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May 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Free speech under threat

Freedom of speech is being curtailed at universities and colleges across the UK, a report from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has found. In March, the JCHR published a report in which it warned excessive measures have been implemented at some universities. These measures, such as the banning of speakers or the carrying out of fierce protests during talks and outside meetings, have effectively prevented freedom of thought, debate and speech. There was evidence that some groups at universities have abused the need for ‘safe spaces’ and carried out ‘no platforming’ contrary to freedoms enshrined in UK law. The report states: ‘Where speech...

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May 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: Sudan – Sudanese pastor murdered

Masked attackers in Western Sudan murdered a church pastor in Darfur, along with his wife and two daughters in March. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the attackers broke into his house early in the morning, gathered the family in the living room and asked Pastor Stephen to explain why he had not responded to their warnings to stop preaching. In response, Pastor Stephen started telling them about Jesus. Barnabas Fund’s contact writes, ‘They became furious and started to kick him and beat him up seriously’. According to the reports, the attackers then tried to force the pastor to violate his daughters, Rachel and Priscilla....

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May 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: China – Chinese church crackdown

China has increased its pressure on Christians in China, especially in the central Henan province, where public security bureaus and religious affairs commissions have been targeting house churches. According to reports from US organisation China Aid, a new initiative in Nanyang, Henan, explicitly forbids any kind of religious gatherings in people’s homes. Anyone caught attending or hosting meetings outside of a registered religious venue will be subject to a fine of 30,000 yuan (£3,378). All Christians in the area are ordered to join an officially registered church. Under China’s current religious policy, only Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, state-recognised Protestant Christianity and Catholicism are legal for citizens...

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May 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Another wrongful arrest

Canadian preacher Pastor David Lynn has been released by the police without charge after being falsely accused of hate speech. Mr Lynn, a leader of a church in Toronto, had been arrested and held for more than 20 hours at Fresh Wharf Custody Base in Barking, London, after preaching the gospel outside Barking tube station. He had been questioned under caution after being falsely accused of calling a homosexual lady in the crowd ‘perverse’ and ‘sinful’. He denied this, and video footage captured of the preaching does not substantiate her complaint. Instead, it shows groups of supporters cheering, chanting ‘Jesus’ and supporting David throughout his...

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May 2018
Conferences

Grace Conference for West Africa

Once again, we held the Grace Conference in a nice and functional hotel just outside the market town of Glazoué in central Benin. This year, we topped the 100 participants mark, coming from 4 countries in West Africa. Numbers may not be the whole story, but it is encouraging to see so many come to hear about the Gospel of Free Grace. This year again, I had been given 3 sessions (“The Gospel in 3 words”), plus the sermon on Sunday morning with the Grace church in Glazoué, Paul NGoran (Ivory Coast) and Julien Naka (Benin) each gave one message, and Vincent Dua (Ivory Coast)...

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May 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France > News > Events > Persecution

Carcassonne terrorist attack: a Christian response

Terrorism has hit again! Since Friday 23rd March, France has been in shock. The attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes left four people dead and many injured physically and psychologically. The French are sad, angry and indignant. As Christians, how should we react? What thoughts should guide us?  Today we want to weep with those who weep (Rom 12.15). We want to pray for those who suffer the loss of a loved one. We want to pray for them to find their consolation in God.  “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Romans 12:17). While...

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April 2018
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA – American Zionism

Early in December 2017 President Trump announced that the United States would recognize that Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel, and not Tel Aviv. He said: ‘Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital … This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done’ (New York Times, 6/12/17). He also stated he would move the US embassy to the Holy City. This pivotal and heavily analysed statement dramatically changes United States’ foreign policy towards Israel and has drawn much criticism from Western and Arab...

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April 2018
News > International

International – Answers in Kentucky

Answers in Genesis’ associate speaker Prof. Andy McIntosh took part in a robust debate in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, alongside Dan Barker, president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The debate was entitled ‘Does God Exist?’ and held at the Rauch Planetarium, University of Louisville (https://www.facebook.com/uoflbcm). According to a newsletter from Prof. McIntosh, at least 240 people crammed into the Planetarium. Baptist Campus Ministries, who ran the meeting with a great team of helpers, reckoned that approximately 60 per cent or so were unbelievers. Prof. McIntosh wrote, ‘By God’s grace I also felt freedom to present Christ and the cross. All had the booklet I have...

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April 2018
News > International

International – Helping deaf children in Kenya

Christian charity Siloam Ministries is helping to support a project in Kenya that looks after deaf children, who are more disadvantaged than most in the country. The Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf, a Siloam project, aims to help the children overcome their various disabilities; some children have other issues that affect their quality of life. Margaret Odhiambo, head teacher, said, just as Jesus cherished every child so the dedicated staff at Lambwe are attentive to individual children. ‘I took in Mollie three years ago, after hearing that she was being treated unkindly where she was’, she said. ‘Now Mollie has some speech and has...

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April 2018
News > International

International – Christian refugees booted from Austria

A group of Iranian Christian refugees have been given two weeks to leave Austria, after the US government denied their asylum applications. According to media reports, the move by the US government appears to signal the shutting down of a humanitarian programme created to help religious minorities escape persecution. The refugees, approximately 100 in total and mainly Christian, now face possible deportation back to Iran. They have been stranded in Vienna for more than a year and expected to enter the US under the Lautenberg humanitarian programme. This was instigated in 1990 to enable Jews and Christians from the former Soviet Union to emigrate. However,...

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April 2018
News > International

International – Esarhaddon’s palace revealed by Isis

The wholesale destruction of the ‘tomb of Jonah’ by Islamic terrorist group Isis has revealed a once opulent palace and inscriptions detailing the life of an Assyrian King. According to a report in The Daily Mail, seven clay tablets were found in a palace, hidden for nearly 3,000 years under the tomb of Jonah, in the northern city of Mosul. These describe the rule of a king named Esarhaddon, calling him the ‘king of the world’ and rebuilder of Babylon and Esagil. They also lay out the man’s family history, giving historians a fresh insight into the ancient royal bloodline of Assyria. The tablets were...

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April 2018
News > International

International – Helicopter tragedy claims pastor’s sons

Prayers have been requested for a Baptist pastor in West Sussex and his family, after his two sons recently died in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon. In a report from the Baptist Times, the online newspaper for the Baptist Union of Britain, it was revealed Stuart and Jason Hill from West Sussex were killed alongside Stuart’s girlfriend Becky Dobson, when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed, on Saturday 10 February. Stuart, 30, and Jason, 32, were the sons of Rev. David Hill, a former pastor of Broadwater Baptist Church in Worthing, and currently a chaplain at Worthing and St Richard’s (Chichester Hospitals)....

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