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September 2010
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Protestant petition

Protestant petition Several Protestant groups have joined forces to protest against the pope's visit to the UK this month. A joint statement put out by a coalition, which includes the Protestant Truth Society, was sent to government ministers, reminding them of the history of the church in Britain.     The statement read: 'Remembering Martin Luther's historic…

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News – Keswick Convention

Keswick Convention Giving the first of this year's Keswick Convention lectures, Dr Don Carson warned his audience of the dangers of pursuing spirituality for its own sake, divorced from Christ.      'I don't want you to think that Christians today should be robustly doctrinal and not emotional, or without any sense of the mystical experience…

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News – War on Christianity

War on Christianity Militant Islamist groups in West Java, Indonesia, have joined forces to plan a roadshow that will encourage a 'war against Christianisation' in the Bekasi municipality.     According to reports from Barnabas Fund, nine members of different Islamic organisations have recommended that each mosque should have its own armed militia and that the Bekasi…

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News – 300 years left

300 years left Former environment minister Michael Meacher has faced a storm of criticism after an interview published in theEcologist suggested that creation, not evolution, held answers to mankind's problems.     In the article, Mr Meacher claimed that humanity had 200-300 years left on earth, thanks to a variety of factors such as climate change. He…

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September Bible School 2010

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September Bible School 2010

September Bible School 2010  The September Bible School (SBS) has been held annually in the picturesque setting of Whitby, on the north-east coast of England, since 1991. This year's school is from 3-5 September.      The original aim, set out by founder Rev. Peter Brumby, was to encourage Christian young adults (late teens and…

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News – Afghanistan

Afghanistan A Christian-based medical aid agency has denied Taliban accusations that its eight foreign aid workers, murdered by insurgents, were spreading Christianity.     The team from International Assistance Mission (IAM), which included UK Dr Karen Woo, together with two Afghan colleagues, were gunned down by militants early in August while travelling back from a two-week mission…

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News – Fight for life

Fight for life Leading lights at Westminster are mobilising a nationwide petition against the Assisted Dying legislation.     A lobby group called Not Dead Yet UK has launched The Resistance campaign in the UK for equality of access to healthcare and in opposition to legislation that is seen as a weakening of the laws on euthanasia.        …

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News – Run to the stars!

Run to the stars! Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned humanity to populate outer space or risk the human race dying out.      Following his comments earlier this year in a Discovery Channel programme that humans must be careful about communicating with hostile aliens from other planets, Prof. Hawking has now warned that unless we…

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September 2010
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News – Fair care

Fair care A leading provider of residential care has called for an immediate response to the plight of the elderly in Britain's care homes after a BBC Panorama special uncovered shocking levels of abuse.     Tony Banks, chairman of Scotland's Balhousie Care Group, said the coalition government must act now to redress the funding deficit facing…

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News – Jyoti Chakravartty

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September 2010
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News – Jyoti Chakravartty

Jyoti Chakravartty On 20 June, Jyoti Chakravartty was ordained at New Cross Road Baptist Church (NCRBC), London. Jyoti's work is based in the Indian state of West Bengal and he is a Reformed Baptist by conviction.     Clergymen in West Bengal were willing to ordain him, but their opposition to Reformed theology made Jyoti uneasy. Yet,…

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News – Thornton Heath EC

Thornton Heath EC When the Lord's work expands beyond the walls of the church hall and forces the need for more space, what can you do? Do a Nehemiah!       Members of Thornton Heath Evangelical Church (THEC) have agreed to press ahead with a complete rebuild and renovation of the halls and church after years of…

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News – Global flooding

Global flooding The United Nations has warned that the recent flooding across Asia is on a disaster level exceeding that of the Boxing Day Tsunami and the Haitian earthquake.      At time of going to press, 2000 have been killed and more than 14 million people displaced in Pakistan alone, in what the UN secretary's special…

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News – Holbrooks Evangelical Church

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News – Holbrooks Evangelical Church

Holbrooks Evangelical Church On Saturday 3 July, the ordination and induction service for Holbrooks Evangelical Church's new minister, Ben Holmes, took place.       Approximately 300 people came together for this special occasion. These included members and friends who worship with Holbrooks regularly, pastors and friends from other churches, and a group from London Theological Seminary (LTS)…

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News – Children and witchcraft

