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All News from April 2017

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April 2017
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Politics – Domestic abuse

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that current legislation governing domestic abuse in England and Wales is to be overhauled. Mothers’ Union, which represents over four million members worldwide, welcomed the announcement, with Bev Jullien, chief executive of the organisation, saying this could help survivors of domestic abuse. She commented: ‘We trust the issue…

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April 2017
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Ethics – Up-to-birth abortion Bill

Abortion up to birth, for any reason, could be permissible by law if a new Bill going through Parliament is passed. The Bill will remove all legal restrictions on abortion. There would be no grounds on which abortion could not take place and no ‘upper’ gestational time limit. According to the ‘Not in Our…

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Politics – Pharmacists and conscience

Pharmacists could be forced to act against their conscience under plans from the profession’s regulator, depending on the outcome of a consultation which was to finish in March. The General Pharmaceutical Council issued the consultation, which proposed amending its professional standards and supporting guidance — the code of conduct for pharmacy professionals.   As…

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April 2017
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Society – Sin’s insanity

Pregnant women in hospital are no longer allowed to be referred to as mothers, and women serving in the Royal Air Force cannot wear skirts on parade. These are the latest in a series of bizarre rulings aimed at reducing perceived offence to people who identify as ‘transgender’. According to a 14-page leaflet, called A…

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April 2017
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Politics – Heterosexual partnerships

Civil partnerships for heterosexuals — which were estimated to cost the taxpayer billions — have been blocked by the Court of Appeal in London. Judges ruled against Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, the couple who brought the expensive action, who claimed they had rejected the ‘sexist trappings’ of marriage and wanted heterosexual civil partnerships.…

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April 2017
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Mission – Grace Edinburgh reaches out

Grace Edinburgh has expressed gratitude to God for adding seven new members. This means its membership has doubled in the last year, and others are asking already about joining in the future. Grace Edinburgh thanks God for the warmth of fellowship, prayerfulness and love we enjoy. Every week the gospel is presented to unbelieving…

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April 2017
Obituaries

Rev. Alisdair Smith (1925-2017)

Alasdair Smith, who passed away earlier this year, was born in Ness in 1925. He was the son of John and Margaret and the eldest of seven of a family. He attended school in Ness, before entering his working life at the aerodrome and as a weaver and upholsterer. He was called up during…

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April 2017
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Conference – Philippines pastors’ conference

The 2017 Philippines pastors’ conference was a time of blessing, encouragement and challenge. We had 390 delegates attend the three-day conference at Cubao Reformed Baptist Church, Manila, with many staying at the church in our make-do accommodation, on the floor of the Sunday school rooms. We had to really make use this year of…

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April 2017
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Persecution: Canada – Canadian mayor seeks to ban Graham

Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, has gone ahead with his planned appearance at a Christian event in Canada despite attempts by the Vancouver mayor to drop the ‘contentious pastor’. In February, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson asked the organisers of the Festival of Hope event, which happened between 3-5 March, to drop headline speaker Rev.…

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April 2017
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Church – Help needed for Harris

The place of worship of the Harris (Leverburgh) congregation of the Free Church (Continuing) is situated in the village of Northton. Prior to our occupation of it, the church property was underused and rather neglected for many years. Recently however, it has been given a new lease of life, with new windows and a…

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April 2017
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Mission – OM International anniversary

Discovering the depths of prayer has been central to OM over these past 60 years. From the beginning, when Dorothea Clapp prayed for the school opposite her house, asking the Lord to save and scatter students to the nations, prayer has been part of our DNA. Dale Rhoton says of the early days, ‘The…

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April 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – William Perkins conference

Cambridge in May is the place to be if you want to attend the William Perkins conference at the iconic Round Church. From 19-20 May, speakers such as Sinclair Ferguson, Joel Beeke and Geoff Thomas will be speaking on the life and ministry of 16th-century preacher William Perkins. The series of lectures will mark…

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April 2017
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Education – European School of Biblical Studies

European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) has changed its School’s name to become the European School of Biblical Studies. The new branding and logo aim to promote the core values and vision of the School. Principal Jörg Müller said: ‘The new logo, as part of the new visual identity of EMF, of which the School is very…

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April 2017
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Christianity in UK politics (1)

Shirin Aguiar puts some searching questions to Gareth Wallace, Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF). Before leading the CCF, Gareth Wallace was policy advisor for the Salvation Army. He also worked for the Evangelical Alliance and Oasis Trust. He has recently stood down as deputy chair (political) for Vauxhall Conservative Association, attends St…

