Covid update Scotland: Church leaders write to Nicola Sturgeon about worship ban

Jan 13, 2021 by

By Emer O’Toole, The National: A GROUP of 500 church leaders from around the UK have written to Nicola Sturgeon calling for her to lift the ban on public worship on Sundays. Some 200 leaders from Scotland and another 300 from the rest of the UK say the decision may be unlawful. As part of the latest lockdown rules, places of worship are only permitted to conduct weddings or funerals – with the number of people attending these strictly limited – and to broadcast services online…. …Signatories...

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Huge jump in worldwide Christian persecution exacerbated by Covid-19, World Watch List 2021 reveals

Jan 13, 2021 by

By Kelly Valencia, Premier: The persecution of Christians worldwide has continued to rise, with the coronavirus pandemic intensifying the levels of persecution. Open Doors has released its yearly list, which records levels of persecution and discrimination around the world. This year more than 340 million Christians faced persecution for their faith – that is up from 260 million in 2020. An average of one in eight Christians in the world suffers persecution. The pandemic has made it easier for...

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The one true light

Jan 13, 2021 by

By Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council: […] The failure of discipleship among Christians has been a well-documented scandal by George Barna and others when surveying, comparing, and contrasting the lives of Christians and non-Christians.  Dallas Willard called it, “The Great Omission,” the failure of the church to make disciples who actually reflect the image of God for “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did” (1 John 2:16 NIV). Instead, we mimic the ways of the world.  With...

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Big tech censorship

Jan 13, 2021 by

The greatest threat to American democracy is not Trump, by David Robertson, Christian Today:  Arnold Schwarzenegger compared Capitol Hill to Kristallnacht in 1938…The comparison is hyperbolic nonsense. There is, however, another comparison with the Nazis that is more relevant: the Reichstag fire of 1933. In 1933, a Dutch communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, set fire to the German parliament. This was used as an excuse to eventually pass an Enabling Act “to protect the German People and...

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Local councils in England accused of ‘pressuring’ churches to stop public worship

Jan 11, 2021 by

By Marcus Jones, Premier: It’s emerged that churches in England are getting conflicting guidance on whether to open for corporate worship. When the national lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week, there was a clear exception given to places of worship. In the guidance, published online, the government states: “You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should...

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The Office: The Lack and the Lackeys

Jan 11, 2021 by

By Stephen Noll: Two days ago, I posted a piece urging that Donald Trump should be removed from office as President of the United States (in a postscript, I deferred to the view that the time may be too short for a proper impeachment process and that his resignation or confinement would be preferable). I got some blowback to my essay. There were two main charges, so far as I can see. One charge was that I was angry at Donald Trump. Sure, who wouldn’t be angry and grieved over the damage he has...

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