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March 2020
News > Church news

Flint Evangelical Church – Induction

Ben Slater was recently inducted to the pastorate of Flint Evangelical Church in North Wales. The service was led by church elder David Roberts, and visiting speaker Stuart Olyott preached from Galatians 2:20 on starting out in ministry. Chris Thomas, another elder and the church secretary, recounted the history of Ben’s involvement with the…

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March 2020
News > Church news

Wycliffe Bible Translators – New Regional Manager for Scotland

From February this year, Ruth McCaig was appointed the Regional Manager for Scotland for Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her role will involve developing Wycliffe’s engagement with churches in Scotland, particularly through overseeing Wycliffe’s volunteer programme. Ruth performed a similar role for Operation Christmas Child prior to joining Wycliffe, where she was Scottish and Faroe Islands…

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March 2020
News > Church news

New President for SASRA as Lord Dannatt bids farewell

Major General RJ Thomson CBE DSO has become the new president of the Soldiers’ and Airmens’ Scripture Readers Association. He succeeds General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, who after 20 years as president now becomes President Emeritus of the Association. SASRA’s work to provide Christian ministry to British Army and RAF personnel…

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March 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Freddie Gallichan (1931-2019)

In January, over 300 people attended the funeral of Bristol evangelist and musician, Freddie Gallichan, who has died aged 88. His tireless ministry around Bristol touched countless lives. He used his musical gift to create a rapport with people before sharing the greater gift of Jesus Christ and his saving gospel. Freddie was born…

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March 2020
News > Media

Pastor Stephen Bignall steps down as ET letters editor

This month we say a fond farewell to Stephen Bignall from his role as ET’s letters editor. This task will be continued by John Tredgett (Carlisle). Steve Bignall emigrated with his wife and children to the UK from Australia in 1997. He studied at London Theological Seminary, while worshipping at Campus Church, Welwyn Garden…

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March 2020
News > Induction

New pastor at Newquay Reformed Baptist Church

After several years without a pastor, there was much rejoicing at Newquay Reformed Baptist Church as Josh Williamson was inducted to the pastorate. The chapel soon filled as Christians from a variety of churches throughout Cornwall came together to give thanks to the Lord for his provision. Pastor Williamson is originally from Australia and…

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March 2020
News > Church news

Steve Timmis removed as CEO of Acts 29 network

The board of the Acts 29 church planting network has removed Steve Timmis from his role as chief executive following accusations of abuse and bullying. A statement issued by Acts 29 and given to Christianity Today said, ‘The Board of Acts 29 was made aware of some accusations of abusive leadership against our CEO…

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March 2020
News > Church news

Revised Persian translation of the New Testament is ready

The Trinitarian Bible Society has taken delivery of 7,500 copies of a revised New Testament in Persian (Farsi). A further 5,000 copies are being printed in the USA. Farsi is spoken by over 100 million people, mainly in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Complete translations of Scripture into Farsi first arose following the pioneering work…

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March 2020
News > Conferences

EMF conference addresses ‘spiritual climate change’

Around 100 people gathered for the European Mission Fellowship’s conference last November, themed around current shifts in belief among Europeans. Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the EMF. Mission Director Steven Bowers began the day by quoting from Five Minutes to Midnight, Omri Jenkins’s history of the charity. He reminded delegates of the…

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March 2020
News > Church news

Binfield Heath Congregational Church induction

Binfield Heath Chapel in South Oxfordshire was full on 4 January for the induction of new minister, Stephen Palmer. This small village church had been without a pastor for 18 months since Thomas Brand left to become Ministry Director of Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches (EFCC). After considering several applicants for the part-time post…

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March 2020
News > Conferences

Westminster Conference explores ‘The Puritan Experiment’

The recent Westminster Conference — mainly devoted to the study of historical theology, with special reference to the Puritan era and lessons for today — met, as usual, in the convenient and comfortable Salvation Army’s Regent Hall in Oxford Street, London. About 100 men and women were present for each of the six sessions.…

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March 2020
News > International

Australia: churches respond to fire disasters

Australian churches have been working to help those affected by the devastating bushfires sweeping the nation. According to the Baptist Union Australia, a fund has been set up to aid churches assisting those caught up in the fire, while others have cared for exhausted emergency service workers. All over, churches have united in special…

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March 2020
News > International

Norway: Muslims beat and attempt to force the conversion of street preacher

Four Muslim men abducted, beat, and robbed a Christian street preacher in Trondheim, Norway, demanding at knifepoint he convert to Islam or be killed. Roar Fløttum, who regularly preaches on the streets of the city, was lured away last year by the men to pray for a friend who, they falsely claimed, had injured…

