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Why Christians celebrated the Balfour Declaration centenary

November 30, 2017 |

Christian groups around the country held special events to mark 100 years since Lord Balfour’s historic declaration which paved the way for Jews to return to their ancestral homeland. Most spectacular of all  was an evening in the Royal Albert Hall where Jewish and Christian leaders and artists shared the stage in a heartfelt celebration

by Nick Gray, the Christian Balfour 100 Group

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Apology from the editor

November 29, 2017 |

I apologise if some readers feel upset reading these abortion articles and wish to affirm that Christians do not condemn women who have had abortions. Rather, the Church can provide healing and restoration.

Back in 1994, I was commissioned to write … Read More

‘Abortion propaganda’ show exposed BBC’s bias

November 29, 2017 |

A BBC documentary on abortion failed to mention that most people don’t want a change in abortion law, despite that being the main result of a poll commissioned for the show.

‘Abortion on Trial’, hosted by Anne Robinson and broadcast … Read More

Tories give travel cash for abortions

November 29, 2017 |

The new funding for low-income Northern Irish women to travel to England for an abortion has stunned Christian campaign group CARE.

CARE explained that the UK Government “does not have a mandate” to intervene and is “riding roughshod” over Northern … Read More

Anglicans to debate gay blessing

November 29, 2017 |

The Church of England is to consider whether to offer blessing ceremonies to same-sex couples.

One of the five cathedrals singled out for the Reformation challenge was Hereford, whose bishop, Richard Frith, has succeeded in putting before the General Synod a motion … Read More

Laity leader quits ‘heretical’ bishops’ council

November 29, 2017 |

Leading evangelical Lorna Ashworth has resigned from the Archbishops’ Council in protest at increasingly liberal attitudes on gay issues.

One of only two representatives on Church of England’s governing body who are elected by the House of Laity, she said the … Read More

‘Turbulent priests’ give bishops until February to repent

November 29, 2017 |
The declaration posted on the doors of Southwark Cathedral

The declaration posted on the doors of Southwark Cathedral

Evangelical Anglicans have used the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to issuean ultimatum to the Church’s leadership. Bishops have until February to restore biblical teaching on marriage or risk ‘rupturing’ the Church.

Mimicking Martin Luther’s posting of 95 Theses on the doors of Wittenberg Castle Church, that sparked the Reformation, today’s protesters anonymously attached complaints to the doors of five British cathedrals.  Respectfully, they used blu-tack rather than nails, but their message was still an ultimatum. Reissuing the Southwark Declaration from 2015, they added another notice written anonymously by one priest but signed by 60 others. Read More

NHS director loses fight over adoption views

November 29, 2017 |

BBC’s South-East Today reports on Richard Page’s case                 

Believing a dad and mum are best “undermined” staff confidence

Several years ago magistrate Richard Page told a legal colleague that he thought children … Read More

Cold comfort Christmas for another Pakistani Christian

November 29, 2017 |

Another Pakistani Christian has been beaten up in the UK.

On 27 October, 45-year-old Tajamal Amar was unconscious for around five hours after being kicked and punched by two Muslims in Derby, leaving him with a broken nose and several … Read More

Texas governor asks for God’s comfort for town in church massacre

November 29, 2017 |

The church where the mass shooting took place is taped off in Sutherland Springs

Governor of Texas Greg Abbott led the call for prayers for the town of Sutherland Springs where 26 people died in a church shooting on 5 … Read More

Christian Concern tackles Sharia law in Europe

November 29, 2017 |

Campaigning group Christian Concern is intervening to contest the spread of Sharia law in Europe.

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is hearing a case on whether Qu’ran-based Sharia law should be allowed to adjudicate on … Read More

UN moves to make abortion a universal right

November 29, 2017 |

The United Nations Human Rights Committee is pushing for greater acceptance of abortion – ironically in the name of the right to life!

The Committee drafted its official interpretation of the right to life in Geneva on 1 and 2 … Read More

Christian baker asked to make satanic cakes

November 29, 2017 |

The Colorado Christian baker taken to court for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, reported in the last issue of this paper, has now been asked to make cakes featuring Satan.

Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece … Read More

Sin in high places – God is turning on the light

November 29, 2017 |

The exposure of the sinfulness in secular society is coming as a shock to secular humanists, but even Brexit’s instability boils down to our problems with human relationships

This is the time of year when family life takes centre … Read More

The miracle of modern Israel

November 29, 2017 |

View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

Walking in the steps of the prophets, patriarchs and Messiah, Charles and Linda Gardner had a wonderful tour with a few days’ bonus, courtesy of the British Embassy…

Just back from … Read More

Why I started praying for people involved with Freemasonry

November 29, 2017 |

Alan Daniel of Sozo Ministries International has been leading ‘Freedom from Freemasonry’ conferences for over 20 years, attended by thousands of people. In that time he has seen many healed mentally and physically after renouncing binding oaths made in secret … Read More

Freedom champion finally free

November 29, 2017 |

Religious rights campaigner Rev Stuart Windsor died aged 74 on 17 September.

