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All News from April 2018

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April 2018
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LETTER FROM AMERICA – American Zionism

Early in December 2017 President Trump announced that the United States would recognize that Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel, and not Tel Aviv. He said: ‘Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital … This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the…

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April 2018
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International – Answers in Kentucky

Answers in Genesis’ associate speaker Prof. Andy McIntosh took part in a robust debate in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, alongside Dan Barker, president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The debate was entitled ‘Does God Exist?’ and held at the Rauch Planetarium, University of Louisville (https://www.facebook.com/uoflbcm). According to a newsletter from Prof. McIntosh, at least…

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April 2018
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International – Helping deaf children in Kenya

Christian charity Siloam Ministries is helping to support a project in Kenya that looks after deaf children, who are more disadvantaged than most in the country. The Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf, a Siloam project, aims to help the children overcome their various disabilities; some children have other issues that affect their quality…

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April 2018
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International – Christian refugees booted from Austria

A group of Iranian Christian refugees have been given two weeks to leave Austria, after the US government denied their asylum applications. According to media reports, the move by the US government appears to signal the shutting down of a humanitarian programme created to help religious minorities escape persecution. The refugees, approximately 100 in…

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April 2018
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International – Esarhaddon’s palace revealed by Isis

The wholesale destruction of the ‘tomb of Jonah’ by Islamic terrorist group Isis has revealed a once opulent palace and inscriptions detailing the life of an Assyrian King. According to a report in The Daily Mail, seven clay tablets were found in a palace, hidden for nearly 3,000 years under the tomb of Jonah,…

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April 2018
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International – Helicopter tragedy claims pastor’s sons

Prayers have been requested for a Baptist pastor in West Sussex and his family, after his two sons recently died in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon. In a report from the Baptist Times, the online newspaper for the Baptist Union of Britain, it was revealed Stuart and Jason Hill from West Sussex…

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April 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Religious freedom in Britain

Christian advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund has called on Christians to sign a petition to encourage the government to implement a new law to protect religious freedom. Following on from its stated plan to promote freedom of religion and belief, as reported in previous editions of Evangelical Times, Barnabas Fund has warned that ‘intolerance, complacency…

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April 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Brixton Prison row deepens

The controversy surrounding the sacking of Pastor Paul Song as a chaplain has deepened after it has been revealed many Christian groups have been banned from the prison since the arrival of the new Imam. Earlier this year, Evangelical Times reported how Christian Concern (CC) was supporting Paul Song, who was told he was…

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April 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: China – Chinese lawyer dies

Chinese lawyer Dr Li Baiguang, a campaigner for Christian freedom, has died in suspicious circumstances in China. His death has prompted a strong response from advocacy organisation Release International, which has stated the Chinese authorities must account for his death. Dr Li Baiguang, an internationally renowned human rights defence lawyer, was pronounced dead suddenly…

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April 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pro-lifer praying is ‘abuse’

For pro-life supporters to pray openly outside abortion clinics is ‘abuse and harassment’, Labour MP Fabian Hamilton has claimed. The pro-abortion MP claimed abortion was an issue of ‘gender equality’, as he backed laws on ‘buffer zones’ around abortion centres. Those who stand outside or near abortion centres, keeping vigil and praying for the…

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April 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pro-gay charity tackles churches

A new organisation has been established to subvert churches and other religious groups that hold to traditional beliefs about sexual ethics. The Ozanne Foundation was set up in January by Jayne Ozanne, who describes herself as a ‘gay evangelical’. The new foundation has gained support from some leading figures in the Church of England,…

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April 2018
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Ethics – ‘Underground schools’

Children are being indoctrinated and exposed to danger by religious extremists in ‘underground schools’, a report from Ofsted has suggested. The education regulator claimed it had identified more than 350 illegal schools operating outside state schools or registered private schools. According to reports in the Times, Ofsted has issued safeguarding alerts — concerns of…

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April 2018
News > Education

Education – Council wades into sex education row

Barnet Council has unanimously backed a motion calling for tolerance to be shown to people of faith, allowing faith schools to teach sex education in accordance with their religious ethos. Earlier this year, the government concluded a call for evidence on the new primary school Relationships Education subject, and on secondary school Relationships and…

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April 2018
News > Society

Society – Islamist extremists and UK charities

British taxpayers have handed over more than £6m to charities which are, or which have been, used by extremists to further their radical agenda. This is among the findings of a report from neo-conservative think-tank the Henry Jackson Society. The report is called Wolves in sheep’s clothing: how Islamist extremists exploit the UK charitable…

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April 2018
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Society – Britain ditching marriage

