Most ‘Nones’ Still Keep the Faith

Mar 31, 2021 by

by Ryan Burge, Christianity Today: I pastor an American Baptist church in a small town in rural Illinois. When the current building was dedicated in 1968, there were more than 300 members. By the last 1990s, there were about a hundred. When I became the pastor in 2006, just 50. Now, on a good Sunday I can look out from the pulpit and see 20 souls in the seats. Where did they all go? I became a social scientist, in part, to try to figure that out. In my forthcoming book, The Nones: Where They...

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Vaccines minister hints at possibility of vaccine passport for churches

Mar 28, 2021 by

by Tola Mbakwe, Premier: UK Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has hinted at the prospect of churches requiring a vaccine passport from the public. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Zahawi said suggested that churches could be allowed to check people’s Covid status. “If we want our lives back, I think we’ve got to at least – if nothing else – look at all this stuff.” The idea has been met with some hesitancy. Danny Webster, head of advocacy at the Evangelical...

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5 ways the European Church will change post Covid-19

Mar 27, 2021 by

by Rich Martin, Premier: Isaiah 43:19 says: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” The UK entered into its first lockdown in March 2020 and the Church was thrust into a ‘new thing’. I’ve spent this year building local church within the lockdown constraints and speaking with many other church builders about their experiences. One of the top questions church leaders are asking each other is:...

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John Smyth Independent Case Review

Mar 26, 2021 by

from Scripture Union: The Scripture Union England and Wales John Smyth Independent Case Review is now complete. We are extremely grateful to those victims and other parties who have taken the time to be interviewed or contribute information to this process. We remain deeply saddened by the accounts of abuse suffered by the victims of the late John Smyth, a trustee of Scripture Union from 1971 – 1979. That such acts were carried out by an individual associated with Scripture Union is a...

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Nicola Sturgeon broke the law in banning Christians from church

Mar 25, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Thank God for Christian Concern, the Christian Legal Centre, and the intrepid Andrea Minichiello Williams. No-one else seemed to care about the SNP’s ban on church worship – at least not sufficiently to pour in the necessary £1000s and risk a liability of £10,000s should the case have been lost. But Christian Concern stepped in to support 27 Protestant ministers from the Free Church of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) and the Church of Scotland inter...

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Victory for Scottish church leaders as judge rules government acted unconstitutionally when criminalising gathered worship

Mar 24, 2021 by

from Christian Concern: In an historic judgment, today a judge has ruled that the Scottish Ministers’ decision to ban and criminalise gathered church worship during the current lockdown was unconstitutional and a disproportionate interference of Article 9 ECHR rights. The ruling is believed to be the first successful legal case against covid regulations in the UK. Handing down judgment, Lord Braid also ruled that online worship is not real Christian worship, stating that it is not for...

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