Blogroll: Christian Concern

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Revolutionary Sexuality: Part 1

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 15:00
Wilberforce Academy Director Dr Joe Boot explains in this overview that the radical revolution we see today is "rooted in the self-creating illusions of Marxism, with its visceral hatred of both God and the family."

What is the theological basis for the sexual revolution? Wilberforce Academy Director Dr Joe Boot explains in this overview that the radical revolution we see today is "rooted in the self-creating illusions of Marxism, with its visceral hatred of both God and the family."

Joe highlights how Marxist ideas and radical feminism have sought to recreate reality and oppress all who uphold God's good creation order. Look out for God's positive response in part 2 next week.
 

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Interview with Talking About Dying author

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 13:00
In this article, Kathy Gyngell, co-editor of The Conservative Woman, interviews Dr Elaine Sugden, one of the authors of Wilberforce Publications' new book, Talking About Dying.

In this article, Kathy Gyngell, co-editor of The Conservative Woman, interviews Dr Elaine Sugden, one of the authors of Wilberforce Publications' new book, Talking About Dying.

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9 in 10 universities are restricting free speech

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:00
9 in 10 UK universities are now restricting free speech in some way, according to a survey by online magazine Spiked.

9 in 10 UK universities are now restricting free speech in some way, according to a survey by online magazine Spiked.

Almost two thirds (63.5%) now actively censor speech, and 30.5% stifle speech through excessive regulation, indicating a steady rise in censorship over the past three years.

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More Trojan Horses in Schools

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 13:00
Tim Dieppe comments on news that a head teacher has faced a campaign of intimidation by Muslim parents at her school who wish to see her removed.

Tim Dieppe comments on news that a head teacher has faced a campaign of intimidation by Muslim parents at her school who wish to see her removed. She has been violently attacked by a parent, and alleges that there have been death threats. A head teachers' union has said that they are supporting a number of heads facing similar pressures. Tim emphasises that Islamist infiltration of schools is a significant problem that needs to be tackled with robust policies.
 

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Couple lose civil partnership challenge

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 16:00
A couple have lost their legal bid to redefine civil partnerships to include heterosexual couples.

A couple have lost their legal bid to redefine civil partnerships to include heterosexual couples.

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, from London, appeared at the Court of Appeal today to challenge a previous High Court ruling against them.

Keidan and Steinfeld, who have said that they want to be "partners in law", but do not want to get married, say that the current law is discriminatory.

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Leading girls' school lets pupils identify as boys

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 13:00
A leading girls' school is to allow pupils to change their name to a boy's name and wear boys' clothes.

A leading girls' school is to allow pupils to change their name to a boy's name and wear boys' clothes.

Pupils over the age of 16 at St Paul's Girls' School, in West London, can now enter a formal process to self-identify as boys or as 'gender-neutral'. 

So far, up to 10 sixth form girls at the school are understood to have done so.
 

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Christian preachers stand trial in Bristol

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 12:30
Three Christian evangelists are to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Thursday 23 February), charged with public order offences simply for preaching the gospel in a busy shopping centre. Christian evangelist shares the story of his arrest See video

Three Christian evangelists are to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Thursday 23 February), charged with public order offences. 

They are being supported by the Christian Legal Centre and will be represented in court by allied solicitor Michael Phillips.

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General Synod: It's time for the Church of England to lay down the law on marriage

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 18:00
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and a member of General Synod, responds to the recent vote on the House of Bishops report.


Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and a member of General Synod, responds to the recent vote on the House of Bishops report:


Wednesday's vote in synod was not a victory for the LGBT lobby.

In whatever way Wednesday's vote in synod is spun, the real issue is not about same sex marriage but about the authority of the Bible in the Church of England.

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General Synod debate reveals 'irreconcilable' divisions

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 12:30
The Church of England's General Synod has rejected a report from its Bishops on marriage and sexuality, after a lengthy debate revealing deep divisions in the church.

The Church of England's General Synod has rejected a report from its Bishops on marriage and sexuality, after a lengthy debate revealing deep divisions in the church.

During the debate, Andrea Williams called on the bishops to lead decisively and exercise discipline on those who do not repent of sexual immorality.

The bishops must now effectively start over after three years of 'shared conversations' which have cost over £300,000. 
 

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'We have to make a choice about discipline', Andrea Williams tells General Synod

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 09:00
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and a member of General Synod, gave the following address during the Synod debate on the House of Bishops' report, on 15 February 2017.

Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and a member of General Synod, gave the following address during the Synod debate on the House of Bishops' report, on 15 February 2017:

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General Synod to consider sexuality report

Tue, 14/02/2017 - 13:00
The Church of England's General Synod will vote this week on a recent report from the House of Bishops about marriage and sexuality.

The Church of England's General Synod will vote this week on a recent report from the House of Bishops about marriage and sexuality.

Synod will hold a 'take-note' debate, which means that it is not asked formally to approve or reject the report.

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Campaign launched to keep abortion illegal in Northern Ireland

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 17:00
A campaign has been launched to keep abortion illegal in Northern Ireland, by encouraging residents to only vote for pro-life candidates in the country’s upcoming election.

A campaign has been launched to keep abortion illegal in Northern Ireland, by encouraging residents to only vote for pro-life candidates in the country's upcoming election.

Elections will be held on 2 March and the new leafleting campaign, launched by SPUC, is a key opportunity to continue resisting pressure to legalise abortion in the country.

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British families among most unstable in developed world

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 13:30
Britain has some of the most unstable families in the developed world, a new study has found.

Britain has some of the most unstable families in the developed world, a new study has found.

Figures released by the Marriage Foundation show that the majority of British children born to co-habiting couples will see their parents break up, while a third of British 12-year-olds have seen their married parents separate.

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CofE theological college holds 'gay slang' service

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 18:00
A Church of England theological college has apologised after trainee priests held a blasphemous service using 'gay slang'.

A Church of England theological college has apologised after trainee priests held a blasphemous service using 'gay slang'.  

The service, which was not authorised by church officials, was held last week at the chapel of Westcott House in Cambridge.

The college's Principal, Revd Canon Chris Chivers, describing it as "hugely regrettable".

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Call for evidence on the teaching of Religious Education

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 15:30
Please respond to a call for evidence and tell the commission Commission on Religious Education why it is important that Christianity remains central in RE teaching, especially in Christian schools.

The Commission on Religious Education (CoRE) was created in July 2016 by the Religious Education Council (REC) to review the legal, education and policy frameworks for Religious Education (RE) in England and Wales.

It is carrying out a review of Religious Education (RE) teaching, and is seeking your views.

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Foreword to the second edition of Gospel Culture

Mon, 06/02/2017 - 13:00
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, offers a foreword to 'Gospel Culture'; the first in a series of short books by Dr Joe Boot.

Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, offers a foreword to 'Gospel Culture'; the first in a series of short books by Dr Joe Boot.
 

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BPAS clinic found to be putting women at risk

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 15:20
A British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) abortion clinic has been found to be putting women at serious risk, in a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) abortion clinic has been found to be putting women at serious risk, in a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The report highlights several health and safety failings at BPAS Merseyside, including poor infection control and unchecked equipment.

It follows a report last year that raised serious concerns about safety, training and consent at a number of Marie Stopes clinics.
 

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Magistrate disciplined for not hearing same-sex parenting case

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 13:00
A magistrate has been given a formal warning for misconduct, after she declined to adjudicate on a same-sex parenting case.

A magistrate has been given a formal warning for misconduct, after she declined to adjudicate on a same-sex parenting case.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office ordered Susan Preston to stand down from hearing future family cases, after she declined to sit on a case involving same-sex parenting due to her personal views.

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Parents compensated £70m over disabled babies they would have aborted

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:40
The NHS has paid £70 million to parents who say they would have aborted their children if they knew they would be born with a disability, it has emerged.

The NHS has paid £70 million to parents who say they would have aborted their children if they knew they would be born with a disability, it has emerged.

Over half of the compensation went to parents who said that pre-natal screening had not shown the risk that their child would have a disability, and would have likely aborted the baby if they had known.

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'Locked-in' patients indicate they are happy with life

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 12:30
Doctors have created a 'brain-reading' device which allows them to communicate with patients who have 'locked-in syndrome', a condition that leaves people completely paralysed but aware and able to think.

Doctors have created a 'brain-reading' device which allows them to communicate with patients who have 'locked-in syndrome', a condition that leaves people completely paralysed but aware and able to think.

Niels Birbaumer, a neuroscientist who led the research at the University of Tübingen, Germany, said the technology, which reads brain activity to decipher if a patient is answering 'yes' or 'no' to a question, is the "first sign that completely locked-in syndrome may be abolished forever."

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