The life of the man who was Special Ambassador for Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), was to be commemorated at Westminster Chapel in central London on 29 November.

CSW said: … Read More

Coptic bishop hacked down in Cairo

November 29, 2017 |

A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt has been murdered in a Cairo street.

Captured by security camera before other citizens caught him, Bishop Samaan Shehata’s assailant arrives at a warehouse in pursuit of the injured Shehata, weapon in hand Credit: Morning Star News

Captured by security camera before other citizens caught him, Bishop Samaan Shehata’s assailant arrives at a warehouse in pursuit of the injured Shehata, weapon in hand

The attacker slashed Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso.

According to Morning Star News, a security spokesman said the suspect, Ahmed Saeed Ibrahim, was mentally ill, but neighbours denied this, saying he was a Muslim who had been radicalised a year ago. Since then, Ibrahim had begun praying in the street, shouting loudly and calling Christians infidels.

Captured by people on the street in the outskirts of Cairo and now in custody, Ibrahim reportedly approached Shehata wielding a large knife or cleaver, while the bishop was waiting for another clergyman in his car. Read More

Sudan blocks Bibles, arrests church leaders

November 29, 2017 |

Port authorities in Sudan have held a shipment of Bibles without explanation for over two years.

Morning Star News reports that the container was one of two deliveries of Arabic Bibles destined for Khartoum. Other shipments of Bibles to Port Sudan … Read More

Hungary: “Defend Christians in Europe”

November 29, 2017 |
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban boldly speaks out in defence of Christianity

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban boldly speaks out in defence of Christianity

It is the moral duty of Christians not only to help their brothers and sisters in Christ abroad, but also to defend Christian freedoms in Europe, according to the Prime Minister of Hungary.

Viktor Orban was speaking to international campaign groups invited by his government to a conference on how to help the persecuted Church. Read More

Burmese pastors imprisoned on false charges

November 29, 2017 |
Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt (left) and La Jaw Gam Hseng

Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt (left) and La Jaw Gam Hseng

Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burmese (Myanmar) army last December were sentenced to prison on 27 October.

The charges of unlawful association, defaming the military and spying were all denied by the pastors.

Pastor Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, was given four years and three months, while Pastor La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, received two years and three months.

The two ethnic Kachin pastors, members of the Kachin Baptist Convention, were alleged to be spies for the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO). Read More

Plot to blow up Egyptian church fails

November 29, 2017 |

Egyptian police have prevented a terrorist attempt to bomb a Coptic church in northeast Egypt.

The Mar Girgis (St George) church in El-Arish, which was also attacked during anti-Christian violence in August 2013, was saved by state security forces outside … Read More

Tortured North Korean pastor finds freedom in US

November 29, 2017 |

Life in the USA is “heaven” compared to the “hell” of North Korea, according to a pastor who fled the communist country.

Choi Kwanghyuk, 55, fled North Korea several years after being tortured for his faith, and now lives in … Read More

Nine-day massacre kills 48 in Nigeria

November 29, 2017 |
One of the homes burned in an assault on 13 villages in Plateau state, Nigeria in October

One of the homes burned in an assault on 13 villages in Plateau state, Nigeria in October

A terrorist rampage in central Nigeria left 48 Christians dead in nine days in October, including many women and children.

The attackers were Islamic Fulani herdsmen – responsible for hundreds of murders in recent years.

The herdsmen broke down doors to slaughter families, burn houses and destroy churches in Plateau State in several attacks on villages between 8 and 17 October.

“Every one of us ran to save his life,” said church elder Dauda Samuel Kadiya of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Zanwrua. He told Morning Star News: “All Christians in villages around here have been displaced, and worship buildings have been abandoned.” Read More

‘Emotional’ return home for Christian exhibition

November 29, 2017 |

And they’re off! Some of the 4,000+ visitors to CRE 2017 arrive at Sandown Park, Esher

Christian Resources Exhibition, Sandown Park, Esher
17-19 October

From a lively opening featuring Eurovision winner Dana, to a solemn ending – when former special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite, spoke of his five years’ imprisonment – the Christian Resources Exhibition’s (CRE) return to Sandown Park, Surrey, “touched all the
emotions”.

A total of 4,061 people visited the show. “Many local church leaders rely on it for fresh ideas for ministry, mission and maintenance,” said Steve Goddard, who took ownership of the event last year along with his wife Allison. Some 200 exhibitors displayed everything from pulpits to puppets.

