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May 2021
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Ian Hamilton: Worship today is lacking ‘reverence and awe’

Many churches today lack a sense of reverence and awe when they gather for worship, and they need to recover the God-ness of God. So says Ian Hamilton as he reflects on a lifetime of ministry in a video interview hosted by Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff. Ian Hamilton was previously minister of Cambridge Presbyterian…

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May 2021
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Keir Starmer’s apology for church visit is an ‘insult’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has apologised for visiting a church that upholds biblical beliefs about sexual ethics. Starmer had released a video on Good Friday praising the Jesus House church in Brent, North London, for allowing its premises to be used as a vaccination centre. But later, LGBT activists within the Labour Party…

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May 2021
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Fletcher report details terrible abuse, but is accused of having a ‘negative wider agenda’

A report has been published looking into the lessons to be learned from the misconduct of Jonathan Fletcher during his time as minister of Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon. Among other things, the report suggests there is an ‘unhealthy culture’ within the conservative evangelical networks with which Fletcher was associated. This culture might only be changed,…

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May 2021
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Concerns over vaccine passports for churches while worship rules may stretch beyond June

There are growing concerns among church leaders that the government will introduce ‘vaccine passports’ for places of worship and extend restrictions on worship beyond June. A group of church ministers have signed a public letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, urging the government not to put churches in that position. The letter has…

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May 2021
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Top police officer says a ‘culture of porn’ surrounds abuse scandal

A top police officer has warned that easy access to online pornography is presenting a serious issue for the way children view relationships. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, chief constable Simon Bailey, spokesman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said there is a ‘real issue’ surrounding ‘what children now see and view…

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May 2021
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Prayers offered following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Evangelical groups have offered prayers for the Royal Family following the death of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. His death at the age of 99 was announced on 9 April, just a few days before this edition of ET went to print. CARE issued a prayer saying, ‘God our Father, you truly hold…

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May 2021
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FIEC and Affinity leaders outline concerns about plans to outlaw so-called ‘conversion therapy’

John Stevens, National Director of FIEC, and Graham Nicholls, Director of Affinity, have said a ban on ‘conversion therapy’ could criminalise aspects of the Christian faith. The two leaders say ordinary church practices – such as preaching, prayer, and pastoral care – could all be criminalised if the government goes ahead with a blanket…

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May 2021
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Christian bus ad victory hailed as ‘good news for the Good News’

A court has strongly rebuked a local council for taking sides against Christians by banning bus ads to promote a gospel event. The ruling said that Blackpool Council had discriminated against Christians when it banned bus adverts for the Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham. Ahead of the event, the council initially allowed,…

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May 2021
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OMF Conference: Mission work should never be ‘hit and run’

In February, the Overseas Missionary Fellowship ran an online event for people interested to learn more about how the good news of Jesus is being shared across the world. We heard accounts of how our sovereign Lord has been at work despite the pandemic. Highlighting the cross-cultural nature of our faith, UK and Irish…

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May 2021
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New Christian fiction publisher is launched for young readers

Reformation Lightning, a new micro publisher dedicated to creative Christian writing for young readers, launched in March. Founder Jonathan Pountney told ET, ‘Children’s and Young Adult fiction is hugely popular in the secular world. Walk into any high-street bookshop and you’ll see shelves dedicated to the genre. ‘We are missing something similar in the…

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May 2021
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Carl Trueman gives lecture on identity

‘Who am I?’ is a big question. A bigger one concerns just who gets to determine my identity in the first place. God? Society? Me? In March, Prof. Carl Trueman surveyed this issue with particular reference to the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Carl is on the faculty of Grove City College, Pennsylvania, and he…

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May 2021
Articles > Church news

‘Taken without consent’: atheism and science webinar

David Williams, a lawyer, based this stimulating session on his intriguing 2019 book Taken Without Consent: How atheists have highjacked science. The question he posed – ‘How did we get here?’ – has fascinated humans for millennia. He showed that in the 20th century the widely-accepted answer was, by Darwinian evolution. But that century…

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May 2021
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Australia: New laws proposed to protect religious freedom

A bill that would make it harder to discriminate against a person on the basis of their faith and genuinely held belief has been backed by a parliamentary committee in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Mark Latham, leader of NSW’s One Nation party, has put forward amendments to change the state’s anti-discrimination laws to…

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May 2021
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Global: Series of international legal actions taken against the forced closures of places of worship

Countries the world over have taken their governments to court over the forced closure of places of worship during the 2021 lockdown, and some have won. In Chile, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Covid-19 restrictions had been applied in a ‘discriminatory manner’ against believers. The ruling came at the start of Holy Week…

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May 2021
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‘Stayed upon Jehovah’ at online retreat

In February, the Crown Christian Heritage Trust hosted an online Winter Retreat in lieu of the usual in-person event held annually at Cefn Lea, Wales. The week consisted of testimonies, singing, and preaching. Bible teaching and training sessions were given in four different categories: the Christian home, apologetics, local church resources, and strengthening the…

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May 2021
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Ireland: Opposition grows against Euthanasia bill

A coalition of campaigners have spoken out against Ireland’s proposed euthanasia bill, calling it ‘dangerous’ and claiming it will undermine palliative end-of-life care for vulnerable people. The Dying with Dignity Bill, which is going through the Irish parliament, aims to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Republic of Ireland. It also contains provisions…

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May 2021
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Obituary: Matthew Hill (1939–2021)

Matthew Hill, who died in January, became known throughout the UK during his period as Home Secretary of the Spanish Gospel Mission. He did much to raise the profile of the Mission among churches. Born in the New Forest, Matthew was converted as a teenager, and his life was Christ-centred from that point onwards.…

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May 2021
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Eritrea: Christians arrested during two prayer meetings

Christians have been arrested in Eritrea in a brace of government-sanctioned raids. In March, the army raided a prayer meeting held by 23 women in the capital city of Asmara and imprisoned the women at Mai Sarawa prison. Shortly after this, another 12 Christians were arrested in Assab, near the border with Djibouti, when…

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May 2021
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Indonesia: Christians increase security after church is bombed during Easter

Indonesian Christians were forced to step up security over Easter after a terrorist carried out a suicide bombing at a church in Makassar, Sulawesi, on Palm Sunday. According to Al Jazeera, there are approximately 23 million Christians in Indonesia, compared with 270 million Muslims. Al Jazeera stated the bomber was known to Indonesian police,…

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May 2021
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US: Jim Elliot plaque is reworded to remove references to ‘savages’

Wheaton College, an evangelical liberal arts college in Illinois, is revising wording on a plaque commemorating the deaths of the five missionaries killed in Ecuador in 1956. The plaque, which hung in the foyer of the college’s main chapel for 64 years, had been donated by the class of 1949. According to a letter…

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