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All News from January 2009

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January 2009
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News – Early Syrian church

Early Syrian church  A Christian church thought to date back to the fourth or fifth century AD has been discovered by archaeologists in Syria. The remains of the building were found in Palmyra in central Syria and are believed to be the largest ancient Christian church in Syria.      The Palmyra site, 135 miles…

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January 2009
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News – W. J. Grier memorial lecture

W. J. Grier memorial lecture The W. J. Grier memorial lecture was held on Thursday 30 October in Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Belfast, when the Rev. Iain H. Murray gave an address on 'John MacArthur - contemporary evangelical leader'. Ernest Brown, church historian, gave a brief biographical sketch of Mr Grier's life.     Our picture shows…

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News – ACERI 2008

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January 2009
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News – ACERI 2008

ACERI 2008 The Association of Italian Reformed Evangelical Churches met in Sicily, in early November, for its sixth annual conference. The venue was the evangelical church at St Elisabeth and the theme 'Jesus Christ - prophet, priest and king'.      Vito Tangorra led the services and Pepe Moreno, pastor at Alcazar de San Juan, in Spain,…

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January 2009
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News – China crackdown renewed

China crackdown renewed ChinaAid reports that from the end of September to early November 2008, a large police force was dispatched to raid house gatherings in Beijing and in areas near college campuses in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.      More than 400 Christian college students were arrested and interrogated. House church leaders who led the gatherings…

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News – Hope for Gravesend

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January 2009
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News – Hope for Gravesend

Hope for Gravesend   The opening of a new chapter for Hope Church, Gravesend, was marked on 11 October 2008 with a welcome service for its new pastor, Dr Stephen Lloyd. The elders briefly recounted the history of the church and the Lord's guidance in calling Stephen. Responding, Stephen explained how he and his…

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January 2009
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News – Norway criminalises paying for sex

Norway criminalises paying for sex The Norwegian Parliament has voted in favour of making payment for sexual acts a criminal offence in order to protect vulnerable women and children. The law was passed with 44 votes in favour and 28 against and will come into effect on 1 January 2009.     The legislation, inspired by the…

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A people under judgement

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January 2009
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A people under judgement

A people under judgement Our society bears all the hallmarks of a community under God's judgement. This should spur us to intercessory prayer - as Moses pleaded for Israel, so should we plead with God for our sin-sick nation. God has plainly revealed himself to all mankind, yet man, thinking himself wise, has rejected his Creator's…

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January 2009
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News – Orissa persecution

Orissa persecution  Christians in Orissa, India, could face a fresh wave of violence after another Hindu extremist was shot and killed in Kandhamal district in November, allegedly by Maoist insurgents.      In August, anti-Christian violence erupted in several Indian states following the murder of a Hindu leader. Even though Maoists claimed responsibility, militant Hindus…

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January 2009
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News – British sharia

British sharia  Five sharia courts have been set up - in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Nuneaton. The UK government has quietly sanctioned their rulings as enforceable, through the county courts or High Court. Previously, such rulings were not binding and depended on voluntary compliance by Muslims.      Lawyers have issued grave warnings about…

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January 2009
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News – Teenage abortions

Teenage abortions Government ministers are considering wider use of contraceptive jabs and implants to cut down on teenage abortions. Youngsters considered at risk of unplanned pregnancies will be advised by their GPs to use these methods of contraception, which could render them infertile for three years.      Abortion clinics will also be required to offer…

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January 2009
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News – EP Romanian pastors’ Conference

EP Romanian pastors' Conference In the north-eastern corner of Romania, in the region of Transylvania, you will find the city of Oradea. There too you will find Emanuel University, an openly Christian institution offering students courses in theology, sociology, languages, music, business and management.      Not far away, there is Emanuel kindergarten, high school and…

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January 2009
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News – Police oppression

Police oppression A father who smacked his son's leg and was arrested by police has demanded an apology after he was locked in a cell overnight. Mark Frearson told off his son Harry after the seven-year-old walked off while they were out shopping.     Three hours later four police officers and a specialist child support officer…

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January 2009
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News – Carrots, not sticks

Carrots, not sticks New research on school discipline suggests children behave better when they are given positive feedback and more direct help to ensure they complete work. Prizes and rewards for good work have increased with teachers giving three times as much positive feedback as they did 30 years ago     A report by Ofsted, the…

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January 2009
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News – Council defiant

Council defiant A council has maintained its decision to ban a couple from adopting a baby girl after a high court ruling urged it to reconsider, reports the Christian Institute.     The couple, known as Mr and Mrs A, were refused the right to adopt the girl after they admitted that they once smacked their adopted…

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January 2009
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News – Offensive statue

Offensive statue  A Christian woman has been denied the right to bring a private prosecution against the Baltic Flour Mills Visual Arts Trust in Newcastle upon Tyne, for displaying a highly offensive and blasphemous statue of Jesus. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) took over the case when they discovered Emily Mapfuwa was going to…

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January 2009
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News – Same-sex adoption

Same-sex adoption Two fifths of the population think male same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt children, largely because it is not in the best interests of the child. More than a third of people said that children should not be placed for adoption with female same-sex couples, according to the figures from adoption…

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January 2009
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News – Churches closing

Churches closing  The possibility of many British churches closing within the next 25 years has led government ministers to examine how extra funding might help these buildings become central to community regeneration.     Treasury officials and church leaders will discuss how the Government can release funding for churches involved in community-based projects. They will also…

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January 2009
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News – Feral children?

