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All News from May 2016

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May 2016
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Induction – Buckingham Chapel, Bristol

There was great rejoicing as friends gathered to celebrate the induction of Oliver Gross as the new pastor of Buckingham Chapel, Bristol, on 19 March. The church had been looking to the Lord for another pastor-teacher to lead the flock at Buckingham for over eight years before Mr Gross accepted the call to this…

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May 2016
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Persecution UK – Magistrate suspended

Christian magistrate Richard Page, 69, has been suspended as a non-executive director of an NHS trust. Earlier this year, he had been removed by the Lord Chancellor for his traditional biblical beliefs about marriage and family life. He had served 15 years on the Kent magistrates’ bench, as a justice of the peace. According…

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May 2016
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Media – A good year for Bible translation

In 2015, Bible Societies helped to complete translations in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. According to a statement, 2015 was ‘a first’, in terms of translation for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people. Eleven communities now have their first full Bible; six have a New Testament;…

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May 2016
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Mission – Broxburn, West Lothian

It’s sadly not uncommon these days to hear of another local church witness closing down, but not common enough to hear of a new work being established on the foundations of the old. But that’s what has happened in Broxburn, on the western outskirts of Edinburgh. In June 2013, Hope Hall Evangelical Church took…

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May 2016
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Training – Publishing push

Christian publishers for CLC International, from eleven different European countries came together with William and Carine MacKenzie of Christian Focus, at a three-day training event in South Holland.    According to Mr MacKenzie, these fledgling publishing houses, run by indigenous people are seeking God’s help and support to further the gospel with much-needed Christian…

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May 2016
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International – Banning the niqab

Egypt’s lawmakers are drafting a bill to ban women from wearing the niqab (face veil) in public places and government institutions. In many Muslim-majority contexts, the traditional view is that Islam requires women to wear the niqab. According to MP Amna Nosseir, who is also a professor of comparative jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, it…

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May 2016
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International – Zhang Kai

Release International has created a petition calling on the Chinese president to free a Christian human rights lawyer, following a televised ‘confession’. According to the Christian advocacy organisation, the confession from Zhang Kai is believed to be ‘bogus’ and made under duress. The petition calling for Zhang’s release follows a televised ‘confession’ in which…

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May 2016
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Event – Youth Sermon

‘Hope’ has been chosen as the theme for the Sermon of the Year competition, the finals of which will be held on 20 May at London’s ExCel centre. The competition, inaugurated by the London School of Theology (LST) and Preach magazine, aims to unearth the preachers of tomorrow. Among the Under-21s finalists is Phil Hutchinson, 17, who is…

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May 2016
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Appointment – New director at Affinity

Affinity is delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Nicholls as its new director. He will continue the excellent work of Peter Milsom, who retired from this role at the end of March. Affinity’s affiliated church groupings, denominations and organisations are drawn from across the UK and minister here and overseas. The aim of…

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May 2016
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: The new agrarians

‘Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous; and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands’ (Thomas Jefferson, 1785). Ever since the founding of America, agriculture has been a major industry…

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May 2016
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Thought-policing social workers

Christian student Felix Ngole has said he will seek further legal action, after his university expelled him for his views on marriage, which he had outlined on Facebook. The 38-year-old, who was studying a Master’s degree at Sheffield on social work, has lost his appeal against the university’s Fitness to Practise Committee’s (FPC) decision…

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May 2016
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Mission – SIM and MECO merge

Two mission organisations, Serving In Mission (SIM) and MECO (Middle East Christian Outreach) International have joined forces in gospel work. Both leadership teams believe that together, as SIM, they will be better able to take the good news of Jesus to where he is least known, than either could have done individually. Mike Parker,…

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May 2016
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Event – 50 years of service

At the end of February, the pastoral ministry of Geoff Thomas at Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, officially came to an end. It was just last November that a well-attended weekend of meetings marked 50 years of his ministry there. His role as preacher-pastor has been as significant locally as it has been internationally,…

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May 2016
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Politics – Disabled welfare

Christians in the UK have reacted to the appointment of professed believer Stephen Crabb MP as the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. As soon as his position was confirmed, following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Christians signed a joint letter coordinated by think-tanks Ekklesia and the Centre for Welfare Reform,…

