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Youth Supplement – Encouragment

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – Encouragment

Encouragment There is so little encouragement in the world and in life sometimes, so I thought I'd take time to give you some encouragement from the best source of all, the Word of God! Psalm 42:5-6 gives encouragement to those suffering from depression. It says, 'Why are you cast down, O my soul? ... Hope in…

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News – Iran drops anti-state charge

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November 2009
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News – Iran drops anti-state charge

Iran drops anti-state charge  Iran has dropped its accusation against two women of conducting anti-state activities (October ET).      27-year-old Maryam Rustampoor and 30-year old Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad were arrested in March on three charges: anti-state activity; propagating the Christian faith; and apostasy from Islam. They were told by a court to renounce their…

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November 2009
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News – Hotel arrest

Hotel arrest Two Christian hotel owners from Liverpool are facing prosecution for debating their faith in conversation with a Muslim guest.     Police arrested Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang, who run the Bounty House Hotel, after a Muslim woman complained that she was offended by comments made on 20 March during a conversation they were having about…

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November 2009
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News – Gift aid Unclaimed

Gift aid Unclaimed Nearly £750 million of Gift Aid is being lost because only two in every five UK donors complete Gift Aid forms.      In addition, charities have found an 11 per cent drop in donations - £700,000 in absolute terms - over the past year, as a direct result of the recession.     The…

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Youth Supplement – Set up for life?

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – Set up for life?

Set up for life? Imagine your dad is the richest, most famous and wisest man in the world, and you live in the most beautiful palace in the world. The capital city you live in is so rich that silver is as common as stones. It's also the cultural and intellectual capital of the world.…

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What every parent should know about the Internet

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November 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What every parent should know about the Internet

What every parent should know about the Internet This article is the first in a series: 1. Part 1 2. Part 2 3. Part 3 4. Part 4 5. Part 5 6. Part 6 7. Part 7  8. Part 8   Across the world, an estimated 1 billion people now have access to the…

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News – Evangelical Library

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November 2009
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News – Evangelical Library

Evangelical Library  The Evangelical Library has recently announced, with great thankfulness to God, that it has now completed its purchase of a new property in North London.     The library's new home, the third in its history, will take up two newly built adjoining units at 5-6 Gateway Mews, in the Bounds Green area. The…

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Missionary Spotlight – The love of Christ in Moldova

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November 2009
Moldova

Missionary Spotlight – The love of Christ in Moldova

The love of Christ in Moldova   The Moldovan word ‘to reveal’ has the sense of ‘uncover’. In recent days and months we have had a sense of the Lord ‘uncovering’ wonderful plans that he has had from all eternity for the people with whom we are working.   We are a very small…

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Youth Supplement – Hurricane Katrina

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina Hello, my name is Caitriona Campbell. I am sixteen years old and I live in Pennsylvania, which is in the northern United States. These past two years I have had the opportunity to go down to Lakeshore, Mississippi, which is along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, to help with Hurricane Katrina…

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November 2009
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News – Plea for Pakistan

Plea for Pakistan Christians in Pakistan are under increasing fear of persecution since the death of Robert Danish, a Christian accused of desecrating the Quran.     On 11 September, an angry Muslim mob burned a church to the ground and ransacked two Christian houses in Sambarial (Sialkot) in the Punjab.     This followed the arrest of professing…

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November 2009
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News – Cross to bear

Cross to bear A Christian nurse has been forced to accept an offer of redeployment for refusing to take off her confirmation cross.      Shirley Chaplain, aged 54, has been a nurse in Exeter for nearly 30 years, and has worn her confirmation cross on a necklace around her neck since she was a trainee.    …

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News – Ayr Bible Convention

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November 2009
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News – Ayr Bible Convention

Ayr Bible Convention The 29th annual Bible convention of Ayr Free Church attracted many people from various denominations and independent churches. It was characterised by incisive preaching, much of it focussing on Christian hope and its practical implications.     Rev. Iver Martin from Stornoway Free Church opened the convention by addressing worship as found in the…

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The Synod of Dort

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November 2009
Articles > Historical

