The C of E needs to be leaner and fitter

Aug 3, 2020 by

by Stephen Trott, Church Times: THE difficulties posed by the coronavirus crisis have exposed many fault lines and weaknesses in organisations around the country — and the Church of England is no exception. Its already tightly strained finances are under immense strain, with every church in lockdown for months and no income from church collections or visitors, but still a significant monthly payroll to be funded. Eighty per cent of its income comes from generous giving and donations. Unlike...

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Why does the BBC believe Bishop Michael Curry channels the soul of America?

Aug 1, 2020 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: […] If you have never heard this titan of broadcasting [Alistair Cooke – ed] you should not miss it, then weep for how far from his standards BBC broadcasting has fallen. As I begin to write, I have just listened to a party political broadcast for the Democrat party embedded into Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. I do not often listen to it, and this reminded me why. The entire piece was predicated upon the view that the Republican Party was simply...

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God’s providence, human agency and COVID-19

Aug 1, 2020 by

                            The Evangelical Fellowship of India is holding a series of Public Webinars on a theological response to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canon Dr Vinay Samuel, former EFAC General Secretary, is giving the first on Thursday August 6 on God’s Providence and Human Agency. The webinars are free. Registration details are as follows. Please see the attachment for the full details of the...

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China: Police shutter house churches nationwide, order Christians to stop believing in God

Jul 31, 2020 by

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post: House churches across China have experienced intensified persecution in recent months, with Communist officials telling Christians they are not permitted to believe in God in the atheist country. Bitter Winter, a publication produced by the Center for Studies on New Religion which covers human rights issues in China, documented numerous instances where Christians were threatened and harassed by Chinese Communist Party officials. In June, a group of...

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Beach body abortions

Jul 31, 2020 by

by David Scullion, The Critic: The law on abortion in England and Wales is routinely broken. Claims that clinics have stacks of pre-signed abortion forms are widespread (the law requires two doctors to sign), and one of the legal reasons for abortion – that it would injure the woman’s mental health – is routinely stretched to include almost anything. Lockdown rules, however, have exposed the reality of UK abortion provision. Previously, terminations could only take place in hospitals or...

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Saudi Arabia’s call on UN to embrace Islamophobia as racism raises alarm for global religious freedom

Jul 30, 2020 by

from Barnabas Fund: Saudi Arabia’s call to the UN to focus on “eliminating Islamophobia” as an outcome of tackling online racism and xenophobia sets a potentially dangerous precedent – at a level of global policy – by attempting to define as a fait accompli that “Islamophobia” is a type of racial discrimination. While undoubtedly racism and prejudice are to be found on the internet, this seems a disingenuous call from the closed sharia kingdom, which promotes its own strict Wahhabi...

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