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February 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Dr Phillip E. Johnson (1940-2019)

Author, law professor and ‘Father of the Intelligent Design movement’, Dr Phillip E. Johnson has died aged 79. Following a nominally Christian upbringing in Illinois, Johnson studied English Literature at Harvard and Law at the University of Chicago. He taught criminal law at the University of California, Berkeley, for over thirty years, also serving…

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February 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Rev. John M. Davies (1938-2019)

Rev. John M. Davies died last November following a 5-year illness. His last days were characterised by grace and blessing; his faith remained strong and he clearly felt the presence of the Lord. He often said, ‘The Lord is real. This is reality: knowing the Lord Jesus Christ’. John maintained a blog during his…

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February 2020
News > Induction

Induction of Rev. Graeme Craig in Ayr

The 18-month pastoral vacancy at Ayr Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) was filled last November as Rev. Graeme Craig was inducted. Held at New Prestwick Baptist Church, the occasion began with public worship conducted by Rev. David S. Fraser, Moderator of the Southern Presbytery of the FCS(C). Mr Fraser preached from 2 Kings 2:14,…

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February 2020
News > Church news

Gaulby Fellowship disbands after nine years

With much sadness, members of Gaulby Reformed Evangelical Anglican Fellowship jointly decided to discontinue the church last October. Based seven miles east of Leicester, the Fellowship came into being following the untimely death of the Rector of St Peter’s, Rev. Ashley Cheesman, in October 2010. Since that time, the Fellowship sought to maintain faithful…

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February 2020
News > International

China: church responds to pastor’s jail term

China’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) has responded to the nine-year sentence handed down in December to its senior pastor, Wang Yi, who had been imprisoned on charges of ‘trying to subvert state power’. He was also charged with ‘illegally operating a business’. The pastor was put on trial at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s…

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February 2020
News > International

Netherlands: society ‘rotting’ from the core through drugs

The Netherlands has the ‘characteristics of a narco-state’ and its society is rotting from the core, experts have claimed. In a lengthy report for the BBC in December last year, reporter Anna Holligan cited evidence and testimony from experts which revealed criminal activity has penetrated deeply into Dutch society as a result of The…

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February 2020
News > International

India: Christian family escapes mob

Christian villagers rushed to the aid of a pastor and his family who were surrounded by a violent mob in north-east India. According to reports from Release International, pastor Palathingal Johnson, his wife and four children were at home when the mob of approximately ten to fifteen armed Hindu extremists smashed their way into…

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February 2020
News > International > Persecution

Nigeria: persecution continues into 2020

Nigeria has been named as a key Christian persecution hotspot in 2020, with organisations such as Amnesty International, Barnabas Fund and Release International expressing grave concern over the escalating violence. The Global Terrorism Index (GTI), a report published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, cited Nigeria as being the third worst country…

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February 2020
News > Conferences

‘By the Bible alone!’: the Essex Puritan Conference

The third Essex Puritan Conference was held at Stranger’s Rest Evangelical Church, London, in late October. Around forty delegates came from far afield, including South Korea and Singapore.The theme was ‘By the Bible alone!’, emphasising the Reformed doctrine of sola scriptura. Over three days, lectures were given by Dr Robert Oliver (‘The Geneva Bible’),…

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February 2020
News > Church news

Bangor Evangelical Church celebrates 50th anniversary

In 1971, the front-page headline of an edition of Evangelical Times read ‘Revival Church Reborn’. Two years before, a bilingual church had formed in Bangor, North Wales, when various small groups of believers came together for worship and prayer, initially meeting in various homes. After adopting a doctrinal basis grounded in the Westminster Confession…

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February 2020
News > Conferences

Christian perspectives on mental health at education conference

In recent years mental health has become a high-profile issue, especially among young people. Thanks to the pervasive presence of social media, the youth of today are under unrelenting pressure to conform and to be ‘liked’. Additionally, the absence of moral absolutes and the prominence of the LGBT+ agenda have compounded confusion in the…

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February 2020
News > Media > Uncategorised

Netflix under pressure

Thousands of Christians in the UK joined forces with fellow believers around the world to cancel their Netflix subscriptions over a blasphemous Brazilian film which was streamed on the site over Christmas. Called ‘The First Temptation of Christ’, the so-called ‘comedy’ film insinuated Jesus had homosexual relations. More than 2.5 million people signed a…

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