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February 2013
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Sea level scare

Sea level scare Melting glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland may push up global sea levels more than three feet by the end of this century, a study in Nature climate change journal has found.    As reported by MSNBC, the study said such a rise in the seas would displace millions of people from low-lying…

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It’s contagious!

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February 2013
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It’s contagious!

It’s contagious! In 2000, three experienced Christian youth workers — Ian Fry, Trevor Pearce and Pete Woodcock — arranged a week-long conference for young people aged 14 to 19. The aim was to give young people and leaders an opportunity to give significant time to study God’s Word, to discuss it, hear it preached…

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February 2013
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Sunday working

Sunday working A Christian children’s worker has lost her appeal against her former employers, who changed their stance and forced her to work on a Sunday.    Celestina Mba, former employee at London-based Brightwell Children’s Home, was told by an employment appeals tribunal that her employer was justified in not accommodating her Christian observance of…

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February 2013
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Hungry children

Hungry children UK children are coming to school hungry, either because their parents are too poor to help or because children are suffering from neglect, a study has shown. According to the Children’s Society, nearly half of teachers are seeing hungry children coming into school.     The report, Food for thought: a survey on…

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February 2013
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Euthanasia

Euthanasia Care Not Killing (CNK) has condemned a decision that will allow a High Court ruling to be appealed.    Alistair Thompson, spokesman for CNK, said he was disappointed by news that the decision by the High Court last year to reject the Tony Nicklinson case can be appealed.    He said, ‘No one who followed…

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February 2013
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Typhoon Bopha

Typhoon Bopha The clear-up operation is still ongoing in the Philippines after Typhoon Bopha ripped through part of the country, leaving more than 1000 dead, hundreds missing and thousands homeless.    Various news reports state that government and large aid agencies have been seeking to deal with the relief efforts, but the task is enormous…

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Westminster Conference 2012

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February 2013
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Westminster Conference 2012

Westminster Conference 2012 More than 100 Westminster Conference attendees enjoyed an intellectual and spiritual repast over 4-5 December. For the second year running, the conference met in the comfortable, conveniently situated premises of Regent Hall (Salvation Army), Oxford Street.     For 2012 the necessary focus was the Great Ejection of 1662 and issues flowing…

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February 2013
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Nine-a-Day

Nine-a-Day The Langham Partnership, brainchild of the late Rev. John Stott, has launched a special campaign to encourage Christians to become more like the Lord Jesus Christ. The campaign is called ‘9-a-day: Becoming like Jesus’ and will run online until July.     According to a statement from the Langham Partnership, ‘Christlikeness, or becoming like…

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February 2013
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Gays fight CofE lock

Gays fight CofE lock A homosexual couple in Essex has mounted a legal challenge over the Government’s proposals at the end of last year to grant the Church of England exemption from conducting same-sex ‘marriages’.    According to a report from gay paper Pink news, Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow say the proposed legislation would result…

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Britain’s sunset Christianity

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February 2013
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Britain’s sunset Christianity

Britain’s sunset Christianity As the latest UK census figures show a steep decline in the number of those professing to be Christians, the challenge to believers must be to make known the gospel of Christ and to cry to God for his salvation. The number of people claiming to be Christian in England and…

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February 2013
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The OAM trainee scheme

The OAM trainee scheme The words of the evangelist John Hawley were never so terrifying as when he turned to me in the middle of Oxford Cornmarket, saying, ‘Are you going to preach now, Simon?’ How is it possible for a nervy, stammering 17-year-old to stand up in Oxford city centre, with hundreds of…

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Royal recognition

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February 2013
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Royal recognition

Royal recognition On Monday 22 October, representatives of Christian charity ‘Caring For Life’ (CFL) attended an award ceremony for the Duke of York Community Initiative Award, at the Spa, Bridlington.    His Royal Highness the Duke of York founded the initiative in 1998, primarily and actively encouraging the development of community spirit, individual leadership and…

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February 2013
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Students in action

Students in action Students and young adults around the country will be urged to come to London from 22-25 February for a special event called Soundcheck 2013.        This event offers speakers, workshops, music and a ‘day of action’ to agitate for justice in food production around the world. The advertised speakers will be…

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February 2013
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Rimsha Masih

Rimsha Masih The throwing out of the blasphemy case against Christian teenager Rimsha Masih, by a court in Pakistan, has set an important precedent, one politician has claimed.    According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the decision by Islamabad High Court to dismiss the case against vulnerable teenager Rimsha has sent out a more ‘positive…

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February 2013
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Gay bishops

Gay bishops The House of Bishops and parliamentarians must not ‘salami slice’ Christian doctrine over the issue of gay marriage, members of the Anglican Mainstream have said.    In a public statement, signed by convenor Dr Philip Giddings and secretary Canon Dr Chris Sugden, the Anglican Mainstream said it was important to stick with biblical…

