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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:25:51 GMT
Digest for weekend and Monday October 18-20
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Bishop of Truro has called for a ‘major cultural change’ in British society to recognise the need for justice for all – in particular young carers, those who use food banks and families living in poverty.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:25:51 GMT
A successful Christian school could face closure for failing to uphold “British values”, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The school was warned after an inspection by schools regulator Ofsted, in the wake of new regulations introduced by the Government last month. Ofsted criticised the school for not promoting other faiths, and it was told to [...]
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:22:17 +0000
Scientists have offered hope to people who suffer from blindness and brittle bone disease, as a result of promising new techniques using adult stem cells. Researchers at universities in the UK and Japan have praised the potential of three adult stem cell techniques for helping people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and osteoporosis. The progress [...]
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:28:39 +0000
Doctors who are involved in assisted suicide are now less likely to face criminal charges, according to concerning new guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Alison Saunders yesterday updated the Crown Prosecution Service’s policy on assisted suicide so that healthcare professionals who do not have a relationship of care with the victim are [...]
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:59:16 +0000
Melanie and Damien Sheenan talk about the immense pressure they were put under to have an abortion in this week’s ‘Choose Life’ story. The couple from Northern Ireland chose to keep baby Joshua – now nearly a year old and with no health issues – after doctors made what was eventually shown to be an [...]
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:45:35 +0000
Pastors were ordered to hand over sermons that mentioned homosexuality to lawyers acting for the lesbian mayor of Houston, Texas. The demand for “all speeches, presentations, or sermons” on issues including homosexuality and transsexualism came in the middle of a row over a local gay rights law. Following a religious liberty backlash Houston mayor Annise [...]
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:17:31 +0000
The UK has the highest rate of family breakdown in Western Europe, “alarming” findings show. For the first time, the proportion of children living in single parent households has been found to be higher in the UK than all other Western European countries. According to the latest figures from Eurostat, the European Union’s official statistics [...]
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:24:07 +0000
Every Church of Scotland congregation on Lewis, the largest island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is opposing moves to allow practising gay clergy being ordained as ministers. Lewis Presbytery, the body representing Church of Scotland congregations on the island, is already opposed to same-sex marriage because it is against biblical teaching. The Church of Scotland is [...]
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:58 +0000
The “crucial” role of parents is completely denied under Scotland’s Named Person scheme, according to the former head of public policy for a major children’s charity. Maggie Mellon, who is now a social work consultant, said there is simply “no evidence” for the need of the scheme, which will assign a state employee to every [...]
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:50:07 +0000
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:25:53 GMT
In the challenging third part of our series of sermons on 'Spiritual Warfare', we see that we must enter the battle having 'Feet Fitted With The Preparation Of The Gospel Of Peace'. Join us as David Legge expounds what this means both for how we stand in the battle, and how we are to move forward in the fight. This sermon is available at now in MP3, WMA and text formats...
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:10:02 GMT
In part 2 of our new series looking at the subject of 'Spiritual Warfare', David Legge begins laying out the individual pieces of armour described by Paul in Ephesians 6, starting with 'The Belt Of Truth and The Breastplate Of Righteousness'. We learn what these elements of the Christian's armour represent, and how important it is to have them in place before entering the battle. This challenging sermon is available at now in MP3, WMA and text formats...
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:00:02 GMT
The featured sermon for October warns us of 'The Cost Of Discipleship', while our featured study series relates 'The Romance Of Redemption And Revival In Ruth'. Our featured evangelistic message cries 'Eureka!'...
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:01:00 GMT
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:25:53 GMT
Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:30:58 GMT
Vital supplies to tackle Ebola are beginning to arrive in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the worst-hit countries, Ghana's president says.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:49:38 GMT
Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, credited with transforming Australian society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 98.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:11:50 GMT
Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in a Moscow air crash, a Vnukovo airport official confirms.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01:44 GMT
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:37:50 GMT
Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:33:33 GMT
IPCC expert says EU's plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:05:35 GMT
A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:10:16 GMT