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August 2019
News > Society

Scottish government delays transgender laws

The Scottish government is unlikely to implement controversial reforms to gender recognition laws before 2021, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that several SNP figures are worried that changing the law to make it much easier for people to legally change sex will prove unpopular with the public. The Scottish government is…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Newcastle Cathedral challenged over ‘queering the church’ event

The Christian Institute has taken Newcastle Cathedral to task over a weekend-long LGBT festival that included a panel discussion on ‘Queering the Church’. The event, which coincided with the city’s pro-LGBT march as part of July’s Pride Month, the cathedral hosted four panellists, including a Church of England curate who identifies as ‘non-binary genderqueer…

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August 2019
News > Church news

Jonathan Fletcher banned from preaching over abuse allegations

Jonathan Fletcher, a leading evangelical figure within the Church of England, was banned from preaching following allegations of abuse, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The 76-year-old was stripped of his Church powers by the Bishop of Southwark in 2017 following complaints made to the church – Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon – where he used to…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Croydon primary school reported to local authority for excluding children who objected to LGBT lessons

Two primary school children in Croydon have been excluded by their headteacher for objecting to LGBT lessons. The incident occurred in the same school where, last year, children as young as four were forced to take part in a playground ‘gay pride parade’. This latest incident at Heavers Farmer Primary School, Croydon, South London…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Judges refuse to allow doctors to force an abortion on mentally ill woman

A pregnant woman with a mental age of between 6 and 9 years old has been allowed to keep her baby after the Court of Appeal overturned a Court of Protection decision to abort the child. The unnamed woman’s Catholic mother brought the legal challenge against doctors who attempted to force the termination in…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Grace Baptist church in South East hosts LGBT play

A Grace Baptist church in the south east of England has allowed a LGBT play to be staged in its building and has promoted the play through social media. The church is a member of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East, and the matter is being addressed within the association. The play…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty

Free speech victory for Christian social worker student

A Christian has won his appeal at court, after he was thrown off his university course for posting on Facebook that homosexuality is a sin. Felix Ngole, aged 39, was removed from a postgraduate social work course at the University of Sheffield in 2016 after posting the online comment. Judges overturned a previous court…

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Kingdom-building in Byker for 40 years… and more!

A church situated opposite the infamous ‘Byker Wall’ in east Newcastle Upon Tyne celebrated its 40thanniversary in mid-May – but its Gospel witness dates as far back as the 1920s. Welbeck Road Evangelical Church is based on the border of Walker and Byker, which featured in 90s children’s TV programme “Byker Grove”. The church…

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July 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019)

Born in Chicago, Warren was the youngest of four. In 1945, aged fifteen, Warren was converted after hearing Billy Graham preach at a Youth for Christ rally. He then aspired to honour Christ by preaching the gospel, teaching God’s Word and building up the church. While studying at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduating in…

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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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