Independent Reviewer addresses Forward in Faith National Assembly

Nov 22, 2016 by

The Independent Reviewer appointed in relation to the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests, Sir Philip Mawer, addressed the Forward in Faith National Assembly, held at St Alban’s, Holborn, on Saturday 19 November 2016. He commented, ‘What the House of Bishops with the endorsement of the General Synod has done in enunciating the Five Principles and establishing a framework of procedures to underpin them is a brave and worthy attempt to model a...

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Do sex education programs work? No, says major new study

Nov 22, 2016 by

by Philippa Taylor, MercatorNet: Reviews of world-wide research show that it does not reduce teen pregnancy rates or STI rates. Newly released last week, to muted publicity, was a comprehensive, reliable and rigorous Cochrane review of studies reviewing school-based interventions on sex education. This was a large review, combining peer-reviewed data from more than 55,000 young people from around the world. Cochrane reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in...

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How Christianity Flourishes

Nov 22, 2016 by

by Jared C Wilson, For the Church: Christian mission has always thrived by surging in the margins and under the radar. When we somehow get into positions of power, the wheels always come off. This is pretty much the way it’s always been. I once heard Steve Brown relate this story on the radio: “A Muslim scholar once said to a Christian, ‘I cannot find anywhere in the Qur’an that it teaches Muslims how to be a minority presence in the world. And I cannot find anywhere in the New Testament...

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Turkey withdraws child rape bill after street protests

Nov 22, 2016 by

from BBC News: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has withdrawn a bill that pardons men convicted of sex with underage girls if they have married them. The government acted just before the controversial legislation went to a final vote in parliament, which is dominated by the ruling AK Party. The bill sparked protests and was met with international condemnation. Critics said it would legitimise statutory rape and encourage the practice of taking child brides. UN agencies had called on the...

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LGBT activists defeat African nations in major victory at UN

Nov 22, 2016 by

by Lisa Bourne LifeSite: LGBT activists were handed a victory at the United Nations today when an effort to thwart the first special U.N. independent “expert” overseeing LGBT issues failed. In a lead up to what LGBT activists considered the most important vote by the UN regarding their agenda in years, the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee further paved the way for a controversial new UN post to enforce special new rights based upon the sexual preference and behavior of individuals...

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Donald Trump represents the new normal – on both sides of the Atlantic

Nov 22, 2016 by

by Rod Liddle, Spectator: […]  The interesting thing, for me, is the degree to which social policy will change — because change it certainly will. […] The liberalism of the 1960s has resulted in this decade with too many broken families and failed, inarticulate, unhappy children. With people who proudly will say they will not work for a living because they don’t like working and prefer to be on the dole. With the manifest insanity of safe spaces in universities where absurd liberal...

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Our Anti-Bullying Bullies – And Some Clueless Christians

Nov 22, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: Everyone – except the hard-core ideologues of the left – can now see what a joke the so-called Safe Schools program is. Indeed, the whole world can now see that the chief architect of this “anti-bullying” program is a bully himself/herself. Roz Ward was caught out attacking and bullying a Trump supporter in Melbourne recently, and in this case the photos sure do not lie. Ward is a Marxist thug, and like so many of his/her leftist colleagues who go on and on...

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Amidst Islamist insurgencies hundreds make commitment to Christ

Nov 21, 2016 by

from Global Christian News: Over 600 people made commitment to Christ and about 300 more were confirmed by the Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi in Jos on Sunday at a four-day ‘All Saints Gathering’ in Jos, Central Nigeria, Mission and evangelism have become a huge challenge with the religious crises and the ongoing killings in the suburbs of Jos since Boko Haram launched its campaign in Jos in 2010. In spite of this the Anglican Diocese of Jos has continued to plant churches. The Diocesan Mothers...

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Bells Ring Out Again At Iraqi Church After Two Years Silence Under Islamic State

Nov 21, 2016 by

from Christian Today: The bells have rung out after two years of silence in the Mar Korkeis church in the town of Bashiqa, some 15 km (10 miles) north of Mosul, Islamic State’s last major city stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters retook the town on November 7, ending two years of rule by the hardline Sunni group which persecuted Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plains, one of the world’s oldest centres of Christianity. Women trilled to celebrate the moment...

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The Crisis for Liberalism

Nov 21, 2016 by

by Ross Douthat, New York Times: THE 2016 campaign was a crisis for conservatism; its aftermath is a crisis for liberalism. The right, delivered unexpectedly to power, is taking a breather from introspection as it waits to see what Trumpism means in practice. The left, delivered unexpectedly to impotence, has no choice but to start arguing about how it lost its way. A lot of that argument already revolves around the concept of “identity politics,” used as shorthand for a vision of political...

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