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May 2013
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Global gay battle

America’s gay rights campaign group, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has been stepping up its lobbying while the US Supreme Court heard arguments as to whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.      According to online news agency NBC, the HRC conducted a survey among 688 leading US employers. It found that 99…

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Church Society commissioning

On Saturday 2 March, Christ Church, Cambridge, was filled for the commissioning service of Rev. Lee Gatiss as director of Church Society (CS).      The service was led by Bishop Wallace Benn, former bishop of Lewes and vice-president of CS. After a hymn, psalm and reading, Rev. Paul Darlington, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Oswestry,…

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160 years of open-air preaching

The claim is sometimes made that you can make statistics say anything. Well here is a statistic that clearly speaks for itself — around 93.5 per cent of the population of the United Kingdom do not attend church.   About 62 million people now live in the UK. So when we ‘do the math’,…

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Syrian conflict

In March, the conflict in Syria entered its third year, hovering on the brink of a wide-scale humanitarian crisis. According to reports from the BBC, more than 70,000 people have been killed, more than three million people displaced and much of the nation’s infrastructure destroyed.      Hope of a political solution has all but…

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Caergwrle Evangelical Church

On Saturday 2 March, about 190 people gathered at Caergwrle Evangelical Church, near Wrexham, for the induction of Darrin Gilchrist as the new pastor. Darrin was previously assistant pastor to Andy Christofides, pastor of St Mellons Baptist Church, near Cardiff.      The service was led by Neil Richards, an elder at Caergwrle, and the…

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May 2013
Obituaries

Matthew Warren

Pastor Rick Warren’s 27-year-old son, Matthew, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.      According to official reports, the body of the young man, who had suffered most of his life from mental illness, was found at his home in Mission Viejo, California. Pastor Warren and his wife founded Saddleback Valley Community Church,…

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May 2013
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Sheffield University

Liberal theological students at Sheffield University are reinterpreting the Bible to back up theories that homosexuality is acceptable biblically.      A project at the university called Hidden Perspectives was launched in April, to ‘challenge the assumptions often made in mainstream and scholarly readings of the Bible’. It claimed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

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Constitutional marriage

A graduate with a qualification in constitutional law is petitioning HM the Queen to assert her right as sovereign to veto the Government’s proposed equalisation Bill that will usher in same-sex marriage.      David Green, who is resident in Calais, has written to HM The Queen, reminding her of the settlement of 1688, that…

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May 2013
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Happy 175th SASRA!

On 14 March 2013, at the Guard’s Chapel in Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) celebrated their dodransbicentennial (175th) anniversary with a thanksgiving service. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as Patron of the Association, had intended to join the gathering, along with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,…

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May 2013
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Persecuted minority

Prime Minister David Cameron seems to be doing more to persuade Christians in the UK that they are part of a persecuted minority than any other recent political Western leader, Lord Carey has claimed.      In an article for the Daily Mail, the one-time Archbishop of Canterbury claimed that Mr Cameron’s platitudes to religious…

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EMF in the North West

It was a busy time for Chorlton Evangelical Church during March, as not only did it celebrate the retirement of its former pastor (see above) but also played host to the European Missionary Fellowship’s (EMF) annual North West Conference.      On 16 March, 40 people gathered at the Manchester church to hear from two…

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May 2013
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Muslims seize Central African state

Church buildings have been attacked and the homes of Christians looted in the aftermath of a bloody coup by a band of Muslim rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). The Seleka rebels seized control of the country on 24 March, following a three-month uprising.      Their leader, Michel Djotodia, has assumed the presidency…

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China’s one child policy

A woman in China has been found dead in suspicious circumstances, after being forcibly sterilised twice to prevent her having more children.      According to campaign group Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF), Yang Yuzhi hanged herself in the local family planning office in Taikang County, Henan Province, after suffering extreme trauma as a result…

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Margaret Thatcher: 1925-2013

Picture from the Margaret Thatcher Foundation The death of Baroness Thatcher, former UK prime minister from 1979-1990, has polarised public opinion across the nation. Her funeral, to be carried out at St Paul’s Cathedral and attended by HM the Queen and the current PM David Cameron, will be watched by millions around the world.…

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Vietnam

Converts to Christianity have been suffering an escalation of violence towards them in Vietnam, reports from Christian aid agencies have claimed.      According to Release International, the conversion to Christianity of five families in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam has provoked violent opposition from their neighbours.      The families, who became Christians in…

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Britons and prayer

Britons may not like going to church, but they still believe in the power of prayer, a survey has found.      According to the findings of an ICM survey, conducted on behalf of the Church of England among 2000 people nationwide, four in five British adults still believe in the power of prayer.     …

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Retirement at Chorlton

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Retirement at Chorlton

On 23 March, a service was held at Chorlton Evangelical Church, Manchester, to mark the retirement of Walter Johnston, who has served as its pastor for more than 27 years. A number of former members were present, along with friends and pastors from other churches.      The preacher was David Sharp of Irby, who…

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Rob Bell

Author and former pastor Rob Bell has declared his support for gay marriage and encouraged his church to attend a gay rights parade in California.      According to news reports from his church’s web site, Mr Bell, who wrote the controversial book Love wins that questioned the Bible’s teaching on hell, expressed his support…

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Lovewise

To help equip Christians to uphold the biblical perspective of marriage, charity Lovewise has created a new marriage DVD. Today, in the UK, the very meaning of the word ‘marriage’ is under threat from government proposals to redefine it in law.      Now more than ever, our young people need to hear faithful teaching…

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May 2013
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‘There’s nowhere as dangerous as the mission field!’

In 2007, Barry Davis and his wife Susana set up a primary school in Dolores, Nicaragua. Carazo Christian Academy (CCA) started with four pupils and by the end of the year it had grown to 16. They advertised the school in that first year only, and now it has over 100 pupils. I had…

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Online funding

The National Churches Trust and JustGiving have made it easier to help Christian places of worship and religious significance raise funds for essential repairs.      By teaming up with the online charity fundraising site, churches, chapels and meeting houses joining the scheme will get access to the JustGiving fundraising platform, saving a £15-a-month subscription…

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EA relocates

The Evangelical Alliance has left its home of more than 30 years in Kennington, south-east London, to move to new premises at the centre of London’s King’s Cross redevelopment.      In a statement, the EA said it was time to move as its Kennington Home, Whitefield House, was ‘no longer fit for purpose’.     …

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Wattisham anniversary

On 9 March, Wattisham Baptist Church gathered with friends from far and wide to give thanks to God for his sustaining of this cause for 250 years.      Our thanksgiving services were chaired by Brian Ellis, who together with his wife Necy was sent out by Wattisham Chapel in 1977 as a missionary in…

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Gujranwala

There have been continued attacks on professing Christians in Pakistan during April, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) has claimed.      In a newsletter, the BPCA claimed that a ‘Christian colony’ in Gujranwala had been attacked by a violent Muslim mob on 3 April and Christians retaliated with weapons. The mob damaged shops, houses…

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Crossroads debate

The church is at a crossroads in the UK, with internal fighting besetting it on the one hand, but, on the other, with an opportunity to be a moral guide in a country dogged by political and financial scandals.      This was the topic of debate for four panellists — Catholic theologian, Dr Anna…

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