Marriage is less popular in England and Wales than at any time since records began in 1862, as statistics reflect the sad story of what is happening within our nation. Statistics for opposite-sex marriages in 2015, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 28 February 2018, show that only 2.17 per cent…

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April 2018
News > Society

Society – Widespread loneliness

Loneliness is the biggest issue across communities in the UK, research by Church Urban Fund and the Church of England has found. A survey carried out among 1,094 Anglican church leaders, conducted in September and October 2017, revealed that while churches have been instrumental in building communities and doing charitable work, the biggest challenge…

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April 2018
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Society – Sex education ‘blinds us’

Sex education could be one of the factors behind the increasing levels of childlessness in the UK, Norman Wells has said. The director of the Family Education Trust told the Daily Mail there were many reasons why people might be refraining from having children earlier on in their lives, with economic pressures being high…

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April 2018
News > Youth

Youth – Holiday Bible Club

On 12-16 February during the half-term break, Thornton Heath Evangelical Church hosted its annual holiday Bible club. This year it was run by two of the church’s new apprentices, with lots of support from the church family, who made decorations, lead teams of children, and even provided breakfast. Over the week, the children were…

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – New home for Cromer Baptist Church

When the Lord answers prayer after five or six years of looking to him for guidance and clear pathways, it is a time of gratitude and gladness.  The congregation of Cromer Baptist Church in Norfolk are rejoicing that they are now worshipping in a different, more suitable building, thanks to the help of the…

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Induction at Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds

150 people joined the members of Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds, to celebrate and praise God at the induction service for Gareth Russell on Saturday 27 January. Gareth was called to the ministry at Westgate after training at Oak Hill College and serving as assistant pastor of Trinity Road Chapel (TRC) in Wandsworth Common.…

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Induction at Eastney Evangelical Church

After more than three years without a pastor, Eastney Evangelical Church (EEC), Portsmouth, has welcomed Chris Thomas to the pastorate. He served as an officer in the Royal Navy for nearly 22 years, spending some time based at the nearby Eastney Barracks. His naval background is highly relevant in the historic naval city of…

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April 2018
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Church news – Interim pastor for Caergwrle

Stuart Olyott, long-term friend and supporter of Evangelical Times, has accepted a unanimous invitation to be a part-time interim pastor at Caergwrle Evangelical Church. The little fellowship is situated in a village of about 1,700 people, situated almost six miles west of Wrexham, near the villages of Hope and Abermorddu. According to Mr Olyott,…

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Edward Connor legal service

Legal help for evangelical churches will be given a fillip this year after the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) launches its Edward Connor organisation. Named after the founder of the FIEC, Edward Joshua Poole-Connor (EJPC), the organisation will be a separate charity, although linked to the FIEC in its governance. The FIEC is…

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April 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Free coffee witness

The Free Church in Govan has announced the joint venture of launching a free café with Street Connect, a Scottish charity that helps the marginalised and disadvantaged within society. Street Connect works in partnership with a range of local and national organisations. Their current services include street work, drop-in cafes, one-to-one consultations, group work…

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Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury

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April 2018
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Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury

Registration has been given for Pregnancy Advice Salisbury (PAS) to allow it to be fully operational and open for business. PAS is a Christian service aimed at supporting women and their families through crisis pregnancy. It was formally opened by Dr Joel Beeke and his wife Mary Beeke in the city of Salisbury in…

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April 2018
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Ministry – Plant and flourish

Pastors thinking of planting a church are being offered the chance to attend a course set up by London Seminary. The Plant Course is designed to equip and encourage church planters in their work. It combines solid theological principles with practical instruction and the encouragement of experienced planters. Bill James, principal of London Seminary,…

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April 2018
News > Church news

Anglicanism – Church Society in three-way merger

The Church Society Council, the Reform Council, and the trustees of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit (FWS) have agreed to a three-way merger. In a joint statement issued by the Church Society, the decision was made because of the challenges being presented to Reformed evangelical Anglicans at this time. The statement said: ‘It…

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April 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Obituary – Dick Saunders (1930-2018)

Dick Saunders, international evangelist, Bible teacher and pastor, died on 19 January 2018, aged 87. Richard (Dick) Stephen Saunders was born in Hailsham, East Sussex, on 16 July 1930, the son of a Strict Baptist lay pastor, Alfred Saunders. He grew up surrounded by the prayers and godly example of his parents, and trusted…

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April 2018
Obituaries

World-famous evangelist called home

Whether or not you agreed with his politics or inclusivist theology, nobody can deny that Billy Graham’s ministry was well known across many continents. Rev. Billy Graham’s passing on 21 February this year reignited international debate across all platforms over the measure and the message of the man. For some, he was a tireless…

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