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Book Reviews: Baptism & Confirmation & Patterns for Baptism

Book Reviews Baptism and Confirmation Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123522, 468pp, £40) Patterns for Baptism Church House Publishing, 2022 (ISBN: 9780715123492, 392pp, £25) These handsome volumes are the latest additions to Common Worship, the Church of...

The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ: Gospel-Driven Anglicanism

Gospel-Driven Anglicanism By the Revd Dr Mark Pickles The Diverse Excellencies of Jesus Christ  The American Theologian and Pastor, Jonathan Edwards (1703 -1758), once preached a sermon entitled “The Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies in Jesus Christ”. The...

The Cancelling of the Creator

The Cancelling of the Creator The headline from a national newspaper popped up on my phone: “Daniel Radcliffe is surely the world’s most ungrateful man”. It’s not a title many would be scrambling to win for themselves, but the opinion-piece made the case. Daniel...

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen

Melville-Knox Christian School Opens in Aberdeen Melville-Knox Christian School Aberdeen officially opened on Monday 7th November after years of prayer, planning and organisation. We give thanks to the Lord that we have been able to reach this significant milestone;...

Barnabas Report: At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique

Barnabas Report At Least 21 Christians Killed in Mozambique During October At least 21 Christians have been killed by Islamist extremists in violent attacks throughout October in northern Mozambique. Jihadists set fire to a church building and several houses in the...

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource

Sanctuary Foundation Offers Free Advent Resource  Sanctuary Foundation has been aiding those trying to offer assistance for those fleeing the war in Ukraine through its, “Homes for Ukraine” scheme.  The charity has been serving as a liaison by resourcing hosts and...

Annual Clive West Memorial Lecture Set for Belfast

Annual Clive West Trust Lecture Set for Belfast The 2022 Clive West Trust Lecture will take place on Thursday, 22 November at St Nicholas’ Church on the Lisburn Road in Belfast at 19:30. This year’s featured speaker is the Revd Dr Tim Ward.  Ward earned his PhD from...

Church of England Council Rejects Croft’s Position

Church of England Evangelical Council Rejects Croft’s Position In a press statement following the pronouncements of Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, the Church of England Evangelical Council repudiated the departure of biblical teaching advocated by Croft. It said,...

On Transubstantiation: Reformation Anglicanism

Reformation Anglicanism On Transubstantiation By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins Transubstantiation became the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church at the Fourth Lateran Council that began, November 11, 1215. The Council of Trent in 1551 went on to confirm the...

Oxford Good Stewards Trust Announced in Response to Bishop of Oxford’s Revisionism

St Paul’s Banbury, Oxford Answers Bishop and Announces  The Oxford Good Stewards Trust The Revd Dan McGowan, Vicar of St Paul’s, Banbury in Oxford Diocese has answered Bishop Croft’s revisionist declarations about same-sex matters and announced the formation of The...

Letter to the Editor: Open Air Preaching Under Assault

Letter to the Editor

Open Air Preaching Under Assault

We minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the open air under continuous threat from the authorities. Recently while preaching at The Cross, in the centre of our City, Security men came and stood alongside me monitoring my message. After 20 minutes a more senior woman Security Officer arrived and asked the 2 men “Is he all right?” One of the Security men replied “He’s only speaking about Jesus”. She then personally monitored my message for a further 10 minutes. She left and the 2 men continued to monitor me for a further 20 minutes. A Black Brother, who was giving out gospel tracts with us, approached the 2 Officers and asked them what they were doing. The security officer explained they were there to deal with “Any Disturbance”.

       Meanwhile in mid September Tony Rollins, who has an Asperger disability, was preaching in the open air in Liverpool when he had his bag containing his medication and his Ray Comfort Bible stolen. The preacher complains that the police would not attend to question the young lads who had previously taken his sign boards. With respect to the sign boards passers-by retrieved them for Tony. The preacher claims that the young lads had pointed their fingers at his eyes and called him abusive names. Tony Rollins says that what annoys him is that in the past he got arrested handcuffed and prosecuted by the police within 8 minutes when he quoted from the Bible, in response to someone’s question to him. But when important items are stolen from him he waited from 2pm to 8pm and no police came to help a vulnerable adult like him. Tony Rollins says the police said there were no police in the City centre, but the preacher claims that people had seen them there.  (That past police prosecution against Tony Rollins failed after prolonged repeated court action by the authorities. The police as part of their prosecution confiscated this same Ray Comfort Bible, which they apparently initially intended to refer to in court as evidence of criminal activity! Tony Rollins had great difficulty getting his Ray Comfort Bible back from the police after that court case against him failed). 

       Another open air preacher Paul Caine is trying to work out how to get a new Passport and Driving Licence after he had them stolen while out preaching the Gospel in the open air.                        

Roland Parsons

City Preacher

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