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May 2009
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News – Suicidal children

Suicidal children The number of 'suicidal' children calling a Welsh helpline has risen four-fold in the past five years, a charity says. NSPCC Cymru/Wales reported an average of nearly ten such calls a week to its ChildLine bases in Wales last year, amounting to a total of more than 500.      Abuse, neglect, family problems or…

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May 2009
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News – Teenage girls and alcohol abuse

Teenage girls and alcohol abuse More than 5,000 girls under the age of 16 needed hospital treatment last year after bingeing on alcohol.     The number, which includes girls as young as 10, has soared by 21 per cent in the past five years. The increase is even larger among older age groups. In 2007-08, just…

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May 2009
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News – The pastor’s lot

The pastor's lot  A survey of 180 church pastors affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) reveals that the typical FIEC pastor is 51 years of age, has been in the ministry for just under 17 years, works 56 hours a week and no longer lives in a manse.      He receives…

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May 2009
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The Trinity and the church – Verax Conference, Basel 2009

The Trinity and the church Verax Conference, Basel 2009 Many false developments arise in Christian churches due to a deficient understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Christians can better overcome personal and spiritual and theological challenges when they possess a comprehensive knowledge of God.      These were pivotal themes in this year's Verax Conference, which…

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Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia

Bolivia presents great openness for Christian work. Churches are growing and there is much progress to celebrate. But the situation presents challenges. Bolivian churches range from big city-centre Charismatic fellowships, attended mainly by the middle classes, to small outlying shanty town or country village fellowships, with poorly trained leaderships. Challenges abound in determining correct…

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Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

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May 2009
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Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

Grace in the Sermon on the Mount Guest Column I faced a huge problem almost as soon as I became a Christian. I joined a church and was baptised. My thirst for the Word of God was great, and my enthusiasm for knowledge compelled me to read the Bible. So far so good. I began as most…

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May 2009
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News – Dublin awaits abuse report

Dublin awaits abuse report Press reports suggest the Roman Catholic Church in Southern Ireland is preparing the public for the publications of a damning report about the extent of child abuse over the past 30 years. The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said the upcoming report on child sexual abuse involving Roman Catholic priests 'will…

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May 2009
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News – Resigning bishop warns UK

Resigning bishop warns UK The out-going Bishop of Rochester, who resigned last week to focus on helping the persecuted church, has warned Britain against drifting from its Christian moorings. Quoted by the Christian Institute, Michael Nazir-Ali called on Christians to learn from the witness of believers suffering for their faith overseas.     The bishop rejected the…

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News – Global churches

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May 2009
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News – Global churches

Global churches The challenge of 'being global churches' was the theme of this year's North of England church officers' conference held at Castle Hall School, Mirfield, from Friday evening to Saturday, 13-14 March.     Nearly 100 men gathered to hear addresses from Keith Walker (Director of SIM in UK and northern Europe) and Peter Milsom (Director…

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Witness at work

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May 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Witness at work

Witness at work One gets the impression sometimes that Christian believers consider work to be a necessary evil rather than a blessing from God. This is both bad theology and bad psychology. Remember that work was given to man in his perfect state - before the Fall and not after (Genesis 2:15).  Work is an…

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He ascended into heaven …

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May 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

He ascended into heaven …

He ascended into heaven ... The day known as 'Ascension Day' by Christians who follow a church calendar, falls on 21 May 2009. It commemorates Christ's glorious ascension into heaven, forty days after his victorious resurrection on the first 'Easter Sunday'.  Luke provides the fullest description of this particular milestone in the work of the…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Personal eccentricity’

'Personal eccentricity'  A Labour MEP says she objects to the increased activity of Christian groups in the public square and faith should be a 'personal eccentricity'. Mary Honeyball, who represents London, made her comments on a left-wing blog, labourlist.org.     She was responding to a recent article written by Tony Blair in the New Statesman,…

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News – God’s faithfulness at Newtown

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May 2009
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News – God’s faithfulness at Newtown

God's faithfulness at Newtown  It is 30 years since the crowds in Tehran heralded the Islamic Revolution, but March 1979 is also remembered by a small group of Christians for the commencement of the Sunday services of Newtown Evangelical Church (Eglwys Efengylaidd y Drenewydd) in mid-Wales.      The church was originally planned to be…

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May 2009
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News – Marriage optional?

Marriage optional? Married couples will soon be outnumbered by people who have never married, according to official forecasts. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) claims that, within 20 years the decline in marriage, which began in the 1980s, will result in more people remaining unmarried than married.     Last year, the numbers of married people fell…

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Does creation really matter?

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May 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Does creation really matter?