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The big interview

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February 2013
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The big interview

The big interview Over 20 years ago, Terry Ascott saw an opportunity to reach out to the Arab world with the gospel of Jesus Christ using satellite TV. But how do you design a schedule that’s going to speak to people of a different culture?   ET: What was SAT-7 like in the 90s?…

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Bishop K. H. Ting of China (1915-2012)

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February 2013
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Bishop K. H. Ting of China (1915-2012)

Bishop K. H. Ting of China (1915-2012) Ting’s life coincided with the rise, triumph and rule of the Communist Party in China. He was born in Shanghai in 1915 and went to the Anglican St John’s University there. Ordained in the Anglican Church in China in 1942, he confessed to having early on discarded…

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Irish Biblical Reformation Conference

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February 2013
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Irish Biblical Reformation Conference

Irish Biblical Reformation Conference The 2012 Irish Biblical Reformation Conference was held on Saturday 17 November, at Edenmore Golf Club, Magheralin. John Roberts of Day One spoke on ‘The importance of the Lord’s Day’.    In the first session, after reading from Exodus 20:1-26, he reflected on changes in society and the church with regard…

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Marriage census tells it all

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February 2013
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Marriage census tells it all

Marriage census tells it all For the first time since records began, fewer than half the people of marriageable age in England and Wales are married and living together. Figures released in December 2012 from the findings of the 2011 census show that only 46.6 per cent of over-16s are currently married and living…

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February 2013
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Girl Guide promise

Girl Guide promise The Girl Guides’ association, Girlguiding UK, is set to follow the example of the UK Scouts by consulting the public on whether to drop supposedly outdated wording in the Girl Guides’ promise.    The UK Scouts Association is already conducting a survey to see whether the wording of its old promise should…

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Life of Pi

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February 2013
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Life of Pi

Film review Life of Pi At the end of 2012 the feature film Life of Pi hit the cinema screens. It is based on a prize-winning book by Yann Martel, first published in Canada in 2001 after a series of rejections.     The book and film tell the unlikely story of Piscine Molitor ‘Pi’…

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February 2013
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Release report

Release report Egypt has been tipped as one of the hotspots for persecution against Christians during 2013, the latest report from Release International has found.    The country, which is the most populous in the Arab world, is tipped to see Christian persecution increase. During 2011-2012, it is estimated that up to 100,000 members of…

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February 2013
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International students

International students The Government’s plans to reduce the number of international students in the UK could cost higher education centres up to £8bn, figures have shown.    Estimates of the financial loss to higher education runs between £4bn-£8bn, according to ‘Universities UK’, and this does not take into account everything else that international students bring…

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February 2013
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Edinburgh Bible College

Edinburgh Bible College ‘Do we really need another Bible college?’ That was the question asked of Rev. John Brand, when, at the prompting of a few church leaders, he was encouraged to set up Edinburgh Bible College in 2012. After all, there are several in the UK and some of them struggle with decreasing…

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Chatteris Community Church

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February 2013
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Chatteris Community Church

Chatteris Community Church     On 1 December, the Christmas lights were switched on in Chatteris and we met to acknowledge the leading of God in the creation of a more important light for Christ and the gospel of grace.    Roughly 60 people gathered to give thanks for the constitution of a new church based in…

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New Tribes Mission

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February 2013
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New Tribes Mission

New Tribes Mission More than a year after a wonderful conversion among the Siar people of Papua New Guinea, the new Siar church hosted a three-day conference for other tribes and tongues.    New Tribes Mission (NTM) missionary Aimee Hedrick, who with her husband works with the Tigak people, said, ‘Tigak believers have just returned…

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February 2013
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Human shields

Human shields The trouble in Syria has escalated even more. Minority groups there are ‘beleaguered’ and being used as human shields, according to a report from Barnabas Fund.    Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, chief executive of Barnabas Fund, which has been supplying food parcels to Christian neighbourhoods, said, ‘In … Hamadiya in the old city, there…

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February 2013
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India

India The brutal rape and death of a young woman in New Delhi, India, in December has raised the plight of poor women in the country across the globe, a mission organisation claims.    KP Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia (GFA), said the ‘long-time abuse that women in India endure has now been highlighted’.  …

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Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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February 2013
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Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones In December 2012, a plaque was unveiled on the wall of the childhood home of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, at Llangeitho in rural Ceredigion. Dr Lloyd-Jones’s family moved from Cardiff to the village when he was a young boy to take over Siop yr Albion (Albion stores), which is still open today.…

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February 2013
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Massive campaign for marriage

Massive campaign for marriage The Christian Institute reports that one million leaflets against the Government’s plans to redefine marriage are being sent to voters in marginal seats. This is part of a campaign to target 65 key MPs, to urge them to vote against any change to the meaning of marriage.    The Government intends…

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