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  • Christians Together : They said it
    is no Plan B More Jane Fonda I was taught to think that if I wanted to be loved I had to be thin and pretty More Madonna I do not have any guilty pleasures I do not feel guilty about anything at all More Sir David Attenborough Charlie Hebdo Professor Mehmet Gormez Hector Morrison Pope Francis David Lowe Ofer Amitai Hosni Mubarak Baroness Thatcher Kate McCann Max Hastings on

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  • Christians Together : The Jezebel Spirit
    people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel s table 1 Kings 19 1 2 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say May the gods deal with me be it ever so severely if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them 1 Kings 21 5 His wife Jezebel came in and asked him Why are you so sullen Why won t you eat 1 Kings 21 7 Jezebel his wife said Is this how you act as king over Israel Get up and eat Cheer up I ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite 1 Kings 21 11 So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them 1 Kings 21 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel Naboth has been stoned and is dead 1 Kings 21 15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death she said to Ahab Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you He is no longer alive but dead 1 Kings 21 23 And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel 1 Kings 21 25 There was never a man like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord urged on by Jezebel his wife 2 Kings 9 7 You are to destroy the house of Ahab your master and I will avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the Lord s servants shed by Jezebel 2 Kings 9 10 As for Jezebel dogs will devour her on the plot of ground at Jezreel and no one will bury her Then he opened the door and ran 2 Kings 9 22 When Joram saw Jehu he asked Have you come in peace Jehu How can there be peace Jehu replied as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound 2 Kings 9 30 Then Jehu went to Jezreel When Jezebel heard about it she painted her eyes arranged her hair and looked out of a window 2 Kings 9 36 They went back and told Jehu who said This is the word of the Lord that he spoke through his servant Elijah the Tishbite On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs will devour Jezebel s flesh 2 Kings 9 37 Jezebel s body will be like refuse on the ground in the plot at Jezreel so that no one will be able to say This is Jezebel Rev 2 20 Nevertheless I have this against you

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  • Christians Together : Potiphar's wife lives on
    notice of Joseph and said Come to bed with me Gen 39 7 But he refused No one is greater in this house than I am My master has withheld nothing from me except you because you are his wife How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God Gen 39 9 However the lady persisted Tragically for Joseph on the last occasion when he fled from her advances she snatched his cloak and used the garment to fabricate a story She first told her servants and then her husband that Joseph had made to assault her but when she had screamed he had fled inadvertendly leaving his cloak behind For this Joseph was disgraced and jailed But think for a moment how Potiphar s wife would have felt when Joseph spurned her advances Denied rejected humiliated and angry it is easy to imagine her turning on her former prey Though this episode resides in the annals of history it is found in the everyday expression Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned And with attack being the best form of defence the story which Potiphar s wife invented would also have served to counter any gossip which could have emerged concerning her own immoral behaviour And so it is that while some men behave badly very badly there are also women who are not beyond reproach and the dynamics of entrapment or false witness In English law it only needs one woman to make an accusation for the alleged attacker to be charged In the recent case involving Dr Patrick Sookhdeo a trans Atlantic observer who attended the trial subsequently wrote Now it used to be that a person was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law However in the UK when

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  • Christians Together : Peter made the connection: we must do the same
    fell as tongues of flame upon the gathered believers Peter the disciple who was seldom short of words had the presence of mind an understanding of Biblical prophecy and a discernment of what was going on around him Peter declared This is that spoken by the prophet Joel In the midst of all the excitement and multitude of tongues he exclaimed This is that spoken by the prophet Joel His situational awareness coupled with his knowledge of the Scriptures allowed him to join up the dots and both accurately understand and clearly speak out on the import of what was happening on that amazing day Jesus told his disciples then and his words remind us today that his second coming will be as the days of Noah For in the days before the flood people were eating and drinking marrying and giving in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man Matt 24 37 39 On the lookout While this warning is predominantly aimed at unbelievers it illustrates a potential problem even within the Christian church Will we be too busy with the everyday things of church and famly life to lift our eyes to the wider situation Will we be unable to see the wood for the trees Will rather we be like the Pharisees who were rebuked You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky but you cannot interpret the signs of the times Matt 16 3 One of Jesus s most forceful commands was expressed in one word Watch The sons of Issachar understood the times and knew what Israel should do The

