Tough financial forecast for Britain’s Baptists

The Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) is facing a challenging decade ahead as it struggles with declining income. The difficult financial forecast was presented by Treasurer John Levick at a pared down version of the BUGB's annual General Assembly held online on Wednesday night after the original gathering was cancelled earlier this year due... Read more

Why we should battle through the political jargon and continue to engage with politics

(Photo: Unsplash/Martin Foskett)Be honest, how excited are you about the Government's proposal as part of the Internal Market Bill to breach the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement? Does it make you angry? Are you overcome with joy? Did you struggle to get to the end of the sentence without falling asleep? If you... Read more

Facebook accused of censorship after pulling trans-critical ad

(Photo: American Principles Project)Facebook has been accused of censorship after it removed an advert that criticized Democratic support for transgender girls competing against biologically female athletes. The video ad, titled "Not Fair", was placed by the American Principles Project and called out Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Senator Gary Peters for their support of the... Read more

British Medical Association’s support for DIY abortions is ‘dangerous’ for women

(Photo: Unsplash)The British Medical Association (BMA) has been slammed over its support for the extention of 'DIY' abortions.  The Government is to consult over whether to extend a temporary relaxation of regulations during the pandemic to allow women to have abortions at home up to the 10th week of pregnancy.  The change to the rules... Read more

Vatican challenged over secret deal with China

The human rights situation in China has "rapidly and significantly deteriorated" under President Xijinping.REUTERS/Damir SagoljThe Vatican has been criticised over plans to extend an agreement with the Chinese government on the appointment of bishops.  Vatican officials are reported to have told journalists this week that the arrangement, due to expire in October, will be renewed.  Reuters... Read more

Kids in Read-A-Thon can support children in India! – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — Heres a chance to get your kids reading with Great Commission impact! Sonlight Christian Homeschool Curriculum is hosting a Read-A-Thon so children and teens can raise funds for ministries like Mission India. When kids sign up to support Mission India through the Sonlight Read-A-Thon, every dollar fundraised will be matched by Sonlight... Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury challenges Government’s ‘addiction to centralisation’ in handling of Covid crisis

The national response to coronavirus should be more localised and less centralised, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.  In a joint comment with the Bishop of London in The Telegraph, Justin Welby warned that the Government's handling of the pandemic may be hampered if it continues to insist on a centralised response.  He argued that... Read more

Kenya braces for returning locust swarms – Mission Network News

Kenya (MNN) — Kenya’s locust problem hasn’t gone away. In fact, Kenyans could see a third generation of the insects destroy vegetation across the country. This is the worst locust outbreak for the region in 70 years. As MNN alreadyreported, locusts already caused a lot of destruction in Kenya and other surrounding countries this year.... Read more

Churches in China need Bibles following historic floods – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Parts of China saw once-in-a-century flooding in recent weeks. Above-average rainfall and subsequent flooding affected 70 million people throughout the country; damages cost at least $29 billion. The deluge caused more financial difficulties this year compared to previous seasons, Chinese officials report. Kurt Rovenstine of Bibles for China says rural church partners... Read more

‘Blessed Are the Peacemakers’: Christian Leaders Praise Trump for Israel-UAE Peace Deal

'Blessed Are the Peacemakers': Christian Leaders Praise Trump for Israel-UAE Peace Deal Vice President Mike Pence and several Christian leaders referenced Scripture after Israel signed a historic peace deal with two Arab nations Tuesday at the White House.Blessed Are The Peacemakers, Pence tweeted, quoting Jesus words in Matthew 5:9.Blessed Are The Peacemakers pic.twitter.com/CxHTAkc86u Mike Pence... Read more

Hurricane Sally Leaves Nearly 500,000 without Power

Hurricane Sally Leaves Nearly 500,000 without Power Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning near Gulf Shores, Alabama, displacing residents as floodwaters continue to rise.There are entire communities that were going to have to evacuate, Sheriff David Morgan said according to the Associated Press. Its going to be a tremendous operation over the next several... Read more

Cuban Journalist Imprisoned for Covering Arrest of Christian Homeschool Parents Is Released from Forced Labor Camp

Cuban Journalist Imprisoned for Covering Arrest of Christian Homeschool Parents Is Released from Forced Labor Camp Roberto Quiones Haces, a journalist for CubaNet, which is an online newspaper that reports on Cuba for Cubans, was recently released from jail after being detained for covering the Cuban governments attempt to jail a Christian couple for homeschooling... Read more

Netflix Cancellations Are 8 Times Higher Than Average following Cuties Backlash

Netflix Cancellations Are 8 Times Higher Than Average following Cuties Backlash Netflix lost an above-average number of subscribers over the weekend following a backlash against the company for streaming the controversial film Cuties, according to a new report from a data research company.YipitData says Netflixs cancellation rate on Saturday was eight times higher compared to... Read more

Kroger Fires Christian Employees Who Refused to Wear LGBT Rainbow, U.S. Suit Says

Kroger Fires Christian Employees Who Refused to Wear LGBT Rainbow, U.S. Suit Says An Arkansas Kroger store violated federal anti-discrimination law when it reportedly fired two employees who refused to wear LGBT-themed aprons due to their religious beliefs, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).According to the Miami... Read more

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church to Reopen Its Doors Next Month

Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church to Reopen Its Doors Next Month Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen will be opening his doors to congregants on October 18th, The Christian Post reports.After 7 long months of simply streaming the services online and on SiriusXM satellite radio, Osteen's church has decided to open its doors again. But congregants must sign up... Read more

Hillsong Worship Releases Children’s Book Based on Award-Winning Song ‘What a Beautiful Name’

Hillsong Worship Releases Children's Book Based on Award-Winning Song 'What a Beautiful Name' Hillsong Worship recently announced a new childrens book called What a Beautiful Name, inspired by their award-winning song of the same name.Written by Hillsongs Brooke and Scott Ligertwood, as well as Ben and Karalee Fielding, the 40-page book features a little boy... Read more

Southern Baptist Convention Considers Name Change amid Racial Unrest

Southern Baptist Convention Considers Name Change amid Racial Unrest Several leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are considering a name change with an alternative, Great Commission Baptists, in light of the recent racial unrest as well as the SBCs past endorsement of slavery.Speaking with the Baptist Press, SBC President J.D. Greear explained that despite the... Read more

British Medical Association criticised over support for transgender self-identification

(Photo: Pexels/Sharon McCutcheon)A leading medical body's support for transgender self-identification has been criticised as a betrayal of biological women. The British Medical Association (BMA), at its annual meeting on Tuesday, backed the right of trans and non-binary people to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis. Doctors also came out in support of healthcare... Read more

Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started

Churches Report Giving Boost Months after Pandemic Started (RNS) Giving to congregations has shifted upward after churches closed their buildings earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey shows.The new State of the Plate research finds that close to two-thirds (64%) of churches across the country reported in August that giving is either... Read more

30 Percent of Professed Christians Are Not Motivated to Address Racial Injustice, Barna Group Finds

30 Percent of Professed Christians Are Not Motivated to Address Racial Injustice, Barna Group Finds (RNS) As racial tensions have risen in recent months, a new report reveals that some Christians are becoming less motivated to act on racial justice, and an increasing share say there is definitely not a race problem in the country.Christians... Read more

Representatives for Israel, the UAE Sign Peace Agreement at the White House

Representatives for Israel, the UAE Sign Peace Agreement at the White House President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with representatives from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House today to officially sign a peace treaty between Israel and the UAE and a formal recognition of ties with Bahrain.This... Read more

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