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June 2021
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Adjusting to the old normal

Coronavirus has changed church life dramatically. Services and activities have been reconfigured, moved online, or stopped altogether. And being creatures of habit, we could easily start to feel comfortable with this ‘new normal’, and continue with it unthinkingly, long after the pandemic is over. So we need to examine these changes in the light…

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June 2021
News > International

India: Call to pray over Covid crisis

Christian charities and organisations have called for prayer and much-needed supplies to help relieve millions of people suffering as a result of Covid-19’s rampage in India. According to the Disasters Emergency Committee, there were more than 2.7 million new cases in just one week in May, with more than a quarter of a million…

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May 2021
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Keir Starmer’s apology for church visit is an ‘insult’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has apologised for visiting a church that upholds biblical beliefs about sexual ethics. Starmer had released a video on Good Friday praising the Jesus House church in Brent, North London, for allowing its premises to be used as a vaccination centre. But later, LGBT activists within the Labour Party…

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May 2021
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Concerns over vaccine passports for churches while worship rules may stretch beyond June

There are growing concerns among church leaders that the government will introduce ‘vaccine passports’ for places of worship and extend restrictions on worship beyond June. A group of church ministers have signed a public letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, urging the government not to put churches in that position. The letter has…

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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christians debate vaccines’ abortion links

Ought Christians to have a Covid vaccine or not? A live and lively debate has been prompted, not by wild anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories, but by concerns over abortion. Serious minded evangelicals are on both sides of the debate. Some Christians hold that receiving the vaccine means being complicit in the genocide of the unborn.…

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March 2021
Articles > Biblical/theological > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why churches must gather for corporate worship

Qualifications There are scenarios in which there is a convincing case for churches not gathering, for example because of the severity of the health risk if they do gather or because of the vulnerability of a particular congregation as a whole. There are individuals who should not gather because doing so would be recklessly…

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March 2021
News > Church news

Judge gives go ahead for Scottish churches to challenge closure

A judge has granted permission for a group of 27 church leaders to challenge the Scottish government’s ban on gathered worship. Ruling that the case has merit, a hearing has been ordered to take place remotely on 11 and 12 March. It could result in churches being allowed to reopen. Supported by the Christian…

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