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June 2021
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Ban on ‘conversion therapy’ confirmed in Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech – which sets out the government’s agenda for the coming parliamentary session – has confirmed there will be a consultation to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’. LGBT campaigners want to completely outlaw any attempt to stop people expressing their sexual orientation or transgender identity. They want certain religious practices to be banned,…

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June 2021
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School reports chaplain to anti-terrorism unit for sermon telling children they can disagree with the LGBT agenda

A school chaplain was reported to the government’s anti-terrorism unit because he delivered a sermon telling children they were allowed to disagree with the LGBT agenda. Revd Dr Bernard Randall, 48, was also sacked from his job and reported to the local authority as a potential danger to children. He is taking Nottinghamshire’s Trent…

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June 2021
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Street preacher, 71, arrested by police under public order laws

The arrest of a 71-year-old street preacher in May has been met with widespread criticism for the way in which the police handled the situation and went beyond their statutory powers. According to reports, Pastor John Sherwood was standing on stepladders preaching in the open air when he was pulled away by police officers,…

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June 2021
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CI says it will mount legal challenge over ban on ‘wrong kind of prayer’

The Christian Institute has told the government it will take legal action if the proposed conversion therapy ban outlaws the ‘wrong kind of prayer’. As outlined in the front-page story of this issue, the Queen’s Speech confirmed that Boris Johnson’s government will bring forward measures to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’. But in a legal…

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June 2021
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Down’s syndrome case to hit High Court

High-profile disability campaigner Heidi Crowter is set to go to court to challenge the law on abortion as it relates to Down’s syndrome. A hearing is due to begin on 6 July examining the law which allows abortion up to birth for babies with Down’s and other disabilities. Crowter, aged 25, and her fellow…

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June 2021
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Affinity conference looks at ‘aspects of eschatology’

Affinity – a network of conservative evangelical churches – held its biannual conference in March on the theme ‘The Undiscovered Country – aspects of biblical eschatology’. Paper 1 was by Rupert Bentley-Taylor, who surveyed New Testament teaching on our ‘hope’. His talk was a warm-hearted appeal and rooted in biblical exposition. He stressed that…

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June 2021
News > Church news

Christian Worship Birmingham Conference 2021 held online

The Birmingham Conference, organised by The Christian Worship Publishing Trust, took place online in March. Pastor Ibrahim Ag Mohammed (Metropolitan Tabernacle) ably opened up the Epistle to the Hebrews, giving us a soul-refreshing picture of Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency. Written at the time of Roman Emperor Nero (when some believers were losing heart), Hebrews…

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June 2021
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Romanian Ministries takes on the work of Support for Romania

This year sees Support for Romania pass its ministry to another charity after thirty years of front-line Christian service. Founder Alan Penrose first crossed the Romanian border at the wheel of an aid lorry three weeks after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Widespread support for a flourishing ministry followed. Photos of Support for Romania aid…

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June 2021
News > Church news

Outdoor baptisms in County Dublin bring joy during a time of pandemic

‘They that gladly received his word were baptised’ (Acts 2:41). In the providence of God, 4 April was a beautiful day in south County Dublin. Seven miles to the south of Dublin city centre is Dún Laoghaire, a small coastal town. Just after the Sunday morning service at Arann Reformed Baptist Church (we have…

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June 2021
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Obituary: Peter Parkinson (1945-2021)

On Saturday, 10 April, after a long battle with ill health, Revd Peter Parkinson went to be with his Lord and Saviour. Peter was brought up in a loving Christian home, and from an early age came to see what sacrificial Christian living looked like through his parents. Peter felt called to ministry at…

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June 2021
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We’ve been weaponised, says Fletcher victim group

Seven people who say they were abused by Jonathan Fletcher have claimed they ‘are being weaponised for somebody else’s agenda’. A recent report detailed some of the abuse committed by Jonathan Fletcher while he was leader of Emmanuel Church Wimbledon. But a separate statement issued by an Independent Advisory Group (IAG) launched a broader…

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June 2021
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Finland: MP faces jail over Bible verses tweet

A Finnish politician is facing two years of jail time for so-called ‘hate speech’, after the prosecutor general brought three criminal charges against her. As reported in previous editions of ET, former minister of the interior Päivi Räsänen has been under investigation ever since 2019 when she objected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s decision…

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June 2021
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India: Call to pray over Covid crisis

Christian charities and organisations have called for prayer and much-needed supplies to help relieve millions of people suffering as a result of Covid-19’s rampage in India. According to the Disasters Emergency Committee, there were more than 2.7 million new cases in just one week in May, with more than a quarter of a million…

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June 2021
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China: Christians could face ‘re-education’ camps

Christians in China may find persecution stepping up a pace, with reports warning that they could find themselves in ‘re-education camps’. Press reports have cited ‘ever-growing evidence of the deteriorating treatment of religious groups in China’, highlighting the treatment of the Uyghur Muslims, who have been taken to camps in Xinjiang, as an example…

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June 2021
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Germany: Town bans street prayer outside abortion clinic

A pro-life group in Germany has been banned from gathering to pray, even in silence, near the centre of town where an abortion clinic stands. The ‘40 Days for Life’ group were banned from standing to pray or protest in Pforzheim in 2019, and have taken their case to the courts, stating they have…

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June 2021
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Ireland: Church lockdown ends, but politician calls for ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Churches in the Republic of Ireland have been allowed to restart in-person worship services. Church services were permitted to resume on 10 May after a blanket ban lasting almost a year. While church worship was banned, commercial public venues such as dry cleaners and off-licenses were allowed to open with safety measures in place.…

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June 2021
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Iran: Four Christian converts arrested by intelligence services

Four Christians in Iran who converted from Islam have been arrested by the Iranian intelligence services, according to reports. One of the men was beaten, and others were physically assaulted while in a detention facility. The four men – Esmaeil Narimanpour, Mohammad Ali Torabi, Alireza Varak-Shah and Hojat Lotfi-Khalaf – were later released. Following…

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June 2021
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Westminster MPs give new abortion powers to Secretary of State

MPs in Westminster have given the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland sweeping new powers to expand abortion provision across the province. The move has been sharply criticised as a ‘destructive’ and ‘serious’ blow to the devolved government at Stormont. A legal challenge against the decision has been launched, with Northern Ireland’s former Attorney…

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