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May 2017
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Conference – Connected

After running for 28 years as the ‘North of England church officers’ conference’, we met at Dewsbury Evangelical Church on Saturday 4 March, under a new name — ‘Connected’ —  with the strap-line, ‘Serving together in the local church’. The Friday evening session of previous years was cut to accommodate busy schedules. This, and a concerted effort by church leaders to get members along, contributed to a full house of about 125 people. The conference is aimed at leaders, prospective leaders and key workers (men and women) from evangelical churches, to attend together as a team to learn and catch the vision for the future...

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May 2017
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Conference – Treasuring Christ

It was a real blessing to have Tim Challies over with us in Ballygomartin Baptist Church, all the way from Ontario, Canada. The well known author, blogger and pastor kindly accepted an invitation to come over and speak at our first ‘Treasuring Christ’ conference last November. Although his schedule was tight, he was keen to come over to Northern Ireland and see how the gospel is bearing fruit in our culture. Unfortunately, it meant his visit would be short, so we decided to try to pack as much as possible in over the three days he was here. First, we had a failed visit to...

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May 2017
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Letter from America: Government by Executive Order

If one thing could be said of Donald Trump, the current president of the United States, he is not a man to mince his words or follow the status quo. This was clear from his inauguration address on 20 January: ‘Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning, because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, but transferring it from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people. ‘For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share...

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May 2017
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Education – Science skills and religion

Students in hard-line religious countries perform worse in science and mathematics, research from Leeds Beckett University controversially claims. However, the research team was forced to speculate that the time spent on religion has a negative correlation with educational performance in mathematics and science, because there was little data to state how much time was spent on religious education. So the correlation cannot be proven. The study, led by Gijsbert Stoet, Professor of Psychology at Leeds Beckett, alongside David Geary, Curators’ Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, found that the more religious the country, the worse its students perform in...

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May 2017
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Reformation – Reformation celebration in Ulster

The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster’s (FPCU) ‘Get Ready for Reformation’ year of events has been a success so far, with outreach planned across Northern Ireland in celebration of the Reformation. Any congregation wishing to hold a Reformation service or seminar is welcome to use the graphics and text created by the FPCU’s committee, which can be used for exhibitions in churches and schools. One of the FPCU’s churches, the Martyrs Church, has created a Reformation room, with many exhibits. Seven schools are already booked to visit and the church expects many more will come in future months. The Reformation 500 Committee is planning on printing a...

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May 2017
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Society – Atheism ‘dying out’

Birth control means that atheism and even nominal Protestant Christianity could end up dying out by numbers, as artificial contraceptive use and planned parenthood sees fewer children born to those not professing or practicing a religion. By contrast, births among Muslims are on the rise, with an average of 4.29 children born to Muslims in the US, compared with just 3.04 children on average to atheists in the US. These are among the findings of a wide-ranging study carried out in America, which found that because religious groups preach against contraception, they tend to have more children than those who label themselves as atheists. The...

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Society – Marriage trends in England and Wales

Marriage statistics for 2014 — the first year in which same-sex couples could marry in Britain — have defied expectations. The figures for 2013, the last year in which all marriages involved opposite-sex couples, sounded further alarm bells about attitudes to marriage in Britain. In that year, only 240,854 couples were married in England and Wales, more than eight per cent fewer than in 2012. In the light of those disturbing figures a number of evangelical commentators, myself included, felt that if marriage was in decline even before the new marriage definition became a reality, then its implementation in 2014 would shrink the statistics still...

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