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All News from October 2007

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October 2007
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News – Divorce rates

 Divorce rates The rate of divorce in England and Wales is lower than it has been for 22 years and currently stands at just over 12 for every 1000 married men and women. This second annual fall may indicate a reluctance among married couples whose own parents were divorced to inflict the same experience on…

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News – CI success over SORs

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October 2007
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News – CI success over SORs

CI success over SORsA High Court judge in Belfast has struck down homosexual harassment laws that threatened the religious liberties of Christians in Northern Ireland. The judge also made further rulings which have implications for Christians throughout the UK. The case was brought to the High Court by the Christian Institute (CI) and some…

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News – Alive and well!

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October 2007
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News – Alive and well!

 Alive and well! There's something special about a group of men singing together in harmony. Many secular male chorals and choirs enjoy a broad repertoire of songs from musicals, folk, light classical and popular modern genres. However, when men sing songs of praise from redeemed hearts then that's something really special!  The unique resonance of…

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October 2007
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Human Tissue and Embryo Bill

 Human Tissue and Embryo Bill  The Human Tissue and Embryo (Draft) Bill will come before parliament in the Autumn. Christian and anti-abortion groups hope to use the opportunity to appeal for ever greater restrictions on abortion and on embryo experimentation.  When this bill comes before Parliament it is hoped that parliamentary members of both houses…

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October 2007
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News – Eritrea persecutes evangelicals

  Eritrea persecutes evangelicals  Amnesty International has called for action to secure the protection of a Protestant pastor and 10 churchgoers in Eritrea. 35-year-old Leul Gebreab who pastors the evangelical Apostolic Church was arrested in the Eritrean capital, Asmara on 12 August. To date, there has been no news of his whereabouts.  In a separate incident…

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News – Reaching South Glasgow’s children

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October 2007
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News – Reaching South Glasgow’s children

  Reaching South Glasgow's children  A week of special children's meetings entitled 'The Jesus Files' was held in August on the front lawn of South Glasgow Baptist Church. Our regular weekly meeting for these children is called 'Investigators'. So each day a leader acted as chief investigator to interview people who had 'witnessed' chosen biblical occasions. Other…

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October 2007
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News in Brief

 News in Brief  Moral decline More than four in five people believe that Britain is in moral decline, according to a survey conducted for a new BBC programme, The big questions. Of 1000 adults asked, 62% said religion was important in guiding the nation's morals, while 29% disagreed that faith had a role to play. Those…

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October 2007
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News – Equality Bill

Equality BillThe Government is proposing to introduce new gay rights laws to protect individuals from hostile or humiliating 'environments' as part of an overhaul of discrimination legislation, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The proposals may be included in a Single Equality Bill and church leaders have warned that Christians could be…

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October 2007
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News – Africans appoint USA bishops

Africans appoint USA bishops The Anglican Church in Uganda has followed the lead of other African churches and consecrated a bishop to serve in the US. Two bishops were recently appointed in Kenya and three in Rwanda. The growing trend is calculated to widen the breach between liberals and evangelicals within the Anglican communion and…

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October 2007
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News – HFEAsnubs Parliament

 HFEAsnubs Parliament  The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has been criticised for laying claim to the right to licence the creation of animal-human hybrid embryos for research purposes. The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship and other groups point out that the decision comes only weeks after the Joint Committee considering the upcoming Human Tissue and Embryo…

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Spiritual food for starving people

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October 2007
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Spiritual food for starving people

 Spiritual food for starving people by Mark Richards 'Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again' (Ecclesiastes 11:1) The proverb may have its origin in sea-faring trade, shipping corn on the high seas, but it is framed in such a way as to emphasise the need to engage in risky…

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Major Ian Thomas

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October 2007
Obituaries

Major Ian Thomas

 Major Ian Thomas Major Ian Thomas, 92, entered heaven to be with Christ on 1 August from a hospital bed in Colorado, USA, where he had been living for over 20 years. Born in Hampstead, London, in 1914 to Albert and Jennie Thomas, Ian was educated at Merchant Taylor's School, after which he attended St Bartholomew's…

