All Saints’ International Congregation Beirut Damaged in Blast

Aug 7, 2020 by

from Dr Peter Ford, All Saints Church, Beirut: Dear church family, We are all facing a new catastrophe, on top of the very challenging COVID and economic problems the Lebanon is dealing with. As far as I have heard, all members of All Saints Church (both International and Arabic congregations) are safe and uninjured. (If you know of anyone to whom this does not apply, please let us know.) For this we thank the Lord, while we also very much grieve at the tragic accident that left (so far as...

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CI News: 7 August 2020

Aug 7, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: In the news this week: A murder investigation is launched into a newborn’s death after a DIY abortion, Nicola Sturgeon’s former law professor criticises the SNP’s hate crime Bill, and a mother who refused an abortion shares how her daughter is thriving after in-womb surgery. You can download the video via this link. Featured stories Investigation launched into baby’s death after DIY abortion Nicola Sturgeon’s law professor blasts SNP hate crime Bill...

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Can you help 400 families flooded out in South Sudan?

Aug 7, 2020 by

Aid is launching an appeal to raise US $ 13,280 (£10,177)  to help bring urgent relief to Christians in a flood emergency situation in a remote area of South Sudan. A donor has pledged to match all gifts received in the next two weeks ( from Friday 7th) given the emergency Following heavy rainfall and flooding during the week 26 July – 1 August, this week Anglican International Development received an urgent call for help from the remote area of Wanglei Diocese, where Bishop Zechariah...

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China’s Genocide Machine in Xinjiang

Aug 7, 2020 by

by Lawrence A. Franklin, Gatestone Institute: The Chinese Communist Party’s chairman, Xi Jinping, and his colleagues on the ruling Politburo, have, it seems, decided on the final solution for China’s ethnic Uyghur Muslims. All who have seen the internet drone footage in Xinjiang of hundreds of blindfolded, male prisoners, sitting in silence, hands tied behind their back while ringed by Gestapo-like guards must shudder at the similarity in China of masses of prisoners being marched...

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Morally speaking, not all Covid-19 vaccines will be equal

Aug 7, 2020 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: The race is on to develop a vaccine for Covid-19. More than 140 vaccines are being tested around the world, according to the World Health Organisation. In Australia alone at least half a dozen vaccines are being trialled. At the same time, the WHO and various experts keep warning us that, even with a vaccine, the coronavirus will remain a threat and that we must adapt our habits accordingly. Among other things, they are worried about community take-up of...

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‘It’s bizarre that children can sing in schools, but not cathedrals’, says conductor Harry Christophers

Aug 7, 2020 by

by Maddy Shaw Roberts, Classic FM: A leading choral conductor condemns the government’s restrictions on choristers’ music-making. With singing still forbidden inside places of worship around the country, Britain’s cathedral choir tradition faces its biggest threat in centuries. Anglican cathedrals are set to lose £28.4m in income this year, not even counting Westminster Abbey, which alone faces a £12m shortfall this year. All this means, among other difficulties, that cathedrals are struggling...

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The Gathering Storm in the Church

Aug 7, 2020 by

by R Albert Mohler: By the end of the twentieth century, the impact of theological liberalism was seen in almost every denomination. The demands for an updated theology and morality—for Christianity to be redefined for a secular age—were reshaping seminaries, congregations, Christian schools, and denominations. Most of the old mainline denominations had capitulated by the 1970s. Tellingly, even as the prophets of theological liberalism had promised that liberalism would save their churches, it...

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The Unfairness of the Misnamed ‘Fairness For All’ Act

Aug 7, 2020 by

by Ryan T Anderson and Robert P George, SSRN: Abstract Intransigence is a vice, but there is no virtue in accepting bad compromises. The “Fairness for All” legislation is a bad compromise — and as a result, would be a misguided response to the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision. To show this is not to question the good faith of the bill’s advocates, with whom we have been in friendly dialogue for years. It’s merely to note that despite the undoubted goodwill of the bill’s proponents (and despite...

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Will the future of theological education be online?

Aug 6, 2020 by

from CEN: Two online three day zoominars for theological educators in South Asia and Africa in July  set out the possibilities and challenges for theological education for the immediate and medium term future. These workshops in South Asia and in Africa were facilitated and organised by GILD team (Global Institute for Leadership Development),  led by Dr Prasad Phillips. GILD is a network of Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life and Barnabas Fund. Over two hundred and fifty educators took...

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Churches turn to open-air services

Aug 6, 2020 by

Anglican churches are allowed to reopen for communal worship under certain conditions, with the final decision left with the PCC. Government guidance says that gatherings of more than 30 people are now allowed for acts of communal worship in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting rooms in England. Everyone attending the service should stick to social distancing guidelines, keeping at least 1m (3ft) – and ideally 2m (6ft) if possible – away from anyone not from their own...

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