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January 2019
News > Events

Grace Baptist Mission Day

‘Facing a task unfinished, that drives us to our knees, a need that undiminished, rebukes our slothful ease’. Although written almost 90 years ago these words from the hymn by Frank Houghton are as true today as they were then. Some 700 believers from Grace Baptist Churches all over the UK gathered for the 2018 Grace Baptist Mission Annual Mission Day, the theme of which was ‘Every People, Every Nation — Committing Ourselves to the Task Unfinished.’ During a stimulating and challenging day missionaries spoke of their work including church planting in Poland, Bible translation in West Africa, ministry to Asian women in the UK,...

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January 2019
News > Conferences

Almost 900 attend FIEC leaders conference

Almost 900 people attended the annual FIEC Leaders’ Conference in Torquay in November. The theme was ‘Here and now: communicating the gospel in our post-Christian culture’. Don Carson’s outstanding exposition of Isaiah 6 brought a majestic view of the holiness of God, and also a sense of reality to gospel ministry. There is a note of hope for Isaiah in the chapter, but it would be fulfilled 700 years later in the coming of Jesus We are also caught up in the wider sweep of the rise and fall of nations and cultures, within God’s good purposes, and we should view our ministry in light...

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January 2019
News > Conferences

Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference 2018

As Christians gather from often small and scattered churches, few things refresh and bless the soul as gathering with like-minded believers and spending time together under the ministry of God’s word. The theme of the third Scottish Reformed Baptist conference in Pitlochry was ‘Lessons for Life’. Stephen Rees, pastor at Grace Baptist Church Stockport, was our main speaker. He spoke about Samson as a man of faith and deliverance. Samson grew up with every advantage, with godly parents in a godless Israel, but despite this, he went astray. We were encouraged that those with ungodly children can trust the sovereignty of God, as God was...

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January 2019
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Presbyterian Reformed Autumn conference

‘Why Creation not Evolution? The Bible and Science’ was the theme of the 2018 Autumn Conference of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Stockton-on-Tees on 27 October 2018. Addressing the interdenominational gathering of 80 people, Pastor Roger Fay spoke from Psalm 19 and Genesis, saying that God’s revelation of Himself in creation impacts everyone everywhere. Though non-verbal, the revelation concerning the Creator’s eternal power, goodness and Godhead is absolutely clear, universal, and eloquent. Genesis 1 reminds us that the creation was a work of the Triune God: Father, Son and Spirit. The account is not metaphor or myth but historical prose — miraculous, ex nihilo creation...

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January 2019
News > Conferences

Belarus: Reformation Day conference

Reformation Day was commemorated at a conference in Minsk organised on behalf of Evangelical Press Missionary Trust (EPMT). Around 40 attended the Belarus conference chaired by Pastor Slava Viazovski. The speaker was Jonathan Stobbs, chair of EPMT and pastor of Penzance Baptist Church. He spoke on Martin Luther and John Calvin, and how these men helped to shape the reformed faith throughout Europe for generations to come. The truths of the Reformation remain highly relevant to today’s church today. The enthusiasm of all attendees and their desire to see the gospel spread throughout the Russian-speaking world was encouraging.

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January 2019
News > Persecution

Europe: Christians marginalised across the continent

Christians across Europe, including clergy, have experienced hostility, marginalisation and violence, with 500 documented cases of intolerance and discrimination recorded in 2016-17. The finds come in a report from the Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe. Its 2018 report states that since 2005, it has documented more than 2,100 cases of Christians killed or attacked for their faith, fired, sued or arrested for exercising their freedom of expression or conscience. Christian-run business have been ruined financially. Christian student groups have been silenced, and Christian symbols and celebrations have been removed from the public square. Churches across Europe were vandalised, robbed and...

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January 2019
News > International

Netherlands: Man fails in bid to legally change his age

A 69-year-old Dutchman who tried to argue he should be allowed to officially change his age because he ‘feels’ 20 years younger has lost his legal bid to do so. Emile Ratelband claims he faces discrimination as a 69-year-old. He said, ‘We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?’ He also wants to change his legal age so that he is more appealing to younger women on dating websites and apps like Tinder. However, a court in the Netherlands refused to allow him to legally change his age. The judges said,...

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January 2019
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Nigeria: Thousands of Christians slaughtered in worsening attacks

Fresh back from a fact-finding mission to Nigeria, Baroness Cox reports that thousands of Christians have reportedly been killed in escalating attacks led by Fulani militia. She visited the Anguldi Refugee Camp in Jos, Plateau State, which provides shelter to 2,600 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and spoke to a number of survivors. Deaconess Susan Essam in Jos said, ‘They shot Sarah’s husband and children and so she begged them to kill her too, but they refused, saying that they wanted her to cry and bear the pain.’ Margaret from Ngar village said, ‘My sister was raped and her wrists cut off before she was shot...

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January 2019
News > Church news

Derby Cathedral ‘bans’ evangelical preacher, Melvin Tinker

An evangelical Anglican minister says he was banned from preaching at a carol service in Derby Cathedral because he had criticised the Archbishop of York for liberalising the church’s approach on gay and transgender issues. The Rev. Melvin Tinker, 63, who had been lined up by the University of Derby Christian Union to give a sermon at the event, was told that permission had been refused because of his relationship with the diocese of York. Rev. Tinker said this could only refer to a dispute between his church, St John Newland in Hull, and the archbishop, John Sentamu. Derby Cathedral has attracted controversy in the...

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January 2019
News > Society

BBC accused of distorting news and promoting a liberal agenda

A new book by a man who worked at the BBC for more than 25 years asks whether the broadcaster is a fair arbiter of the news, or a conduit for pervasive and institutional liberal bias. In his book, The Noble Liar: How and why the BBC distorts the news to promote a liberal agenda, Robin Aitken doesn’t pull any punches. He writes, ‘The BBC has wholeheartedly thrown its lot in with the liberal reformers; there has been no “impartiality” on any of the big moral issues of the past half-century. ‘In every instance, the socially conservative argument has been depicted as callous, reactionary and...

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January 2019
News > Education

Faith schools top primary league table

Faith schools account for almost half of the top 500 state primary schools in the UK, latest league tables show. Out of the top 100 state primaries 48 are faith schools. The good performance comes in the face of pressure from humanists to end the Government funding of faith schools. Professor Alan Smithers, Director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research, said faith schools were doing so well because they shared a set of religious values, based around a moral work ethic. He said, ‘Faith schools are our best schools as these tables show and it would make no sense to dismantle some of...

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January 2019
News > Ethics

Young woman with Down’s syndrome campaigns against disability screening

Heidi Crowter, a 23-year-old woman from Coventry, has voiced her experience of life with Down’s syndrome and spoken out against disability screening, in an interview with The Christian Institute. Heidi said that parents ‘are being told lies’ about Down’s syndrome and she hopes that her example of life and faith will challenge the misconceptions. She is actively involved with ‘Don’t Screen Us Out’, a campaign group highlighting that Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is likely to result in a large number of abortions in the UK. Latest figures for Great Britain reveal that around 92 per cent of pregnancies, where Down’s syndrome is identified, result in...

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