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August 2019
News > International

US pastor prays for President Trump, but some church members are ‘hurt’

On June 2, David Platt, the pastor of a megachurch in the metro DC area had a rare opportunity when President Trump decided to drop by his church unexpectedly during a worship service. Platt is a well-known face in the metro DC area and is one of the youngest pastors of any megachurch in…

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August 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Michael Wright (1927-2019)

Michael Wright, former elder of Hall Green Baptist Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire has died aged 91. Raised in Haworth, Michael studied civil engineering at Sheffield University prior to employment with British Steel McColls. Although attending Hall Green Baptist Church during childhood, Michael was not saved until 29 years old. He heard several sermons…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Conferences

Discovering an amazing God in Eastbourne

God identifies with his people and displays his redemptive power towards them: this was among the messages brought to Christians at Bible by the Beach in Eastbourne earlier this year. Under the umbrella title of Amazed: Sin, Grace and an Amazing God, record numbers of delegates heard from a variety of speakers, including Don…

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August 2019
News > Conferences

Grace Baptist Assembly an ‘oasis for the battle-wearied pilgrim’

A good Christian conference is an oasis for the battle-wearied pilgrim. Our journey to the celestial city is not without its discouragements and challenges. Therefore, any opportunity to have our perspective refocused on the Lord, and for fellowship with like-minded believers is most welcome. This was my first time at the Grace Baptist Assembly,…

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August 2019
News > Church news

New building for Ayr church

May 18 inaugurated a new chapter in the history of Ayr Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Many visitors and former associates of the church gathered to give thanks for the Lord’s provision of a building and to mark its official opening. The congregation had been renting the property (in Lindsay Street, Ayr) from the…

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August 2019
News > Conferences

‘Who am I?’, the 30th Scottish Reformed Conference

Over 400 delegates of all ages engaged with this key question at the Scottish Reformed Conference in May. The speakers were Dr Sinclair Ferguson (Reformed Theological Seminary) and Dr Robert Murdock (Faith Mission Bible College). Speaking from Genesis, Dr Ferguson emphasised that humans are made in the image of God. Concerning the Fall, he…

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August 2019
News > International > Persecution

China: Pastor’s wife freed from jail

A reformed presbyterian church in China celebrated the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi, in June, although the church has claimed that state persecution of its members is still continuing. In a statement from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), Jiang Rong and another female church member, Li Xiaofeng, were finally freed…

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August 2019
News > International

Australia: Israel Folau case looks set for court

The case involving Christian Australian rugby superstar, Israel Folau, looks set to end up in federal court after all sides failed to reach a settlement. Folau had his professional rugby contracts terminated after he published social media postings urging people to repent from their sins, including homosexuality. His employer, Rugby Australia, said the postings…

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August 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Poland: Freedom of conscience ruling

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has confirmed that businesses have the right to offer services in line with their religious or other convictions. In a landmark decision, which exonerated a Polish printer who did not want to print material that promoted an event with which his religious beliefs were at odds, the Tribunal has set an…

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August 2019
News > International > Society

France: Court allows death of quadriplegic man

French officials have ruled that a paralysed man can have his life support turned off, allowing him to die. At the end of June, the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the land, gave a final ruling that doctors can stop feeding 43-year-old Vincent Lambert. The man, who is quadriplegic, has been in…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Student suspended for claiming scientific basis of gender

A teenage boy has sparked a debate about free speech after he was thrown out of class for saying there are only two genders. The 17-year-old from Aberdeenshire used his phone to secretly record a video of how he was reprimanded by his Personal and Social Education teacher. Although the teacher said the student…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Educational freedom being stifled by Stonewall

Britain’s leading gay rights activist group, Stonewall, is stifling educational freedom, according to more than 30 British academics. In an open letter to The Sunday Times, the academics claimed ‘tendentious and anti-scientific claims’ have been presented by Stonewall to staff as ‘objective fact, without the opportunity for scrutiny’. In their letter, the academics said…

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