The national news from around the nation.
Dunkirk spirit: queues formed to pray in May 1940 outside Westminster Abbey
“Time is short” to pray for “torn-apart” Britain
8 September 2017 is 77 years after the National Prayer Day that led to victory in the Battle of Britain
Hundreds have signed up to take part in a National Day of Prayer called for 8 September.
Together with Pastors Roy and Brenda Taylor and Pastor Dennis Greenidge, evangelist David Hathaway has booked Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre for a day of fasting and prayer.
Chain reaction: Creationist Professor Stuart Burgess (left), seen here with a colleague, was able to show his design for Team GB’s Olympic winning bikes to hundreds of visiting school pupils and teachers at the prestigious Royal Society.
From 3–8 July …
‘Worried’ conservative Anglicans have appointed their own bishop
The Church of England’s General Synod has voted against therapy for Christians with unwanted homosexual desires, and introduced ‘transgender baptisms’.
Christian Concern’s Andrea Williams warned that the Church is “giving a national platform to ideologies which want to destroy biblical Christianity”.
A victory for the street preachers whose case was HEART’s April 2017 cover story
Christian campaigners are celebrating court decisions in favour of three street preachers.
Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were arrested after preaching in Bristol city centre and fined in February, but Judge Picton overruled the conviction at Bristol Crown Court in July, saying he was “conscious of the right of freedom of speech and freedom of expression”.
But it’s 20 years too late, says Pakistani Christian leader
A report by charity Citizens UK has concluded that UK mosques should appoint British-born imams who speak fluent English and understand British culture.
The report suggests that such imams are more likely to help worshippers understand how to live as Muslims in British society – and avoid being misled by extremism.
Many imams working in the UK come from other countries and were trained abroad.
Black and white churches joined together as one to worship at the Emirates Stadium
“Mass evangelism reminds the world that the Church is not dead”
On the same day as the biggest ever London ‘Pride’ march, around 20,000 people gathered at Arsenal’s football stadium for the largest UK evangelistic event since Billy Graham’s missions.
Catapulted to prominence after the June General Election, the little known Democratic Unionist Party turned overnight into kingmakers, with just ten MPs holding the balance of power in Parliament. Meanwhile the liberal media viewed their biblical values incredulously. We present …
Pro-life supporters across the world were praying for Charlie Gard, the terminally ill baby who hit the headlines this summer.
The decision to switch off Charlie’s life support was delayed when international experts were given permission to examine the sick baby. The President and Vice President of the USA both expressed their support for the little boy, and the Pope said he had prayed for him and offered a place at the Vatican’s hospital.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry can be proud that it’s now a year since they launched Heads Together to raise awareness of mental health issues. But why did it take the royal family to say ‘You don’t have to suffer mental torment’?
Our headline “Dressed and in their right minds”, like so many daily idioms, comes from Mark’s Gospel (5:1-20). Jesus dealt with ‘mental health’ by casting out demons with a word or speaking the truth in a way that set people free (“My words are Spirit and they are life”).
Yet non-churchgoers like Prince Harry who are suffering mental torment and feeling desperately hurt and misunderstood, don’t seek out Christian help.
Theresa May says her Christian faith helped her when she found out she couldn’t have children, and when her parents died and will no doubt have helped her cope with the ups and downs of political life.
When asked if going through those two personally traumatic periods could have made her lose her faith, Mrs May said: “No, because it’s difficult to explain in simple words but actually the faith was there and did provide support for me through those difficult times.”