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March 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Ukraine mission

Earlier this year, the 23rd missionary conference of Hope to People was held in Rivne, Ukraine. The topic was the words of Paul, ‘So that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it’ (2 Timothy 4:17). Every day from 21-28 January, Christians who care about fulfilment of the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, gathered at the Good Shepherd Community Biblical Missionary Church. At Sunday’s service, the ministers of both Good Shepherd Community (Rivne) and Source of Life (Zdolbuniv) churches preached on God’s view on mission. Conference delegates also listened to the testimonies of missionaries from Ukraine,...

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March 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Words for Life

Wycliffe has been exploring different ways to engage people from oral cultures with Scripture and stories from the Bible. The Bible translation organisation has been creating audio Bibles to help reach people groups through special media players, apps, the radio or online. Wycliffe has also been helping to foster Bible-listening groups, for people to hear the Word spoken in their own language, and creating songs based on Scripture for those people-groups for whom song forms an important part of their culture. According to a newsletter from Wycliffe, 160 million people are still waiting for the first verse of Scripture in their own language, while one...

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March 2018
News > Education

Education – Free Church bookstore closes

The Free Church of Scotland’s bookshop has closed its physical doors for the final time, as the denomination moves towards the provision of a new online book service. The decision to close the bookstore and move towards an online presence to increase the reach and impact of the Free Church book service was made during the last General Assembly. The closure will coincide with the retirement of Charles Douglas, who has managed the bookshop for the past 19 years. Mr Douglas said: ‘I’ve enjoyed my time at the bookshop and would like to thank everyone who has dropped in over the years. I’m looking forward...

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March 2018
News > Education

Education – Free Church School in Theology

The 66th Free Church School in Theology programme has been finalised for 2018. Speakers and subjects have now been chosen. They include Rev. E. Trevor Kirkland, speaking on ‘The Synod of Dort: causes and consequences’; Rev. William Macleod on ‘The work of Christ’ in Colossians 1:12-20; and Rev. Craig Dennison, on ‘Individual, leading personal types of Christ’. Rev. Dr Kevin Bidwell will also cover ‘What is driving identity ethics?’, while Rev. Maurice J. Roberts is to speak on ‘Personal piety in the ministry’. Also in the programme are daily prayer meetings, devotionals, book reviews and evening worship sessions. The Free Church School hopes to have...

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March 2018
News > Education

Education – Drag queen show for toddlers

Family Education Trust director Norman Wells has criticised an organisation that seeks to present the ‘fun’ of gender fluidity to toddlers, claiming this is desensitising children to their own identity. ‘Drag Queen Story Time’, supported by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), aims to ‘capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood, while giving children a glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role model. By providing spaces in which kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions, we allow them to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish’. The group, which conducts reading time and mini-dramas...

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March 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Freedom of conscience for medics

Medical professionals may be given freedom of conscience over ethical decisions, if a bill is passed into British law. Brought to ensure conscientious objection rights for all medical professionals, the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill, sponsored by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, was debated in Parliament earlier this year. The bill aims to clarify the law to ensure conscience protections are in place for all medical professionals, to protect them from discrimination, enabling them to fully participate in their chosen professions and care for patients to the best of their ability. Under the existing law, some medical professionals are not protected from unjust discrimination. GPs, as well...

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March 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – NHS gives men smear tests

Men who register with their GP as women are being routinely invited to breast cancer screenings and smear tests by the National Health Service. This is still the case, even if men have not had the operation to become a woman and therefore do not have a cervix that would require a smear test. Conversely, guidance for Public Health England says that women registered as men will not ordinarily be offered the tests, even if they have not undergone surgery and therefore still have a cervix that would need routine tests for cancer. As reported by the Christian Institute, the NHS position has been described...

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March 2018
News > Society

Society – Church statistics

Church attendance is continuing to fall, according to the latest UK church statistics from the Brierley Consultancy. UK Church Statistics No 3 2018 Edition presents a thorough survey of church membership, churches and congregations from all four UK countries, outlining the years between 2012 and 2017, and giving a forecast for 2022. According to the study, there were 50,500 churches in 2017, although only around 42,000 met in buildings erected for the purpose of church worship. The study found there were 257 denominations in the UK, less than the 290 listed in 2013; the report suggested the main decline in the number of denominations is...

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