery

More than 30 UK families with transgender children are lobbying the government and the National Health Service over what they have called ‘state-sponsored sterilisation’. The campaign group, which is provisionally being called Our Duty, told The Times that medical professionals are steering confused children and young teenagers towards treatments that can leave them infertile.…

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December 2019
News > Religious liberty

Equality agenda has eroded human rights

The equality agenda has gone far beyond ensuring fairness and has ended up eroding fundamental human rights, an author and religious liberty lawyer has claimed. In a blog post for Christian Concern, Roger Kiska said the ‘juggernaut’ of equality has been riding roughshod through basic human rights in both the US and the UK…

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December 2019
News > Education > Ethics

New guide to debunk schools equality myths

A new guide for parents and pupils aims to debunk the myths surrounding what schools in Great Britain are required to do because of the Equality Act. The guide is called Equipped for Equality and is published by The Christian Institute. It is written primarily for parents and pupils, although others may find it…

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December 2019
News > Ethics > Religious liberty

Man arrested for praying outside abortion clinic

A wheelchair-using Christian man has been arrested and charged for praying out loud within an exclusion zone outside an abortion clinic. Christian Hacking, 29, was audibly but peacefully praying outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, London. He was carried away by police after he refused to stop. According to a court order, people…

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December 2019
News > Politics

Christian groups prepare general election guidance

The United Kingdom will hold its first December general election since 1923 when voters go to the polls on Thursday 12 December. Various Christian groups have been busy preparing materials to help believers think through various issues before voting. The Christian Institute will be publishing its popular Election Briefing which will analyse the policies…

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December 2019
News > Church news

2019 Argyll Convention

‘This is real unity, not fake’. This comment was made by Alasdair Paine, one of the speakers at the Argyll Convention which took place in Oban in August. Leaders of evangelical churches in Argyll had organised this Bible conference for the seventh year in succession. No doubt the ‘warmth’ that people mentioned is felt…

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November 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Obituary: Glyn MacAulay (founding member of Tearfund)

Tearfund’s first Chairman of the Board, Glyn MacAulay, passed away on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, aged 82. Tearfund CEO, Nigel Harris said: ‘We are saddened by the news of the passing of Glyn MacAulay. Glyn was one of Tearfund’s founding members and his accountancy skills and expertise were invaluable in establishing Tearfund as a…

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