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January 2019
News > Society

Indoctrination not education as schools follow trans agenda

A teacher has revealed that 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, and most of them are autistic. The teacher felt compelled to speak out, but has chosen to keep her identity hidden for fear of dismissal, she told the Mail on Sunday. She says that schools and some politicians have swallowed ‘hook, line and sinker’ a politically-correct ‘fallacy’ peddled by a powerful transgender lobby. She says she was advised to keep parents and other teachers in the dark if a pupil claimed to be transgender. And she claims that older pupils at her school who changed gender...

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January 2019
News > Guest Column

GUEST COLUMN: Healthy Christianity: Fellowship with God in the Whole of Life

Last month we began considering the whole issue of balance in the Christian life. We are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and strength and mind. This means that the truth of God’s Word, under the blessing of God’s Spirit, needs to be grasped by the mind, ascend to the heart, and be worked out in the life. This is true Christianity, and Christian growth is merely this process happening more deeply, and affecting and transforming us more profoundly. William Williams, Pantycelyn (1717-91), shortly before his death, identified the three parts of true Christianity as follows: ‘first true...

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December 2018
News > Induction

Induction – Hitchin Grace Baptist welcomes pastor

Hitchin Grace Baptist Church welcomed its new pastor Tom Forryan at a service attended by 200 people, in the Priory School, Hitchin, on 13 October 2018. Ashkan Sarmadi, current pastor of Derby Road Baptist Church (DRBC), Watford, commended Tom’s previous ministry as former pastor at DRBC and as a worker with Grace Baptist Mission in Paris. Elder Richard Lambert explained the challenges of the church’s three-year search for a pastor, in particular a ‘somewhat sombre’ evening gathering of church officers in January, when they seemed to be out of options. But, in the providence of God, it was just a couple of days later that...

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December 2018
News > Church news

Church – Pioneers for London

The Bishop of London is backing the identifying and training of new pioneer leaders in order to birth ‘new churches, for new people in new places’, across London. In a joint venture between the Centre for Church Planting and Growth and Church Mission Society, the School of Pioneers will, for the first time, allow the diocese of London to offer formal training to lay pioneers. This move, the centre said, testifies to the growing importance of ‘pioneering’ in the Church’s strategy to reach a generation who have grown up in a post-Christian culture. The 2017 electoral roll figures for London showed a 13 per cent...

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December 2018
News > Church news

Church – Church Society Council

Church Society’s Council met in October to discuss the ‘memorandum of agreement’ made between Church Society, Reform and the Fellowship of Word and Spirit, made prior to a recent merger between these groups. The items discussed by the council were: relationships with other Anglican bodies; Church Society’s commitment to contending for the true gospel; the appointment of additional staff; and a review of the new group’s name and branding. Dr Ros Clarke, associate director of Church Society, said in a newsletter: ‘Praise God for our partnership in the gospel, expressed in our prayers, and bearing fruit in our discussions. We are moving forward in all the...

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December 2018
News > Events

Events – What is man?

The latest ‘Alpha and Omega Conference’ took place on Saturday 6 October, when Professor Edgar Andrews (see p.3) delivered two lectures based on his new book What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? These half-day conferences are held usually twice a year at the Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City, and feature issues of current interest and concern to Bible-believing churches and Christians. On this occasion, 12 local churches were represented in the audience of some 40 people. Like the book, the talks were presented in lay-person-friendly terms, with a judicious use of illustrations and humour. The two addresses were video-recorded and can be downloaded from...

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December 2018
News > Events

Events – 50th anniversary in Wolverhampton

An anniversary gives us another opportunity to remember, and on 15-16 September 2018 the members and friends of West Park Church, Wolverhampton, recalled and celebrated God’s goodness since the founding of the church 50 years ago. In those days it was called Merridale Church and was in a different part of the city. Much has happened in those years, including a new location, outreach, conversions, but always with God’s inerrant Word central to all, and preaching deemed to be of vital importance in our worship. During the weekend, Geoff Thomas preached Christ-exalting sermons. The history of the church was briefly recounted. Fellowship and friendships were...

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December 2018
News > Society

Society – European Court upholds conviction for insulting Islam

In a troubling legal ruling for free speech, a woman who insulted the Muslim faith has had her conviction upheld by the European Court of Human Rights. The woman, known only as Mrs S, had made disparaging remarks about the prophet Mohammed, calling him a paedophile, because one of his many wives was only six years old when they married. She was convicted in Austria by a lower court in Vienna for ‘disparaging religious doctrines’ and was ordered to pay a 480 euros fine plus legal fees. Mrs S was holding a seminar during which she was found to have made the remark about Mohammed....

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December 2018
News > Society

Society – Stem cell hope for cleft palate babies

Adult stem cells could be used in the future to heal babies with cleft palates, a pioneering new treatment in Colombia has shown. The condition is an abnormality whereby the part of skull which connects the mouth to the nose has not developed. It affects around one in every 700 births. Cleft palates, although treatable, have been labelled as a ‘serious handicap’ under UK abortion law. It means that an unborn child with a cleft palate could be aborted right up to birth. Cleft palates are usually repaired with surgery in early childhood, which often involves bone grafts and carries the risk of complications. But...

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December 2018
News > Society

Society – Focus on actual crimes, says senior police officer

The police should focus on actual crimes like burglaries and robberies, and not waste time recording incidents which are not crimes, a senior officer has said. National Police Chiefs’ Council chairwoman Sara Thornton warned forces are too stretched to take on issues such as logging ‘hate incidents’ where no crime has been committed, even though recording such matters may be ‘desirable    and deserving’. Several police forces have used ‘hate incident’ policies to unjustly take action against numerous Christian evangelists who have been sharing their faith in public places. In some extreme cases, the police have been successfully sued for the unlawful arrest or detention of...

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December 2018
News > Society

Society – Children complain about gambling ads bombardment

Highschool children in Salisbury have spoken out about being bombarded with gambling ads. St Joseph’s School has been helping its older pupils to understand the methods gambling companies use to get and keep customers. 15-year-old Bryn, from St Joseph’s, recalled seeing a gambling ad where a James Bond-style character was shown to be gambling successfully. He said the advertisements show this lifestyle as being ‘glamorously wealthy’ and that they promote a ‘false idea that you’ll always be a winner and be like this man’. St Joseph’s pupil Catherine, 15, said the dangers of gambling, like smoking, need to be publicised. ‘You never see a lottery...

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December 2018
News > Society

Society – Baroness tables grooming question

Christian Peer Baroness Cox has tabled questions in Parliament asking the government about victims who have been groomed by gangs, the Christian Legal Centre reported. The question reads, ‘To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the case of Sarah who was held captive by a grooming gang for 12 years as reported in the Daily Mail on 15 September, and if so, what assessment they have made of that case and its implications.’ The woman, named ‘Sarah’ (not her real name) in the Daily Mail report of 15 September 2018 was kidnapped by a Muslim gang at the age of 15 and...

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