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November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Open Doors persecution survival training

With violent persecution occurring almost daily in India and numerous churches vandalised, attacked or burnt, Open Doors is providing Persecution Survival Training to victims. The training, run by its partners, helps Christians work through questions and equip them to face the persecution that may come in the future. The group says it is a…

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November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Chinese police steal from church

More than 1,000 government agents, including police, forced their way into an unofficial church in Henan province on 14 September and removed items from the building. Church members had locked the church doors, but the officials broke into the church building, ignoring requests from church leaders to show identification. They then took away items…

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November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – US pastor Andrew Brunson released in Turkey

Andrew Brunson, the American evangelical pastor imprisoned for two years in Turkey and most recently held under house arrest, has been released and allowed to return to the US. He was accused of terrorist related offences, but he has always denied the allegations, and his supporters have said the evidence against him was spurious…

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November 2018
News > International

International – Tearfund and partners aid Indonesia

On Friday 28 September 2018, a powerful earthquake struck Indonesia, leading to a six-metre-high tsunami hitting the city of Palu. More than 1,400 people are confirmed dead but rescuers fear this number will rise significantly, says Tearfund. Many buildings have been badly damaged or destroyed. Thousands of homes have collapsed along with hospitals, hotels…

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November 2018
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA: A joyful church union

In recent days, the providence of God has brought about an extraordinary union between two churches in Columbia, South Carolina. The rate of church decline in the United States is staggering. Over the course of the coming year nearly 10,000 churches will close their doors. However, in spite of this, two declining congregations, both…

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November 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Dr John R. de Witt (1935-2018)

John de Witt passed into glory on Sunday 30 September 2018. The funeral service was at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, with Dr Derek W. H. Thomas and Rev. David H. Lauten officiating. I met Dick in September 1961, when he took part in the opening exercises in Philadelphia of Westminster Theological Seminary’s academic year.…

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November 2018
News > International

International – Pro-life doctor wins case in Norwegian Supreme Court

A pro-life doctor, who was dismissed from her job because she refused to implant a contraceptive device which may cause an abortion, has won her case at the Norwegian Supreme Court. The Court found that Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz acted within her rights when refusing to follow through with a medical procedure to which she…

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November 2018
News > Mission

We will remember them 100 years on

Evangelical churches across the country will be marking 100 years since the end of the First World War this month. SASRA, the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association, has been organising 100 days of prayer leading up to Remembrance Day. According to the SASRA website the organisation is ‘hoping that about 600 will participate…

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November 2018
News > Persecution

Christian bakers win ‘gay cake’ free speech case

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland did not break discrimination laws when it refused to bake a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage. The result is a major boost for freedom of speech. However, it does not overturn previous cases against Christian hotel owners or marriage…

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October 2018
News > Religious liberty

Bible ban nurse cleared to return to work

A nurse dismissed for giving a Bible to a patient has been allowed to return to work, although the two-year ordeal has left her stressed and ‘humiliated’. In a video interview, Sarah Kuteh said she was ‘deeply shocked, very hurt and humiliated’ by the 2016 decision by the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford to…

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October 2018
News > Society

Government plans for ‘no-fault’ divorce

Marriages will be broken up more quickly and easily if government plans get the go-ahead following an announcement to consult on new proposals in England and Wales. Critics say the move would further ‘trivialise marriage’, but the government says it would make splits less acrimonious. The consultation will, among other things, consider the introduction…

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October 2018
News > Society

Reaction to the ‘Boris burka row’

In August, Boris Johnson wrote an article in the Daily Telegraph saying the ‘burka is oppressive and ridiculous, but that’s still no reason to ban it’. In his article he described those who display only their eyes as ‘looking like letterboxes’. The commentariat exploded into a frenzy of outrage. Here is a selection of…

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