MSPs urge SNP to go back to the drawing board over Hate Crime Bill

The Scottish Parliament In Edinburgh(Reuters)MSPs have warned that the SNP's proposed reforms to hate crime law will have a detrimental impact on Scotland's democratic values.  Thomas Kerr, Conservative councillor for Shettleston, said in the Glasgow Evening Times that the Hate Crime Bill presents a "serious risk to the democratic freedoms we all cherish". While he supports... Read more

Assisted suicide has become a ‘default way to die’ in the Netherlands

Assisted suicide has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002(Photo: Unsplash/Guus Baggermans)A large number of MPs and Peers attended a parliamentary event on the dangers of assisted suicide and the grim reality its legalisation would bring to the UK. Politicians from across the political spectrum heard speeches from internationally renowned Dutch ethicist Prof. Theo Boer... Read more

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan will have a corrosive effect on our society

Boris Johnson plans to breach international lawI took quite a bit of stick for spoiling my ballot paper at the last election but I knew what I was doing. Or perhaps I should say that I did so because I didn't know what to do! I had reached the sad conclusion that I couldn't support... Read more

Pride, police and the preaching of the Gospel

(Photo: Unsplash/Teddy sterblom)Cornwall Pride is cancelled. Wonderful news? Josh Williamson the Australian Baptist pastor in Newquay thought so. In fact, he tweeted those exact words on the Cornwall Live FB page. The resultant fuss, including threats of vandalism and deportation, has been covered elsewhere in Christian Today, but I want to ask what lessons we... Read more

Bird farming is the new fundraiser for Indonesian church planters – Mission Network News

Indonesia (MNN) There are so many creative ways to fundraise. Why not use one to raise money for church planting? Indonesian pastors are doing just that, with songbird farming. Right now, one couple is start nesting. And every month, we hope that this bird that is nesting will give us small bird and we usually... Read more

ABTSs partnership with Arabic Nazarene Bible College will open doors to future program growth – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) —Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) announced a new partnership with the Arabic Nazarene Bible College that will introduce new perspectives and continue a pattern of cross-denominational collaboration. Arabic Nazarene Bible College operates a semi-formal training program in Lebanon and Jordan training church members. Already, ABTS has a faculty member who belongs to Arabic... Read more

Mayflower400: why the Puritans had to leave England

(Photo: BBC)On 16 September 1620, 102 passengers and 30 crew set sail on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, heading for the New World.  Making the hazardous journey were the Pilgrim Fathers, a group of separatists who were dreaming of a new life, one in which they could live according to their religious beliefs without interference. ... Read more

Coalition plans new initiative to prevent livelihood crisis – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — Pakistans economy is starting to revive as people emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns. This summer, Muslims working abroad sent record levels of money home because they could not travel for the Hajj. The outlook for Pakistani Christians, however, remains bleak. Though churches stepped up to meet community needs, individual resources are now exhausted.... Read more

The Mayflower and the enduring hope of freedom

Pilgrims John Carver, William Bradford and Miles Standish at prayer during their voyage to North America in the 1844 painting by Robert Walter Weir, Embarcation of the Pilgrims.(Photo: Architect of the Capitol)The summer of 1620 saw months of frustrating delays to the sailing of the Mayflower, but as they finally set sail from Plymouth on... Read more

Nigeria becoming the most dangerous country for Christians – Mission Network News

Nigeria (MNN) — Over the past decade, between50,000-70,000 Christianshave been killed by terrorist groups in Nigeria. Thats not just a number for Mission Cry. Jason Woolford recently talked about a large shipment of Bibles that a local Christian leader asked to be sent to Nigeria. He was asking for more of the Word of God... Read more

‘Boldly Defending Life: Trump Admin. Expands Ban on Int’l Funding of Abortion

'Boldly Defending Life: Trump Admin. Expands Ban on Int'l Funding of Abortion The Trump administration on Monday announced plans to expand a pro-life policy that prohibits U.S. government money from going to international organizations that perform or promote abortion.Under the so-called Mexico City Policy, implemented by President Trump in 2017, government money is prohibited from... Read more

Calif. Governor Signs Bill Bringing Sentencing Equality for Adults Who Have Sex with Minors

Calif. Governor Signs Bill Bringing Sentencing Equality for Adults Who Have Sex with Minors On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law that has sparked much outrage amongst elected officials, The Christian Post reports.SB-145, or Senate Bill 145, expands the judges discretion in determining whether or not an adult should be registered... Read more

‘Christ Has Forgiven Me for So Much More’: Mechanic Forgives Attacker following Brutal Stabbing

'Christ Has Forgiven Me for So Much More': Mechanic Forgives Attacker following Brutal Stabbing Philadelphia mechanic Brett Lynn recently shared a testimony of forgiveness following a brutal stabbing by an intruder in his family-owned shop, Faithwire reports.Seven years ago, Lynn had arrived home after dropping off his kids at gymnastics when the incident occurred. He... Read more

After Year-Long Legal Battle, Chick-fil-A Is Allowed to Return to San Antonio Airport

After Year-Long Legal Battle, Chick-fil-A Is Allowed to Return to San Antonio Airport After a yearlong battle between the city of San Antonio and the Federal Aviation Administration, Chick-fil-A will be allowed to reopen in the San Antonio International Airport, according to the Dallas Morning News.The fast-food chain will be offered a location in Terminal... Read more

Calif. Church That Faced Fines Moves to Outdoor Services: ‘I Do Not Want to See People Lost on My Watch

Calif. Church That Faced Fines Moves to Outdoor Services: 'I Do Not Want to See People Lost on My Watch A California megachurch that defied its countys health restrictions and held indoor services has changed course and is now holding outdoor services in its parking lot.North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif, had tallied more... Read more

