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Court of Appeal reviews Government decision to allow DIY abortions during lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash)The Court of Appeal is today hearing a legal challenge against the Government's decision to allow DIY abortions at home during the lockdown.  The Government relaxed the rules so that women could terminate their pregnancies up to 10 weeks.  Following only a phone or video consultation with a doctor, pills are sent out in... Read more

Russians protest Putin’s interference with local government – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) People in the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk have been protesting Vladimir Putins removal of the regional governor. The protests come shortly after an election resulted in Putin being retained as Russias president until 2036. Joel Griffith of Slavic Gospel Association says most protests in Russia tend to happen in Moscow, but these... Read more

High Court approves legal challenge against Government U-turn on online age checks

(Photo: Unsplash/Christian Wiediger)The High Court has given the go ahead for a legal challenge over the Government's decision to abandon age verification checks for online p0rnography.  Legislation to introduce the scheme was passed by Parliament in 2018 with the aim of protecting children.  The plans were hit by repeated delays before finally being shelved for... Read more

Renounce Christ or Lose Government Assistance, China’s Low-Income Christians Are Told

Renounce Christ or Lose Government Assistance, China's Low-Income Christians Are Told Christian citizens in China who receive social welfare payments have been ordered to abandon their faith or risk losing government support, according to a new report.The policy impacts low-income religious citizens who receive government assistance, according to Bitter Winter, a watchdog that... Read more

‘Government should never have criminalised Christian worship,’ says Christian leader

(Photo: Unsplash/Annie Spratt)Christian leaders are still considering whether to pursue legal action against the Government for imposing blanket bans on churches during lockdown which carried the threat of criminal sanctions.  Pastor and Christian Concern co-founder Ade Omooba said the Government should not have introduced such sweeping measures to stop churches from gathering for worship or... Read more

High Court approves legal challenge against Government U-turn on online p0rn age checks

(Photo: Unsplash/Christian Wiediger)The High Court has given the go ahead for a legal challenge over the Government's decision to abandon age verification checks for online p0rnography.  Legislation to introduce the scheme was passed by Parliament in 2018 with the aim of protecting children.  The plans were hit by repeated delays before finally being shelved for... Read more

Dozens of Christian leaders sue Government over closure of churches during lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash/Kyler Nixon)Some 25 church leaders are suing the Government over the forced closure of churches during lockdown.  The Government announced last week that churches could re-open for services on 4 July, having already been allowed to open for private prayer for several weeks.   However, a coalition of church leaders says the announcement does not... Read more

Government sets out guidance for resumption of church services

(Photo: Unsplash/David Beale)The Government has set out the precautions that churches need to take when they re-open for public worship from 4 July.  Guidance published on Monday includes a number of restrictions on worship, with churches told to avoid singing and using instruments that need to be blown into, although the organ is permitted. Churches... Read more

Church leaders ask UK Government to help stop annexation of West Bank

(Photo: Unsplash/Cole Keister)Catholic and Anglican bishops have asked the UK Government to help prevent the annexation of the West Bank. Israel is preparing to annex parts of the West Bank from 1 July in a move strongly opposed by Church leaders. The Rt Rev Declan Lang, Catholic Bishop of Clifton and Chair of the Holy... Read more

Government ditches plans to relax Sunday trading hours after Tory backbenchers revolt

(Photo: Unsplash/Mike Petrucci)The Government has abandoned plans to extend Sunday trading hours after a revolt by dozens of Tory backbenchers.  It follows a letter to Boris Johnson telling him "that over 50 Conservative MPs, from a range of intakes including those elected in 2019 and covering a full spectrum of views in the parliamentary party, are... Read more

Government U-turn on gender self-identification welcomed by campaign groups

(Photo: Pexels/Tim Mossholder)News that Boris Johnson is planning to scrap changes to gender recognition laws has been welcomed by campaigners.The Sunday Times reports that the details are contained in a leaked paper setting out the Government's response to a public consultation on the plans, which would make it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender... Read more

The Government is right to be re-thinking gender self-identification

PixabayA leaked Government paper confirms what had been expected for a while, that the Government is planning to scrap plans drawn up under Theresa May to allow people to 'self-identify' as the opposite sex. The idea was to allow transgender people to change their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis, but according to The Sunday Times... Read more

Government roundtable hears call to work with faith leaders on tackling coronavirus

Faith groups have played a key role in Christian Aid's Ebola response in Sierra Leone, including by distributing food to quarantined homes in the capital Freetown.(Photo: Christian Aid/A D'Unienville)Human rights minister Lord Ahmad has held a virtual roundtable with faith leaders to discuss the global impact of coronavirus on religious communities.The chief executives of faith-based... Read more

Christian group challenges Government on Sunday trading plans as churches remain restricted