Feral children? Most of the public are scared of children, according to a survey. A third of people say our streets are 'infested' by young yobs and four in ten refer to children as 'feral'.      A YouGov poll was conducted by children's charity Barnardo's. The survey showed some 54% of adults think children are…

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January 2009
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News – Guernsey quickening

Guernsey quickening On 10 October 1958, John Blanchard was in Ebenezer Methodist Church, St Peter Port, Guernsey, acting as General Secretary of the 'Guernsey for God' campaign, which was by that date coming to an end.  Fifty years later - on 10 October 2008 he was back in his native island, being interviewed on BBC…

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January 2009
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News – School bullying

School bullying A survey published in November to mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week revealed that almost a quarter of young people have been bullied because of their religion. Beatbullying, a government-funded project to prevent bullying in schools, said it had encountered a disturbing level of religious intolerance among the children it had studied.     …

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News – Open-Air Mission annual meeting

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January 2009
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News – Open-Air Mission annual meeting

Open-Air Mission annual meeting  How many Muslims came to your church last Sunday? How many atheists, new-agers, pagans, alcoholics or drug addicts listened to the message of God's love and grace and Christ's power to save, from the pulpit of your church? The answer is probably none; or very few.      The fact is…

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News – Hayes Town Chapel ladies’ evening

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January 2009
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News – Hayes Town Chapel ladies’ evening

Hayes Town Chapel ladies' evening I wonder what thoughts occur in your mind when you think of a 'ladies' fellowship' group. In our church we are blessed with ladies from a broad spectrum of ages and circumstances.      Our annual meal was held on 10 November. The main church room had carefully laid tables, complete…

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News – A free gift!

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News – A free gift!

A free gift! People say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but they are wrong! With our loving God all is free. At Thornwood congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC), we were reminded of God's amazing provision.     We had been without a church building since the division in the…

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News – Joyful occasion

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News – Joyful occasion

Joyful occasion The 'God's glory our joy conference' has become a firm fixture in my diary every October. Based for the last few years at the Emmaus Church Centre in Warrington, its aim is easily stated - 'Building biblical churches for the 21st century'.     This year's theme was 'Truth into experience', with sermons covering our…

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News – Celebrating 40 years at Tinshill

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January 2009
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News – Celebrating 40 years at Tinshill

Celebrating 40 years at Tinshill At the end of September 2008, Tinshill Free Church in Leeds celebrated their 40th anniversary with two weekends of special events.      It was good to be joined by many friends for the thanksgiving service on the first Saturday. They included a minibus of people from Bethel Free Church, Wigston,…

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News – EP in Moscow

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January 2009
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News – EP in Moscow

EP in Moscow  The ninth Evangelical Press Russian preachers' conference was held near Moscow on 6-7 November. In this new location, we were pleased to welcome many who were new to the conference. There was a remarkable sense of unity and a consciousness of the Lord's presence.      Most brethren were from different regions…

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January 2009
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News – Russia moves against religions

Russia moves against religions Forum 18 News Service reports that in October 2008 Russia published a list of 56 centralised religious organisations scheduled to be shut down, apparently for not submitting correct accounting information to the Justice Ministry. The list of organisations includes Old Believer, Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, Protestant, Nestorian, Muslim and Buddhist organisations.     More…

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January 2009
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News – Free Church of Scotland division

Free Church of Scotland division Shortly before the January ET went to print, the Free Church of Scotland (FC) announced proposals for a settlement of outstanding issues between itself and the Free Church Continuing (FCC).      The FC Commission's proposals include, 'the termination of suspensions [upon ministers] imposed by the Commission on 20th January 2000…

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News – Waiting to hear

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News – Waiting to hear

Waiting to hearEkapitaa, a village leader from an unreached area two to three days hike away, sent this message to New Tribes missionaries working with the Dao people in Indonesia: 'Please tell Scott that we want to hear this Creator's talk.      'We want it so much that we are waiting for the time…

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January 2009
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News – Islamic growth

Islamic growth  Immigration and high birth rates means the number of Muslims in Europe has tripled in the past 30 years, making Islam the continent's fastest growing religion. No one knows exactly how many Muslims call Europe home, since most European nations don't track ethnicity or religious affiliation in census data. Guesses put the…

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News – Cromer Baptist Church

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News – Cromer Baptist Church

Cromer Baptist Church It was a special day in the life of Cromer Baptist Church when about 150 gathered on Saturday 8 November to witness the induction of Jon Davies as pastor. The service was attended by representatives from local churches, the town mayor, and friends from a wide area.      Cromer Baptist had been…

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January 2009
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News – Dignitas

Dignitas The UK has the third highest number of people registered with the Swiss suicide agency Dignitas, a BBC 5live investigation has found. The number of Britons on the group's list has risen to 725, behind only Switzerland and Germany. Dignitas says they have paid a fee, allowing them to book a date to travel…

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News – Educated Catholics

Educated Catholics A senior Roman Catholic bishop has criticised educated Catholics for spreading scepticism and sowing dissent instead of following the church's teaching. The bishop complained that influential Catholics in politics and the media were undermining the church and pursuing 'hedonistic', 'selfish' and 'egocentric' lifestyles.     While not naming names, the Rt Rev. Patrick O'Donoghue, Bishop…

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