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January 2021
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Walk for Zambia

Last September 42 people turned up for a sponsored walk around Bewl Water, a reservoir southwest of Tunbridge Wells. The event was organised by Proclamation Zambia, a ministry training and equipping church leaders through Kitwe Bible College in Zambia. Both before and during the walk, measures were carefully taken to be ‘covid-secure’, such as…

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January 2021
News > Obituaries

David Winch (1934–2020)

‘Show me, Lord, the purpose for which I was born, that I may try to achieve it in the strength that you supply and for your glory!’ These words, written in David’s characteristic hand under the Greek of the text he was expounding, appear in the introductory pages of his commentary on John. He…

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January 2021
News > Conferences

Newcastle conference on evangelism

It was a crisis that prompted Westminster Presbyterian Seminary, Newcastle, to host a conference on evangelism this October. Conference speaker Andy Young summed up that crisis: ‘Europe is the only continent in the world where the church is receding.’ With mortality standing at 100%, the challenge remains for Christians to help others spiritually prepare…

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January 2021
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Rob Childs ordained at Droylsden Independent Church, Manchester

Revd Rob Childs was ordained and inducted to the pastorate of Droylsden Independent Church, Manchester, in October. Droylsden’s former pastor, Revd Ian Densham, led the ordination. Revd Dr Thomas Brand (Director of the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches) and Revd Jackie Brown (People’s Hall Evangelical Church, Bridgnorth) also officiated. Ian addressed Rob with seven…

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January 2021
News > Church news

Revd Thomas Buchanan ordained in Sutherland

In September Revd Thomas Buchanan was ordained by the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) and inducted to the pastoral charge of the Brora congregation near Golspie in the far North East of Scotland. The event was conducted at Tarbat FCS(C) in Portmahomack. Attendance in person was limited to 50, but many more connected to…

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January 2021
News > Church news

Lockdown handover at West Street Evangelical Church

Covid-19 prevented a personal handover at West Street Evangelical Church in 2020, but the harvest thanksgiving service was a perfect opportunity to thank God for his provision of a new pastor. Nigel Croxford and his wife Margaret have retired from the pastorship of West Street after more than eight years serving the Carshalton-based congregation.…

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January 2021
News > Conferences

Trinitarian Bible Society holds annual meeting

In September the Trinitarian Bible Society held its 189th AGM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a small number were present at the head office in South London. Others joined online, and the Society was greatly encouraged by the large number who viewed the meeting, including those across the world normally unable to travel to…

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January 2021
News > Church news

Associate pastor for Welcome Hall Evangelical Church

In September around 60 socially-distanced people gathered at Welcome Hall Evangelical Church (WHEC) in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, for the induction of Gordon Robbins as Associate Pastor. Pastor Jeremy Brooks led the service, which was also broadcast online. He preached from Mark 10, emphasising how ministry is all about Christ rather than us. Gordon is married…

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January 2021
News > International

Canada: Euthanasia for woman who couldn’t face Christmas lockdown

An elderly Canadian woman was euthanised to avoid a second Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas period, according to news reports. Canadian TV station CTV reported that 90-year old Nancy Russell, who was neither chronically ill nor dying, was allowed to die by elective lethal injection to avoid going through another lockdown. While she was…

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January 2021
News > International

North Korea: More people are seeing Bibles despite increased persecution

More people in North Korea are seeing Bibles even though persecution has worsened in the country, according to a new report. The findings are published in the ‘White Paper on Religious Freedom in North Korea’ written by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights. Twenty years ago, only 16 North Korean defectors claimed…

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January 2021
News > International

US: Supreme Court blocks limits on worshipers in New York State

The US Supreme Court has ruled against the imposition of ‘severe restrictions’ on public worship in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo wanted to limit the number of worshippers to as few as ten people in the worst affected regions of the State. But in a 5-4 majority verdict, the court…

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January 2021
News > International

Global: Christians are being targeted ‘in plain sight’

Christian organisations galvanised believers across the UK and elsewhere to pray for persecuted believers around the world. In November last year, the Evangelical Alliance, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors and Release International mobilised people for the 24th International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), as reports of rising persecution showed Christians were…

