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January 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Named Persons threat

The Scottish Government is going to redraft its Named Person proposals to get them through the legislature. In 2016, the UK Supreme Court ruled in a case, in which CARE was a co-petitioner, that the information-sharing sections of the Named Person legislation were unlawful. The Scottish Government responded by introducing a new bill to the Scottish Parliament addressing the concerns of the court: The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill. John Swinney MSP, deputy first minister and cabinet secretary for education, has announced that the Scottish government is reconvening a group of experts to redraft the controversial code of practice. Dr Gordon Macdonald,...

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January 2018
News > International

International – Egypt atrocity

Officers of the UK all-party parliamentary group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (IFRB) have slammed the terrorist attacks on a mosque in Egypt. Late in November 2017, it was announced that more than 300 people have died, with many wounded, following the attack on the mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province. According to local police, men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers attending Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque. They then detonated several explosive devices. This attack is a gross violation of the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief, which is enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of...

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January 2018
News > International

International – American football coach in prayer ban

American football coach John Small has been banned from praying with his team, following complaints from atheists. According to a report from the Christian Institute, Mr Small had been praying with players at East Coweta High School, Georgia. However, he was forced to stop after atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter of complaint to the school. Christopher Line, of FFRF, claimed that Mr Small should not be an ‘advocate for students to lead team prayer’, because of his position within the school. After receiving the letter, the school decided to issue formal guidance on the matter. In a statement, East Coweta...

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January 2018
News > International

International – Cameroon deports Nigerian Christians

Cameroon has deported more than 100,000 Nigerian refugees, most of whom identify as Christian. ​According to a report from Barnabas Fund, citing Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports: since 2015 Cameroon has forcefully deported over 100,000 Nigerian refugees who had escaped into Cameroon fleeing Boko Haram Islamist violence. One of the deportees said of the Cameroonian soldiers, ‘They humiliated us like animals and beat us like we were slaves. HRW also reported how the Cameroonian army often accuses the refugees of being Boko Haram militants in disguise, and the women of being ‘Boko Haram wives’. According to the UN High Commission on Refugees, Cameroon’s actions violate...

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January 2018
News > International

International – Filipino Christians forced to make bombs

Hostages in the Philippines who have escaped the clutches of jihadists in Marawi have described being made to build bombs for militants. More than 200 hostages, many of whom are Christians, have been held by militants and forced to construct improvised explosive devices, as well as scavenge for food and weapons. According to reports from Reuters, some have even been press-ganged into fighting for Islamist rebels. During the fight between government forces and jihadists over Marawi, one escaped hostage recalled how the jihadists, excited by their ‘success’ in Marawi, openly discussed other possible targets, including the Philippines’ capital, Manila. Although the Philippines have a Christian...

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January 2018
News > International

International – Burundi malaria epidemic

More than six million new cases of malaria were recorded in Burundi in 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found. The country, which has a population of just 11.5 million, is entering its third month of seasonal rain. According to WHO, more than 6.4 million cases of malaria were recorded between January and October 2017. More than 2,800 people have died as a result of the epidemic. Dr Hatsindimana Jean, senior technical manager at World Vision Burundi, commented: ‘Traditionally, malaria cases spike in December and January. Children are the most vulnerable to the disease, as they don’t have strong immune systems to fight off...

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January 2018
News > Persecution

Remember the persecuted church

Christian organisations joined forces, as 2017 closed, to encourage UK churches to pray for fellow-believers who suffer because of their faith. Around the world, many Christians risk harassment, discrimination, imprisonment or even the risk of death, simply for trying to live out their faith or worship together. The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) of the Evangelical Alliance, together with Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors UK and Release International, formed the ‘One Month, One Church, One Prayer’ initiative, to encourage Christians to pray individually, and in their church services to remember persecuted believers. Sobering picture According to the RLC, the global picture is sobering. In Iran, believers...

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January 2018
News > People

House of Windsor gets the Markle sparkle

Church leaders have welcomed the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement and urged prayer for the young couple. Dr Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said: ‘I have met Prince Harry on a number of occasions and have always been struck by his commitment and passion for his charities, and his immense love for his family. ‘Marriage is a special and joyous commitment, one Jesus celebrated together with friends at the wedding in Cana. I am so happy Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to make their vows before God’. Both Ms Markle and Prince Harry have suffered emotional upheaval in their lives; the American...

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January 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Reformation in Rhondda

During October 2017, we were increasingly aware of the darkness and superstition pervading our land. While the state church has been apologising for ‘perpetuating division’, Rhondda Evangelical Church, in Wales, has unashamedly celebrated the 500th anniversary of the commencement of the Protestant Reformation. Greatest legacy This Reformation promoted the English church’s greatest legacy — the Word of God in our own language. In the greatest spiritual movement since the apostolic age, centuries of misguided theological obfuscation were challenged by the Word of God itself and liberated from the obscurities of Latin. As part of our commemorations, headteachers of local primary, secondary and bilingual schools were...

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December 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – UK Creation Mega Conference 2017

Half-term week (26-28 October) saw 1,600 people from 16 nations, including 500 under-18-year olds, attending the UK Creation Mega Conference at West Bromwich, sponsored by Answers in Genesis. The programme, entitled ‘Inspiring a Genesis Reformation’, echoed the Reformation of 500 years ago, with its emphasis on the authority of Scripture — in this case, with relation to the early chapters of Genesis. Each generation, Ken Ham reminded us, needs to measure itself against the standard of Scripture that the Reformers set before the church in the sixteenth century. The widening chasm between secular and biblical worldviews reflects the ancient challenge, ‘Has God said?’, which is...

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December 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Gateshead Reformation conference

St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead, was the location for a conference from 12-14 October, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The conference proper was opened by Rev. Dr William Schweitzer, the minister of Gateshead Presbyterian Church, the hosting church. Dr Schweitzer gave a helpful address on the necessity of the Reformation, reminding us that the same issues from 500 years ago remain present today. This was a central conference theme. There were several types of addresses given: biographical sketches; practical lessons from the lives and ministries of the Reformers; and explanations concerning the doctrines of the Reformation. Throughout, one was reminded that the Reformation...

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December 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference

In the beautiful, autumnal setting of Pitlochry, nearly 40 members of churches across Scotland met for a second Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference. Due to the blessing and encouragement of the previous, introductory conference last year, there was a clear desire to meet again; and so, from 9-11 October, we met together at the Atholl Centre. Saved to serve This year’s theme was ‘Saved to serve’. Jack Seaton spoke at the opening session, on Christian service, considering the words of Paul to Jesus in his Damascus road conversion experience, ‘What will you have me to do?’ We were reminded that to know Christ is to serve...

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