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Churches gain public support

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April 2021
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Churches gain public support

A poll has revealed increased appreciation among non-Christians for the role of UK churches since the Covid-19 pandemic. 2,170 adults were surveyed in February by Savanta ComRes. 25% of those identifying as non-Christians agreed that churches ‘make a positive difference’ compared to just 19% of the same demographic agreeing with the statement three years…

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Tim Adams to lead IFES

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April 2021
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Tim Adams to lead IFES

Tim Adams has become General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. Adams has worked for IFES for 22 years. The organisation is a global network of locally-led Christian student movements, including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and UCCF. It aims to help students ‘impact the university, the church and society for the glory of…

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New editor at church paper

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April 2021
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New editor at church paper

Revd Christopher Pierce has been appointed full-time editor of English Churchman. Revd Pierce is American by birth but is an ordained minister in the Church of Ireland. The fortnightly newspaper, founded in 1843, adheres to the 39 Articles but is not an organ of the Church of England.

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April 2021
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Obituary: Colonel Robbie Hall QGM (1956–2020)

Baptist minister and bomb disposal expert Colonel Robbie Hall has died aged 63. He diffused a World War 2 bomb at a London gasworks in 1986. Following retirement from the Army, he pastored Hope Baptist Church in Bridgend, South Wales. Robert George Russel Hall was born in Spinningdale in the Scottish Highlands. He joined…

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April 2021
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Obituary: Peter Anderson (1931–2021)

On 21 January, the British evangelist Peter Anderson died in a care home in Leicester. He was born in Glasgow, and after his parents had moved their family six times in ten years, he joined the British Army aged 18. After intensive training, he was posted to Singapore where he came to faith in…

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April 2021
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Christian educators’ conference looks at consumerism and neo-Marxism

In February, Christian Concern worked alongside The Christian School’s Trust to provide hundreds of educators across the UK and abroad with an inspiring weekend. Over 300 Christian educators signed up for the event, and there were over 40 speakers and contributors. The conference was entitled ‘Further Up, Further In!’ – a reference to C.…

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April 2021
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St Peter’s Free Church announces new minister

Revd Andy Pearson is set to become the new minister of St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee. Originally from Inverness, Andy completed a degree in Religious Studies & Scottish History at Edinburgh University before being employed by Kirkcaldy Free Church as a community worker. It was during this period in Fife that he felt called…

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April 2021
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Welsh revival film in production

Production is underway of a new documentary film surveying the history of revival in Wales. Welsh Awakenings will be a two-hour feature presented by Pastor Jonathan Thomas of Cornerstone Evangelical Church, Abergavenny. Filming is scheduled for various locations around Wales as Jonathan surveys the spiritual highs and lows of Welsh evangelicalism between the 18th…

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April 2021
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Iain Thomson inducted on Isle of Lewis

There was a real sense of anticipation among the congregation of Garrabost Free Church in January as the Western Isles Presbytery met to induct Revd Iain Thomson to the pastoral charge of the congregation. Due to lockdown restrictions, only 50 people were physically present in the church building, but a further two hundred people…

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March 2021
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Ravi Zacharias report ‘shattering’

The full report into allegations of misconduct by the late Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, has been published. It found ‘significant evidence of sexual misconduct’ with female massage therapists, and the associated misuse of ministry funds. An interim report was made public in December, and now the full report has been published by Ravi Zacharias…

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March 2021
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Judge gives go ahead for Scottish churches to challenge closure

A judge has granted permission for a group of 27 church leaders to challenge the Scottish government’s ban on gathered worship. Ruling that the case has merit, a hearing has been ordered to take place remotely on 11 and 12 March. It could result in churches being allowed to reopen. Supported by the Christian…

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March 2021
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EMF missionary discusses faith and fighting cancer

Elisa Rodrigues and her husband José have been missionaries in Portugal for the European Mission Fellowship for over 34 years. They live in Alto do Moinho, six miles south of Lisbon, where José pastors an evangelical church and oversees a nearby church plant. The couple spent some time in England in the 1980s, based…

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