Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Evangelical Alliance targets Baptists: ‘We’re better together’

The Evangelical Alliance is courting Baptist churches in a membership drive “as a demonstration of the decades-long history” between the two organisations. Baptists, with around 690 churches, currently make up the biggest grouping within the Alliance. The Alliance says: “Around 80 of the delegates at our inaugural congress in 1845 were Baptists. Slightly later on […]

Gary Otton

What’s the real danger to Scotland’s children – ‘radical evangelists’ or militant secularists?

To the Editor of the Sunday Herald, from 
David Robertson, Solas Centre for Public Christianity, Dundee. Dear Editor, It seems that hardly a week goes by without yet another attack on the Christian church in the Sunday Herald instigated by the Scottish Secular Society. But last Sunday’s was a new low. I assume you are […]

Gordon Macdonald

Video: Petition against assisted suicide passes 10,000

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition against assisted suicide in Scotland, as the Holyrood parliament considers a Bill which would introduce the practice. The petition is organised by Care Not Killing (CNK), an umbrella organisation of individuals and groups that opposes assisted suicide and supports better end-of-life care. Dr Gordon Macdonald, from CNK, […]

Humanist wedding march could see church services overtaken

Humanist wedding march could see church services overtaken

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) expects to overtake the Church of Scotland this year with the number of marriages it conducts. Formally established in Scotland in 1979, in 2005 they were granted authorisation by the Registrar General for Scotland to conduct legal marriages. “What started initially as a handful of volunteers has, a decade later, […]

Iain Duncan Smith

Churches call government welfare sanctions ‘inhumane and un-Christian’

A group of churches has called for an urgent overhaul of the government’s benefits sanctions regime, describing it as punitive, inhumane and un-Christian. The churches say the sanctions regime deliberately causes harm to claimants, and suggest that it is aimed more at cutting welfare payments rather than helping people back into work. More than 1 […]

Maher Fayez speaking to Beshir Kamel

Brother of slain Coptic Christians thanks ISIS for including their words of faith in murder video

The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya last week has thanked their killers for including the men’s declaration of faith in the video they made of their beheadings. Speaking on a live prayer and worship programme on Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC yesterday, Beshir Kamel said that he was proud of […]

Lord Carey of Clifton

M&S bans using words ‘Christ’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ in messages when ordering flowers – but jihad is okay

The words ‘Christ’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ have been placed on a list of banned words by Marks & Spencer and cannot be used in gift messages. Customers buying a bunch of flowers who try to add a free message containing them are prevented from completing their order. An on-screen notification, which pops up if any […]

Gary Otton

Secularists’ concern over ‘extreme’ Christian access to schools

Secular campaigners have raised concerns over the range of religious groups seeking access to state schools. A list obtained by the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) shows 16 groups, some of which are radical evangelists, have registered an interest in working with both primary and secondary schools in the Peterhead area, by taking part in activities […]

Rev Louise Duncan

Popular Kirk minister Rev Louise Duncan dies of cancer two days after last service

A much-loved minister lost her fight against cancer just two days after attending her final church service. Hundreds of people are expected to pack out Balerno Parish Church today to pay their respects to Rev Louise Duncan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Chondrosarcoma in August. Despite the disease […]

Rev Scott Burton

‘Time for someone to say it': Tayside minister warns lack of interest is killing the church

An outspoken and wide-ranging attack has been made on members who fail to attend for worship or offer financial support to their churches. The Rev Scott Burton, minister at St Matthew’s Kirk in Perth, said: “I have no reason to believe anything other than the fact that it’s only going to get worse in the next decade. […]

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