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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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News – Kingston, Hull

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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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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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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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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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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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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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News – Bradford Christian School

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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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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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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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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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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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