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May 2020
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Seamus Milligan (1927–2020)

Seamus Milligan, former director and secretary of the Evangelical Protestant Society, has died aged 93. The EPS paid tribute to him as ‘a lover of the gospel, a lover of souls, and a defender of the faith’. Seamus was raised a Roman Catholic in East Belfast but converted to Protestantism aged 16. He started…

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May 2020
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Northeast Reformed Baptist conference

About thirty people gathered in February for the latest in the series of Northeast Reformed Baptist Studies which took the form of a day conference. Aycliffe Evangelical Church kindly loaned their building and facilities. The church was also generous enough to provide the welcome refreshments between sessions. A small bookstall was also available. Oliver…

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May 2020
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Dr John C. Whitcomb (1924–2020)

Theologian, author, and forefather of the modern creation movement, Dr John C. Whitcomb has died aged 95. Whitcomb co-authored The Genesis Flood in 1961, a landmark defence of flood geology which revived widespread interest and research into creationism. Born in Washington, D.C., Whitcomb studied geology, palaeontology, and ancient history at Princeton University in the…

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May 2020
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Ruth Berry (1909–2019)

The oldest inhabitant of Guernsey and probably the oldest supporter of the Trinitarian Bible Society, was recently called home at the age of 109. Mrs Ruth Symons Berry was involved in TBS’s work for years, annually distributing hundreds of ‘Golden Thoughts’ calendars to many parts of the world as well as responding to letters…

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May 2020
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Norman Wells: Family and education campaigner

Longstanding family campaigner and past contributor to Evangelical Times Norman Wells has died after contracting COVID-19. He is survived by his wife Nicola and their nine children. Norman had been Director of the Family Education Trust since 2004. Before that, he had worked with Civitas: The Institute for the Study of Civil Society. Over…

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May 2020
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Derek Prime (1931–2020)

Derek James Prime, pastor, author, and conference speaker, has died aged 89. Raised in London, Derek was invited to a Bible class at Lansdowne Evangelical Free Church in West Norwood when aged 13. This led to his conversion and baptism. Derek completed national service before pursuing higher education. He gained an MA in History…

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May 2020
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John J. Murray (1934–2020)

Last month, our esteemed friend and brother, Revd John J. Murray, passed away aged 85. He had been in weak health in recent years, and sadly contracted the coronavirus. John J (as he was known) was born near Dornoch in the Highlands. His family were crofters and lived in a humble home without electricity…

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May 2020
News > International > Uncategorised

Sri Lanka: PM hints at anti-conversion bill

Religious and human rights campaigners have warned against draconian measures being considered by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. According to reports, he has hinted of his preparedness to introduce an anti-conversion bill to appease traditional Buddhist voters. He said the new law would be necessary to ‘save the country’ from falling…

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May 2020
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New Zealand: Radical law allows abortion up to birth

Unborn babies in New Zealand may be killed for any reason up to birth, after the country passed a new liberal law. Abortions will be allowed to take place after 20 weeks if two health professionals think it is appropriate considering the mother’s ‘overall well-being’. Before the law was changed, abortion was only permitted…

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May 2020
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US: Americans told to read their Bibles

A businessman hijacked one of President Trump’s press briefings to call Americans to read their Bibles. During Donald Trump’s White House coronavirus briefing, the president called his business friends to talk about what their companies are doing to halt the spread of Covid-19. With the world’s press watching the briefings, Mike Lindell, the chief…

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May 2020
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Myanmar: People killed and dozens injured as Christian village is attacked

A total of 21 villagers were killed and about two dozen injured when military jets opened fire on four majority Christian villages in Chin State, Myanmar (Burma) in March. According to eyewitness accounts reported by Barnabas Fund, 12 people were killed in the first attack on two villages in Paletwa Township by Myanmar Army…

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May 2020
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Sweden: Pro-life midwives denied court hearing

The European Court of Human Rights has refused to hear the case of two midwives who were denied employment in Sweden because they refused to perform abortions. The two midwives, Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, were told their application was ‘inadmissible’. Their lawyers have called the decision a ‘dangerous departure from protecting fundamental freedom’.…

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May 2020
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China: churches continue to suffer under harsh government crackdown

Churches in China are continuing to suffer as the state-sanctioned action against Christianity has ploughed ahead. In an effort to make Christianity conform to Chinese communism, and not like ‘Western’ Christianity, the government has been putting increasing pressure on churches in the mainland. According to reports from advocacy group Release International and China Aid,…

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May 2020
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Transgender law change put on hold in Scotland

Covid-19 emergency planning and the subsequent lockdown saw the Scottish government stop work on plans to make changing legal sex much easier. The Scottish government has proposed making sweeping changes to allow anyone to change legal sex by self-declaration within just six months, remove the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and…

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May 2020
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Public ignored as extreme abortion laws are forced on Northern Ireland

Politicians in Northern Ireland (NI) have accused Westminster of ‘riding roughshod’ over the will of the Province, following the imposition of highly permissive abortion laws. The new abortion regime came into force in March, despite massive resistance from the public and campaign groups and no mandate from the Northern Ireland Assembly. The changes to…

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May 2020
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Hotel shuts down ‘marriage matters’ event, church minister to take action

The Christian Institute has put its legal support behind a church minister punished by a Belfast hotel for his biblical beliefs about marriage. In October 2019, Revd Harry Coulter was forced to stop an event in support of traditional marriage at the Balmoral Hotel in Belfast. The ‘Marriage Matters’ event, which was addressing the…

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May 2020
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Royal College of Physicians does not support a law change on euthanasia

Campaigners have welcomed a statement from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) which confirmed it does not support changing the law to allow assisted dying. In March 2019, the RCP adopted a position of ‘neutrality’ on the issue of whether UK law should change to allow assisted dying. This came after a survey of…

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May 2020
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Outrage as DIY home abortions are allowed during coronavirus outbreak

A policy to allow home abortions during the coronavirus outbreak has been slammed by pro-life groups, with the decision now set to face a judicial review. The policy came about after series of u-turns by the Conservative government. As the country went into lockdown due to Covid-19, women and girls wanting to terminate an…

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May 2020
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Council drops sex education lessons fearing legal challenge

Warwickshire County Council has ditched a highly inappropriate scheme of sex education lessons after lawyers warned of legal action. The lessons were aimed at young children in primary school. They encouraged masturbation and included ‘gratuitously graphic’ sexual images but there was no reference to marriage. Lawyers acting for The Christian Institute notified the council…

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May 2020
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Evangelical doctor part of team that treated PM

An evangelical believer who is a senior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital was part of the medical team that treated Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was in intensive care with Covid-19. Soon after the Prime Minister was admitted to the intensive care unit at the hospital – which is just over the river…

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