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April 2013
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Nigeria

  Seven foreign hostages kidnapped last month by a Nigerian Islamist group from a construction firm’s compound have been killed, the Italian and Greek Foreign Ministries said on Sunday.      A news report from MSNBC reported that Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansaru claimed responsibility for killing the hostages, seized on 7 February in the northern…

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Leigh Park, Havant

When Glen Galbraith contacted Bethel Evangelical Free Church (EFC) early in 2012, members of Bethel EFC could hardly believe what they were being offered.    For about 15 years the church had been seeking a pastor, but had virtually given up because it was obvious the small congregation could not raise the funds to support…

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‘Irrelevant’ Bible

The majority of people hold the Bible in some respect, but think it has no importance to 21st century Christian life, a survey has found.      The recent 9aday campaign — initiated by the Langham Partnership and All Souls, Langham Place — conducted a survey among nearly 2000 UK adults.      Although Christians believe…

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North of England

The first weekend in March saw 130 people attend the North of England Conference in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.    This was for local church pastors, elders, deacons, evangelists and men and women with significant roles, from those evangelical churches that assent to Affinity’s doctrinal basis.    There were five seminars from which to choose and one…

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Eritrea

  At least 50 Christians have been arrested over the past 30 days in the Eritrean capital Asmara, Release International has claimed. Reports from the advocacy group’s partners claim that 30 arrests were made on January 20, at a worship meeting of the Philadelphia church, in a private home in the district of Mai…

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Comfort in troubled times

The Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees, held a special meeting at the Bible Centre, Frederick Street, on 12 February.      There were both regular and new visitors. The minister, Pastor Roy Mohon, led the service and the speaker was Dr David Allen of the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS).      Dr Allen gave an address on…

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April 2013
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‘Extraordinary fruit’

Pod Bhogal, Head of Communications at UCCF, brings news of much interest in the gospel from the 90 university CU mission weeks held during 2012/13.   Christian unions (CUs) are seeing extraordinary fruit as a result of their Spring mission weeks in 2013. Nearly 100 UCCF CUs have held an events week, in which…

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Pakistan

Hundreds of Christians have been left homeless in Pakistan after a mob of nearly 3000 Muslims, in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, torched their houses and shops and a church.      According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the riots broke out over a false blasphemy accusation against a Christian man.      It is…

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April 2013
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Harry Cherry (1917-2013)

  William Henry Cherry, known to many as ‘Harry’, was pastor of Halland Chapel from 1971-1989, and was known and loved widely for a dedicated Christian life that spanned 80 of his 95 years.      He was born in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, in 1917, educated in the village school, and matriculated in 1933 from…

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Sex education

  Lobby group the Campaign to Protect Children (C2PC) has been invited to meet with the Bishop of Oxford on 29 April to discuss the way that sexual education is being taught in schools.      The campaign group, which was launched in November 2012, has stated its aim as being ‘to make today’s disastrous…

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Speaking out for the deaf

  Vulnerable and deprived children in an isolated area of Ogongo, Kenya, cannot easily speak out because they are deaf and come from a background of extreme poverty.      However, dedicated people in Kenya and Britain are helping to turn their plight around for a more hopeful future, at Lambwe Christian School for the…

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Garment of praise

Release Women held two conferences during the first quarter of 2013, calling on women in the UK and Northern Ireland to learn and pray more for their sisters in the persecuted church.      In London, the Release Women heart2heart conference, held at St Barnabas Church, Woodside Park, was called ‘A garment of praise’. It…

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Francis of Across the Sea

The Vatican has elected its 265th pope - and the first one to come from the emerging market nations of Latin America.