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March 2020
News > International

Myanmar: Army softens stance on Shan State

Christians in Myanmar (Burma) have found their prayers answered after the anti-Christian United Wa State Army has allowed at least 50 churches to reopen. The United Wa State Army (UWSA) is in control of the Wa Special Region in Myanmar, bordering China’s Yunnan province, and is a China-backed, communist-influenced separatist group. In 2018, local…

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March 2020
News > International

India: Court to hear case on minority Dalit rights

A legal challenge filed 16 years ago to the Indian Supreme Court in New Delhi is finally about to receive a hearing. The challenge is against a 1950 presidential order, which bars Dalit Christians and Muslims from receiving the same basic rights as Dalits who are Hindu, Sikh, or Buddhist. In Sanskrit, Dalit means…

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March 2020
News > Politics

Brexit implications set out by Christian Institute

Director of The Christian Institute, Colin Hart, has written about the implications of Brexit for the issues the Institute deals with. Mr Hart said, ‘The Institute didn’t take sides in the referendum. We are supported by both Leavers and Remainers. But from whatever viewpoint, supporters have been asking about how Brexit affects the sorts…

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March 2020
News > Religious liberty

Complaint to be reconsidered against judge in Christian nurse dismissal case

A complaint will be ‘reconsidered’ against the judge who oversaw the tribunal case of a Christian nurse dismissed for sharing her faith with patients. An original complaint against Judge Martin Kurrein was initially dismissed, but following further legal action it will now be ‘reconsidered’. The complaint has been made by the Christian Legal Centre,…

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March 2020
News > Ethics

Court rejects assisted suicide legal challenge

Terminally ill man, Phil Newby, has been refused a judicial review to challenge the law on assisted dying. Judges at the Court of Appeal said the court was ‘not an appropriate forum for the discussion of the sanctity of life’. Under the current law it is illegal in England and Wales to encourage or…

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March 2020
News > Ethics

Student midwife fights back after wrongful suspension

A midwifery student who was forced to suspend her studies at the University of Nottingham because of her involvement with a pro-life group is launching a formal complaint. Julia Rynkiewicz, who was in her final year, was subjected to a four month long Fitness to Practise investigation over her involvement with the ‘Nottingham Students…

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March 2020
Articles > News > Ethics > Society

Government urged not to bring Down’s abortions into NI law

More than 1,400 people with Down’s syndrome and their families have called on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to introduce abortions up to birth for Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland (NI). A letter from 1,413 signatories has urged Mr Johnson to clarify that disability-selective abortion for Down’s syndrome will not be introduced to…

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March 2020
News > Society

Scottish self-identification plans criticised by gay campaigners

Gay activists have lambasted the Scottish Government for its controversial proposals to enable people to ‘change sex’ by self-identification. In what is becoming a growing backlash by traditional gay activists against the rampant trans agenda, LGB Alliance Scotland called for the withdrawal of the government’s draft bill, saying it would unleash a ‘gender free-for-all’.…

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March 2020
News > Society

Abuse of trust loophole must be closed

MPs have called for urgent action from the government to close a loophole allowing sports coaches and religious figures to have sexual relationships with children. It is currently against the law for someone in a ‘position of trust’ to engage in sexual activity with a child in their care, even if that child is…

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March 2020
News > Society

Church of England upholds the Bible’s teaching on marriage, then apologises

The Church of England issued a pastoral guidance statement which upholds the Bible’s teaching that sex should be reserved for heterosexual married couples. But following the release of the statement an apology was issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the outgoing Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. The pastoral guidance statement was…

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March 2020
News > Education > Society

Council on the brink of facing legal case over sex education

Warwickshire County Council is on the verge of facing a legal challenge over a controversial and ‘misleading’ policy for implementing Relationship and Sex Education in primary schools under its care. Lawyers acting on behalf of The Christian Institute have written to the council, raising concerns over what the Institute calls a ‘catalogue of errors’.…

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March 2020
News > Religious liberty

Franklin Graham may litigate over cancelled venues

Gospel evangelist Franklin Graham has said he may go to court over several British venues that cancelled his events because of his stance on homosexuality. The son of Billy Graham had contracts with several venues to hold gospel rallies as part of a UK tour, but numerous sites dropped out because they came under…

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March 2020
News > International

US evangelicals react to CT editorial on President Trump’s impeachment

In December, the then editor-in-chief of Christianity Today (CT), Mark Galli, published an editorial welcoming President Trump’s impeachment and calling for him to be removed from office. Since then, much of the evangelical right has been in an uproar. Galli, now retired, spoke candidly about what he thought of Trump’s impeachment by the House…

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