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News

March 2019
News > Media

Experimental puberty blockers examined in BBC documentary

A new documentary called Pausing Puberty on BBC Radio 4 has investigated puberty blockers, the controversial drugs given to children who are confused about their gender. The drugs were originally designed to pause development in children suffering from ‘precocious puberty’, where they begin to go through puberty at a very early age. They are, however, largely untested on healthy children who are given them to aid ‘gender transition’. Presenter Britt Wray spoke to Dr Stephen Rosenthal, from the Child and Adolescent Gender Center in San Francisco, who is researching the long-term impact of hormone blockers on young people. He said using drugs to pause puberty...

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March 2019
News > Society

Scottish nursery staff told not to say ‘boys and girls’

Nursery staff in Scotland have been told not to call children ‘boys and girls’, or tell them stories about male characters, in an attempt to stamp out gender discrimination. The guidance from the Care Inspectorate also cautions against using words such as ‘man-made’ and ‘mankind’ and urges staff to change story characters such as Mr Squirrel to ‘Squirrel’. Nurseries are also encouraged to display male ballet dancers to break down gender divisions. But critics have called the guidance ‘patronising’ and ‘out of control’. The Inspectorate urges nursery staff to ‘retell nursery rhymes or fairy tales in a more gender-equal manner’ and not to greet children...

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March 2019
News > Society

Children in two-parent families do better

The absence of one of their parents has a big negative impact on children’s lives, according to two large research studies in the UK and the US. The British and American studies have been following children growing up since about the year 2000. The academics involved say this is not about judging or blaming but rather capturing the challenges some families face when there is one parent. The American study recruited 5,000 children and their parents in large cities. Even allowing for economic disadvantage, data began to show the impact of instability on a child’s life. Those whose parents had divorced were more likely to...

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September 2017
News > Mission

Mission – Christian play centre

A campaign has been launched to create the UK’s first dedicated Bible-themed play centre, in south Manchester. The interactive discovery centre for children, which will be not-for-profit, will include a large play area, café and function room, and will be entirely based around the Bible. Called ‘The Hidden Treasure Discovery Centre’, its organisers claim it will be a great resource for the whole region. Andy and Ruth Lancey, the visionaries behind the centre, said all the play equipment will use simple stories and biblical principles to help children understand vital truths as they play, such as ‘You matter’ and ‘God has a plan for you’....

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Article

August 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The art of raising spouses

Shortly after our second child was born, we were at a fundraising event. I was sitting at the back of the hall, having just finished feeding my new-born, when a lady came over to me and said, ‘Oh what a privilege and a blessing to raise a son for the Lord!’ I looked at my sleeping baby and beamed with pride. Yes, I am indeed raising a son for the Lord. What a privilege! Later that same evening, while tucking my first-born daughter into bed, I began to wonder if raising a daughter for God is any less of a privilege than raising a son....

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Historical

August 2017
Articles > Historical

The surprising story of David Michell (3)

Continued from The surprising story of David Michel (2) ‘One wintry day in February, I was with our little group … when we saw Eric [Liddell] walking under the trees … As usual he was smiling.’ ‘As he talked with us, we knew nothing of the pain he was hiding, and he knew nothing of the brain tumour that was to take his life that evening, 21 February 1945, when he, one of the world’s greatest athletes, would reach the tape in his final race. ‘He was 43-years-old … In his last hour, he was writing the words of his favourite hymn, and those words...

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Article

March 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

PARENTING 1. The family in the Bible

We are inclined to think that conditions in Britain today are some of the hardest Christians have ever had to face. At least, that is how it appears from the way we often talk. Clearly, this exaggerates the situation, but we all realise there is cause for concern as we look at our society.…

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