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Ofsted accused of ‘ignoring’ the bullying of Christian students

July 31, 2015 UK Telegraph: Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, a pressure group and a charity, has said Ofsted and the Department for Education have given “inadequate attention” to the “bullying of Christian pupils”.

China doesn’t want to suppress Christianity – just control it

July 31, 2015 The Guardian: When considering the latest outbreak of persecution against Christians in China, what you have to understand is that there are already thought to be more Christians there (some 100 million) than members of the Communist party (87 million). This is not an impressive outcome for 70 years of intermittently ferocious atheist suppression of religion: when the Communists seized power in 1947, there were only around 4 million Christians in the country.

China steps up campaign to remove church crosses

July 31, 2015 The Times of India: Authorities in Wenzhou, known as China's Jerusalem, have given Christian churches a deadline to remove prominent crosses within weeks, worshippers and an activist group said on Thursday, stepping up a long-running campaign.

Safe Schools program ordered to stay silent on gay marriage

July 30, 2015 The Age: A government-funded program that prevents homophobia and discrimination in schools has been gagged from speaking out in favour of same-sex marriage.

Mark Driscoll moves to Arizona: Will new church rise from the ashes of Mars Hill?

July 30, 2015 Seattle PI: Ex-Mars Hill Church senior pastor Mark Driscoll is relocating to Phoenix with a mission of church-building, but not yet revealing any specific plans.

Religious groups react to Boy Scouts’ vote to drop ban on gay adults

July 30, 2015 Washington Post: The Boy Scouts of America’s decision to drop its ban on gay adult leaders and employees brought a range of responses from religious groups.

ACL says school anti-bullying program ‘encouraging cross dressing’

July 29, 2015 Brisbane Times: The Australian Christian Lobby is demanding the Queensland Government cease supporting a school based anti-bullying program for gay, intersex and gender diverse children, accusing it of promoting "radical sexual experimentation", by encouraging the acceptance of gender and sexual diverse children.

Should church introduce transgender baptism?

July 29, 2015 BBC News: A vicar has asked the Church of England to debate introducing a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition.

Anglican College opens new facility

July 29, 2015 Kiama Independent-Lake Times: SHELLHARBOUR Anglican College last week opened a new purpose-built facility for drama, music and food technology.

Can hipster Christianity save churches from decline?

July 29, 2015 Washington Post: Do people want Christianity to be cool? What happens when churches become too driven by the desire to be trend-savvy and culturally relevant? Can a church balance hipster credibility within an orthodox tradition?

Demolition order for historic Bishopscourt

July 28, 2015 Heritage advocates are furious approval has been given to demolish one of the last remaining buildings in Christchurch designed by renowned early 20th century architect Cecil Wood.

Congregation Pays United Methodist Church $100K to Leave Denomination Over homosexuality

July 28, 2015 Christian Post: A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality.

School prayer groups: Baird announces audit to counter extremism

July 28, 2015 The Australian: A Muslim extremist on trial for a string of offences preached at the same Sydney high school currently the target of a counter-­terrorism investigation into Islamic extremism within the education system.

State-wide audit of prayer groups in state schools announced by government

July 28, 2015 Daily Telegraph: An audit of prayer groups across the state’s school system has been announced by the NSW government following allegations a 17-year-old has been preaching extremist ideology at a Sydney high school.

Sutherland religion boom: Sutherland Gen Ys experience Christian revival

July 28, 2015 Daily Telegraph: CRONULLA has found God with a Christian revival sweeping Sydney’s south as its young, empowered, Generation Y population searches for more meaning in their lives.

Satanic statue unveiled in Detroit

July 28, 2015 UK Telegraph: Several hundred people have attended a Mass at a US Catholic church to protest against an eight and a half-foot (2.6-metre)-tall bronze statue of Satan that hundreds of people also lined up to see.

Where in the world is the worst place to be a Christian?

July 28, 2015 The Guardian: Persecution of Christians has increased dramatically in parts of the world. Here we list the top 25 most anti-Christian countries.

Gay marriage: Labor can’t lecture now, says Scott Morrison

July 28, 2015 Australian Financial Review: The chances of Tony Abbott allowing his MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage have diminished further because of the push by the ALP Left faction to force all MPs to vote for the change.

A church service for people with dementia is helping them connect with god and their carers

July 27, 2015 North Shore Times: A CHURCH service designed for people suffering memory loss is helping them connect to God and their carers in new ways.

Labor conference: Same sex marriage deal puts focus on PM

July 27, 2015 The Australian: Labor’s compromise on same-sex marriage has recast the political­ focus on Tony Abbott to allow his Coalition MPs a conscience­ vote in a bid to allow gay Australian couples to marry by Christmas.