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July 2019
News > Events

Prof. Julian Evans speaks about the role of trees in the Bible

Professor Julian Evans, OBE is a forestry expert. He studied the subject at Bangor University and later became President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He is also an evangelical Christian, lay preacher and author of Day One Publications’ God’s Trees. In April, Julian gave an accompanying talk at Gillingham Baptist Church, Dorset. He…

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July 2019
News > Church news

Exeter church marks three special anniversaries at once

On Saturday 27 April, Exeter Independent Evangelical Church marked a triple anniversary. Twenty years ago, the church was established in the St Thomas area of Exeter. Ten years later, a pastor was called. Five years after that, the church moved to its current premises in the Heavitree region of the city. From as far…

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July 2019
News > Conferences

‘How to be human’: Derby Bible Week

Derby Bible Week continues to grow. Following small beginnings thirty years ago, attendees have grown in number considerably over recent years. In Derby, a group of like-minded evangelical churches organise an annual series of meetings. These take place over four days each April. This year, an average daily gathering of around 400 people met…

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July 2019
News > Conferences

European Missionary Fellowship Spring Conference

It was delightful to welcome almost sixty people to the EMF spring conference, held in early April at Ballymoney Baptist Church, Northern Ireland. The theme for the day was ‘Building for the Future’. Two of our most experienced mission-partners – Dawid Koziol from Zywiec in Poland and Manuel Franco from Almunecar in Spain –…

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July 2019
News > International > Persecution

Global: religious persecution on the rise, reports claim

Global persecution of Christians and people from other minority religions is at its highest level for years, two major reports have found. The 234-page annual report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) cited appalling religious and human rights abuses in countries such as China, Pakistan, North Korea and Burma (Myanmar). It…

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July 2019
News > International

Eritrea: crack down on Christians

Eritrean authorities rounded up more than 140 Christians in raids ahead of its Independence Day, according to Release International. The Christian advocacy organisation claimed fourteen children were among the 141 people who were arrested at a private meeting in the Eritrean capital, Asmara. Release International partners said the streets were filled with police and…

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July 2019
News > International

Kurds: Bible app launched for Christians

OM International has worked with partners to create a simple Kurdish Bible app so that Kurdish people can easily download Scriptures in their own language on to their phones. Sorani Kurdish is the second most widely spoken Kurdish dialect. But for those who live in the Middle East, very few bookshops stock the Kurdish…

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July 2019
News > International

India: need for religious freedom

India’s recent elections, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi return with a bigger majority, have been taken as an opportunity to highlight the plight of Christians in the country. Release International issued a call for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to loosen the tightening nationalist grip on India, which has in recent years…

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July 2019
News > International

Pakistan: Christian couple on death row

The lawyer who supported Asia Bibi has taken up the case of another Pakistani couple who face the death penalty for alleged ‘blasphemy’. A report from international advocacy organisation, Barnabas Fund, said Saif-ul-Mulook (pictured) is to appeal against the conviction in April 2014 of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar. The couple, who have four…

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July 2019
News > Mission

SASRA remembers D-Day scripture readers

D-Day commemorations have also honoured the 10 Army Scripture Readers (ASRs) who were deployed alongside the Allied troops 75 years ago. According to the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA), notes found in the archives revealed the names of the 10 men who joined the 24,000 British, Canadian and American troops landing in…

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July 2019
News > Ethics

Better protection for teachers over same-sex education

Draft guidance that threatened to silence any Christian teachers in independent schools who disagreed with same-sex marriage has been amended. The original wording of the Department for Education’s guidance for independent schools had originally suggested any schools not recognising same-sex unions would be breaking the law. This would have caught up any school run…

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July 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Council taken to court for prayer-exclusion zone

Legal proceedings have been launched in the High Court against Richmond Council, challenging a controversial public space protection order (PSPO) around an abortion clinic. The PSPO makes it a criminal offence to, among other things, pray or have conversations about abortion. The legal challenge has been brought by pro-life campaigner Justyna Pasek. The broadly-worded…

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