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May 2018
News > Events

Event – Science and faith

Glasgow played host to a large crowd on Friday 9 March, as people gathered to hear a talk by John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University. The internationally renowned speaker took as his subject the interface between science, philosophy and religion, in a lecture called Are God and faith anti-science and anti-reason? This topic hit a nerve, as the joint event between Glasgow University Christian Union and mission organisation Echoes International saw all 500 tickets go within a week, with a large waiting list of more people keen to come along. A full house at the Tron Church, Kelvingrove, near Glasgow University, heard John...

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May 2018
News > Society

Society – British values

Government plans to create ‘integrated communities’ could end up marginalising Christian schools, according to reports. Building on the Casey Review in 2016, the 80-page Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, published in March, aims to promote British values and improve community integration rather than segregation. While the Green Paper rejects a proposal to regulate sharia courts — a move praised by Barnabas Fund, as to have regulated such courts would have been to legitimise sharia law in the UK — Barnabas Fund also slammed proposals to regulate out-of-school educational settings, a proposal that has now been shelved by the government. In the foreword to the Green...

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May 2018
News > Society

Society – EA conference on legal matters

Over 300 church and charity leaders packed into St Mary’s Church London, on 20 February 2018, for a day conference entitled ‘Above and Beyond’. This gave specialist advice and updates on governance, legal matters and charity regulations, and was organised by the Evangelical Alliance. Shirin Aguiar reports on key points made during the day. In her keynote speech Fiona Bruce MP pointed to the one parliamentarian in history more respected than any other: William Wilberforce. She said, ‘Only ever a backbencher, never a minister, but over a period of decades two centuries ago, he led the fight against the slave trade. He was crystal clear...

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May 2018
News > International

International – Presbyterian Church in Canada

In another bizarre event marking the global invasion of immorality into Western churches, the Presbyterian Church leadership of Canada (PCC) has written a ‘letter of repentance to the LGBTQI community’, confessing various ‘sins’, such as how the church has fostered a ‘homophobic environment’. This news follows the establishment of the Rainbow Communion, a commission set up last year by the PCC to research how the church needs to react and repent for the way it has treated the LGBTQI community. The letter has further polarised those within the Presbyterian Church, in a country that was one of the first to legalise same-sex marriage. In a...

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May 2018
News > Media

Media – Millennials tune into Premier

Millennials and young people who no longer attend church regularly are tuning into Christian radio programmes more frequently than ever, according to research. The survey, carried out by ComRes among UK adults on behalf of Premier, found those aged between 18 and 35 make up the largest proportion of those tuning into its radio station. Despite remaining the hardest-to-reach group for the Church of England, according to recent reports the so-called millennial generation now makes up 52 per cent of people regularly listening to Premier Christian Radio, Premier Gospel and Premier Praise. Premier Christian Radio presenter Justin Brierley said that, while the UK’s increasingly secular...

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May 2018
News > Mission

Mission – EMF closes School of Biblical Studies

European Mission Fellowship (EMF) has announced the closure of its European School of Biblical Studies. After this year’s course finishes, the school will discontinue, following the EMF trustees’ decision. According to a statement, EMF together with London Seminary will launch a Northern Seminary in West Yorkshire, with a new foundation course commencing in September 2019, for which London Seminary will take responsibility. EMF principal Jörg Müller said: ‘With thankfulness, we acknowledge the School’s long and blessed history (55 years) in Watford and Welwyn in equipping Christian leaders for the Great European Commission and transitioning some students into EMF. Heike and I would greatly value your...

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May 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Dungannon bookshop

The Burning Bush Christian bookshop in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, has celebrated its 30th year of ministry among the community. In a newsletter, owners since 1991 Billy and Ruth Neill give thanks to God for his provision in keeping the shop open and flourishing, despite several dramatic incidents. They recall: ‘These included a runaway car ending up in the window — nobody was injured; a wall from a derelict shop falling down and the [book]shop remained unscathed; and a building fire in the street which was full of smoke, but our shop had no smell of smoke in it. ‘We faced many challenges and still do,...

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May 2018
News > Church news

Church – New era for Partick

Partick Free Church (Continuing) has entered a new and exciting phase with the acquisition of a permanent place of worship. In June 2016, Partick United Free Church (UFC) entered into a rental agreement with Partick FC(C) to share the Partick UFC building, but by the end of November 2016 Partick UFC voted to close, due to declining attendances. The UFC congregation handed over their assets to the UFC trustees, who offered the buildings for sale to Partick FC(C). The result was that the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has now purchased the building. Rev. Andrew Allan, minister of Partick, commented: ‘It is remarkable the way things have worked out and progressed. When we...

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