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July 2020
News > International

China: 48 churches shut down

Chinese officials have shut down at least 48 state-registered churches and meeting venues in Yugan county, China, between 18 and 30 April. According to religious liberty and human rights publication Bitter Winter, religious items have been stripped from churches in Yugan county and replaced with images of President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong. Chairman…

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July 2020
News > International

France: Court orders ban on church gatherings to be lifted

The French government has been ordered to lift the ban on meetings in churches within eight days by its top administrative court. Although the government recently eased its coronavirus restrictions by allowing private meetings of up to ten people, this did not apply to religious settings. As a result, all church meetings were still…

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June 2020
News > International

Germany: Churches reopen but singing hymns is banned

Churches in Germany have been allowed to reopen, but singing has been banned and strict social distancing restrictions must be observed. The German government believes the singing of hymns increases the risk of transmitting the virus. Some epidemiologists have argued that singing is as dangerous as coughing for spreading the virus. Lothar Wieler, the…

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June 2020
News > Media > Society

Tom Holland hits out at preachers who sound like ‘middle managers’

Mainstream church leaders are fumbling their opportunity to preach to a world tormented by the coronavirus and are instead talking like middle managers, says Tom Holland writing in The Telegraph. He said,  ‘The welfare state can provide care for the sick, but it cannot provide what Christianity, over the course of the past 2,000…

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June 2020
News > Church news

Churches won’t reopen until July at the earliest

Places of worship in England won’t be advised to reopen until 4 July at the earliest, according to the government’s recovery strategy. An official document released by the Cabinet Office says it is the government’s ‘ambition’ to open ‘public places (such as places of worship)’ as part of the third step to recovery. The…

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May 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Interview with John MacArthur

John MacArthur is American evangelicalism’s elder statesman. Still pastoring Grace Community Church in liberal California after over half a century, he is also chancellor of The Master’s Seminary on the church’s campus and The Master’s University on a campus nearby. Millions listen monthly around the world to his sermons through radio broadcasts or the…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Cults and other religions

When evangelical churches become cult-like

I received a sad email from a friend a little while ago. For many years he had served a small gospel church sacrificially as pastor. His eighteen-year-old son had recently left home to go to university and was attending a church in the university town.  He had been admitted very quickly to the membership and…

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