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  • Christians Together : Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo: The Story Behind the Story
    to attend the meeting and earlier on March 7 she had made it known that she was going to resign shortly after her July 12 wedding later postponed to October 11 and move to Wales These accusations were only the most damning for Sookhdeo and his case of a whole range of examples in which Wakeling read sinister meanings into perfectly ordinary events which she included in her testimony Did she tell the truth under oath INTERNAL INVESTIGATION When the charges first came to light an internal investigation grievance panel that included external human resources was set up to investigate the charges VOL is respecting British law by not mentioning the complainant s name even though we could do so because this story is being released in the US The Rev Ian McNaughton chair of the appeal panel stated the panel s finding that the touching of your breast was accidental and we do not believe this to be deliberate sexual harassment The panel did uphold the grievance regarding the discussion about a modesty dress code which you found distressing as well as a safe guarding open closed door policy both of which were introduced by Sookhdeo The dress code was a response to the short skirts worn not only by the complainant but also by others including Ghiot who exacerbated the modesty problem by sitting at her desk on a huge exercise ball instead of a chair Earlier the Rt Rev Martyn Minns a U S Anglican bishop and chair of the original investigation panel had stated in the findings of his panel that the complainant s allegations lacked corroborative evidence but he recognized that the dress code for female staff in the office had made you feel uncomfortable because of its detailed nature Furthermore there were implied levels of trust in the open and closed door policies instigated by Dr Sookhdeo The letter acknowledged different versions of the sexual allegations but also acknowledged that when you and Patrick hugged his hand brushed your breast Sookhdeo had admitted to the accidental touching from the beginning PHONE CALLS A series of alleged intimidating phone calls made by Sookhdeo to the complainant do not bear out The story is this Dr Sookhdeo his wife and Barnabas Fund s projects director were set to go to Turkey Georgia and Armenia departing two days after the incident in the office The schedule included a land journey from Tbilisi to Yerevan over remote and snowy mountains The complainant alleged that Sookhdeo tried to intimidate and harass her with a series of phone calls over the weekend She claimed that she and Sookhdeo did not normally communicate out of office hours A review of her mobile phone records show that it was not at all unusual for the two to be in touch with each other outside of office hours and this weekend s subject matter was typical Sookhdeo had merely wanted to ask her at the suggestion of the projects director Caroline Kerslake to bring forward the departure time of the land journey by a few hours so that they could reach the safety of Yerevan before dark The complainant claims that the calls were designed to intimidate her but the internal investigation did not uphold her statements These phone calls were one of the reasons Sookhdeo was later arrested at his workplace As a panel we are satisfied that the phone calls you received over the weekend of 15 16th of February some of which were initiated by Caroline Projects Director were about travel arrangements rather than being directly related to the grievance stated Minns COMPLAINANT S INCONSISTENCIES VOL has information concerning a number of serious inconsistencies between what complainant told the police and her husband and what she wrote in a grievance statement This information was given to an internal investigation panel and submitted for an Employment Tribunal The complainant s five different accounts of what happened show many and surprising inconsistences as well as contrary testimony The complainant told the police that Sookhdeo looked at her chest and that she put a hairclip on her clothing to conceal her breasts but she did not tell this to any of the other four groups including her husband Why She shared the information regarding the closed office door with all the parties except the Employment tribunal Why She told the police about the comments regarding her short skirts but withheld this information from her husband and the employment tribunal Why She told only the police and her husband about a conversation regarding sexual harassment cases in the media but she did not mention this to any of the other three agencies Sookhdeo s question what if you accused me of in appropriate behavior was reported by the complainant to the police but not to her husband She also never told her husband about Sookhdeo s alleged placement of his hands on her inner thigh the most serious of her complaints She gave different accounts of her breasts being stroked to the police and later to her husband Inconsistencies abound She never mentioned this central issue at the internal investigation meeting An important oversight She never mentioned her very serious complaint regarding Sookhdeo s alleged I want to touch you and menstrual bleeding statements to the police her husband or the internal investigation panel Why not Her allegation of a previous touching of the inner thigh some two weeks earlier was told only to the internal investigation panel and not to any of the other four parties Of the more than 18 complaints made 12 of the most serious charges were never discussed by the complainant with her husband The question is why If her husband was so concerned for his wife s well being why did he not discuss these alleged threats to her sexual safety The most serious inconsistency in court took place in the cross examination of the complainant s husband who said he worked from his home His wife had

