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August 2018
News > Events

Event – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) completed a three-day evangelism event at Falkirk Stadium, in partnership with over 200 churches across Central Scotland. According to a statement from the association, more than 1,000 people indicated a decision for Christ, with hundreds doing so during the event itself and hundreds more online and through discipleship courses. The Central Scotland Celebration of Hope saw churches invite Will Graham, grandson of the late Rev. Billy Graham, to come to Scotland and preach the gospel. The event also featured American Christian musician Aaron Shust, along with groups The Afters and Newsboys, as well as a ‘Kidzfest’ with Duggie Dug-Dug....

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August 2018
News > Church news

Church – PCI under fire

Biblical teaching on morality encourages Christians to imitate Jesus Christ even when culture is going a different way, a leading Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) figure has said. The Very Rev. Dr Stafford Carson spoke out in the Belfast Telegraph, following criticism of the Church’s decision about who it allows to be full members. He is quoted as saying: ‘As everyday disciples of Jesus, we affirm that our commitment to Christ means that we honour him in everything. It is not an easy road to travel’. This follows the PCI’s general assembly in June, in which delegates decided that those who wanted to be communicant...

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August 2018
News > Events

Event – God’s purposes in later life

Society has changed. We now have the largest generation of older people in history, and ageist stereotypes are being challenged by people who are living full, productive lives, even into their 90s and 100s. Many in their 70s and 80s are active in their churches, volunteering and sharing the gospel. More attention is being paid to faith in later life, so it was encouraging to see All Nations’ Centre in Leicester packed for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society’s (PFS) conference, ‘God’s purposes in later life’, and its 211th annual general meeting, on 12 May. Keynote speaker was evangelist Roger Carswell, whose lively talk stressed that older...

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August 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Legalising cannabis

Proposals by some parliamentarians, including Lord William Hague, to legalise cannabis have been strongly criticised by leading medical professionals. In June, activists were calling for the recreational usage of the class B drug. Although medical cannabis can help some patients, recreational use has been banned in the UK. However, the former foreign secretary claimed Britain should consider introducing a ‘lawful, regulated market in cannabis for recreational use’. Lord Hague’s comments drew sharp criticism from many, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Simon Stevens, chief executive of the National Health Service (NHS). Mr Stevens told a health conference, ‘In countries where marijuana has been decriminalised,...

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August 2018
News > Science

Science – Evolutionary dogma questioned

A scientific report from two internationally renowned geneticists has concluded that 90 per cent of all animal life appeared on earth at the same time. Contrary to the view long-espoused by evolutionists, that animal life evolved slowly over millions of years, the report, from Mark Stoeckle, senior research associate at the Programme for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, and David Thaler, geneticist at the University of Basel, states that animal life appeared between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago. While not advocating intelligent design or creation, the authors, whose findings are published online at the Rockefeller University, said intense research on the mitochondrial genome pointed...

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August 2018
News > Church news

Church – Denominations part company

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) has broken off formal ties with the Church of Scotland (CofS) over the latter’s moves towards same-sex marriage. In its general assembly in Belfast, ministers and elders in the PCI voted 255 to 171 to cut ties. The PCI affirms the authority of Scripture, with its teaching that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman. The divergence marks the end of a centuries-old kinship between the two Presbyterian churches. Writing in the Belfast newsletter, commentator Billy Kennedy said: ‘Presbyterianism was founded in Ulster by 17th century Scots’ army chaplains, and for centuries, worshippers in meeting houses here...

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August 2018
News > Events

Event – Church history in Leicestershire

On Saturday 2 June, Dr Lesley Rowe and Mrs Christine Meller each gave a historical talk at Barton in the Beans Baptist Chapel in Leicestershire. The church history afternoon has been an annual event at Barton in the Beans since 2000, and each year the talks focus on different men and women from church history. As the chapel was an important centre for evangelism in the 18th century, it is an apt location for learning more about church history. Dr Rowe’s informative lecture was about William Bradshaw, a 16th/17th century nonconformist preacher, who wrote and circulated biblical teachings and commentaries. After almost drowning in a...

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Ethics – Sheffield pregnancy advice
August 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Sheffield pregnancy advice

The Sheffield Pregnancy Advice Centre has seen great progress over the past six months, for which we are thankful, but we are being stretched as well. 1 Samuel 7:12 says, ‘Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us”’. This text is a helpful reminder to look back on what the Lord has done. Since November 2017, we have held pro-life information meetings in Sheffield, Kampala in Uganda, Barry in South Wales and Belfast in Northern Ireland, and in July we will have one in Newcastle....

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August 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Rapper’s abortion regret

British rapper, ‘Professor Green’, has spoken out against an abortion that a former girlfriend of his had many years ago. According to an interview with The Sun on Sunday, the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, says he still thinks about the decision with regret. He told The Sun on Sunday: ‘We decided to have an abortion because we didn’t want our child to go through the same stresses we went through growing up. Almost as soon as we’d done it, we realised we regretted it. It stuck with me for a long time afterwards and it still hurts now’. The rapper added:...

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August 2018
News > Society

Charity – Supporting vulnerable families

Volunteers from more than 500 churches across the UK have actively supported vulnerable families through the Christian charity, Safe Families for Children (SFC). The charity opens the door into the community for Christian volunteers by connecting families needing support with those able to give it. In a time where national statistics show volunteering levels have declined by 15 per cent over a decade, the charity has seen increasing numbers of volunteers stepping forward. SFC partners with churches of all denominations and many church leaders see it as a practical way for the church to ‘love their neighbour’, engaging with and supporting vulnerable families in the...

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August 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Liverpool Bible Convention

The annual Liverpool Bible Convention was hosted this year by Bethany Baptist Chapel in Fazakerley, from 8-11 May. It brought together five churches, and other visitors, in the Liverpool area. There were four nights of preaching, as different preachers took what the Lord had laid on their hearts. Each night we heard the Word of God with much profit, though styles and content varied. Mick Lockwood (Haworth) helped warn us of the danger of riches (and most of us in the developed world fall into this category) and necessity of repentance (Mark 10:17-31). Our spiritual eyes were directed by David Campbell (Preston) to gaze at what...

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August 2018
News > Society

UK moves to ban ‘gay conversion’ therapy

In July this year, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the anti-conversion therapy plans, as part of an effort to combat ‘intolerance’ and ‘discrimination’ against the gay community. The £4.5m initiative followed a poll among 108,000 LGBT people, which found 2 per cent of respondents had undergone conversion therapy, while 5 per cent had been offered it. Just days before high-profile resignations from her Cabinet and strong division among her MPs because of her Brexit plans, Mrs May said, ‘No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love’. However, Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said this amounted to a...

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