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Social action can contribute to church growth – report

(Photo: Unsplash/Joel Muniz)Social action can act as a pathway to growing congregations numerically and spiritually, says a new report from the Church Urban Fund and think tank Theos.  The 'Growing Good' report is three years in the making and focuses on the Church of England, drawing on 350 interviews across 60 parishes, as well as the... Read more

Action Breeds Confidence – Girlfriends in God – November 6, 2020

November 6, 2020Action Breeds ConfidenceSharon JaynesTodays TruthHave I not commanded you be strong and courageous, God encouraged Joshua. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For I the Lord am with you wherever you may go, (Joshua 1:9).Friend to FriendI was getting ready to teach my first Bible studyand my knees were shaking like... Read more

Christian leaders taking legal action against Government over church closures

In-person services are being suspended across England.(Photo: Unsplash/Anna Earl)Dozens of Christian leaders from different denominations have signed a pre-action letter to the Government calling for a re-think of church closures.  The restrictions are being imposed as part of the second national lockdown coming into force in England on Thursday. Places of worship will be closed... Read more

Hearing Tim Kellers Call to Action

I didn’t expect 2020 to motivate me to listen more closely to Tim Keller. I was already engaging with his thinking. Then again, none of us anticipated how 2020 would blindside us. Overnight, pastors and spiritual leaders faced the coronavirus pandemic: one of the most disruptive events to the church in the modern period. In... Read more

LifeWay halts legal action against former president Thom Rainer

Former LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer(Twitter/Thom Rainer)LifeWay Christian Resources has suspended its lawsuit against former president Thom Rainer over an alleged breach of contract.  The publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention is now seeking a resolution with Rainer instead of legal action.  Trustee chairman Todd Fannin confirmed the change of tack in an... Read more

Medical body threatened with legal action over position on assisted dying

Pixabay/DarkoStojanovicDoctors are planning legal action against the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) over its continued opposition to assisted dying.  The legal challenge is being led by Professor Aneez Esmail and Sir Sam Everington, and is being supported by the Good Law Project and Dignity in Dying.  They claim that the RCGP Council's decision to... Read more

Evangelicals for Social Action Drops ‘Evangelicals’ from Name

Evangelicals for Social Action Drops 'Evangelicals' from Name The organization, Evangelicals for Social Action, is changing the groups name to Christians for Social Action, the organization announced this week.According to The Christian Post, in a statement, the Christian scholar-activist group says the word evangelical has become a polarizing term.Today the word evangelical in the popular... Read more

Calls for legal action against Netflix over ‘Cuties’ film

Critics say 'Cuties' sexualises young girls.(Photo: Netflix)There have been calls for legal action to be taken against Netflix over the film "Cuties", which critics say amounts to child sexual exploitation.  Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks told the Daily Caller they want the Department of Justice to bring legal action against Netflix... Read more

Rowan Williams joins climate action outside Parliament as Christians arrested

Rowan Williams (R) with members of Christian Climate Action in Parliament SquareDr Rowan Williams was one of many Christians taking part in Extinction Rebellion protests in London on Tuesday.  The former Archbishop of Canterbury said there was a "remarkable moment of opportunity" to make lasting positive change in support of the environment. He called on... Read more

Newell heads Great Commission coalition, calls Christians to action – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Despite centuries of missionary efforts, one in three people worldwide have no access to the Gospel or a local church. Missiologist and author Marv Newell says one-third of the global population is roughly 3.2 billion people. However, these statistics probably mean very little to people, Newell notes. The most important takeaway is... Read more

Dozens of faith leaders call for action to stop ‘genocide’ of Uighars in China

FILE PHOTO: Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 4, 2018.(Reuters/Thomas Peter/File Photo)The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is among the dozens of faith leaders to have signed a letter demanding action to stop atrocities... Read more

Father to take legal action against police after being dragged from dying daughter’s hospital bed

The violent arrest of Dr Rashid Abbasi was captured on a police body camA father who was dragged from the hospital bedside of his terminally ill daughter is pursuing legal action against the police, claiming wrongful arrest. Dr Rashid Abbasi, a longtime NHS respiratory consultant, was arrested by police when he refused to leave his... Read more

Critics of Sheffield Cathedral’s decision to close 400-year-old choir consider legal action

The entire Sheffield Cathedral Choir is to be replaced by a new music team(Photo: Facebook/Sheffield Cathedral)Critics of Sheffield Cathedral's decision to shut down its choir after 400 years in favour of a more inclusive music team are considering taking legal action. Cathedral Dean the Very Rev Peter Bradley announced last week that the entire choir was... Read more

MPs call for action from NATO and Britain as Christians in Montenegro face persecution

(Photo: Unsplash/Alexandre Micheloud)MPs Tim Farron and Steve Baker have called on the UK Government and NATO to take action to defend the freedom of Christians in Montenegro.  In a bipartisan article in Newsweek, the MPs, who are both Christians, said that religious freedom "must be defended and protected everywhere" as they warned of increasing harassment... Read more

Newcastle City Council leader attacks Franklin Graham over threat of legal action

Franklin Graham is pursuing legal action over the cancellation of his UK tour events.(Photo: Facebook/Franklin Graham)Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes has launched a scathing attack on American evangelist Franklin Graham as he pursues legal action over a tour event in the city that was cancelled because of his views on homosexuality.Graham's event had been... Read more

At Lengthy Final, Tom Cruise Will Star in an Motion Film Actually Shot In House | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Tom Cruise has been in a number of motion motion pictures. That’s how he’s ended up dangling from skyscrapers, piloting helicopters and leaping from planes: a agency dedication to the idea that the film is simply higher when the star is the one doing his personal stunts. And now, he’s ready to... Read more

15 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes That Will Problem You to Take Motion | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Within the midst of his work to fight institutional racism inside the USA, Martin Luther King Jr. relied closely on ideas taught in Scripture. The knowledge and insights King gained as he helped lead the civil rights motion apply to us at present, for injustice nonetheless exists amongst us in lots of... Read more

For Michael B. Jordan and Bryan Stevenson, ‘Simply Mercy’ Is a Name to Motion | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] For a lot of his skilled profession, Bryan Stevenson has been consumed by an concept: You're greater than the worst factor youve ever carried out. Greater than only a easy, inspirational mantra, Stevenson believes this reality has actual repercussions for individuals, communities and establishments through which persons are, emphatically, handled like they're... Read more

Repent is a Phrase of Motion – Bible Gateway Weblog

[ad_1] By Eugene H. Peterson John the Baptizer appeared within the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that results in forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:4 (MSG) There may be an attention-grabbing historical past of the phrase repentance. The phrase in Hebrew means initially to take a deep breath and sigh. A deep feeling of sorrow,... Read more

Church known as to motion as Lebanon protests proceed – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Lebanon (MNN) — At the moment ends the third week of widespread protests in Lebanon. Points fluctuate, however most individuals need a full overhaul of the federal government. Demonstrators blame present leaders for Lebanons financial failure and crumbling infrastructure. Learn our protection of the state of affairs right here. Though the motion is unifying... Read more

United States points international name to motion on non secular freedom – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Worldwide (MNN) Throughout a ‘International Name to Defend Non secular Freedom,’ U.S. President Donald Trump introduced a 25-million greenback initiative to the United Nations this week. Dr. David Curry, president, and CEO of Open Doorways USA, says, “I don’t think any sitting President has ever made such strong statements in support of religious liberty... Read more