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January 2021
News > Society

Police attend London church service held during second Covid lockdown

Police officers attended a Sunday service held at the Angel Church in Islington during the second national lockdown in November. Several police vehicles arrived at the church premises on Chadwell Street in Angel, Islington. The previous Thursday, Premier Christian News had reported that Pastor Regan King had ‘decided to disregard’ lockdown rules and hold…

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January 2021
News > Society

Two religious discrimination cases launched against Scotland’s largest grant-making trust

The former Chief Executive of Scotland’s largest independent grant-making trust is suing for unfair dismissal and religious discrimination. Stirling Free Church is also taking legal action against The Robertson Trust in a separate but related case. The Robertson Trust awards more than £20 million in grants each year. Former CEO, Kenneth Ferguson, claims he…

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January 2021
News > Ethics > Religious liberty > Society

Victory for student midwife banned over pro-life views

A midwifery student who was banned from her hospital placement over her pro-life views has won an apology and settlement from her university. Julia Rynkiewicz was suspended from her placement after a lecturer at the University of Nottingham reported her involvement with the university’s Students for Life society. She was subject to a four-month…

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January 2021
News > Ethics

Consultation on allowing DIY abortions in England

The government has launched a public consultation on whether to allow women and girls in England to take abortion pills at home. A medical abortion requires two pills to be taken. Until recently, the first pill for a medical abortion had to be taken in a hospital or clinic, and only the second pill…

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January 2021
News > Society

Landmark court ruling protects children from dangerous transgender treatments

A landmark ruling in the High Court means children who are confused about their gender are less likely to be harmed by ‘puberty blocker’ drugs. Judges said it was ‘highly unlikely’ children aged 13 and under could ever genuinely consent to hormone blockers, and ‘very doubtful’ 14 and 15-year-olds could do so. The case…

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January 2021
News > Religious liberty > Society

Scottish hate crime bill is amended but still ‘dangerously flawed’

Scotland’s much-criticised hate crimes bill – which could have made parts of the Bible illegal – has been amended, but serious concerns remain. Christian and secular groups alike all feared the bill would attack free speech. Concessions have been made by the Scottish government, but free speech campaigners still want more to be done.…

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January 2021
News > Society

Video defending biblical sexual ethics reported to the police as ‘hate crime’

A Christian who produced a video defending the Bible’s teaching about sexual ethics has been reported to the police for committing a ‘hate crime’. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Ben John of Christian Concern. In it, he questions the Church of England’s controversial set of resources, Living in Love and Faith. But…

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January 2021
News > Society

Titanic letter by Baptist minister sells at auction

A letter written by a ‘hero’ Baptist minister who died in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic has been auctioned off for £42,000. Revd John Harper penned the two-page note while travelling on the ship, just four days before it struck an iceberg and sank. Harper was later revealed to have acted heroically in…

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January 2021
News > Society

Police apology for raiding a church during broadcast

Police have apologised to a church pastor after bursting in on his service broadcast and incorrectly telling him that he was breaking coronavirus regulations. On 20 November, two officers interrupted Revd Daniel Mateola’s service in Milton Keynes, claiming there were too many people supporting the broadcast and that they must leave. Guidelines during the…

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January 2021
News > Society

EA report shows church experience during pandemic

A survey conducted by the Evangelical Alliance shows nearly nine in ten church leaders say they have reached new people while holding online services. But the results of the poll also showed that 40 percent of churches were still not meeting together as a church in person every week for primary services. Nearly half…

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January 2021
News > Religious liberty

UK restrictions on worship among the strictest in Europe

Worshippers in the UK have experienced some of the most severe restrictions on public worship anywhere in Europe, according to a report. The European Centre for Law and Justice looked at worship restrictions across Europe. The UK – together with Ireland, France, and Belgium – had the most severe rules. The Centre reported, ‘It…

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January 2021
News > Religious liberty

MP is ‘appalled’ by how easily we gave up freedoms

Conservative MP Desmond Swayne says he is ‘appalled’ at the ease with which people have allowed their religious freedoms to be ‘dispensed with’ during the Covid-19 lockdown. In a speech in parliament, Swayne said that government-imposed restrictions continue to impede a number of individual freedoms. He expressed horror at the lack of meaningful protest…

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