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Event – Farewell and welcome for EMF

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May 2016
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Event – Farewell and welcome for EMF

On Saturday 12 March, at Welwyn Evangelical Church in Hertfordshire, the European Mission Fellowship (EMF) held a special farewell and welcome service. The farewell was to the outgoing director Martin Leech, who later this year will take up a pastorate in Australia. Those being welcomed were Ian Parry, founding pastor of The Bay Church…

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May 2016
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Turning a blind eye

The UK government has refused to acknowledge genocide is being committed against Christians by Islamic extremists. In March, the House of Lords refused, by 148 to 111 votes, an amendment to the proposed Immigration Bill that would recognise genocide is being committed by Isis (Daesh) in Iraq and Syria. The amendment could have resulted…

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May 2016
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Society – Pennine preaching

Powerful Pennine preaching was a talent much in demand 400 years ago, an academic study has found. A Huddersfield historian, Margaret Bullett, has completed a thesis on the importance of preaching in Pennine churches in England between 1580 and 1660.  According to Dr Bullett, it was the Calvinist doctrine of predestination that made the…

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May 2016
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Event – Golden anniversary at Scott Drive

On February 21-22, Scott Drive Church celebrated 50 years of Christian witness in the Devon seaside town of Exmouth. David Jackman, former pastor of Above Bar Church in Southampton and one of the founders of the Proclamation Trust was the guest speaker on both days. The founding of the church owes much to Rev.…

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May 2016
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International – UK trafficking

Child earthquake survivors in Nepal have allegedly been trafficked into the UK to be used as domestic slaves. According to an investigation by the Sun newspaper, Nepalese children, some as young as 10 years, are being sold to work as domestic slaves in England. As part of its undercover investigation, a Sun reporter posed…

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May 2016
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Persecution UK – Victoria Wasteney

The NHS therapist disciplined for giving a book to a Muslim colleague, has lost her appeal against the employment tribunal’s ruling. In April 2016, Judge Eady QC upheld the tribunal’s ruling that the NHS had acted reasonably in disciplining Victoria Wasteney for inviting her colleague to church-related events, praying with her (with consent) and…

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May 2016
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Media – Smartphone drawbacks

There is a price to pay by being addicted to the smartphone, particularly the loss of face-to-face conversation, Rev. Canon J. John has claimed. In his latest blog post, the director for the Philo Trust, said it was becoming clear human culture has been changing since the ‘first iPhone in 2007 unleashed an unstoppable…

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May 2016
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Politics – Human rights chairman

Liberal-leaning Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan has nominated former Stonewall Chair David Isaac as the preferred next chairman of the European Human Rights Commission. However, Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, said the nomination would create an intrinsic bias at a commission that is supposed to be…

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May 2016
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Politics – Named Persons

Scottish people are divided when it comes to the controversial Named Person scheme, research commissioned by The Times and Unison has found. Named Persons is set to come into force this August and provide every child under 18 with a state-appointed guardian. Unison which represents public service workers found more than 50 per cent…

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May 2016
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Conferences – Pastors’ Network conferences

Pastors and their wives have been taking part in a series of conferences across Great Britain, focused on the prayer life of church leaders. Every year, the Pastors’ Network of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), organises a series of conferences around the country. These aim to cultivate the spiritual lives of pastors…

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May 2016
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UBM gears up for 90 weeks of mission

Nine countries, 90 weeks of mission, 900 volunteers required for active service: you may have seen them before — a group of people on the beach, in the summer, wearing red tops, running activities for children and families. They are all volunteers working with United Beach Missions (UBM). They organise day time and evening…

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Conference – North of England church leaders

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May 2016
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Conference – North of England church leaders

There can be few more important issues facing the church in Britain today than how to communicate the gospel effectively in our pleasure-mad, materialistic society, with its inbuilt suspicion of (and apathy towards) all ‘organised religion’. That was the theme for the annual North of England conference for church leaders and key workers, held…

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Media – Battle for Christianity

Christianity is in decline and, with less than 3 million people in church attendance in 2016, faces constant challenges, a BBC documentary has claimed. The Battle for Christianity documentary, shown in March, was presented by Professor Robert Beckford, who is from a Christian background. It looked at how immigration, radical social action, conservative morality…

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