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June 2020
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Obituary: Rev Dr John F Brencher (1936-2020)

John F Brencher was born in London on 10 April 1936 and died in York on 3 March 2020. Educated at Hornsey College of Art, London Bible College and the universities of Leicester, York and Sheffield, he was converted in 1949 and baptised at Stroud Green Baptist Church, north London. He served in the…

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June 2020
News > Church news

Hope Chapel, Haslemere, reopens for church plant

Hope Chapel in Haslemere was home to a Strict Baptist church in Surrey for 156 years until 2018 when its doors had to close. However, in March this year the empty building was granted a fresh lease of life. The trustees decided to reopen the chapel for use by another fellowship: Grace Church Guildford.…

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June 2020
News > Church news

New ethics tutor for Pastors’ Academy

The Pastors’ Academy in London has appointed its first Tutor in Christian Ethics, Revd Matthew Mason. Dr Garry Williams, director of the Academy, said ‘The frontlines of attrition and conflict for the church are increasingly ethical. They concern what it means for us to flourish as human beings, with the world vaunting the Sovereign…

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June 2020
News > Church news

Manchester church marks 51st anniversary

On 5 January 1969 a group of 15 people made a covenant before God to form Droylsden Independent Church in a former Temperance Movement Hall in Tameside. Now 51 years on, the church celebrated the anniversary of this event. Walter Johnstone (Chorlton Evangelical Church) visited and preached a timely and well-received reminder of the…

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June 2020
News > Church news

Inaugural TBS auxiliary meetings

Across Britain, several inaugural meetings of Trinitarian Bible Society auxiliaries took place in January and February. The first gathering of the South West branch occurred in January at Beacon Park Baptist Church, Plymouth. Over 40 TBS supporters from local churches in Cornwall and Devon attended. As with other inaugural meetings, the TBS’s Joe Sayers…

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June 2020
News > International

France: Evangelical church gets death threats after being unfairly blamed for coronavirus outbreak

The pastor of an evangelical church in France unfairly blamed by the French government for spreading coronavirus across the country has spoken to the BBC. Pastor Samuel Peterschmitt described death threats faced by his congregation and hit back at accusations that the church was responsible for the outbreak in France. He said members of…

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June 2020
News > International

Kenya: Islamic militants order Christians to leave the north

The al-Qaeda-linked group, al-Shabaab, has told local Somalis and Kenyans living in northern Kenya to ‘drive out’ any non-local Christians in the area. In a report from International Christian Concern (ICC) a video clip posted online urged Muslims living in the area to get all the local jobs and for Christians to leave the…

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June 2020
News > International

Germany: Churches reopen but singing hymns is banned

Churches in Germany have been allowed to reopen, but singing has been banned and strict social distancing restrictions must be observed. The German government believes the singing of hymns increases the risk of transmitting the virus. Some epidemiologists have argued that singing is as dangerous as coughing for spreading the virus. Lothar Wieler, the…

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June 2020
News > International

US: Christian charity hospital denounced by LGBT activists

LGBT activists have objected to an emergency field hospital set up in New York’s Central Park because it’s run by an evangelical charity. The facility was put in place to treat Covid-19 patients as the epidemic in New York ravaged the city and the surrounding region. The 68-bed crisis centre is run by Samaritan’s…

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June 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Domestic Abuse Bill could be ‘hijacked’ to push abortion

An MP has spoken out in Parliament fearing that the Domestic Abuse Bill could be ‘hijacked’ to liberalise the law on abortion. Gavin Robinson MP is a barrister and Democratic Unionist Party politician from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Speaking during a debate on the Domestic Abuse Bill he warned that some MPs ‘would seek…

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June 2020
News > Media > Society

Tom Holland hits out at preachers who sound like ‘middle managers’

Mainstream church leaders are fumbling their opportunity to preach to a world tormented by the coronavirus and are instead talking like middle managers, says Tom Holland writing in The Telegraph. He said,  ‘The welfare state can provide care for the sick, but it cannot provide what Christianity, over the course of the past 2,000…

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June 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Ealing prayer ban appealed to Europe

Alina Dulgheriu, the young mother who challenged a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around an abortion facility in the London Borough of Ealing, has announced she will submit her case to the European Court of Human Rights. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom refused permission to appeal in March, leaving the European Court…

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June 2020
News > Society

Under 18s may be safeguarded from ‘irreversible’ transgender treatment

Youngsters aged under 18 could be stopped from having ‘irreversible’ sex-change treatments, the government has signalled. The equalities minister Liz Truss said she wanted to ‘protect’ under 18s with gender dysphoria from making decisions which cannot be reversed. The government is currently reviewing the law on transgenderism, with trans campaigners calling for the rules…

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June 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Crown prosectors remove ‘distressing’ hate-crime guidance after legal action

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has finally pulled its controversial LGBT hate-crime guidance for schools following legal action by a 14-year-old girl. The guidance, which had been published in January this year, warned schools they could be taken to court if they do not allow transgender pupils to use the toilets and changing rooms…

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June 2020
News > Ethics

Adoption agency legal action

A Christian adoption and fostering agency which finds homes for children with complex needs has gone to court because officials have said its Christian ethos is discriminatory. Ofsted — which is responsible for inspecting such agencies — downgraded the Cornerstone agency because it holds to a biblical view of marriage. Supporters of the Cornerstone…

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June 2020
News > Church news

Churches won’t reopen until July at the earliest

Places of worship in England won’t be advised to reopen until 4 July at the earliest, according to the government’s recovery strategy. An official document released by the Cabinet Office says it is the government’s ‘ambition’ to open ‘public places (such as places of worship)’ as part of the third step to recovery. The…

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June 2020
News > Guest Column

More than words: Voice, translation, and teachers

Thirty years ago I submitted my final year undergraduate project: a computer conferencing program for Unix workstations. Unlike the conferencing apps we’re all using today, thanks to Coronavirus, it didn’t include photos, audio, or video — it was simply words typed onto a screen. However, it did have emojis as part of trying to…

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June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral > News > Interviews

Interview with John MacArthur (part two)

This is the second part of a recent interview with John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in California. Each month millions around the world listen to his sermons through radio broadcasts or the Grace to You website. ET: Judgements regarding separation are tricky, for example when you associate or not. How much agreement…

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June 2020
Articles > Historical > News > People

‘What Mincaye and his tribesmen meant for evil, God used for good’ Mincaye Enquedi: 1930–2020

Mincaye Enquedi (90) passed away peacefully at home in the tiny village of Tzapino on 28 April 2020. Very few people will know the name, and fewer still will mourn his passing. While he was largely unknown on earth, he is now, by God’s grace, well known in heaven. Mincaye, meaning wasp, was born…

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