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June 2012
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Pakistan

Pakistan Christian girls in Pakistan have been raped and trapped into becoming Muslims through forced marriage, a report from independent newsletter The News has claimed.    Quoted in the report, one old lady from Essa Nagri said, ‘I saw two of my daughters being raped in front of me’.    She told The News that around…

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Wedding trends

Wedding trends People are increasingly likely to pick a partner similar to themselves, according to research by the Institute for Public Policy Research.    The research, which was reported on Channel 4, found more than half of married women born between 1976-1981 married a partner in the same social class, compared to 45 per cent…

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Charity CD

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Charity CD

Charity CD Philippa Woodcraft, a member of Potton Baptist Church, Bedfordshire, who was born blind, has produced a CD of hymns called, ‘I shall see him face to face’. It is a mixture of 12 old and new hymns, including ‘No one ever cared for me like Jesus’, ‘One day when heaven’, ‘Such love’…

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Creationism in the US

Creationism in the US UK scientist and creationist Professor Andy McIntosh has ‘learned great lessons’ during his time in Montana and Idaho in the US.    According to the Leeds University academic, much work has been done on dinosaur bones casting doubt over the initial readings of pro-evolutionary scientists.    He said, ‘The meetings in Bozeman,…

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Banner of Truth

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Banner of Truth

Banner of Truth This year’s Leicester conference began on a startling note, as Ted Donnelly was unable to complete his opening paper, despite having preached lucidly at another meeting the previous night. However, his paper on ‘Exalting the name of the Lord’ gave us strong reasons to exalt God together.     Mr Donnelly was…

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Nigerian violence

Nigerian violence People living in northern Nigeria must not only cope with religious killings, but the daily threat of gang violence, a report from Al-Jazeera has claimed.    The comments came after gunmen threw bombs and opened fire on a cattle market in Potiskum, north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 60 people, a spokesman for the…

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Laos

Laos Laotian Christians in one church have stood up for religious freedom, by resisting the closure of their church building, which was among four confiscated by the authorities in one district.     According to reports from Barnabas Fund, on 5 April officials ordered the confiscation and closure of the church in Khamnonsung village, in…

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June 2012
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Cycling

I recently took up cycling. At first I was enthusiastic for every ride. Come rain or shine, I wanted to get out on that bike and nothing would stop me. I told everyone I met how great cycling is and how they should take it up too — ‘It’s improved my fitness levels and…

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Pro-lifers excluded

Pro-lifers excluded There is still a lack of proper debate on abortion at a higher level, a blog post published on the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) web site has claimed.    Citing an article by consultant psychiatrist Pravin Thevathasan, the post highlighted the influence of the one-sided report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges…

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Rendille people

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Rendille people

Rendille people I was recently privileged to spend three months working with Nick and Lynne Swanepoel in Korr, northern Kenya. I was teaching English at the emerging secondary school there, the latest addition to the Tirrim Project.     The students in the secondary school are studying hard for their exams, and so grateful to…

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EMF open day

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EMF open day

EMF open day On Saturday 21 April, European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) supporters came to Welwyn Evangelical Church for the annual School of Biblical Studies open day.    During the two meetings, students were interviewed by the School’s principal, Jörg Müller, and spoke of their home churches in Hungary, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and the UK. We…

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Eucharistic Congress

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Eucharistic Congress

Eucharistic Congress Two debates have been scheduled for the end of May, to coincide with the 50th World Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in June, when there will be added focus on the Eucharist and associated doctrines.     The planned debates between Catholic priest Patrick McCafferty and Evangelical Christian Rob Zins from North Carolina will…

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June 2012
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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan A court in Azerbaijan has ruled to close down Greater Grace Protestant Church in Baku, according to a report from Christian advocacy organisation Release International. This is believed to be the first forced liquidation of a religious group in the country since a tough new Religion Law was passed in 2009. Andy Dipper,…

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Baptismal insult

Baptismal insult Hindu leaders in the US have asked the Mormon Church of the Latter Day Saints for a full report on the numbers of Hindus baptised posthumously.    In a report in Third Way, the church of Mormon was said to be once again in the centre of a controversy over its mass posthumous…

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Marriage

Marriage Religious institutions and Prime Minister David Cameron are set to lock horns after another campaign to keep marriage special was launched in May.    High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge is responsible for the latest campaign, which he said was much needed in order to benefit society.    He pointed out that 500,000 children and…

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Stony Stratford

Stony Stratford On Saturday 31 March, Keith Plant was inducted as pastor of Stony Stratford Evangelical Free Church (EFCC).    The service was chaired by Roger March, who was moderator during the interregnum and who is former pastor of near neighbour, Wolverton Evangelical Free Church.     Gareth Williams, pastor of Bala Evangelical Church and a…

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Irish Catholic agitation

Irish Catholic agitation Irish Catholics have called on Cardinal Sean Brady to resign, lobbied against celibacy vows and suggested allowing the ordination of women priests.    The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), which represents more than 850 priests in Ireland, said it was crucial to change in order to secure a future for the Catholic…

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John Newton Project

John Newton Project The John Newton Project has made another urgent appeal for funds, as it is still short of this year’s expenses. The recent increase in postage stamp prices has contributed much to its costs.    According to its latest newsletter, the charitable foundation needs roughly £6,000 more, despite a fundraising earlier this year…

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Stockton-on-Tees

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Stockton-on-Tees

Stockton-on-Tees Nearly 100 people gathered for the official opening of the Bible Centre, Stockton-on-Tees, the new location of Stockton’s Presbyterian Reformed Church. The refurbished building, a former boxing club, has already been in use for several months in the good fight of faith.     Pastor Roy Mohon, minister of the congregation, led in worship.…

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Religious freedom

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Religious freedom

Religious freedom American academics have opened a debate about whether religious freedom is being threatened by the legal promotion of gay rights on both sides of the Atlantic.    It follows several cases in Britain and the US where Christians have clashed with the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage and place children with gay foster…

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Encouragement in Lagos

Encouragement in Lagos Despite trouble in northern Nigeria, the Lord is saving souls and growing his church, according to reports from Pastor Tony Okoroh in Lagos.    In his latest newsletter Mr Okoroh said, ‘The Lord has allowed us to continue to hold meetings openly. The well publicised threat against Christian gatherings by the Boko…

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Executions

Executions The number of countries using capital punishment has fallen by a third in the past decade, according to Amnesty International.     In its 74-page report, Death sentences and executions in 2011, Amnesty said 20 countries carried out executions in 2011, down from 23 in 2010.    Only 10 per cent of the world’s countries…

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Survival story

Survival story A woman from Georgia, US, has given an account of her ‘terrifying ordeal’ a year after she was caught up in powerful tornadoes in southern US that killed 300 people and was taken for dead.    In an Associated Press report Glynis Lawson told of how the last thing she remembered was seeking…

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