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April 2014
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Page 3 campaign

The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has joined more than 135,000 people and organisations in the ‘No more page 3’ campaign, which aims to remove nude images from The Sun newspaper. The newspaper, which since November 1970 has featured a topless woman on what is usually the second most important page in any news publication, recently…

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Persecution in Algeria

A Christian convert in Algeria has been threatened with death for his faith, a report from Morning Star News has claimed. Ali Touahir, 52, from the northern Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou, became a Christian in 2012 after a friend introduced him to the gospel, and was baptised on 29 December that year. In…

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April 2014
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Snakes – designed to kill?

Snakes today not only move about in various ways, but they have diversified into numerous species over the several thousand years since the Great Flood. All are complex creatures, with specialised bodies and mouths well suited to their particular niches and diets — all are carnivores. Some of the different ways in which snakes…

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Christian Institute

God’s common grace was one of the themes of ‘Issues facing Christians today’ — a Christian Institute (CI) roadshow, held at Witard Road Baptist Church, Norwich, in late January. Three members of the CI’s team presented the biblical principles of common grace, set against examples of the different kinds of work they are involved with. Updates…

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Reach Beyond

HCJB Global has changed its name to Reach Beyond, as it celebrates more than 80 years of ministry and its 100th radio station. According to the charity, which started life in 1931 when Clarence Jones set up a 200-watt table-top, radio station in Ecuador, it is now ‘maximising increasing technology in media and healthcare…

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Tunisia

The Tunisian government has adopted a new constitution that will guarantee freedom of worship and enshrine male and female equality. According to a statement from advocacy group and charity Barnabas Fund, the document, which was agreed on 26 January, should give hope to Tunisia’s tiny Christian minority. Barnabas Fund claimed the text was finalised,…

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April 2014
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‘Massive cultural change’

The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the Church of England (CofE) synod that there has to be ‘massive cultural change’ over attitudes to sexuality and women bishops. Archbishop Justin Welby spoke of his recent trips to the Anglican Communion in various African countries and said, if those churches could flourish without fear, then so…

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April 2014
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‘Operation Trojan Horse’

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is investigating a suspected Islamist plot to oust head teachers at schools in Birmingham and replace them with Muslims, the BBC has revealed. A letter leaked to the BBC, which details a plan called ‘Operation Trojan Horse’, was allegedly sent from someone in Birmingham to a contact…

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April 2014
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Passages

What comes to mind when you look at your Bible? Is it a gift from someone special, a family heirloom, or a daily source of inspiration? For Christians the Bible is God-breathed and the final authority on matters of life and godliness. When I think of my Bible lying on my desk, next to…

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April 2014
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Gideons

Two university-run hotels in the US have been persuaded by an atheist group to remove Gideon Bibles from guest rooms. Following complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), hotel rooms run by Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin will no longer feature Gideon Bibles. The FFRF had been pressurising the University…

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April 2014
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Ukrainian flash-point

Christians around the world are watching to see what a Baptist preacher will now do, as the Ukrainian crisis intensifies after Russia’s de facto annexation of Crimea. On Twitter, Facebook, blogs and web forums, Christians from all denominations and all countries have been expressing their support and prayers for Oleksandr Turchynov, the politician and…

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April 2014
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India persecution

Some 4000 people have died in India in 2013 as a result of anti-Christian violence, a report has said. According to a report by the Catholic Christian Secular Forum (CSF), in association with the Evangelical Fellowship of India, Global Council of Indian Christians and All India Christian Council, there were 200 major incidents including…

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April 2014
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Prostitution

The purchasing of sexual services should be made a criminal offence, charity CARE has said. Speaking as a group of MPs published cross-party recommendations, as part of the anti-trafficking debates in parliament, Noala Leach, chief executive of CARE, said it was important to enshrine these recommendations in law, in order to help vulnerable women…

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April 2014
Interviews

The big interview – Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

  Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th bishop of Rochester, until his resignation in 2009. He is now president of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD). Before Sheila Marshall’s interview, for ET, of Bishop Michael, he casually remarked how four trees had just fallen in his garden, barely missing his…

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April 2014
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Watford arson attack

Derby Road Baptist Church, Watford, has been the subject of an arson attack, although it is not yet clear if it was religiously motivated. Pastor Tom Forryan was the one to discover it. In his words: ‘I discovered it myself at 9.30am on Saturday 1 February. As I was walking past, a member of…

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OAC Streetwise

With the colder months, one ambitious Christian group looked forward to the prospect of getting out on the streets. Motivated to preach the gospel, they were participants of a practical course, ‘Streetwise’, conducted by OAC Ministries (Open Air Campaigners). Streetwise aims to equip anyone who wants to share their faith individually or as part…

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Hayes ladies’ day

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Hayes ladies’ day

This years’ ladies conference at Hayes Town Chapel was on the subject of personal evangelism, and our guest speaker was Daphne Ross from Farnham Baptist Church. She divided the day into three parts. She talked first on preparing ourselves to evangelise. She based this on 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, saying that all believers are called…

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April 2014
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SALT in Scotland

‘And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers’(Acts 2:42). At the SALT youth conference this February we dissected this text, piece by piece, looking at the theme of devotion. Josh Williamson’s ‘Devoted to doctrine’ session was a challenge to see that doctrine has…

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April 2014
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North Korea

An Australian missionary in his 70s has been released by North Korean officials after signing a declaration of guilt. According to reports from international advocacy group Barnabas Fund, John Short, who lives in China, was arrested in February this year for distributing Christian leaflets at a Buddhist temple. He was freed on 3 March…

