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February 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Dr Phillip E. Johnson (1940-2019)

Author, law professor and ‘Father of the Intelligent Design movement’, Dr Phillip E. Johnson has died aged 79. Following a nominally Christian upbringing in Illinois, Johnson studied English Literature at Harvard and Law at the University of Chicago. He taught criminal law at the University of California, Berkeley, for over thirty years, also serving…

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February 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Rev. John M. Davies (1938-2019)

Rev. John M. Davies died last November following a 5-year illness. His last days were characterised by grace and blessing; his faith remained strong and he clearly felt the presence of the Lord. He often said, ‘The Lord is real. This is reality: knowing the Lord Jesus Christ’. John maintained a blog during his…

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February 2020
News > Induction

Induction of Rev. Graeme Craig in Ayr

The 18-month pastoral vacancy at Ayr Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) was filled last November as Rev. Graeme Craig was inducted. Held at New Prestwick Baptist Church, the occasion began with public worship conducted by Rev. David S. Fraser, Moderator of the Southern Presbytery of the FCS(C). Mr Fraser preached from 2 Kings 2:14,…

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February 2020
News > Church news

Gaulby Fellowship disbands after nine years

With much sadness, members of Gaulby Reformed Evangelical Anglican Fellowship jointly decided to discontinue the church last October. Based seven miles east of Leicester, the Fellowship came into being following the untimely death of the Rector of St Peter’s, Rev. Ashley Cheesman, in October 2010. Since that time, the Fellowship sought to maintain faithful…

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February 2020
News > International

China: church responds to pastor’s jail term

China’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) has responded to the nine-year sentence handed down in December to its senior pastor, Wang Yi, who had been imprisoned on charges of ‘trying to subvert state power’. He was also charged with ‘illegally operating a business’. The pastor was put on trial at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s…

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February 2020
News > International

Netherlands: society ‘rotting’ from the core through drugs

The Netherlands has the ‘characteristics of a narco-state’ and its society is rotting from the core, experts have claimed. In a lengthy report for the BBC in December last year, reporter Anna Holligan cited evidence and testimony from experts which revealed criminal activity has penetrated deeply into Dutch society as a result of The…

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February 2020
News > International

India: Christian family escapes mob

Christian villagers rushed to the aid of a pastor and his family who were surrounded by a violent mob in north-east India. According to reports from Release International, pastor Palathingal Johnson, his wife and four children were at home when the mob of approximately ten to fifteen armed Hindu extremists smashed their way into…

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February 2020
News > International > Persecution

Nigeria: persecution continues into 2020

Nigeria has been named as a key Christian persecution hotspot in 2020, with organisations such as Amnesty International, Barnabas Fund and Release International expressing grave concern over the escalating violence. The Global Terrorism Index (GTI), a report published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, cited Nigeria as being the third worst country…

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February 2020
News > Conferences

‘By the Bible alone!’: the Essex Puritan Conference

The third Essex Puritan Conference was held at Stranger’s Rest Evangelical Church, London, in late October. Around forty delegates came from far afield, including South Korea and Singapore.The theme was ‘By the Bible alone!’, emphasising the Reformed doctrine of sola scriptura. Over three days, lectures were given by Dr Robert Oliver (‘The Geneva Bible’),…

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February 2020
News > Church news

Bangor Evangelical Church celebrates 50th anniversary

In 1971, the front-page headline of an edition of Evangelical Times read ‘Revival Church Reborn’. Two years before, a bilingual church had formed in Bangor, North Wales, when various small groups of believers came together for worship and prayer, initially meeting in various homes. After adopting a doctrinal basis grounded in the Westminster Confession…

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February 2020
News > Conferences

Christian perspectives on mental health at education conference

In recent years mental health has become a high-profile issue, especially among young people. Thanks to the pervasive presence of social media, the youth of today are under unrelenting pressure to conform and to be ‘liked’. Additionally, the absence of moral absolutes and the prominence of the LGBT+ agenda have compounded confusion in the…

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February 2020
News > Media > Uncategorised

Netflix under pressure

Thousands of Christians in the UK joined forces with fellow believers around the world to cancel their Netflix subscriptions over a blasphemous Brazilian film which was streamed on the site over Christmas. Called ‘The First Temptation of Christ’, the so-called ‘comedy’ film insinuated Jesus had homosexual relations. More than 2.5 million people signed a…

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February 2020
News > Society

Scottish councillors oppose smacking ban

Scottish councillors have expressed significant concerns over the country’s incoming smacking ban, claiming it would be difficult to police effectively. A poll carried out among nearly one in five of all councillors across Scotland found the vast majority did not believe it should be a criminal offence to smack a child. The poll, organised…

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February 2020
News > Society

Controversial archbishop appointed to York

Evangelicals have expressed concern over the appointment of the current Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, as the next Archbishop of York. According to reports in Pink News and church newspapers, Bishop Stephen has previously told faithful clergy in his diocese that they ‘could leave’ if they did not agree with his approach on human…

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February 2020
News > Society

Northern Ireland consultation on helping problem gamblers

A consultation has been launched in Northern Ireland on new proposals which may help problem gamblers. The consultation was launched by the Department of Communities (DoC) and will remain open until 21 February. It covers a wide array of issues, such as tighter regulation around casinos and online gambling, as well as better research,…

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February 2020
News > Society

Trans woman hounded by transgender activists

A transsexual, pro-trans rights activist faces being booted from an LGBT committee over repeated assertions that biological sex is fixed and cannot be changed. Dr Debbie Hayton, who was born male but transitioned to female as an adult and now lives as a woman, has been targeted on social media and by colleagues on…

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February 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Down’s syndrome test has led to sharp drop in birth rates

The number of Down’s syndrome babies carried to term has dropped by nearly one-third in the space of just four years, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. Campaigners from the Don’t Screen Us Out group issued a series of FOI requests, which showed that the number of babies born with Down’s syndrome…

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February 2020
News > Politics

No-fault divorce back on the agenda

Marriage is once again under threat after plans for a no-fault divorce was put back on the agenda by the new Government. Following December’s General Election, the Queen’s Speech was presented to Parliament and, within the programme, 29 bills were mentioned, one of which was the proposed Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. Under this…

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February 2020
News > Society

NI gains marriage protections

Free speech and religious liberty protections will be put in place alongside the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the Government has promised. With the first same-sex marriages expected to take place in February the Northern Ireland Office had been warned that it faced possible legal action if protections were not in place.…

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February 2020
News > Religious liberty

Doctor’s victory in prayer case

A Christian doctor who faced censure for offering to pray with a patient has had the case against him dismissed by the General Medical Council. Dr Richard Scott from Margate in Kent faced complaints from the National Secular Society following comments he made to the BBC. However, the GMC has ruled that there is…

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February 2020
News > International

‘I won’t be reading ET again’, says President Trump in Twitter error

US President Donald Trump mistakenly tweeted about ET in response to a different evangelical publication welcoming his impeachment. Christianity Today (CT) had published an opinion piece by editor-in-chief Mark Galli calling for President Trump to be removed from office. Trump responded by sending out a tweet saying, ‘No President has done more for the…

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February 2020
News > International

Evangelicals protest against President Trump’s plans to deport young immigrants

On 12 November 2019 the Supreme Court of the United States began hearings on details pertaining to the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Originally put into law by former President Barack Obama in 2012, current President Donald Trump has furiously sought to eradicate the program as well as many…

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