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April 2007
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Catholicism in the UK is growing

Immigration is swelling attendance at Britain's Catholic churches to such an extent that Roman Catholicism seems likely to become the dominant religion in Britain for the first time since the Reformation. A new report by the Von Hugel Institute at Cambridge says the influx of migrants could be the Catholic community's 'greatest threat' or…

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April 2007
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Bible sixth in nation’s favourite books

A survey to mark the tenth anniversary of World Book Day asked readers to nominate books they cannot live without. Pride and Prejudice beat Tolkien's fantasy trilogy, Lord of the Rings, into second place. Two of the Brontë sisters appear alongside Charles Dickens and George Orwell, showing that the nation's readers still treasure their…

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April 2007
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Affinity declares on SORs

Affinity, previously the British Evangelical Council, has issued a declaration opposing the Government's proposed sexual orientation regulations (SORs). The declaration states:…For the first time in many generations, it will become unlawful for Christians to conduct their lives in a manner which is consistent with a biblical principle.Christian organisations which provide services on behalf of…

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April 2007
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Grace Baptist salary survey

The Grace Baptist Trust Corporation has released a new survey of Pastors' 2005 salaries. Coming five years after a previous survey, the exercise relates only to Grace Baptist Ministers but will be of interest to many other churches.Replies were received from some 45% of those canvassed (93 out of 205). Of full time pastors,…

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Affinity study conference

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April 2007
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Affinity study conference

Eighty of us met from 30 January to 1 February at High Leigh conference centre, to study six papers on 'The forgotten Christ'. This theme reflected neglected truths concerning the person and work of our Lord.The papers had been sent out for study in advance of the conference. Each was introduced by its author;…

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April 2007
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Child depression warning

ChildLine, the telephone support network for children who need help, has warned the Government that more needs to be done to diagnose and assist children suffering from depression. The charity claims that last year one in six calls relating to mental heath, to a 24-hour helpline, came from girls contemplating suicide. Some rang ChildLine…

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Workers for the harvest field

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April 2007
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Workers for the harvest field

A common lament that echoes through the empty corridors of many churches is, 'Where are all the young men for the ministry?' It is a complex question. Undoubtedly many factors have contributed to the current situation, but one of them may simply be that we haven't talked about it enough. The profile of full-time…

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April 2007
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Grace Baptist salary survey

The Grace Baptist Trust Corporation has released a new survey of Pastors' 2005 salaries. Coming five years after a previous survey, the exercise relates only to Grace Baptist Ministers but will be of interest to many other churches.Replies were received from some 45% of those canvassed (93 out of 205). Of full time pastors,…

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Carlisle Council apologises

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April 2007
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Carlisle Council apologises

Carlisle Council has been forced to apologise for getting the law wrong after it tried to stop a street evangelist handing out gospel tracts. An official from Carlisle Council told Keith Bullock, an evangelist with the Open-Air Mission (OAM), that he could not hand out Christian literature in the city centre without their permission.…

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Of one blood

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March 2007
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Of one blood

Anglican Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith has written a new hymn for The John Newton Project to mark the bicentenary in 2007 of legislation by Parliament and Congress to abolish British and American participation in the slave trade.  Our God and Father, whose eternal mindbreathed life into our dust and gave us birth,and of one blood…

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March 2007
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Dawkins vs. McGrath

Is Oxford professor and atheist Richard Dawkins (author of The God delusion) being economical with the truth concerning his recent Channel 4 TV documentary 'Root of all evil'? We reproduce here two interesting extracts from on-line newspapers that certainly give that impression.Dawkins on McGrath and othersThe first extract appeared in The Independent (on-line) on…

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Pilgrim Homes opens Royd Court

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March 2007
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Pilgrim Homes opens Royd Court

Although William Wilberforce is celebrated this bicentenary year for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, what is not well known is the way his compassion and zeal extended to needy, elderly Christians. For several years, until his death in 1833, he was vice-president of The Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society (now Pilgrim Homes) and…

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