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April 2017
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Church – Rev. Dr Iain D. Campbell

The Free Church of Scotland announced on 28 January 2017 the sudden passing of Rev. Dr Iain D. Campbell, minister of Point/Knock Free Church, Isle of Lewis, aged 53. The funeral service took place at Stornoway Free Church on 3 February. He leaves a wife and three children. Iain D. Campbell trained for pastoral…

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Education – Christian Heritage Centre update

This year began with two encouraging school visits, one from a local primary school who brought along two classes, and the second a group of home school children from the West Midlands. On Saturday 25 February an encouragingly large number attended our Spring Lectures, where Geoff Thomas gave an excellent afternoon of talks on…

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Youth – Brent de-Christianises school assembly

Brent Council has become the first in Britain to go against government stipulations that state-funded schools should have a daily act of ‘broadly Christian’ worship. The local council allows schools in its borough to provide multi-belief assemblies. Its approach has been hailed by some education experts as ‘ground-breaking’ and having the potential to lead…

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Persecution: Iran – Arrested for taking communion

Three Iranian Christians are waiting to hear whether they will be flogged after being arrested for celebrating communion. Last year, Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi were arrested at their house church in Rasht as they were celebrating communion. According to a report from Release International, they were charged with consuming alcohol…

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April 2017
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Education – Creation in America

Creationist and scientist, Andy McIntosh, gave a series of Christian talks in Georgia and Florida, USA, during February this year. It was his third visit to Fayetteville near Atlanta, where he was with pastor Hank Rast and Heritage Reformed Baptist Church who were seeking to reach out using creation. As with many of these…

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April 2017
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Event – Zeebrugge disaster remembered

Dover was the setting for a memorial service for families affected by MS Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, which happened 30 years ago. The Herald capsized in just 90 seconds after setting sail from Zeebrugge, Belgium, on 6 March 1987. It was on course for Dover when tragedy struck and 193 people lost their…

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April 2017
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Education – Dinosaur roadshow

Dinosaurs fascinate both young and old. Books showing their spectacular forms, awesome teeth and fierce claws keep children occupied for hours. They are intriguing and mysterious, and often portrayed as from ‘another world’ totally different from our own. But how do they fit into the Bible? Starting this March, Creation Ministries International has been…

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April 2017
News > Youth Features

Saints and sinners

On Sunday, 8 January 1956, five young missionaries gave their lives in an attempt at sharing the gospel with a tribe renowned for its ferocity. Earlier in 2017, the grandson of one of the martyrs toured the UK along with performances from 4Front Theatre. Their show, Reckless Abandon, runs throughout 2017 and tells the…

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Anniversary – Spurgeon’s children’s charity

It has been 150 years since Spurgeon’s children’s charity was founded by Baptist minister, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. To mark the anniversary, the charity has undergone a re-brand, which it believes puts Charles Spurgeon back at the heart of its identity and mission. According to a statement from the charity, it is looking to build partnerships…

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Persecution: UK – State oppression

With prosecutors telling courtrooms the Authorised Version has no place in modern society, ET asks, how much further will censorship of Christians now go in the UK? Are we returning to a seventeenth century-type oppression of biblical Christianity? Protections for freedom of expression already enshrined in law are at risk of unravelling, just weeks…

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April 2017
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Letter from America: Protest

Freedom of speech is a democratic right which has been exercised and abused over the course of American history. This right, while of broad application, is not a total absolute. There are exceptions to the rule that often delightfully coincide with God’s design for the rule of law, such as the prohibition of libel,…

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April 2017
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Mission – From bookies to Bible

A Scottish congregation has beaten the odds to take over a former bookies and turn it into a church. In what is believed to be a first, the former Ladbrokes betting shop in Upper Craigs, is now a city centre location for Stirling Free Church of Scotland. The fledging congregation is slowly outgrowing its…

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Thanksgiving – Phil Arthur

About 130 people gathered on 25 February, from northwest England and further afield, to give thanks for the ministry of Phil Arthur at Grace Baptist Church, Lancaster. Phil will be having a six-month sabbatical and then continuing to serve the church in a part-time capacity. For over 28 years Phil Arthur has been preaching,…

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April 2017
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Politics – Extremism

Extremism still has no clear legal definition as far as the UK government is concerned, the Home Secretary has admitted. In a letter submitted to the joint committee on human rights, Amber Rudd said the government still had not agreed on what ‘extremism’ meant, as far as the upcoming counter-extremism Bill was concerned. Her…

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