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Israel

  Christian Palestinians risk being caught up in the ongoing war of attrition between Israeli forces and Muslim Palestinians, human rights organisation B’Tselem has warned.      The largely Christian community of Beit Jala, on the West Bank, is concerned that it will never see a harvest of the olives it has planted, as the…

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Bible series

  A five-part American docudrama called The Bible garnered 13.1 million viewers on cable, according to producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.      According to a report in Today, The Bible smote the competition — including the networks — and became cable’s most-watched programme this year.      Mr Burnett said, ‘Today, more people are…

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Gay marriage

On Sunday 24 March, French campaign group ‘La Manif pour Tous’ held a demonstration in Trafalgar Square in London against same-sex marriage.      The UK-based French marriage supporters have been garnering support on both sides of the Channel to combat laws that seek to redefine marriage. The French government, just like the British government,…

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Hard lessons from history

It is 80 years since Dachau, the first concentration camp, was set up by the Nazis. But, as that particular horror fades from the living memory of those who survived and those who liberated, there is evidence of a gradual, chilling resurgence of Nazi-type ideology in Europe. March this year marked two occasions: the…

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Sudan

A systematic campaign of persecution has been escalating against Christians across Northern Sudan, Barnabas Fund has warned, especially since the mainly Christian South voted to secede from Sudan in January 2011. Barnabas Fund reminded prayer partners that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir had always made it clear that the North would become 100 per cent…

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April 2013
Obituaries

Canon Keith Weston (1926-2013)

Keith Weston, rector of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, from 1964-1985, has been called one of the foremost Bible expositors of his generation. While an Anglican by conviction, he ministered widely, not least through the Keswick Convention and UCCF.      His expository preaching was full of substance, while always remaining accessible and pastorally applied.     …

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Slavery

  Modern-day slavery is alive and kicking — and rife in Britain, a report from the Centre for Social Justice has claimed.                 The 220-page report, called It happens here, was launched in March by the slavery working group, to highlight the unreported crisis of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK.     …

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Letter to Archbishop Welby

  Outspoken bishop and Christian campaigner Michael Nazir-Ali has written to Archbishop Justin Welby to encourage him to put the message of Jesus Christ first.      In his open letter to the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali said, ‘It is an immense privilege to write to you about the future of our…

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Widow’s mite

An 85-year-old woman who grew up with no water, gas or electricity at her home in Wales has been helping raise funds for children who have very little.      According to a statement from development charity Rope, Elsie Davies, 87, was reminded of her humble beginnings after her church said it was hoping to…

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Gay rights

The Queen’s speech on the revised Commonwealth Charter is not a sign that Her Majesty is fighting for gay rights, despite what the Mail on Sunday (MoS) declared on its front page in March.      According to an article in the New Statesman, the Queen neither wrote the speech on the Commonwealth Charter nor…

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April 2013
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Dr Ralph P. Martin (1926-2013)

Ralph Martin, renowned biblical scholar, passed away earlier this year, through lymphoma, at the age of 87.      A statement from Fuller Theological Seminary, where Dr Martin had been professor of New Testament and director of the graduate studies programme, paid tribute to his work for the kingdom of Christ.      It said, ‘Dr…

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Domestic violence

  Faith groups must lead the way in educating men and boys so that violence towards women is ended, Mandy Marshall has claimed.      The co-director of Christian campaign group Restored made the comment as she represented the Church of England at the UN Commission on the Status of Women last month.      In…

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April 2013
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‘Extraordinary fruit’ (example)

Pod Bhogal, Head of Communications at UCCF, brings news of much interest in the gospel from the 90 university CU mission weeks held during 2012/13.   Christian unions (CUs) are seeing extraordinary fruit as a result of their Spring mission weeks in 2013. Nearly 100 UCCF CUs have held an events week, in which…

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Catholicism in crisis

  The Catholic Church is still investigating Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against him by priests.      Outgoing pope, Benedict XVI, formally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, earlier this year and is conducting an investigation into the…

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Scottish salt

Scottish salt   In February, South Glasgow Baptist Church made an excellent day of ministry possible as it played host to the Salt — ‘serious about loving truth’ — Youth Conference.      Mr McLachlan, general secretary of Grace Baptist Partnership (GBP) Scotland said, ‘We aimed that the rubber of biblical teaching would hit the…

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