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July 2018
News > International

International: Eritrea – Crime against humanity

Jack Phillips, an American Christian baker who politely declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, has won his case at the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling the judges decided Phillips had faced ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ for his religious beliefs from the state of Colorado. However, the court stopped short of making its ruling more widely applicable. Religious liberty organisation Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been supporting Phillips, welcomed the decision, saying the court had protected his ‘ability to live and work consistent with his beliefs’. Rulings in other similar cases involving a photographer and a florist must await...

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July 2018
News > International

International: USA – Victory for US baker

Jack Phillips, an American Christian baker who politely declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, has won his case at the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling the judges decided Phillips had faced ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ for his religious beliefs from the state of Colorado. However, the court stopped short of making its ruling more widely applicable. Religious liberty organisation Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been supporting Phillips, welcomed the decision, saying the court had protected his ‘ability to live and work consistent with his beliefs’. Rulings in other similar cases involving a photographer and a florist must await...

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July 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Obituary: Dr Theodore C. Danson

Dr Theodore C. Danson Smith of Edinburgh went to be with Christ on May 8th 2018, having been in hospital for some months. Theodore trusted the Saviour at five years of age, and went on to have a lifetime of Christian service until his health declined. He was manager of B. McCall Barbour Christian Books, Edinburgh for the whole of his working life. This took him to all four corners of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland for colporteurage. During his yearly travels, he also preached in local churches. Theo — as he was known — authored five Christian books, all of which were widely...

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July 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Local perspective on Guernsey’s rejection of assisted dying

One church pastor on the channel island of Guernsey tells us about the recent decision to reject proposals to introduce assisted dying. If the proposals had gone ahead, pressure for similar measures in the UK would have seriously increased. For twelve weeks during February to May this year, the usually quiet, safe island of Guernsey felt like it was on the edge of a precipice. Legislators were bidding to make Guernsey the first place in the British Isles to introduce assisted dying (or more aptly, assisted suicide). Thankfully, with all the credit going to God, the decisive vote was eventually defeated by a sizeable majority....

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Trinitarian Bible Society – Bibles needed and provided
July 2018
News > Church news

Trinitarian Bible Society – Bibles needed and provided

Dr David Allen of the Trinitarian Bible Society visited the Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees on Tuesday 22 May. Folk attended from six local churches including the host church. Dr Allen preached from Romans 1:16-17 where Paul affirms that he is ‘not ashamed’ of the gospel of Christ. We were reminded that Peter was three times ashamed to confess Christ and that we need to be on our guard. The text provides six reasons for not being ashamed. They are as follows: (i) the gospel is ‘the gospel of Christ’, God’s only begotten Son; (ii) the gospel as the power of God is ‘dynamic’ according to...

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July 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Grace Baptist Assembly 2018

There are plenty of practical steps that pastors and churches can take to help people suffering mental health issues, Professor Alan Thomas told the Grace Baptist Assembly. Meeting at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, the Assembly heard Professor Thomas deliver two outstanding sessions. The first session, entitled ‘Mad, Bad or Sad?’, took a general look at mental health issues and the ways pastors and churches can help sufferers. The second session looked more specifically at the issue of depression, and again made helpful suggestions about pastoral support for those experiencing this painful illness. There was also a question session, which was extremely helpful. All...

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July 2018
News > Education

Education – Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide Library

Tucked away at one end of the Westminster College in Cambridge sits a small but fabulous library collection in the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. This library is open to the public and well worth a visit. Although aimed at providing print and archive materials for research scholars and students at Cambridge University and the Cambridge Theological Federation, the collection can be browsed by visitors for free. Alternatively, for £12 a term or £36 a year, anyone may register with the library and borrow its books. What stands out about this collection is its focus on Christianity and the church in the non-western world. Whilst...

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July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Tebbit shuns canon

Former Conservative party chairman Norman Tebbit came under fire in May after saying he would not be attending services in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, conducted by the newly-appointed Rev. Canon Joe Hawes, who is gay. Canon Hawes, 52, who will be installed in post as the new dean at the Suffolk town’s cathedral this month, is in a civil partnership with Rev. Chris Eyden, vicar of All Saints in Putney. Lord Tebbit, 87, who, with his wife Margaret, has attended the cathedral for nine years, told the Ipswich Star that he disapproved of the decision taken by the cathedral but would not...

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July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Christians donate time

The value of the time given by the UK Church to the community each year is worth more than £3 billion, according to the Cinnamon Network, which researched the impact of churches on the health and well-being of communities. ‘The church’s impact on health and care’ findings, released in May 2018, reveal that faith organisations and the church have a lot to offer to fill the ever-increasing NHS gaps in health and social care. The findings also discuss how key community projects provided by church groups provide a lot of value-for-money in sectors that would otherwise cost state agencies a lot of money. Cinnamon Network...

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July 2018
News > Conferences

Sunday School – National Day and Parade

On 12 May, Beeches Road Baptist Chapel in Blackheath, hosted Crown Christian Heritage Trust’s fifth National Sunday School Day and Parade. This year’s was the largest yet with over 20 Sunday schools represented. Hundreds of children and workers gathered from across England for this day to celebrate the work of the Sunday school. Many Black Country Sunday schools were present along with churches from London, Birmingham, Oxford, Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester, Cheltenham, Peterborough, Nuneaton and more. Two of the children’s works that joined the parade were started since last year’s Sunday School Day — a reminder that ‘God’s work is always advancing.’ Forecasts for the day...

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July 2018
News > Mission

SASRA – 100 days of prayer

Members of the general public are not permitted ‘behind the wire’ at military establishments, but the uniformed members of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) have formal access to the men and women of the British Army and the Royal Air Force on their bases. SASRA’s mission is now in its 180th year. Its 16 full and part-time Scripture Readers face a joint Army and RAF strength of 110,000 personnel.  SASRA urgently needs more Scripture Readers and the prayers of God’s people. Between 8 August and 11 November SASRA is running a prayer event called 100 days. SASRA will equip a church meeting...

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July 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Scottish Reformed Conference 2018

Saturday 12 May marked the 29th Anniversary of the Scottish Reformed Conference held in Hamilton.  This year the keynote speakers were Dr Steven Lawson and Rev. Kenneth Stewart.  Around 400 people of all ages gathered to sit under the ministry of God’s Word and were greatly encouraged and blessed by thoughtful worship and uplifting preaching. Dr Lawson is president and founder of One Passion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church, and hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. He is also a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries.  Dr. Lawson served...

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