The Synod of Dort

The Synod of Dort   Last month, we looked at the life and teaching of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609). When he died the system of theology that bears his name did not perish with him.   In 1610, forty Dutch theologians who championed his ideas gathered at Gouda for a conference, under the leadership of…

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November 2009
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Assisted suicide – deep concern over watering down guidelines

A watering-down of guidelines around assisted suicide legislation is causing deep concern by anti-euthanasia groups in the UK. The Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) was ordered in September to revisit the guidelines around assisted suicide and factors that might weight against prosecution of family members who help their loved ones to die. This followed…

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Comment – Our first love

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November 2009
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Comment – Our first love

Our first love Who would have thought it  a church razor-sharp in doctrine, with members labouring to the point of exhaustion, but on the brink of demise?      So it was with the Ephesian church towards the end of the first century, according to Revelation 2:1-7. The church was outstanding in its stand for the…

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November 2009
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News – Aid for Philippines

Aid for Philippines Nearly 300 people have died and countless numbers of people made homeless in the severe flooding this summer.      More than nine million homes have been affected by the flooding, caused by typhoon Ketsana ('Ondoy'), which pummelled the capital, Manila, and its 25 surrounding provinces.      According to international press agency AP…

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News – Quedgeley Baptist Church

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November 2009
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News – Quedgeley Baptist Church

Quedgeley Baptist Church  A wonderfully festive induction service and harvest celebration was held by Quedgeley Baptist Church (QBC), near Gloucester, on Saturday 26 September. This was to welcome Philip Grubb as the new pastor, along with his wife Elaine and their three teenage children Thomas, Sophie and Emma.      A crowd of 200 people…

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November 2009
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News – Fifty years of Feba

Fifty years of Feba Feba Radio has celebrated its 50th anniversary by announcing a new approach to its mission process.      It will work together with other Christians to develop locally produced programming, engaging with similar organisations to reach a wider range of people with the gospel.     Feba already broadcasts to Africa, South and Central…

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November 2009
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News – Dawkins diatribe

Dawkins diatribe Richard Dawkins, the erstwhile evolutionary professor-turned atheist preacher, has laid into faith schools, calling them 'evil'.     Leaving aside philosophical questions as to whether a man who claims there is no God can understand the true definition of evil, he claimed that faith schools were an act of child abuse as they rid children…

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Missionary Spotlight – Moldova Today

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November 2009
Moldova

Missionary Spotlight – Moldova Today

Moldova Today   Moldova’s recent history has been one of changing borders and, as a result, changing rulers. Once it was part of Romania, then for decades it was under the Soviet Union until that empire began to crumble with the fall of Communism in the early nineties; then it became an independent republic…

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Missionary Spotlight – Moldova’s villages

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November 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – Moldova’s villages

Moldova’s villages   Village churches in Moldova are of various sizes, locations, styles and atmospheres. Recently, I went with Matthew and a translator to visit a Russian-speaking church in Transnistria, the Russian enclave of Moldova that declares itself autonomous.      So to get there you have to cross their ‘border’, even though it’s not…

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November 2009
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News – Disability churches

Disability churches A church in Toronto, Canada, has been established to cater specifically for Christians with disabilities.      The Abilities Church, in Scarborough, Toronto, held its first service in September, led by founding pastor Jaime Castro. It is possibly the first such church in North America.     Rev. Castro said: 'Traditional churches are not set up…

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Meteoric Methodism (2)

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November 2009
Articles > Historical

Meteoric Methodism (2)

Meteoric Methodism (2) Between 1790 and 1840, 1.5 million people were gathered into the churches of England and Wales - approximately one in every ten of the population. This means that by 1840 one third of the English nation attended Protestant churches on Sundays.  If this 50-year period is today called a 'forgotten revival', then Primitive Methodism…

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News – William Steadman

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November 2009
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News – William Steadman

William Steadman The history of Westgate Baptist Church, Bradford (see p. 32), goes back to Rev. William Steadman (1764-1837) who belonged to a heroic age of itinerant preaching, during which the Particular Baptists emerged from their eighteenth-century introspection into vigorous expansion.      Steadman was in every way a huge figure. Converted at 17, he was…

