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Archbishop Calls for Listening and Unity

Archbishop Calls for Listening and Unity Justin Welby Appeals to General Synod Before Vital Debate The Archbishop of Canterbury has appealed to General Synod for greater listening and unity. He addressed the membership ahead of their three-day gathering, expected to...

Anglican Myth #3: The Bishop is the Focus of Unity

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St Helen’s Bishopsgate “Pauses Contributions to Common Fund”

St Helen’s Bishopsgate “Pauses Contributions to Common Fund” The Standing Committee of the PCC of St Helen’s Bishopsgate has written to the Bishop of London to make plain their theological opposition to the proposed same-sex blessings proffered by the House of...

Hull Parish Rejects Authority of Archbishop of York Over False Teaching

Hull Parish Rejects Authority of Archbishop of York Over False Teaching St Andrew’s Kirk Ella has written a very direct letter to the Archbishop of York about his support for the same-sex blessings proposals.  In the letter, they pull no punches and announce that with...

Barnabas Fund Report: African Hospitals Give Thanks for PPE as Ebola Breaks Out in Uganda

Barnabas Fund Report African Hospitals Give Thanks for PPE as Ebola Breaks Out in Uganda Christian hospitals in Africa have given heartfelt thanks for a huge consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) shipped by Barnabas Aid’s medical.gives programme. “We want...

His Majesty’s Declaration Pertaining to the Use and Understanding the Articles of Religion

His Majesty’s Declaration Pertaining to the Use and Understanding the Articles of Religion Words do have meaning and particularly when they pertain to how we are to understand the doctrines of the Church.  In an earlier era, under a different monarch named Charles,...

Keene Review: Finding Your Best Identity

Finding Your Best Identity A short Christian introduction to identity, sexuality and gender Andrew Bunt IVP, 2022 (ISBN: 9781789744200, 90pp, £8.99)   The most casual glance at biblical passages such as Matthew 6 or 1 John 2 indicates that ‘the world’ is entirely...

CEEC Calls for Action

CEEC Calls for Action  Offers the Church of England a Better Way Forward After failing to provide a quick substantive answer to the Blessings Proposals  by the House of Bishops, the CEEC has responded in a very clear way in stating its opposition to what has been...

Thomas Cromwell: The Man Behind the Curtain

Thomas Cromwell The Man Behind the Curtain By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins So many “Thomases” in the 16th century, it’s hard to keep them straight! Thomas Cromwell was beheaded July 28, 1540 by order of King Henry VIII for the crime of treason and heresy, but his real...

New Bishop for Complementarian Churches Consecrated

New Bishop for Complementarian Churches Consecrated The Revd Rob Munro was consecrated as Bishop of Ebbsfleet on Thursday 2 February in a service at Canterbury Cathedral.   In keeping with the complementarian understanding of ministry, Bishop Munro was consecrated to...

Barnabas Fund Reports: Three Pastors Arrested in Myanmar for Organising Prayers for Peace

Three pastors from Kachin state, Myanmar, have been arrested for organising prayers for peace. The chairman of the Rawang Literature and Culture Committee (RLCC) brought a lawsuit against them for conducting an inter-denominational prayer service in Naungmoon township of Putao district on 3 March.

Pastor Koshan Singsar, Pastor Z Kaw Htinah and Pastor M Hawng Di were arrested on 28 June. Under the penal code they face a possible three years’ imprisonment on charges of incitement to cause fear, spreading false news and agitating for criminal offences against government employees.

The RLCC chairman, Marip Yaw Shu, is a member of both the military regime’s administrative body in Putao and the military-linked Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). He acquired approval from the Putao military authorities to charge the three Christian leaders on 14 June.

The pastors were detained in Naungmoon township ahead of a court hearing scheduled for 12 July.  The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) has called for prayers for the immediate release of the pastors.

Serious concerns have been raised about the pastors’ health. Pastor Hawng Di, in his 70s, has high blood pressure and suffers from stomach problems. A Putao resident expressed the fear that his condition might deteriorate, “It is difficult for him to move. As he is in prison, his stomach problems might get worse because of the prison food”.  Another pastor is recovering from a stroke.

See www.barnabasfund.org on how you can aid persecuted Christians.

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