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January 2020
News > Church news

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cardiff induction

On Saturday 5 October, a packed congregation witnessed the induction of Paul Whiteley as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cardiff. Paul Whiteley had previously been the pastor of Penyrheol Evangelical Church, near Swansea. A history of the call to the pastorate was given, emphasising how God had graciously kept the church over four…

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Review

January 2020
Reviews > Book

In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History

The introduction to In the Year of Our Lord says it ‘is not a history of the church… it is more like a personal tour of some of the people and places that the author has encountered over the years’ (p.2). The book began as a series of talks to Sinclair Ferguson’s church, covering…

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Review

January 2020
Reviews > Book

Counting the Cost

For 15 years these British missionaries have been at the heart of New Foundations, an evangelical medical mission. They had been serving the Lord giving spiritual and medical help to local communities in the Niger Delta, one of the world’s most unstable and impoverished areas. In October 2017 the lawlessness of that area touched…

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January 2020
News > Church news

Anglican church in Devon says no to yoga

Efforts to hire a C of E church hall in Barnstaple for yoga classes were blocked by the parish office of St Mary’s Church in Pilton, Devon. Yoga is an increasingly popular practice in the UK. Over 400,000 people attend classes each week. The exercises focus on posture, breathing and relaxation techniques. Yoga stems…

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January 2020
News > Conferences

Gaulby Festival of Grace: ‘A closer walk with God’

The twentieth Gaulby Festival of Grace was held in September at Countesthorpe Baptist Church in Leicestershire. Around sixty people attended the day conference under the theme: ‘A closer walk with God’. Kevin Bidwell outlined the work of Sheffield Presbyterian Church. Their vision is to promote confessional Presbyterianism in Sheffield. They have planted churches in…

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January 2020
News > Conferences

Wilberforce Academy aims to equip a generation of leaders in public life

Christian Concern recently hosted its 10th Wilberforce Academy. Sixty students and young professionals attended the five-day training course in Oxford. It aimed to equip them to become the next generation of leaders in public life – culture-makers who remain faithful to the gospel. It is clear that Western culture repeatedly rejects biblical truth, said…

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January 2020
News > Conferences

From confusion to clarity in the modern evangelical scene

October is the time when russet-coloured leaves detach themselves and waft gently to the ground. Yes, but for me (and a fair few others), it is the time of year when we journey to Warrington for the annual ‘God’s Glory, Our Joy’ conference. Themed ‘From Confusion to Clarity’, the speakers were Stephen Rees (Pastor…

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January 2020
News > Church news

‘Britain’s only hope: the gospel’

Cultural Marxism, abortion and evolution were some of the pressing issues faced by Christians which were addressed in this conference. It was held in October at Penn Free Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire. David Carson spoke on ‘The state of the nation and the only remedy’. He referred to the great influence of the 1920s…

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January 2020
News > International > Persecution

Nigeria: Baroness Cox reports on massacres

After a fact-finding mission to Nigeria, British parliamentarian Baroness Cox has reported that extremists in northern and middle belt Nigerian states have killed thousands of Christians. She stated that armed Fulani militants are targeting Christian communities in an aggressive and strategic land-grabbing policy. Baroness Cox, who is a patron of advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund,…

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January 2020
News > International > Persecution

Global: Christian women facing rising violence

Governments across the world have been urged to do more to protect women, who are the most at-risk group when it comes to religious persecution. According to ADF International, women face kidnapping, slavery, rape and death because of their religious affiliation, and are often presented as easy targets. Speaking on the International Day for…

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January 2020
News > International

Albania: Churches help after earthquake

Evangelical Christians from Albanian churches turned out in force to help victims of recent large earthquakes. The first earthquake struck on 26 November and measured 6.4 on the Richter scale. It was followed by smaller quakes, which hindered relief efforts. The death toll is believed to be at 51, with more than 1,400 buildings…

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January 2020
News > International

China: religious persecution still rising

China’s growing detention camps and persistent unease in Hong Kong following 2019’s violent democracy protests are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, religious advocacy organisation Release International has claimed. In a statement, Release International said recent events, such as the revelation of brainwashing camps set up on the mainland, highlighted the rising levels of…