Does creation really matter? That the Bible is the Creator's direct revelation of himself is seen as irrelevant by most people in our 'enlightened' twenty-first century. So how can Christians help restore confidence in the Scriptures within society at large and among churchgoers? We live in a 'feelings-led' culture, where few believe in absolutes and most…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Faith hate’ attack

'Faith hate' attack Rev. Noble Samuel, a Christian minister at a United Reformed Church in West London, has been attacked by three men on his way to the TV studio where he films a gospel programme. Mr Samuel was born in Pakistan and moved to Britain 15 years ago.     He presents an hour-long live Asian…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Debaptism’

'Debaptism' The National Secular Society (NSS) claims to have had 100,000 downloads of an unofficial 'certificate of debaptism' from its web site.      The society acknowledges its 'irreverent certificate of debaptism is a bit of fun', but continues by stating: 'After all, the concept of baptism is a complete fantasy that has no meaning outside…

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Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up

On the edge – 3800 metres up   Bolivia, in the heart of South America, is a land of contrasts: geographically, with its mountains, valleys and tropical jungles; ethnically, with Aymaras, Quechuas, Creollos and others; politically, with a left-wing government popular in the western Andes and a right-wing opposition pushing for autonomy in the…

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May 2009
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News – Christian Party advert OK

Christian Party advert OK The advertising watchdog will not investigate a controversial campaign for the Christian Party that says 'There is definitely a God', despite it becoming one of the most criticised adverts ever. The advert, displayed on London buses, is a response to the British Humanist Association's (BHA's) original campaign that proclaimed: 'There's probably…

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News – Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church

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May 2009
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News – Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church

Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church The weekend of 21-22 February saw the 86th anniversary of Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church, Surrey, take place in its new building. Last year's anniversary services were the final ones in the previous building, as, the next day, rebuilding started.      In October 2008, the new premises in Smithy Lane were formally…

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May 2009
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News – Sweden redefines marriage

Sweden redefines marriage  Sweden has become the fifth European country to allow gay couples to be legally married. The country's parliament voted overwhelmingly to recognise same-sex marriage from the beginning of this month.      Sweden was one of the first countries to give gay couples legal partnership rights, in the mid-1990s; and allowed them…

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May 2009
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News – New HTC principal

New HTC principal Rev. Hector Morrison has been appointed Principal of the Highland Theological College in Inverness. Mr Morrison is a Church of Scotland minister who, along with Rev. Prof. Andrew McGowan, founded Highland Theological College in 1994.      He has been its vice principal since its inception and acting principal since the former principal,…

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News – Prayer in Wessex

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May 2009
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News – Prayer in Wessex

Prayer in Wessex  It has always been difficult to give a brief summary of the Wessex Conference and this year is no different - two good preachers, a record attendance and a subject 'Prayer', which may seem straightforward and yet has such depths. I urge those interested to download the messages from www.springroad.org.uk/sermons.php     David…

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Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty

Bolivia’s poverty   As long as sin, corruption and injustice are in the world, there will always be a mission field, and the church will be called to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples for Christ from every nation.   Bolivia is a country where there is much injustice and inequality –…

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May 2009
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News – Don’t mention it!

Don't mention it! A homelessness prevention officer with Wandsworth Council has been suspended from work for nearly two months for encouraging a homeless woman with an incurable medical condition to look to God for help.     Duke Amachree, who has worked for the local authority for almost 18 years, was suspended in January for discussing his…

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May 2009
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News – Pakistan attack

Pakistan attack In early March, a gang of militant Muslims descended on the small village of Sangowali in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The 25-strong mob targeted local Christians, breaking down doors, entering their houses and beating them with clubs and iron rods.     Women tried to protect their sons and husbands, but the mob was…

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Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims

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May 2009
Islam

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims   Every Christian needs to consider himself or herself a missionary. Our mission is to make Christ known to those who do not know him, whether they live thousands of miles away or just next door.   The migration of Muslim-background people to the West has resulted in…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Homophobic’ advert

'Homophobic' advert A Belfast church criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for an advert deemed to be homophobic has lost a subsequent independent review. The offending advert that contained quotations from the Bible was said to be inappropriate for twenty-first-century advertising. The church is considering a further appeal to the High Court.     The advert…

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May 2009
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News – Faith schools

Faith schools The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for a ban on faith groups running schools in the UK. With most media reports concentrating on the NUT's opposition to Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) for primary school children, little attention was given to its stance on religious control of schools.     The NUT's annual conference…

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News – Teesside ladies’ day

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May 2009
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News – Teesside ladies’ day

Teesside ladies' day Saturday 7 March saw 92 ladies from 17 churches in the north-east of England meet at Geneva Road Evangelical Baptist Church, Darlington. The speaker was Faith Cook from Derbyshire.      In the first session Mrs Cook spoke on God's 'second chances', illustrated by various Bible characters. One lesson that emerged was the…

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Bolivia

Republic of Bolivia   Area: 424,162 square miles.   Neighbours: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.   Environment: Land-locked, with the Andes mountains (Nevado Sajama 6,542 m) and plateaus in the west, and Amazon and Plate river systems in the east. The climate varies accordingly, from cold semi-arid to tropical.   Population: Over 9…

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News – Kingston, Hull

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May 2009
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News – Kingston, Hull

