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All News from December 2015

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December 2015
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Education – Highland Theological College

Highland Theological College (HTC), University of the Highland and Islands, has appointed two members of staff to run its newly opened base in Glasgow.  Mrs Pamela Adkins and Rev. Nathan Owens will run the classrooms based at Newton Place in Glasgow’s west end, with teaching being delivered mainly by video-conferencing from the college’s main…

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Conference – Preparing for persecution

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December 2015
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Conference – Preparing for persecution

This was the title for the sixteenth annual ‘God’s Glory: Our Joy’ Conference, held in Warrington on 10th October. The subject is rapidly becoming more relevant, and this was certainly demonstrated during the day. Persecution is far worse for many believers in other countries, but we shut our eyes to what is happening in…

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December 2015
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Bangladesh – attacks

Three men pretending they wanted to learn about Christianity attacked a Bangladeshi pastor in his home with a knife on 5 October. According to a report from advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund, Pastor Luke Sarker, aged 52, survived the attack with minor injuries, but, in separate attacks, two foreigners were killed in October by suspected…

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December 2015
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Event – New buildbing for Handsworth

On Saturday 19 September 2015, Emmanuel Church in Handsworth, Birmingham, gave thanks to God for the completion of their church building project. More than 200 people gathered from churches around the Midlands region, as well as other parts of the country. The pastor shared a brief history of the church and how ‘their times…

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December 2015
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Charity- Christmas shoeboxes

Cathy Madavan and Rev. Cris Rogers, both members of the Spring Harvest planning group, are to visit Liberia, Africa, in December to see the distribution of gift-packed shoeboxes from the UK. This is part of Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project that aims to provide children across the world with a shoebox of small presents to…

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December 2015
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Mission – New pregnancy advice centre

Abortion is often considered a topic best left alone, little questioned and almost a taboo subject in today’s society. However, we cannot deny that approximately 200,000 babies are aborted each year in England and Wales. This highlights the great need for practical, Christian, pro-life ministry in the UK. Therefore, we are seeking to establish…

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December 2015
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Induction – Forward together in Wales

In a day of sad divisions within many churches it was a joy to see two churches move forward together for the cause of the gospel. On Saturday 17 October, Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff, and Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Newport, met together to ordain Ben Fiddian to the Christian ministry and induct him as assistant…

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December 2015
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Event – Faith under fire

Nearly 700 people gathered to hear the testimony of Christians who have suffered for upholding their faith, as part of the Christian Institute’s ‘Faith under fire’ tour in Scotland. Over five days the Institute held four meetings, in Stornoway, Inverness, Portree and Motherwell. Speaking were Daniel McArthur, of Ashers Baking Company, and hotelier Hazelmary…

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December 2015
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France – anguish

The day after the IS attacks in Paris, Evangelical Times received this email from a French Christian, which we publish here in full: Dear friends, today we want to weep with those who weep. We express our condolences to the bereaved families. This nightmarish weekend in Paris killed more than 125 people; people who…

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December 2015
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Politics – Sunday trading

The majority of people in Britain believe that family life of shop workers will suffer if the government presses ahead with its plans to relax the Sunday trading laws. According to a poll of 2000 members of the public, commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), 57 per cent of respondents said they…

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December 2015
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Induction – Upton Baptist Church

Upton Baptist Church (UBC) in Chester rejoiced, on 26 September 2015, to welcome their new pastor Owen Blackwood, with his wife Eleanor and their three girls, Molly, Jemima and Rosie. We were joined by many good friends from local churches and from around the country, and in particular from Peniel church in Maesteg, where Mr Blackwood had previously served as…

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December 2015
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Conference – John Owen Centre

What is the role of theology in our pragmatic age? This was the theme of this year’s conference run by the John Owen Centre at London Theological Seminary, Kensit. Six speakers tackled the subject ably, from a variety of viewpoints, over two days. Beginning with the biblical data, Colin Burcombe (Northern Ireland) and Alistair…

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December 2015
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Christmas – Mercy ships carol service

Mercy Ships, a charity which provides free healthcare on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, is hosting its first Scottish Christmas carol service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, on Monday 14 December, at 7.30pm. The St Mary’s Cathedral Choir will be singing at the service. The Africa Mercy is currently docked in Madagascar, where the…

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December 2015
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Christmas – Charity cards

A small charity card shop in a North London church has made £1500 in its first week of opening. According to local newspaper GetWestLondon, the Ealing Charity Card shop, which opened for the 30th time on 2 November, at the Church of Christ the Saviour, Ealing, London, is already up in its sales on…

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Media – Publishers merge

Inter-Varsity Press (IVP) and the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) have agreed to join forces. In a statement, published jointly, IVP said major changes in the publishing industry had required publishers to ‘continually identify efficiencies and pursue partnership opportunities’. It will therefore become a subsidiary charity of SPCK, which has pledged to ensure…

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December 2015
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Charity – Serve Scotland

Some of Scotland’s best known Christian charities have joined forces with churches to launch a national initiative to tackle poverty and support their local communities more effectively. Bethany Christian Trust, Glasgow City Mission, Blythswood Care, the Cinnamon Network, Redeeming Our Communities and Care for Scotland have joined the Evangelical Alliance in setting up ‘Serve…

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December 2015
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Letter from America – America’s favourite pastime

Some regions are famously known for their cuisine or rich history, but these seldom unite their citizens in the same way that college (university) football unites the United States, especially the American South. Although the football season only lasts from September to late November (with a few championship games played later in the winter),…

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December 2015
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Media – 10ofThose opening

On Saturday 24 October, Christian bookstore 10ofthose.com welcomed more than 400 people for the opening of their new warehouse, conference room and shop in Leyland, Lancashire. The morning was a celebratory affair, with lots going on for all the family. There was face painting and story times for children, while authors including Stuart Olyott,…

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Syria – Release of captives

According to a statement from international advocacy group Barnabas Fund, on Saturday 7 November, 37 Syrian Christians were released after eight months of captivity at the hands of Islamic State (IS). The captives had been kept by IS jihadists in north-eastern Syria. Those liberated, all of them elderly, arrived by bus at Tel Tamar…

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