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January 2020
News > Ethics > Youth

New kids book to counter the ‘born in the wrong body’ lie

A children’s author and poet has written a book to counteract the explosion in gender ideology that teaches children they can be born in the wrong body. According to The Times newspaper, Rachel Rooney’s book, My Body is Me, addresses concerns about the new sex education and relationships lessons that start next September. Rooney…

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January 2020
News > Society

UK abortion provider is behind calls for general election pledges

The UK’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) was behind calls for general election candidates to pledge to introduce abortion up to birth. According to reports, the ‘my pledge, my choice’ campaign was launched at the end of November to deliberately target the political candidates and get them to pledge to…

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January 2020
News > Society

High Court ruling on euthanasia welcomed

Christian advocacy group CARE has welcomed a decision by the High Court to refuse a new challenge to the existing law on assisted suicide. Phil Newby, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2014, had proposed that the court ‘test the evidence’ on assisted suicide, by examining a wide body of evidence from…

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January 2020
News > Education

Stonewall made false claims of Ofsted scrutiny

Britain’s primary schools should not be intimidated into creating a pro-LGBT curriculum, the Christian Institute has warned. Last year, a guide published by gay rights lobby group Stonewall made the assertion that Ofsted, the government’s education watchdog, would be ‘watching schools’ to make sure that lessons have been made LGBT-inclusive. The 60-page guide says,…

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January 2020
News > Society

Allow teenagers to have abortions at home after Skype chat, doctor says

Teenage girls should be allowed to take an abortion pill at home or school after a quick online video chat with a doctor via Skype or Facetime, a top doctor has said. The controversial proposals have been made by the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Lesley Regan wants the…

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January 2020
News > Ethics

Lack of protection for Christians who believe in biblical marriage

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has failed to recognise serious concerns about freedom of expression regarding the introduction of same-sex marriage, the Christian Institute (CI) has warned. According to Simon Calvert, deputy director for public affairs at the CI, the NIO was warned of possible legal action over the lack of protections for churches…

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January 2020
News > Society

Caretaker sues school over LGBT ‘mob rule’

A Christian pastor and school caretaker is taking legal action against his former employer, a school, over what the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) called ‘capitulating to mob rule’. Keith Waters, 53, sent a tweet stating that gay pride events were harmful to children and shouldn’t be attended by Christians. Following this, he experienced a…

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January 2020
News > Society

BBC highlights the suffering of transsexuals who detransition

A BBC Newsnight investigation has found growing numbers of transgender people are desperately trying to detransition – to change back to their birth gender. The programme, called Detransitioning: How do I go back to the Debbie I was?, revealed some people have to spend years on waiting lists before being seen by an expert.…

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News

January 2020
News > Education > Uncategorised

Church of England sex lessons charter criticised

The Church of England has published a charter on relationships and sexual health education (RSHE), but critics say it just panders to the culture. General Synod member Andrea Williams (who is also Director of Christian Concern) said, ‘This charter fails to protect teachers, governors and children who wish to state and uphold the Church’s…

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January 2020
News > Religious liberty

Police order banner to be taken down

A police officer told a preacher at Speaker’s Corner to stop displaying a banner with a gospel message, even though he has been doing so for more than 20 years. According to The Mail on Sunday two police officers told Roland Parsons he could no longer show his slogans and ordered him to remove…

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January 2020
News > Society

School protest banned in gay teaching row

Parents will continue to be banned from protesting outside a school in opposition to new LGBT lessons, following a decision by the High Court. An exclusion zone will remain around Anderton Park school, in Birmingham. Campaigners have accused the city council of trying to silence debate. Many parents are concerned the lessons are not…

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January 2020
News > Religious liberty

Street preacher wins settlement over wrongful arrest and false imprisonment

Cumbria Police have paid £4,000 plus legal costs to a Christian street preacher in settlement of a case of wrongful arrest and unlawful detention. Dale Mcalpine from Workington in Cumbria said the result was a positive outcome ‘for Christians across the country’. He says he hopes his case will encourage others. He said, ‘As…