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Powerful times of prayer on a grim anniversary

November 29, 2017 |

Regan King of Christian Concern addressed the politics of abortion

Day of prayer marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act, led by Intercessors for Britain, 21 October, Regent’s Hall, London

The day began with Dave Borlase, Director of Intercessors for Britain (IFB), setting out the biblical case for being strongly opposed to abortion and the need to speak out against it.

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Dear Church, can you hear me?

November 29, 2017 |

Combatting isolation: conference visitors learned about and shared deaf people’s needs

“Dear Church, can you hear me?” conference, Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne, 16 September

Why Christians need to learn sign language

Deaf and hearing impaired people are pulling out of church life due to frustration and loneliness because churches don’t offer sign language or use microphones correctly.

This was highlighted by conference visitors who explained how people’s reluctance to make provision for the deaf can lead to their withdrawing from church activities.

The event’s two main speakers, the Church of England’s national adviser on deaf ministry Rev Gill Behenna and deaf Baptist minister Rev Susan Myatt, both opened the event without speaking a word, instead using British Sign Language (BSL). Read More

Letters

November 29, 2017 |

Deadline for the February/March 2018 letters: 8 January 2017

Email: letters@heartpublications.co.uk

Ilford ‘revival’

What is being experienced in the Ilford church is not revival but the joy of salvation (Oct/Nov National news section).

Revival is only necessary for those who have lost … Read More

How do you wave an Israeli flag in public?

November 29, 2017 |

A NLFI activist discusses Israel with a general election candidate at a Hampstead street stall 

 

For most people the idea of waving an Israeli flag in public probably seems suicidal. We have become used to the idea that supporting Israel is a sort of guilty secret, not to be revealed in public.

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Paris Shoah Memorial

November 29, 2017 |

In front of the Paris Shoah Memorial: the names of the camps where Jews were sent for execution

In October I had a very blessed time in Paris with the pastor and church of the “Good Samaritan”.

Anne Frank memorial

Memorial to Anne Frank, who died at Auschwitz aged 16

During my time there, I visited some of the Jewish memorial sites. Before the Second World War there was a large Jewish population in Paris, but this was decimated during the Holocaust. As I toured three of the former Jewish areas of Paris, there were plaques and memorials in quite a few different locations commemorating the deportations of the Jewish population to the camps. At the bottom of these plaques it said: “Nous n’oublierons jamais” (We shall never forget). Read More

Whose Land?

November 29, 2017 |

A film by Hugh Kitson 

WHO'S LAND Film bnner

Film maker Hugh Kitson’s newest release has coincided with the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Having had its world premiere in August, screenings in Australia were closely followed by events in New Zealand and then around the world. 

In ‘Whose Land?’ Hugh boldly tackles the political elephant in the room, the issue over Israel’s legitimacy, and the rights of the Jewish people over the land. Vastly different to other films produced by Israelis or other Jewish sources, this production deals fairly with documents and evidence, often showing the actual text on camera for the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Read More

God speaks through Hurricanes

November 29, 2017 |

by Daniel Harrison

HurricaneRickfords Hill Publishing

ISBN 978-1-905044-16-0

www.tabernaclebooks.com

Review by Rev Philip Foster

It was CS Lewis who wrote that pain is God’s megaphone. In this book we are reminded that natural disasters are God’s air raid warnings for the nations.

This book should (I am tempted to write, must) be read by every committed Christian.  It is a call to arms for evangelism, but evangelism that is God centred and Bible centred, not the milk and water ‘sharing’ of a far too sweetened Gospel tailored to meet modern sensibilities.

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UN can’t stop God’s plan for Israel

November 29, 2017 |

God is gathering his sons and daughters from afar (Isaiah 43) and he will save them in his own way (Zechariah 12). These were the central points made by Rev Willem Glashouwer, Bible teacher and President of Christians for Israel … Read More

Christian optician paid ultimate price in Africa

November 29, 2017 |

Ian at work in an African village, before being kidnapped

Christian missionary Ian Squire was shot dead by one of his kidnappers in Nigeria after performing ‘Amazing grace’ on his guitar.

Ian, a 57-year-old optician from Shepperton in Middlesex, has paid the ultimate price for his devotion to poverty-stricken Africans.

Initially it was thought that he had died because he could not reach his diabetes medicine, but Dr David Donovan said Ian was trying to cheer up his fellow captives before a gang member opened fire. Read More

‘Bonuses for abortions’ accusation against clinic

November 28, 2017 |

A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report has found that some staff at a Marie Stopes clinic feel

financially pressured to push women into abortions.

Christian MP Fiona Bruce told Premier she is “absolutely shocked” by the report, which concluded that … Read More

Policemen murder Christian schoolboy

November 27, 2017 |

Six Pakistani police officers have been arrested and charged with the murder of a Christian child at his school.

Young Christian Arslan Masih was killed after being dragged out of a classroom by police officers intent on revenge against him … Read More