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Child Bill

Scotland has approved controversial plans to create state-appointed guardians for all children in the country, despite strong opposition from family groups and other organisations. The new rules were brought in to create more protection for children in vulnerable situations, with the aim of preventing suffering in abusive families. According to proponents of the laws,…

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April 2014
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India’s widows

Widows in India face poverty, isolation and fear, the Bible Society of India has claimed, as it highlighted their plight, to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. The Hope Givers’ programme, run by the Bible Society of India, aims to help tens of thousands of widows in India each year to lift themselves…

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Heavy-handed tactics

A court has dropped charges against a retired teacher, who had been ordered by a female police constable to stop preaching outside a court house in Banbury. According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), Bill Edwards, 73, had been preaching outside the Banbury Magistrates Court House, but ordered to move on after some people…

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Smacking ban

The Welsh Assembly has rejected calls for a ban on smacking, Simon Calvert has said. The deputy director of public affairs for the Christian Institute (CI) welcomed the move by parliamentarians to reject an amendment that would have criminalised parental smacking. Thirty-nine assembly members voted against the amendment, with 14 in favour and one…

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April 2014
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Persecution in India

Some 4,000 people have died in India in 2013 as a result of anti-Christian violence, a report has said. According to a report by the Catholic Christian Secular Forum (CSF), in association with the  Evangelical Fellowship of India, Global Council of Indian Christians and All India Christian Council, there were 200 major incidents, including…

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April 2014
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Persecution in Egypt

A Christian convert who gained fame after suffering persecution during the previous regime has been arrested and held, Release International has claimed. The Christian charity, which aims to serve persecuted Christians across the world, has urged Egypt to release Mohammed Hegazy, who has been detained for allegedly attempting to report that Christians in the…

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A house divided

Britain believes the situation in Ukraine may escalate ahead of a vital referendum in the Crimea, and has called nationals back to home shores. This week, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warned all British citizens in the Crimean peninsula to leave with immediate effect. A warning notice posted on the government website…

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Itinerant Preaching Network

Two inaugural meetings have been held on Saturday mornings in Cardiff and Swansea for men engaged in itinerant preaching. More than 30 men attended these fledgling Itinerant Preachers Network (IPN) gatherings, which are designed to equip, support and connect those engaged in this ministry, and to encourage prayer for each other and Christ’s church…

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Egypt

A Christian convert who gained fame after suffering persecution during the previous regime has been arrested and held, Release International has claimed. The Christian charity, which aims to serve persecuted Christians across the world, has urged Egypt to release Mohammed Hegazy, who has been detained for allegedly attempting to report that Christians in the…

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Needham Holiday Bible Club

The theme for the Holiday Bible Club at Needham Market Evangelical Church during February half-term was the Sower, the Samaritan and the Son. In the first session, the Lord’s parables were introduced as ‘earthly stories with heavenly meanings’. Although great crowds heard them told, they were only explained to the disciples, yet we are blessed today…

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April 2014
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West Park Church, Wolverhampton

On Saturday 18 January, there was a service of thanksgiving at West Park. Church members, accompanied by guests and friends from as far afield as Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Wiltshire, recalled and rejoiced in God’s goodness to the church, particularly during the three-and-a-half years since Ian Harrison, the previous minister, stood down from the ministry.…

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April 2014
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Pastor for Hanney Chapel

A village chapel on the brink of closure 16 years ago has appointed a full-time pastor. Mark Fisher, 27-year-old former assistant minister at Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff, is the first full-time pastor at Hanney Chapel, Oxfordshire, for 60 years. More than 200 people, including a double-decker coach load of 70 from the Heath church,…

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Boris Johnson

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been asked to hand over full copies of all emails and other documents relating to his involvement in a ban on a Christian charity’s bus advertisement. This followed a decision in February by Master of the Rolls Sir John Dyson for the High Court to re-investigate, after…

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Social action

A gathering of Christians involved in community action during February called for a change to the laws governing betting shops and payday loan companies. The gathering in London, called ‘The Summit’, also pledged to increase donations to the Vauxhall Foodbank and to campaign for fairness for Britons living on or below the poverty line.…

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Gambling

The government has stepped back from banning illegal gambling sites from accessing UK consumers. During a Gambling Bill Report Stage debate in the House of Lords, Baroness Howe’s amendment addressing the need to prevent illegal gambling sites accessing UK consumers was voted down by 185 to 171, although the government will look at ways…

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April 2014
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Thirty pieces

Christians have been challenged to tackle corruption, in all its forms, as part of their preparation for Easter. In booklet called Thirty pieces of silver, written by theologian Dr Paula Gooder for the Bible Society, Christians have been asked to look afresh at Lenten events in relation to ending corruption. Ms Gooder, theologian-in-residence for…

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Sochi

An American Christian skier celebrated a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in the men’s freestyle skiing, halfpipe competition, but said he felt called to be a minister. According to a report from the Christian Institute, 23-year-old David Wise, who is married and has a two-year-old daughter, was already the world champion going into…

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Larger churches helping smaller churches.

A village chapel on the brink of closure 16 years ago has appointed a full-time pastor. Mark Fisher, 27-year-old former assistant minister at Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff, is the first full-time pastor at Hanney Chapel, Oxfordshire, for 60 years.  More than 200 people, including a double-decker coach load of 70 from the Heath church,…

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