China Bans Massive House Church after They Refused to Install Surveillance Cameras Inside the Church

China Bans Massive House Church after They Refused to Install Surveillance Cameras Inside the Church China has banned the house church Zion, a 1500-member congregation, after they refused to install surveillance cameras in their church. China threatened to close down the church if they did not comply and have now come through on their threat.According... Read more

Eric Metaxas Urges Young Christians to Stay Active in Politics and the Church

Eric Metaxas Urges Young Christians to Stay Active in Politics and the Church Conservative Christian commentator Eric Metaxas, a New York Times best-selling author and host of The Eric Metaxas Show, urged young Christians to remain active in their church as well as in politics in an exclusive live interview with The Christian Post.Metaxas, who authored well-researched... Read more

SNP will lose support from people of faith if it embraces assisted suicide, says councillor

(Photo: Unsplash)The SNP has been warned that it stands to lose party members of faith if it supports calls to legalise assisted suicide.  Councillor Chris McEleny told The National that backing assisted suicide was "simply not compatible to the faith based belief systems of many people in Scotland". McEleny, a Catholic, continued that it would be... Read more

Salvation Army Starts Red Kettle Program Early amid ‘Tsunami of Human Need’

Salvation Army Starts Red Kettle Program Early amid 'Tsunami of Human Need' (RNS) The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual red kettle campaign more than two months early this year in hopes of meeting an increased need for assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.The Salvation Army recognizes that there is literally a tsunami of human... Read more

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Rejects Pat Robertson’s Claim That the Movement Is ‘Trying to Destroy Christianity’

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Rejects Pat Robertson's Claim That the Movement Is 'Trying to Destroy Christianity' Last Saturday, one of the three co-founders of the Black Lives Matter organization spoke out against televangelist Pat Robertson for rendering the group as anti-Christian, Newsweek reports.Robertson, who hosts the 700 Club, made the remarks on Thursday's broadcast as... Read more

Newest VeggieTales Is a Combination of Muppets and ‘Classic VeggieTales,’ Co-Creator Says

Newest VeggieTales Is a Combination of Muppets and 'Classic VeggieTales,' Co-Creator Says Theres good news for parents who grew up watching VeggieTales: A new batch of episodes is being released, and theyre just as funny and Bible-based as the originals.The new series, called The VeggieTales Show, follows the familiar cast of Bob the Tomato and... Read more

‘Lost’ Bibles to be recovered in major digitisation project

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden)An ambitious new digitisation project is set to make the Bible more accessible than ever for hundreds of minority language groups. MissionAssist, Bible Society and Wycliffe Bible Translators are seeking an army of volunteer translators to help with the huge task of bringing these 'lost' Bibles into the digital realm. The Bible Digitisation... Read more

Church leaders ‘appalled’ by racism

(Photo: Unsplash/James Eades)Leaders in the Church of Ireland have spoken out against racism and the "shameful" slave trade in the West, as they called on local churches to support black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. In a statement on the Black Lives Matter movement, the Church and Society Commission of the Church of Ireland said... Read more

Spring Harvest planning 2021 gathering with ‘Covid guarantee’

Spring Harvest is attended by thousands of Christians, many of them families, each year(Photo: Spring Harvest)The organisers of Spring Harvest, one of the UK's largest annual Christian events, are pushing ahead with plans for the 2021 gathering. This year's gathering was cancelled for the first time in the event's history because of the coronavirus pandemic, with... Read more

Parents seek judicial review over controversial relationships and sex education classes

(Photo: Pexels/Kaboompics)Parents from different faith backgrounds have united to commence a judicial review into the new relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum. The judicial review, launched by the Let Kids Be Kids Coalition (LKBKC), will challenge the Education Secretary's decision not to allow parents to withdraw their children from relationships lessons.  The mandatory curriculum came... Read more

Meeting Jesus in a warzone

Sozan remains devoted to her Christian faith despite hostility(Photo: Open Doors UK & Ireland)Fear is all too familiar to 22-year-old Sozan. She felt it when a group of men in her neighbourhood threatened to kill her. And she felt it when bombs were dropping so close to her house in north west Syria that the... Read more

Iranian pastor talks about his time in prison – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) Pastor Farshid Fathi heard his phone ring and realized his own number was calling. Police had broken into his home, and Fathi faced a choice: run or go to prison. Joe Willey, Marketing and Communications Manager of SAT-7 USA, says, They wanted him to come in and give himself up. Now, here’s the... Read more

Beirut churches sew hope as resilient Lebanese recover – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Six weeks after a massive explosion obliterated downtown Beirut, parts of Lebanons capital city are starting to recover. Its proof once again that the Lebanese people are resilient, Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema says. Atema returned from Beirut shortly before speaking with MNN. There [are] some parts where you would not know... Read more

Church Pays off $19 Million in Chicago Residents’ Medical Debt

Church Pays off $19 Million in Chicago Residents' Medical Debt A church in Chicago has raised over $100,000 to cover medical debt for the residents in the Chicago metro area. VIVE Chicago, a satellite church for the Chicago-area that is part of the VIVE church chain, is a nondenominational church that raised the money.The church... Read more

Pastor Charles Stanley to Step Down as Head Pastor of First Baptist Church

Pastor Charles Stanley to Step Down as Head Pastor of First Baptist Church Evangelist and Director of In Touch Ministries Dr. Charles Stanley is officially stepping down from his position as head pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta. Stanley was the head pastor of the church for almost 50 years, while also holding a leadership... Read more