(Photo: Unsplash/Hanson Lu)A Christian campaign group has questioned the Government on why it is prepared to trust large shops to re-open for longer on Sunday but not churches.The Government is reported to be drawing up plans to boost the economy by easing Sunday trading laws so that larger shops like department stores and supermarkets can... Read more

Government gives greenlight for limited opening of churches from 15 June

Churches have been closed for the last few months because of coronavirus.(Photo: Unsplash/Hoyoung Choi)Churches will be allowed to open for individual prayer from 15 June, two weeks earlier than first announced. The announcement from the Government brings the official re-opening date for places of worship forward from 4 July. The original timeline had been strongly criticised by... Read more

Bishop hopes Government ‘will see sense’ over re-opening of churches

(Photo: Unsplash/Kyler Nixon)The Catholic Bishop of Plymouth has said he hopes the Government "will see sense" and allow church buildings to re-open to the public soon. Bishop Mark O'Toole said in a pastoral message to commemorate St Boniface on Friday, that the saint's steadfast faith in spite of life's trials was a model for believers "during... Read more

Chinese Government Shuts Down 48 Churches in Two Weeks

Chinese Government Shuts Down 48 Churches in Two Weeks As coronavirus restrictions lift in China, the communist government remains steadfast in its ongoing persecution of local Christians.In April, at least 48 Three-Self Churches were shut down by the local government in Yugan County, according to Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious rights and... Read more

Christian leaders urge Government to allow re-opening of churches

(Photo: Unsplash/Angela Baker)Church leaders are urging the Government to re-think plans to keep places of worship closed until July. The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has written to MPs within his diocese to ask that they lobby for church buildings to re-open again. The open letter calls for an "urgent review of the continued closure of... Read more

Bishop urges UK government to show solidarity with people of Hong Kong

(Photo: Reuters)A senior Catholic official is calling on the UK Government to stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong amid concerns over Beijing's proposed national security law.Bishop Declan Lang, who chairs the Catholic Bishops' Conference Department of International Affairs, made the call in a letter to the Foreign Secretary in which he said... Read more

Singing hymns in church could cause ‘problems’ post-lockdown, Government minister fears

(Photo: Unsplash/Lea Fabienne)Government minister Robert Jenrick has revealed his concerns over re-opening churches post-lockdown. With restrictions easing for shops, schools, car showrooms, markets and many other places, the Government has come under pressure to allow churches to open again to the public. At the Government's daily briefing, Mr Jenrick said he was working closely with faith leaders... Read more

Is it ok to date again without being fully divorced because of government shutdowns? | Pastor Mark Driscoll

As the ministry of The Trinity Church has increased and moved temporarily online, Pastor Mark, Grace, and family have been releasing a special series of “Ask Pastor Mark” videos each week to help answer pertinent questions during this time! This question is about whether it’s ok to date again without being fully divorced because of... Read more

China Bulldozes, Shuts Down Churches amid Pandemic: ‘The Government Has Gone Insane’

China Bulldozes, Shuts Down Churches amid Pandemic: 'The Government Has Gone Insane' The coronavirus that devastated Chinas population hasnt stopped the communist government from shutting down and even razing churches across the country.The persecution has impacted state-run churches and underground house churches alike, according to the watchdog Bitter Winter, which monitors religious freedom... Read more

Ask Me Anything (Logos, Posting Pictures of Children, Lord’s Supper, Submitting to Government) – Tim Challies

I receive lots of feedback from readers of this site, and now and again attempt to answer some of the questions that come my way. Heres a new batch that offers brief answers to questions on Logos, posting pictures of children to social media, the Great Sermon Series of videos, celebrating the Lord’s Supper online,... Read more

Thankful for Gods Good Gift of Government - Tim Challies

Grateful for Gods Good Present of Authorities – Tim Challies

[ad_1] I was requested the opposite day what I used to be grateful for within the midst of a pandemic. My reply stunned even me. Im grateful for presidency. It was stunning, however true. Whilst I sit at house throughout a protracted, compelled lockdown, at the same time as I wonder if anybody actually has... Read more

Nigerian government not protecting Christians from slaughter - Mission Network News

Nigerian authorities not defending Christians from slaughter – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Nigeria (MNN) The U.S. has put a journey ban on Nigeria because of the terror menace of Boko Haram and the lethargy of the Nigerian authorities to deal with it. The ban is supposed to immediate the Nigerian authorities to improve their information-sharing procedures, one thing it has to date been sluggish to do.... Read more

Government fails to stop Christian martyrdom in Nigeria - Mission Network News

Authorities fails to cease Christian martyrdom in Nigeria – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Nigeria (MNN) — Frustration and concern reign in Nigeria. On Monday, Boko Haram executed a widely known pastor and regional Christian chief, Lawan Andimi.Yesterday, the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria demanded solutions from the Nigerian authorities. The emotions had been Hey, nationwide authorities, you've gotten introduced repeatedly that you simply defeated Boko Haram. However, have... Read more