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Ken Howard (1928-2012)

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July 2012
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Ken Howard (1928-2012)

Ken Howard (1928-2012) Ken Howard pastored a congregation in Farnborough, Hampshire, for 17 years and then became pastor at Stretham, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, from 1983 until his retirement in 1999. He served both churches while working firstly as an accountant and then as a personnel manager. He was born on 21 December 1928…

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July 2012
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FCC assembly

FCC assembly Passing legislation to allow same-sex marriage would create great persecution against Christians, Rev. James Gracie has warned.    In his moderatorial address to the General Assembly of Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), which met in Edinburgh, Mr Gracie cautioned the Scottish government that bringing in such legislation would be the means of introducing persecution…

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July 2012
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The race is on !

Soon after trusting Christ in my early twenties, I worked the night shift at a plywood company mainly with Hispanics. We enjoyed each other whether we fought or not. I worked on an 8-man crew (four teams of two men on a team) that off-loaded huge crates of fifty 4ft x 8ft sheets of…

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Homophobia

Homophobia The European Parliament has voted on a joint resolution on the fight against homophobia in Europe, but the issue has been clouded by ‘cloak and dagger’ agendas, European Dignity Watch has claimed.    In a blog post, the political advocacy group said, ‘As often happens when it comes to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender…

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Confidence

Confidence The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has launched a national initiative to help develop confidence in the gospel and it is looking for 12 UK churches to be ‘lead learners’.    Krish Kandiah, executive director of churches in mission, for the EA, said this initiative, ‘Confidence in the gospel’, would help ‘find effective ways to help…

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July 2012
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African terrorism

African terrorism Christians in Africa are coming under greater threats from terrorist groups, a report from the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has claimed.    Citing figures from Christian prayer organisation Window International Network, the WEA said Christians in the 10/40 Window especially are facing a dramatic rise in persecution in the form of abduction, torture…

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July 2012
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Economy

Economy Greece is at the ‘worst stage’ of its economic crisis, a leading investment bank report has claimed.     In an analysis note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, written in the lead-up to the emergency election in June, experts warned: ‘The risks of a coalition government against the austerity programme, or no agreement…

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July 2012
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CofE concerns

CofE concerns The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) is bracing itself for tough times ahead in the Church of England (CofE).    In a statement presented by Bishop John Ellison, chairman of the FCA UK Panel of Bishops and Rev. Paul Perkin, chairman of the FCA for UK and Ireland, the FCA warned of possible…

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July 2012
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Excavation

Excavation Artefacts that may date back to the time of King David’s nemesis, Goliath, have been unearthed, according to news from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.    As reported in NBC News, a five-year archaeological dig near Goliath’s biblical hometown of Gath has yielded evidence of Judean religious practices 3,000 years ago.    This gives more…

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Children in crisis

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July 2012
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Children in crisis

Children in crisis Millions of children are in crisis all over the world. It is a symptom that something is terribly wrong. Why are children suffering? It was God’s design from the beginning that every child should be in a loving home where they are safe, clean, trained, fed nutritiously and nurtured. Sadly, many…

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July 2012
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Unholy row

Unholy row St Paul’s Cathedral gave the police permission to remove Occupy protesters forcibly from the cathedral steps on 28 February, the City of London Police Commissioner has revealed.    It is understood that this contradicts claims made by the cathedral authorities, who had denied they gave the police permission to remove people. But a…

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July 2012
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Dr Michael Cassidy

Dr Michael Cassidy The Lausanne Movement Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr Michael Cassidy (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) as Honorary Chair of the Movement.    The movement’s Executive Chairman Doug Birdsall said Cassidy ‘is a global statesman and advocate for reconciliation and for Christian unity, while at the same time a persuasive…

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July 2012
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Facebook witness

Facebook witness UK Christians are using social media to share their faith online, a new survey by Christian Vision, in partnership with Premier Christian Media, has found.     In a survey on attitudes to online mission, the majority (84 per cent) of respondents agreed that the online space is a huge mission field, with…

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July 2012
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Law Society prevents free speech

