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July 2020
News > Church news > News in brief

Commendation for SASRA evangelist

A SASRA Scripture Reader based at MOD Lyneham, Wiltshire has received an official commendation for his Christian outreach work among servicemen and women. Army Scripture Reader Tiaan de Klerk, originally from South Africa but moving to England in 1999, was awarded the citation by Colonel ERB Heal, Commandant of the Defence School of Electronic…

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July 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Bill Barkley (1929–2020)

William (‘Bill’) Wallace Barkley, 90, was promoted to glory on 5 April 2020, dying peacefully at home after battling cancer for several months. Bill was born in Cloughogue near Ballymena, NI. He was one of seven brothers, including an identical twin, Tom. Both were members of Ballymena Baptist Church. Bill studied at London Bible…

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July 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Ravi Zacharias (1946–2020)

Prominent apologist, author, and speaker Ravi Zacharias has died aged 74 following a brief battle with cancer. An online memorial service in his honour was watched by over 70,000 people and eulogies were given by figures including US Vice President Mike Pence. He described Ravi as ‘the greatest Christian apologist of this century; the…

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July 2020
News > Church news

New Timothy Dudley-Smith hymn for SASRA

Acclaimed hymn-writer Timothy Dudley-Smith OBE has written a new composition inspired by the work of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association. Timothy is former Bishop of Thetford and former President of the Evangelical Alliance. The 93-year-old is no stranger to hymns, having penned over 200, including ‘Tell out my soul’, ‘Name of all…

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July 2020
News > Induction

500 attend Bedford induction

A great number gathered at Providence Baptist Chapel, Bedford, in March for the induction service of Oliver Wyncoll. Some travelled from as far afield as Liverpool, Southampton, and Devon. A large contingent came from Oliver’s former church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. Pastor Jonathan Northern (Baldock Baptist Church) chaired the proceedings. The service opened…

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July 2020
News > Conferences

‘Pursuing peace’ at Dewsbury conference

In March, 120 men and women met at Dewsbury Evangelical Church for a lively, interesting conference on ‘Pursuing peace in all your relationships’. The speaker was Dr Robert D. Jones, professor of biblical counselling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Many attendees hold positions of responsibility in evangelical churches across northern England.…

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July 2020
News > International

China: 48 churches shut down

Chinese officials have shut down at least 48 state-registered churches and meeting venues in Yugan county, China, between 18 and 30 April. According to religious liberty and human rights publication Bitter Winter, religious items have been stripped from churches in Yugan county and replaced with images of President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong. Chairman…

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July 2020
News > International

France: Court orders ban on church gatherings to be lifted

The French government has been ordered to lift the ban on meetings in churches within eight days by its top administrative court. Although the government recently eased its coronavirus restrictions by allowing private meetings of up to ten people, this did not apply to religious settings. As a result, all church meetings were still…

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July 2020
News > International > Persecution

Nigeria: Fulani militants claim more Christian lives

Fulani militants have killed 620 Christians in the first five months of 2020 in Northern Nigeria, a report has claimed. The report, by the International Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law (ISCLRL), stated the attacks are growing and have the characteristics of an undeclared jihad against Christians. According to the ISCLRL, 32,000…

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July 2020
News > Ethics

Judge decides patient can die rather than live with stoma bag

A judge has ruled that a patient with bowel problems should be allowed to die rather than live with a stoma bag. A stoma is an opening in the abdomen and a bag is attached to collect faeces or urine. One bowel cancer charity said it was ‘tragic’ that death is seen as a…

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July 2020
News > Society

Christians in Sport speak about the place of faith in pro football

Members of Christians in Sport (CIS) have spoken of the impact of Christianity in professional football. In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, CIS General Director Graham Daniels highlighted the increasing willingness of footballers to talk about God. Daniels, a former player and now Director of Football at Cambridge United, came to faith as…

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July 2020
News > Society

Legal action launched to end DIY abortions

Christian Concern has lodged papers to the Court of Appeal, seeking to put an end to do-it-yourself ‘home abortions’. The Christian advocacy group is seeking to overturn a High Court decision in May not to review the government’s policy on allowing people to get abortion kits sent to their homes. The group, among others,…

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