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Article

January 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Divided we fall

A new year! 2019 is over. When you read this, 2020 will have begun. What will I remember about the year that’s gone? I will look back on many things with joy and gratitude. But other things have cast heavy shadows. And among those things, some of the darkest shadows have been the divisions…

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Article

January 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

The pastor’s wife

Nowadays when submitting research articles for publication in scientific journals it is standard that we complete a disclosure statement to declare any conflicts of interest (COI) which might have influenced what we have written. Thus, I realise that for this article I need to declare my COI: Conflict Of Interest Statement: The author declares…

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January 2020
News > International

Duke University kicks out Young Life Ministries

On September 18, 2019, the student governing body at Duke University unanimously voted to deny Young Life ministries as a recognised student organisation on their campus. Their reason for not welcoming Young Life as a campus organisation is due to the fact that Young Life policy prohibits LGBTQ people from being in leadership or…

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Article

January 2020
Articles > Personal view

Confront the culture but don’t lose the gospel

Without a doubt, there has been a culture war going on in western civilisation for many decades. According to one definition, a culture war is a ‘conflict between social groups and the struggle for dominance of their values, beliefs, and practices’. There was a time when people had respect for authority. Teachers, parents, police…

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Article

January 2020
Articles > Comment

Free speech is our freedom to preach the gospel

Free speech is more than just a civil liberty. For us as evangelicals, it’s our freedom to tell people the good news of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we welcome the settlement between Cumbria Police and street preacher Dale Mcalpine. Yes, there are some cranky street preachers out there who make us all wince. But many…

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January 2020
News > Conferences

The ‘resurrection’ of All Saints Church and the Reformation conference

The focus of this year’s ReformationUK Conference was the Holy Trinity. It was organised by Gateshead Presbyterian Church but took place in All Saints Church in Newcastle during October. The venue has had quite a history. It has been a site of Christian worship since the 12th century. The current edifice was built between…

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Article

January 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Loved with everlasting love

We often think we truly know a scriptural passage, only to dig a little deeper and be pleasantly surprised. For me, Revelation 3:20 fell into this category. It is often misunderstood. It has been applied evangelistically, used to urge unbelievers to ‘open the door’ of their heart to Jesus as he stands outside knocking.…

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Historical

January 2020
Articles > Historical

Katherine Willoughby, the Puritan Duchess (1519-80)

‘[She] was born a Catholic and became a convinced and zealous Puritan; she was born to a sheltered and secure life and, by her own honesty and outspokenness, she courted persecution and lived in danger. She was a woman of wit and beauty and charm, and of great integrity… Many whose thinking and writing…

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Article

January 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What’s all this about social justice?

Morality is back. Once again, moral absolutes are not just possible but popular. The #metoo movement has demanded universal standards of sexual morality. People are talking about social justice and the need to liberate the oppressed. This all gives tremendous gospel opportunities, because it invites the question: on what basis can universal moral standards…

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Review

January 2020
Reviews > Book

Exalted Above The Heavens: the risen and ascended Christ (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

The Bible devotes a great deal of space to the Christ of the past. Through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we learn of his pre-existence, his identity as God the Son, his incarnation, his early life in Nazareth, his public ministry, his sufferings and death, his resurrection and his ascension into heaven. The Bible…

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Review

January 2020
Reviews > Book

Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church

The ‘Author’s Prayer’ sets the tone: ‘Let the truth go forward. Let men be changed’ (p.viii). The directness in the prayer is replicated in the exposition. The author is a voice crying to recall the church to its true mission. He seeks reformation based on love, truth and prayer. The book consists of ten…

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Review

January 2020
Reviews > Book

The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them (Foundational Tools for Our Faith)

Many Christians see the law of God as unnecessary or unimportant. Kevin DeYoung takes issue with that view, arguing that the full revelation of Christ gives believers a greater incentive to make God’s precepts their delight. His well-known gifts as a communicator among students and young adults are on show throughout this book’s ten…

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