Kingston, Hull  On a cold, snowy Sunday morning in February 1969, twenty-five people met in Allison Hall, Hull; and Kingston Reformed Church was born. Some of those made their way back to Hull on 28 February 2009 along with many others, to give thanks to God for 40 years of gospel ministry in the…

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News – Narrow escape in PNG

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May 2009
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News – Narrow escape in PNG

Narrow escape in PNG Believers in one Hewa village in Papua New Guinea have found deliverance from their former beliefs and the destruction they brought.      'A man named Was … came running up to us with tears streaming down his face a few weeks back,' NTM missionary Jonathan Kopf wrote. 'He pleaded with us…

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News – Induction at Gorseinon

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May 2009
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News – Induction at Gorseinon

Induction at Gorseinon On 21 February, John Williams was inducted to the pastorate of Bethel Evangelical Church, Gorseinon, near Swansea. He took over from retiring minister, Rev. Owen Jones.     The chairman, Sulwyn Jones, welcomed the congregation of nearly 300 and commented on the joy of one of the church's own members coming into office as…

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May 2009
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News – Harvesting organs

Harvesting organs  Kidneys and livers should be harvested from aborted babies to help deal with the organ donor shortage, a stem cell professor has said.     Sir Richard Gardner of Oxford University thinks the move would be a more realistic alternative to other technologies which are being developed. Scientists are exploring several ways of addressing…

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News – Rev. James Philip

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May 2009
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News – Rev. James Philip

Rev. James Philip  James Philip, minister emeritus of Holyrood Abbey Church, Edinburgh, died on Thursday 12 March. He was a 'prince in Israel'.      With William Still, his younger brother George, and Eric Alexander, he was at the forefront of the recovery of biblical, expository preaching in the Church of Scotland. Generations of students,…

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Big problem, bigger God

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May 2009
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Big problem, bigger God

Big problem, bigger God The figures are staggering and the headlines impressive, but are there any lessons that Christians can learn from the recent G20 summit? There was a strong lobbying voice for the poor as the G20 leaders met in London in April seeking to resolve the world's financial crisis. Headlines extolled the $1.1 trillion…

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May 2009
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Comment – A life of worship

A life of worship We debate over forms of public worship but nothing can bring our services to life unless we ourselves worship in Spirit and in truth. And that requires not just attendance at public worship but lives of worship. Abraham (or Abram) can help us here. The chief symbol of Old Testament worship was…

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The 1857 Day of Humiliation

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May 2009
Articles > Historical

The 1857 Day of Humiliation

  The 1857 Day of Humiliation — Spurgeon’s sermons   The 1857 Day of Humiliation   When a crisis hits a nation there are a number of things its monarch or government can do. One is to call for a day of prayer to seek the Lord. Of course, any British politician making such…

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The pastor’s praying

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May 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The pastor’s praying

The pastor's praying The main purpose of Paul's first letter to Timothy is stated in chapter 3, verse 15, namely, that pastor, elders, deacons and the flock may all know how to behave in the 'household of God, which is the assembly of the living God, a pillar, and fortress of the truth'. This 'behaviour' includes…

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News – Bradford Christian School

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May 2009
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News – Bradford Christian School

Bradford Christian School In a little enclave called Bolton Woods, off a busy main road between Shipley and Bradford city centre, sits an old Victorian board school, the first to be built in England. Since 2001 it has been the home of Bradford Christian School.     The refurbished school now has an art room and science…

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May 2009
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News – The John Owen Centre

The John Owen Centre  London Theological Seminary (LTS) has announced that Dr Garry Williams will become the first full-time director of its John Owen Centre (JOC) on 1 July.     Dr Williams studied theology at Oxford and then worked as a school teacher. Since 1999 he has served as Tutor in Church History and Doctrine…

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May 2009
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News – Suicide-assist kits

Suicide-assist kits Kits that allow people to test the concentration of drugs they have bought with the intention of committing suicide are being sold in the UK for just £35. One of the world's leading advocates of euthanasia, Australian physician Dr Philip Nitschke, is using the UK to run a trial for the kits.Nitschke is…

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Willing to suffer for Christ

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May 2009
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Willing to suffer for Christ

Willing to suffer for Christ   In this series examining the great subject of mission, we have so far looked at four principles: (1) mission begins with the God who has chosen to save sinners; (2) conscious faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation; (3) we seek to reach nations and not just…

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May 2009
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News – MP rebukes Anglicans

MP rebukes Anglicans A Conservative MP has launched a fierce attack on the Church of England (CofE), saying it lacks leadership and is 'overcome with political correctness'. In a parliamentary debate on the 300-year-old Act of Settlement, a key piece of legislation for the relationship between church and state, Henry Bellingham MP said too few…

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News – Dudley Baptist Church

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May 2009
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News – Dudley Baptist Church

Dudley Baptist Church  After five and half years, and listening to over one hundred different preachers, we have at last come the point where we believe our great God has answered our prayers. We thank God for all his leading and guidance during the interregnum.     You only realise how much a pastor does when…

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