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Reaching Europeans

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November 2009
Europe

Reaching Europeans

Reaching Europeans   To reach Europeans with the gospel we need to understand their cultural context. For more than a century, the world views of most Europeans have been shaped by a combination of philosophies, namely relativism, pluralism and secularism.   Relativism, an outworking of Enlightenment philosophy, is the view that ‘true truth’ (as…

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News – WEST dedication

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November 2009
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News – WEST dedication

WEST dedication Saturday 19 September was dry, which was a blessing for the thirty or so people sitting outside the packed marquee with 250 attending this year's WEST dedication service.     The congregation heard about the encouraging number of students receiving calls to full-time Christian service and the large intake of new students - sixty in…

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‘I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’

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November 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’

'I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary' Timothy Cross continues explaining the Apostles' Creed This third line of the creed draws our attention to an epochal moment in the divine saga of redemption - the incarnation of the 'only begotten Son of God'. Specifically, it focuses on Christ's…

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Youth Supplement – What is an elephant like?

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – What is an elephant like?

What is an elephant like? As part of my BA in Hindi and Linguistics I spent eight months in Jaipur, India, learning the Hindi language. The purpose of my visit, therefore, was educational rather than mission-related; the idea was to be immersed in the language and culture. God amazingly provided me with a wonderful Christian…

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Youth Supplement – Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009

Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009 This summer I had the opportunity of going on a summer mission trip to an inner-city soup kitchen. I never knew I could learn so much in one week! We worked at a place called the Marie Sandvik Centre, located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota - in a part called Philip's Neighbourhood.  It…

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News – Two years on

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November 2009
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News – Two years on

Two years on In November 2007, the world knew the sub-prime party had ended. When nearly a year later Lehman Brothers collapsed, all the big financials rocked - Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, RBS, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley and HBOS. Trading all but ceased; hedge fund activity was frozen as speculators bought and sold against…

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Was Hitler an occultist?

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November 2009
Articles > Historical

Was Hitler an occultist?

Was Hitler an occultist? Just over seventy years ago, Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. It was in reality a war against Adolf Hitler and those who fought alongside him in his programme of nakedly aggressive territorial expansion. Hitler was a rabid anti-Semite. He had made his extreme beliefs clear 15 years earlier in his infamous…

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November 2009
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News – West Bradford Community Church

West Bradford Community Church On 20 September, West Bradford Christian Fellowship was constituted as West Bradford Community Church - a multicultural Evangelical Baptist congregation in Manningham, Bradford, about a mile north of the city centre. Erroll Hulse was preacher at the inaugural service.     The congregation meets for worship at 3.00pm each Sunday in the premises…

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November 2009
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News – US religion study

US religion study Women in the US remain more religious than men, according to a detailed study by leading US university Trinity College, Connecticut, and the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS).      The university report, American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population, has profiled the 34 million Americans who claim no affiliation to any…

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November 2009
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News – Books for Albania

Books for Albania When John Blanchard first visited Albania three years ago he was shocked that little good evangelistic literature was available there.      After discussion with missionary Will Niven, he launched Project Albania, aimed at funding the translation, editing and printing of seven of his own evangelistic titles, including Does God believe in atheists?…

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Youth Supplement – Women

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – Women

Women The media in our feministic society is constantly bombarding women about being fashionable, career-minded and behaving seductively. But what does the Bible say about the way women should conduct themselves? Woman was created by God to be a suitable helper for man. The first woman was formed by God using the rib of Adam, the…

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Youth Supplement – The wonder of prayer

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – The wonder of prayer

The wonder of prayer What would you say was the most important aspect of a friendship? Would it be compatibility, loyalty, a sense of humour, reliability, trust, or something else? Well, I guess all of these are vital to a good relationship. But none of them would be any good without one crucial ingredient. Talk! Can…

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News – Joanna Thompson (1949-2009)

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November 2009
Obituaries

News – Joanna Thompson (1949-2009)