Children and witchcraft Christian groups have rallied to respond to a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, stating that it presented an unbalanced view of African churches in Britain.     A joint statement from the EvangelicalAlliance (EA), Churches Together in England and the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service, responded to the 'Britain's witch children' documentary, stating that the…

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News – Sowing the seed

Sowing the seed Farming Christian Link and the Open-Air Mission took a stand at the Hertfordshire County Show on one of the wettest weeks of early summer.     Bernard Hicks of FCL said it was the first time that the organisation had taken a stand at the weekend show, which saw thousands of people from across…

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News – Pakistan

Pakistan Release International is calling for more supporters to sign its petition to Pakistan after news reports from Compass revealed that five more Pakistani Christians have been shot and killed.      As the Christians came out of their church building in Sukkur, in Sindh Province, a dozen masked men gunned down Pastor Aaron John and…

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News – Merger

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News – Merger

Merger EP Books has entered a new chapter in its history, with a merger with US-based Cumberland Valley Bible Book Service (CVBBS). The new entity will be called Grace Distribution Inc., a non-profit organisation dedicated to the production, sale and distribution of Christian books across the US and Canada.     Grace Distribution will also have a…

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News – School of theology

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News – School of theology

School of theology Worldly or godly? This was the stark choice attendees were given at the 35th annual school of theology, held at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in July.     Throughout the week, a team of able and gifted speakers, led by the Met Tab pastor Dr Peter Masters, showed us from the Scriptures that in order…

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News – Valedictory for Stephen and Fiona Bignall

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News – Valedictory for Stephen and Fiona Bignall

Valedictory for Stephen and Fiona Bignall Over 80 friends and well-wishers from near and far gathered at Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City, on Saturday 7 August for a valedictory service for Stephen and Fiona Bignall, and their 10-year-old daughter Jessica.      After 12 years as pastor of the church, Stephen is returning to his native…

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News – Reformation in Nigeria

Reformation in Nigeria The recent troubles in Nigeria should not cloud the world's eyes to the wonderful work of the gospel in the country, according to Pastor Obialor Umozurike of Trinity Reformed Baptist Fellowship, Umuahia.     Pastor Umozurike came to faith in 1983, at 12 years old, in a gathering of high school students led by…

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News – Mind your language, please!

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News – Mind your language, please!

Mind your language, please! The Daily Telegraph of 31 July contained a feature on Rev. Michael Land, vicar of St Mary the Virgin in the village of Burghill, Herefordshire. Rev. Land is quoted as saying, 'The church must be more street-wise and use language most people use today'.     Shockingly, Rev. Land was also reported as…

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News – Who made God?

Who made God? Who made God? (EP Books), by Prof. Edgar Andrews, has had its fourth printing in 10 months and has been advertised in the Daily Telegraph. The pictures show Prof. Andrews being interviewed recently about his book by Revelation TV.

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Youth Column – A change for good

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September 2010
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Youth Column – A change for good

Youth Column A change for good This autumn, 460,000 eighteen-year-olds will be leaving home for the first time and starting a new life at university or college. It's an exciting time that brings more independence, lots of friends, a new bedroom, a wealth of social activities, countless textbooks, the challenge of student cooking … the list…

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News – Foster parents refused

Foster parents refused Lancashire Council has rejected a Christian couple's application to become foster parents because of their strongly held views on marriage.     Rev. John and Colette Yallop, from Blackburn, told the council that they were Christians and were initially informed this would not prevent them from being foster parents.     However, according to the Christian…

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News – Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes  Lobby groups have piled pressure on the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) after it ruled that the controversial Marie Stopes TV adverts did not promote abortion services.        National pro-life charity LIFE, together with the Christian Institute and Christian Legal Centre - a member of the Alive and Kicking campaign - have raised a…

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News – New director for Affinity

New director for AffinityPeter Milsom has become the new part-time director of the Affinity network to help galvanise churches and agencies to evangelise the UK and Ireland.       Mr Milsom served as chairman of Affinity's forerunner, the British Evangelical Council, from 1990 to 1993, and has been a director of UFM since 1997. He is…

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News – Dare to care

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News – Dare to care

Dare to care On 23 June, Homelands Free Church in Frinton, Essex, was full to overflowing at a thanksgiving service to mark the merging of the Ernest Luff Homes with the Pilgrims' Friend Society. Pilgrims' Friend supporters, trustees and directors came from all over the country for the service. They were joined by staff and…

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