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March 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Christian teacher branded ‘radicalisation threat’

Bristol Employment Tribunal has heard the case of Christian teacher Bristol Employment Tribunal has heard the case of Christian teacher Svetlana Powell, who was dismissed from the T2 Apprenticeship Academy after she answered questions from students. Mrs Powell, who has taught for 17 years, was branded a ‘radicalisation threat’ and dismissed in July 2016, after a student asked for Mrs Powell’s personal view on homosexuality. Two days later, the government-funded Academy’s HR Officer, Stacy Preston, told Mrs Powell that she was fired for ‘gross misconduct’ with immediate effect. The full details reveal that the student who asked the question professes to be a Christian and...

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March 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Ofsted calls out Christian Institute

Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools, Amanda Spielman, has berated traditional branches of the church and the Christian Institute, intimating these were ‘extremists’ who ‘pervert’ education. As reported in The Times, Ms Spielman gave a speech to Anglican school leaders, in which she said, ‘Rather than adopting a passive liberalism that says “Anything goes”, for fear of causing offence, school leaders should be promoting a muscular liberalism’. By this, she meant the most conservative voices in a particular faith should not be assumed to ‘speak for everyone’. Ms Spielman commented: ‘Imagine if people thought the Christian Institute was the sole voice of Anglicanism’. Responding to her...

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March 2018
News > International

International – Singaporean seminary

The new semester at Singapore’s Emmanuel Reformed Bible College (ERBC) started on 5 January, with approximately 50 pastors, lay leaders, students and church members from Life Bible-Presbyterian Church who attended. In a newsletter, dean of students Jack Sin commented: ‘We thank God for six new full-time students who joined the college, and many part time students — about 80, so far. One of the full-time students is from Singapore; the others are men from Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, India and South Korea. Mr Sin asked for prayer for these men as they begin their theological training, and for the five second-year students, from Vietnam, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. He...

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March 2018
News > International

International – Former gymnast’s testimony

Rachael Denhollander, former gymnast and committed Christian, delivered a strong and clear testimony of God’s saving power while appearing in court. Ms Denhollander, who had been sexually abused by disgraced team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser, was given 40 minutes to address the court and Nasser during his sentencing. Instead of using the time to berate her abuser, she preached a clear message of sin, the need to repent, and God’s wonderful grace. The full transcript is available on news channel CNN (turned at 25 minutes), when Ms Denhollander refers to Nasser’s earlier courtroom appearances, in which he brought his Bible and spoke about prayer....

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March 2018
News > International

International: Yemen – Children at risk

Thousands of Yemeni children have been killed or injured in the conflict with Saudi Arabia, children’s agency UNICEF has warned. According to aid organisations, war-torn, wracked by famine and disease, Yemen is enduring what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. In a recent UNICEF report, it said a further 400,000 children are severely malnourished and fighting for their lives. Three million children have been born into the war and are ‘scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, undernutrition and a lack of access to basic services’. All in all, more than 11 million children, that is ‘nearly every child in Yemen’,...

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March 2018
News > International

International: Afghanistan – Taliban kill 40 in Kabul

More than 100 people have been killed and 150 wounded in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul in January. As reported in the London Evening Standard, the attacker is said to have used an ambulance to get through a security point, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. The man then detonated explosives at a second check point, according to Afghanistan’s interior ministry. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near a former government building. Witnesses said that the area, near the offices...

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March 2018
News > International

International: Syria – Syrian perception

An independent delegation of politicians and religious leaders has visited conflict-ridden Syria to hear the views of local Syrian leaders. Last year, the delegation, which included Baroness Cox, Lord Hylton and Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, listened to what Syrians were thinking about their current conflict situation and what is needed to resolve it. Many at home and abroad are concerned that ‘moderate’ opposition fighters in Syria supported by Britain are, in fact, dominated by foreign Islamist militants, while sanctions from the West are strangling the country, especially with a lack of medical supplies. Jihadist groups have terrorised local Christians, defaced icons and statues...

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February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Evangelist Dick Saunders 1930-2018

Dick Saunders, international ‘crusade’ and radio evangelist, Bible teacher and pastor, died 19 January, 2018 aged 87. Richard (‘Dick’) Stephen Saunders was born in Hailsham, East Sussex, on 16 July, 1930, the son of a Strict Baptist lay-pastor, Alfred Saunders. He grew up surrounded by the prayers and Godly example of his parents, and trusted Christ as his own Saviour at the age of 18. Soon after his conversion he married Betty (née Thomas). After the bitter disappointment of the loss of their second child, Dick made a fresh surrender of his life to Christ. Later they joined an Open Brethren Gospel Hall in Hailsham,...

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February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Rev. Dr Eifion Evans (1931-2017)

Born in Cross Hands, Eifion trained as a pharmacist before entering theological training for the Presbyterian Church ministry. He ministered in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Belfast and Abergavenny before returning to pharmacy in West Wales while continuing his preaching ministry and the encouraging of smaller fellowships. Like many Christians, I first met Eifion Evans through his books. When he is come, on the 1859 revival in Wales was the first book I read as a new Christian. It had a lasting impact on me. Eifion’s gift of writing church history with clarity, warmth and challenge was a rare one and his books leave a helpful legacy for...

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February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Rev. J. Glyn Owen (1919-2017)

Rev. Glyn Owen was my minister during the formative years of my life. He and his wife Prudence were also very supportive of my dad and me when my mum died of cancer. Arguably, the first Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) English youth camp was started when Mr Owen sent a group of us young people to the Welsh camp at Glynllifon in 1957, and special English meetings were arranged. Glyn was born in Woodstock, Pembrokeshire. After leaving school, he became a local newspaper reporter and was converted when his Christian editor sent him to report on an evangelistic mission. He trained for the Welsh...

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February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Bobi Jones (1929-2017)

Scripture records the Lord Jesus as saying: ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’ (Matthew 11:25). Bobi Jones, no doubt, was the exception to the rule, as he was a man of exceptional intellect and creative ability, but he was also a beloved child of God. Robert Maynard Jones was born on 20 May 1929 to English-speaking parents in Cardiff and learned to speak Welsh as a teenager at Cathays High School. He went on to gain a first-class honours degree in Welsh at what is...

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February 2018
News > Induction

Induction – New pastor for Jubilee

On Sunday 15 October 2017, the induction took place of Joe Bannister to the pastorate at Jubilee Baptist Church, Occold, in Suffolk. More than 200 people gathered in Occold village hall, where space was at a premium and some had no choice but to stand. It was a gorgeously warm autumnal day, so the patio doors could be opened, allowing worshippers outside the building to feel included as well. The service was chaired by David Steere, who has been a great help as moderator to first Grove Evangelical Church and then Jubilee Baptist Church (JBC) in the village over many years. David also conducted the...

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