Joanna Thompson (1949-2009) A charity worker dubbed the 'gentle warrior' has died at the age of 60. In July, Joanna Thompson, head of pregnancy charity CareConfidential, was called home to be with the Lord after a sudden illness.     Joanna started working for CARE twenty years ago in Basingstoke. She helped launch the Firgrove LIFE centre…

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November 2009
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News – Flooding in Africa

Flooding in Africa Heavy rains have washed away a new church in Soba Aradi, Khartoum, in Sudan, while hundreds of homes in Niger have been demolished by flooding.     Soba Aradi in Sudan is a camp that holds nearly 23,000 internally displaced people, mostly Christians from the south, who have been displaced by the 22-year long…

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November 2009
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News – Sumatra and Samoa

Sumatra and Samoa  Many Christians have been severely affected by the earthquakes in Sumatra, Indonesia.      In the Sumatran capital, Padang, and the surrounding areas, which were at the centre of the earthquakes, hundreds of professing Christians have been left homeless and have missing relatives.     According to the Barnabas Fund, one church community were…

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Youth Supplement – What they really believe

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November 2009
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Youth Supplement – What they really believe

What they really believe Most people when thinking of Beach Missions think of tug-of-war, red t-shirts, choruses, memory verses and games with children on the beach. However, even before schools have finished for the summer holiday the Beach Team can be hard at work. But what is there to do? In fact, there are many…

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Guest Column – ‘Love one another deeply from the heart’

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November 2009
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Guest Column – ‘Love one another deeply from the heart’

'Love one another deeply from the heart' Guest Column Peter Milsom One of the great challenges facing us as Christians is the need to relate to each other well. The evangelical Christian community is fragmented. The temptation is to move in ever-smaller circles of fellowship and choose the company of those who agree with us in every…

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November 2009
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Facing unemployment

Facing unemployment Behind the steady rise in unemployment in recent months are countless stories of personal hardship and struggle.  We are all prone to fears and disappointments when we meet dashed expectations, but losing a job - or being unable to obtain one in the first place - is one of the most stressful experiences in life.     Some forecasters…

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November 2009
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News – Welsh get A grade

Welsh get A grade Church in Wales schools have performed strongly across the country, with Key Stage 2 results in core subjects being consistently above the Welsh average.     In an 80-page educational review, the Church in Wales has claimed that its 168 Church in Wales schools had great results in 2008 for subjects such as…

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News – Assistant pastor for Limes

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November 2009
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News – Assistant pastor for Limes

Assistant pastor for Limes Steve Dennis has been inducted as the new assistant pastor of Limes Avenue Baptist Church in Aylesbury.     After gaining a degree in mechanical engineering, and working in industry for five years designing scientific instruments, Steve felt called by God to full-time Christian service.      Already an active member of Hook Evangelical…

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November 2009
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News – Disability churches

Disability churches A church in Toronto, Canada, has been established to cater specifically for Christians with disabilities.      The Abilities Church, in Scarborough, Toronto, held its first service in September, led by founding pastor Jaime Castro. It is possibly the first such church in North America.     Rev. Castro said: 'Traditional churches are not set up…

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November 2009
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News – EU free speech threat

EU free speech threat The European Union's proposed Equal Treatment Directive is posing one of the biggest threats to freedom of religious expression, Christian lobby groups have claimed.     The directive, which was announced last year, has been under consultation among member states' governments until the end of July this year. All 27 member states are…

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November 2009
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News – Pope to visit UK

Pope to visit UK Pope Benedict XVI is going to visit the UK next year, according to reports. It will be 28 years since the UK has had a papal visit.      Although Downing Street has not confirmed the news, the Vatican news services said that Prime Minister Gordon Brown extended the invitation during a…

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November 2009
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News – Glasgow protest

Glasgow protest The Southern Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has issued a petition against a Culture and Sport Glasgow production that is called 'Jesus, Queen of Heaven'.Public money is being used by Glasgow City Council to fund the staging of the blasphemous play at the Tron Theatre.     The musical performance is being…

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