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October 2007
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News – Retirement of Brian Freer

Retirement of Brian Freer On Sunday 5 August, Westgate Chapel in Bury St Edmunds held a day of worship and thanksgiving to mark the retirement from the full-time pastorate of Brian Freer. The formidable Doctor Kevan, his principal at London Bible College, delivered the charge to the young pastor on his ordination at Letchworth Baptist Church…

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News – Rev. J. Elwyn Davies

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October 2007
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News – Rev. J. Elwyn Davies

 Rev. J. Elwyn Davies It is with sadness that the Evangelical Movement of Wales announces the death of Rev. J. Elwyn Davies after a long illness. He was one of the chief founders of the movement, leading the work as its General Secretary for over thirty years. Following the Second World War a number of Welsh…

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News – Rev. Ian Paisley

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October 2007
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News – Rev. Ian Paisley

Rev. Ian PaisleyAfter a five-hour presbytery meeting on 7 September, Dr Ian Paisley announced he would step down as Free Presbyterian of Ulster moderator in January. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader also said he intended to continue his work as a clergyman.  Speaking later to his congregation at Martyrs' Memorial Church in Belfast,…

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October 2007
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News – Unwanted babies in India

 Unwanted babies in India The gruesome find of almost 30 bags full of babies' body parts at a waste dump near a maternity clinic, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, shocked everyone.  Just a week earlier media reports stated that seven female foetuses had been thrown into a garbage dump in another area in…

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October 2007
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News – Induction at Cheltenham

 Induction at Cheltenham It was a delightful day on Saturday 25 August. The sun shone and the presence of the Lord was truly felt at Providence Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham, where 140 people gathered for the ordination and induction of Pooyan Mehrshahi to the Christian ministry. The morning service of ordination was chaired by the former pastor…

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October 2007
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News – London’s religious communities

London's religious communities A study by the University of East London indicates that the British capital is more segregated by religious distinctions than racial differences. Researchers have created a map showing the city as a patchwork of religious enclaves with minority religions in some areas making up as much as 80% of the population. According…

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October 2007
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News – Ivory Coast

Ivory CoastPaul and Marina Briggs from Northern Ireland work with the Loron people of West Africa.  Until 2002 they were located in the Ivory Coast, but with civil unrest there New Tribes Mission thought it wise to withdraw their missionaries. Paul and Marina, along with other NTM missionaries, moved across the border to Burkina…

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October 2007
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News – South Korean captives return home

 South Korean captives return home 19 South Koreans have returned home from Afghanistan after being freed by their Taliban kidnappers. The group was part of a Christian aid group held captive by the Taliban for 40 days before being released under a deal between their captors and the South Korean Government. The deal struck between South…

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October 2007
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News – LCM reaching the world

 LCM reaching the world John Nicholls, chief executive of London City Mission, describes London as a mission hot-spot in the latest issue of LCM's magazine, Changing London. He says: 'In London's old East End, a Russian congregation is now part of the day-to-day life of a local Baptist church.       'In Ealing, an Arab church…

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October 2007
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News – Cromer carnival outreach

 Cromer carnival outreach Over 14-16 August, friends from near and far gathered at Cromer Baptist Church in Norfolk to support an evangelistic outreach during the town's carnival week. This is an annual witness commenced some years ago by Pastor Howard Spencer, who recently went to be with the Lord. Each day began with a devotional prayer…

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News – Cheltenham Bible Festival

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October 2007
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News – Cheltenham Bible Festival

Cheltenham Bible Festival It was an amazing providence that enabled the first Cheltenham Bible Festival to go ahead at the beginning of August as scheduled.  The severe floods which hit the headlines for many days had knocked out the region's main water treatment plant. The army had occupied the racecourse site until the week before…

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News – Moving back in

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October 2007
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News – Moving back in

 Moving back in Five years after withdrawing from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to fighting and increasing insecurity, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is moving back in. In September 2002, MAF's base in Nyankunde was the site of heavy fighting between two tribal factions. An estimated 1200 people died in the fighting. As a result,…

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