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June 2018
News > Induction

Ordination – Induction at Poolewe & Aultbea

After nearly four years without a minister, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) congregation of Poolewe & Aultbea praised God for the ordination and induction of Rev. Murdo Maciver. The service took place on the evening of Friday 13 April at the Gairloch Community Centre. Nearly 200 people gathered from a wide area to join with the congregation and Inverness presbytery on the happy occasion. The service was led by Rev. James Clark, Greyfriars, Inverness, who preached from Acts 20:28. Afterwards, the customary questions were put to Mr Maciver and he duly signed The Formula. The new minister was addressed by Rev. Davide Ratti, Duthil-Dores,...

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June 2018
News > International

International – Syrian Bible club

A children’s club for local Arab children, as well as Syrian Muslim refugee children, started at a local church with initially ten Syrian children. Within two months it grew rapidly to 66. OM team member George (name changed here) saw that a number of the refugee children were unable to read or write and began teaching them literacy skills. Afterwards, some of the children encouraged their parents to go to the church, despite some of the adults’ objections. ‘These are great people and they talk about Jesus the Messiah’, they said. A mother and her children were deeply touched by the teaching and outpouring of...

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June 2018
News > International

International – ET International in the Philippines

Pastor Ricarte Ligutan, from Manila in the Philippines has written to thank Evangelical Times for copies of ET International. He wrote, ‘We would like to thank you once again for your ministry through ET magazines, which is very useful to us here. I always share it to my fellow pastors and it inspires them, especially the messages that have been written there and the Reformation teaching. ‘It really helps us in our spiritual growth and moves us to pray for our brethren around the world’. Editor’s note: We thank the many ET readers whose generous support helps toward the much appreciated international ministry of ETI

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June 2018
News > International

International – Carcassonne church inauguration

After four years of searching for a new building, plus one year of administration and renovation work, Carcassonne Reformed Baptist Church, France, had the immense joy of inaugurating our new church premises. This took place in November 2017, accompanied by local residents and elected officials, friends and representatives of other churches in the region, France and the UK. We celebrated the grace of God, his faithfulness and goodness towards his people. The inauguration weekend gave us an opportunity to thank all those who participated directly or indirectly in the realisation of this project, and to trace the history of our church and its proposed activities....

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June 2018
News > Society

Society – Parents likened to Nazis

Parents discussing gender dysphoria online have been compared to Nazis fomenting hatred of Jews. Transsexual journalist India Willoughby, writing for gay news website Pink News, slammed the Mumsnet website, comparing it to a ‘Nuremberg rally’. This came after female users of the Mumsnet forum asked questions about how to deal with transsexualism, spurring trans activists to start targeting and threatening advertisers on the site. As reported in the Daily Mail, the row escalated, with cabinet minister Liz Truss incurring the wrath of the transgender community after she praised the open forum, free speech ethic of the Mumsnet site. In April, when she posted a magazine...

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June 2018
News > Society

Society – Explicit apps for children

Sexually explicit and violent apps have been approved by Apple and Google as being suitable for young children, an investigation by The Times has revealed. According to the newspaper, there were many games available featuring adult themes aimed at twelve-year-olds, with some even rated as low as for ages four and above. The investigation involved a reporter signing up for an ‘anonymous chat’ app, which has been certified as suitable for ages 12 and above. However, he was soon accosted by other members with profile pictures of topless teenage boys, asking him for nude photos. According to the report, consumer tech giants Apple and Google...

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June 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Confidentiality putting girls at risk

Sexual health clinics’ privacy policies may be obstacles to protecting girls from sexual exploitation, a hard-hitting report has found. As reported in the Family Education Trust’s (FET) April bulletin, the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board’s latest report has revealed confidentiality policies could even be helping the perpetrators carry out abuse without risk of pregnancy or disease. According David Spicer, the report’s author, research into sexual health services in Newcastle found that 85 per cent of victims of sexual exploitation had accessed sexual health services. There were many instances of abused girls using the clinics to obtain contraception, but despite providing their name, age and frequency of...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Ashers’ case

Daniel McArthur, general manager of Ashers Baking Company, has spoken of Jesus’ sustaining power during the difficult four years of legal challenges. Addressing journalists assembled outside the Royal Courts of Justice, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear their case, Mr McArthur said the issue of ‘compelled speech’ is central. Ashers’ owners are defending themselves against an Equality Commission for Northern Ireland charge, after they declined to decorate a pro-gay marriage campaign cake. Daniel McArthur said: ‘Good morning. Thank you all for coming. Four years ago, my family came under attack for exercising our basic right to live by our beliefs, to live as Christians. We...

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