Law Society prevents free speech Christian Concern (CC) and the World Congress of Families, along with the National Organisation for Marriage, held their marriage conference as planned, this May, but only finding a venue less than 24 hours before the event.    The colloquium had been cancelled by the Law Society for allegedly breaching its…

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The big interview

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July 2012
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The big interview

The big interview Financial education charity Credit Action is part of the Question of Trust campaign, which seeks to rebuild public trust in financial service institutions. Credit Action’s founder Keith Tondeur spoke to Sheila Marshall about his journey from being a City stockbroker to becoming a national financial educator. ET: Which came first, faith…

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Sudan warning

Sudan warning The threat of an all-out war between Sudan and South Sudan is putting Christians in both nations in great danger, Barnabas Fund has warned.    Clashes in the oil-rich territory over the past month have been described as the worst fighting since South Sudan gained independence in July 2011.    According to a statement…

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July 2012
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Psychological trickery

Psychological trickery The Christian psychiatrist at the centre of a legal row over counselling a gay client has been stripped of her hard-earned qualification, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has announced.    The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) informed Christian counsellor Lesley Pilkington that, following her appeal, she will still lose her senior…

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July 2012
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Financial ethics

Financial ethics Recently launched in the UK is the Question of Trust campaign, which aims to restore public and professional trust in the financial services. One of its key backers is Keith Tondeur OBE, founder of Credit Action (see p.30 of this ET issue for the Big Interview).    In another call for a more…

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Egypt elections

Egypt elections Christians have been praying for the safety of believers in Egypt after radical Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood surged ahead during the elections in May.    According to news reports, the Muslim Brotherhood group’s candidate Mohamed Morsi led the way, far ahead of former military leader Ahmed Shafiq, during Egypt’s first free presidential…

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Ministry up north

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July 2012
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Ministry up north

Ministry up north The North of England Conference 2012, which was held in March in Mirfield, was a ‘unique’ conference. It has normally been open for leaders and potential leaders in the churches, until this year when women were openly encouraged to come.     This is a wonderful recognition of the role these women…

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July 2012
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Phyllis Bowman

Phyllis Bowman The founder and director of anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia lobby group Right to Life has died. The funeral of Phyllis Bowman, at the forefront of campaigns to protect the rights of the unborn child, took place in a Catholic service in May.    Although her Catholic beliefs could never be upheld by Evangelicals, yet…

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July 2012
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OAC Ministries

OAC Ministries The Stourbridge Open Air Campaigners (OAC) Ministries in the West Midlands have been focusing on those who are ‘on the edges of church life or outside it’, John Heywood has said.    Speaking of the work of his teams in reaching people of different ethnicities, and the marginalised, the poor and those with special…

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July 2012
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Railway Bibles

Railway Bibles The Bible Society has given Bibles to signalmen and other staff on railways in Wales, helping to fulfil a 143-year-old legacy request.    In April, Rev. Ron Keen, Railway Mission chaplain, presented 12 Bibles to staff at stations in Cardiff, Barry and Radyr.     He said, ‘It’s a terrific thing to do, because…

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GBP Scotland

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July 2012
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GBP Scotland

GBP Scotland Grace Baptist Partnership (GBP) Scotland has much to praise God for, not just in terms of well-attended conferences but also in outreach opportunities and launching a dedicated Facebook page.    The Rebuild and Certain Sound conferences were a blessing to many, and the audio resources have been downloaded many times since from www.gbpscotland.org/resources/audio-resources…

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Autism link to chemicals

Autism link to chemicals Contamination from chemicals found in common, everyday items may have a link to autism, research has claimed.    Online US newspaper Huffington Post reported that even women who took every precaution possible while pregnant gave birth to children with varying stages of autism, which could be linked to migraine medicine, contaminants…

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July 2012
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Forced marriages

Forced marriages Extreme hunger has forced many parents to coerce their little girls into arranged marriages, charity World Vision has warned.    Esperance Klugan, national director for World Vision Niger, said the West Africa food crisis was forcing children out of school and into the role of breadwinner or wife, from as young as seven.  …

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