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All news in April 2019

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April 2019
News > International

Letter from America: The life and faith of President George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker (H.W.) Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away in his Houston home on November 30, aged 94. During his presidency, Bush Sr. led the United States to prosperity after the fall of the Soviet Union but had been involved in diplomacy and politics long before that. At his…

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April 2019
News > Education > Society

Compulsory relationship lessons for all schools

Schools with pupils of all ages must provide compulsory ‘relationships’ lessons from September 2020, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced. In the past many schools have been allowed to decide for themselves, in consultation with parents, whether to cover the subject. But now all schools, including private schools, will be forced to deliver…

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April 2019
News > Society

Navratilova criticises transgender athletes, then apologises

Former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has said it is ‘insane and cheating’ to allow transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments. The tennis star, who is also a gay rights campaigner, said ‘You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards.’ Writing in…

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April 2019
News > International

India: More Christians targeted for their faith

Targeted violence and hate crimes against the Christian community in India continued unabated in 2018, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). The Religious Liberty Commission of the EFI has recorded 325 incidents where Christians have been targeted using violence, intimidation or harassment. According to a report published by the group, ‘More than…

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April 2019
News > International

UN: Eighty per cent of people live in a ‘religiously restricted atmosphere’

Most of the world’s population do not enjoy religious freedom even though most people are religious, the US religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback told the UN. Brownback was addressing the UN for the first time since becoming ambassador, speaking at a panel discussion on global religious freedom strategies. He said, ‘Eighty per cent of…

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April 2019
News > International

Cuba: Evangelicals campaign against redefining marriage

Evangelicals and others have campaigned against plans to redefine marriage in Cuba’s proposed new constitution. The draft wording defined marriage as ‘between two people’ rather than between a man and woman — opening the way for gay marriage. But last October, the Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal churches organised a petition against the draft constitution.…

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April 2019
News > International

Canada: court overrules father and allows child, 14, to change gender

The Supreme Court of British Columbia, in Canada, has allowed a 14-year-old girl to be injected with hormones to change her gender — against her father’s wishes. And the court has ruled, if the father does not refer to his daughter’s new chosen male name or her preferred pronouns, it ‘shall be considered to…

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April 2019
News > Church news

CofE Sunday Services no longer compulsory

Weekly Sunday services will no longer be compulsory for Anglican churches after a vote by the Church of England’s ruling body. The General Synod voted to end the law – dating back to 1603 – which required priests to hold a Sunday service in every church they looked after. The change was proposed by…

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April 2019
News > Education > Society

Birmingham primary school stops LGBT lessons after parents protest

A primary school in Birmingham that promoted LGBT issues to pupils as young as four has stopped after hundreds of children were withdrawn by parents in protest. The Guardian reports that about 600 mostly Muslim children, aged between four and 11, were withdrawn from the school for the day. The school would not confirm…

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April 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Police standards body investigating arrest of London street preacher

The police Professional Standards Unit is investigating the arrest of a street preacher in London. A disturbing video has been posted online showing officers arresting Oluwole Ilesanmi on Saturday 23 February outside Southgate tube station. The preacher was arrested for ‘breaching the peace’ after a member of the public complained that he was ‘Islamaphobic’.…

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April 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Doctors challenge euthanasia poll

A group of four doctors has filed a legal challenge against the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in relation to a recent poll on euthanasia. The group say that the poll is being conducted in a misleading way and is aiming to force the Royal College to abandon its longstanding opposition to euthanasia. The…

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April 2019
News > Education > Society

‘Trust Parents’ rally outside Parliament

A group of over 100 people rallied outside Parliament calling on the government to ‘trust parents’ and ‘let parents choose’ when it comes to sex education. The protest was organised by Christian Concern. The group’s CEO Andrea Williams said it showed that ‘we care deeply for our children’. She also said that parents should…

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April 2019
News > Education

Ofsted told to keep out of ‘identity politics’

Ofsted should focus on the quality of education and not ‘identity politics’, says The Christian Institute. The group called for the government inspectorate to ditch its obsession with forcing primary school children to learn about same-sex relationships. It comes in the wake of remarks made to the BBC by the head of Ofsted, Amanda…

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April 2019
News > Society

Britain’s first ‘transgender hate crime’ trial collapses

Britain’s first transgender hate crime trial has been halted after one day, as the judge says ‘there is no case and never was a case’. Miranda Yardley, 51, was accused of harassing transgender activist Helen Islan on social media. But District Judge John Woollard dismissed the case after a one-day hearing, saying there was…

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April 2019
News > Society

Police Scotland: ‘Smacking ban will be costly’

Police Scotland has warned members of the Scottish Parliament that a smacking ban could result in increased costs to the force as officers spend more time investigating allegations against parents. The force has also raised concerns that the ban, proposed by Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, with Scottish government backing, could interfere with…

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April 2019
News > Conferences

Wessex Conference 2019

Nearly 150 people were present at Spring Road Church, Southampton on 16 February for the Wessex Conference. Pastor Mark Stocker chaired the conference, opening with some reflections on Psalm 117 concerning God’s faithfulness to his promises and how his greater purposes cannot be thwarted by earthly powers. He also welcomed guest preacher, Pastor Chris…

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April 2019
News > Church news

Philip Mallon ordained in Westhoughton

On 19 January, a packed congregation gathered to witness the ordination service of Rev. Philip Mallon. He was also installed to the office of Associate Pastor at Westhoughton Evangelical Church, southwest of Bolton. The church there has a long history, stretching all the way back to 1889. Rev. Mallon trained at London Reformed Baptist…

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April 2019
News > Church news

Reformation Bible Conference 2019

The annual Reformation Bible Conference occurred on 4 and 5 of January at the historic Hill Top Chapel, home of Sheffield Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The speakers were Rev. Richard Phillips, Rev. Andy Young and Rev. Kevin Bidwell. Topics covered included the importance of creeds and confessions, the sovereignty of God, Christ in the book…

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April 2019
News > Church news > Induction

Magherafelt Reformed Baptist Church induction

Magherafelt is a small town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is largely made up of Roman Catholics but has a significant Protestant community. Some 22 years ago, a Reformed Baptist Church was formed in the town. They now have an attractive building and a committed membership, eager to serve the Lord in their…

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April 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Dr Keith Small (1959-2018)

Dr Keith Small was one of the foremost Quar’an scholars of our time. His work on early manuscripts provoked new questions among secular and Islamic scholars alike. While at Dallas Theological Seminary, Keith read of Henry Martyn, and resolved to give his life to work among Muslims. He married Celeste Gardner in 1985, equally…

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