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  • Christians Together : Support for Patrick Sookhdeo and Barnabas Fund
    Code 20 84 58 Ref Patrick Sookhdeo As Dr Sookhdeo has resigned his position with Barnabas Fund the Fund is no longer able to assist him financially Accordingly for the purpose of channelling support to Dr Sookhdeo in the current situation and during the pending appeal a mechanism has been set up with the Reconciliation Trust Monies can be sent via electronic funds transfer or by cheque made payable to

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  • Christians Together : A life well lived: a race well run
    lasting relationship with John and together in 1994 they formed the Andrew Discipleship School to teach the pastors in Kampala and throughout Uganda Eventually with the advent of the internet his teaching and articles were placed online They are still there as an ongoing resource David returned returned many times addressing huge gatherings of God s people both in Katwe and in associated rural churches Over the years he watched prayed and supported rejoicing as the ministry grew at Victoria Falls with Godfrey a Bible School stude nt Associated with the church in Katwe is t he Destiny Orphanage which is now home to over 1500 children Christian and Muslim many of whom are AIDS orphans An on site primary school provides a high standard of education for children from the local community as well as children from the orphanage In 1997 donations collected at the funeral of a close friend enabled the James Mackay Clinic to be established Situated close to the orphanage it is staffed by two qualified nurses and serves the local community The facility works to combat ignorance and disease while providing maternity services and dealing with minor accidents and medical ailments Very sadly John Michael Mugerwa was killed in a car accident in 2011 shortly before he and David were due to visit Israel together Local outreach Prior to his work in Africa David was active on his home soil also When the family had left Fort William in 1983 he had taken time out from his work as a solicitor and to spend a year at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow When he returned to home life in Crieff with his wife and their two sons Clive and Peter he embarked on a one man personal outreach to hundreds of homes in the town an initiative which lasted around three years In 1999 feeling the call to spend some time abroad in the Lord s service David began to put out feelers A door opened unexpectedly when he was put in touch with a small missionary society in the Midlands and learned that they were looking for a Bible Teacher and a School Teacher for Esiama a large village in Western Ghana with a small but established Bible College and Mission School attached to The Pentecostal Church David and Elspeth were to take up the challenge However with their hearts in the the Highlands David and Elspeth left Crieff in July 2000 and moved to a small house on the outskirts of Inverness They left for Ghana in October of that year After an extraordinary and fruitful eight months the couple left Esiama at the end of the academic year in June 2001 and returned to settle in their new home My wife and I met David and Elspeth soon after they returned from Ghana when David took over the role of Highlands and Islands representative for the Christian organisation CARE for Scotland As soon as they had settled in Inverness the couple

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  • Christians Together : Barnabas Fund and Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo
    Barnabas Fund and Patrick Sookhdeo disagreed with as a policy Barnabas Fund s 50 page document alleges In early November 2015 Dr David Landrum Director of Advocacy for the Evangelical Alliance UK wrote to an arm of the World Evangelical Alliance He referred to some articles highly critical of Patrick Sookhdeo published in Christian Today and urged the organisation to break its partnership with Barnabas Fund despite a contractual agreement to acknowledge publicly our already given financial support The EA UK approached the WEA arm at least twice on this The WEA arm responded by repeatedly asking the EA UK to contact Barnabas Fund direct to discuss their concerns Two months on January 2016 the EA UK has still not been in touch with Barnabas Fund The HPOES document concluded There had been a concerted move to take Patrick Sookhdeo down and destroy Barnabas Fund Patrick Sookhdeo and we the Barnabas trustees are very grateful to the many Christians of all denominations and backgrounds who have taken the trouble to make contact to affirm and encourage us to those who have prayed diligently and to those who have written articles blogs letters or emails to the press in our defence We are encouraged by the church leaders many of them from the non Western world who have accepted the findings of our internal investigation and continued to invite Patrick Sookhdeo to speak and teach just as they did before A special meeting organised by Canon Vinay Samuel and Canon Chris Sugden on 22 April 2015 at the London offices of Christian Concern brought together twelve senior Anglicans including a representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury The meeting at which Patrick Sookhdeo was not present considered the court judgement against Dr Sookhdeo and after much discussion concluded that he was innocent and had been targeted It also accepted that there had been a concerted move to take Patrick Sookhdeo down and destroy Barnabas Fund Since the publication of the HPOES booklet an American Anglican missionary in Tanzania has apologised for circulating a story amongst the Western missionary community at high profile international conference that Patrick Sookdheo is a paid CIA agent That accusation will have brought Dr Sookhdeo as a former Muslim into very real danger in his travels within the Islamic world Jerrry Kramer an American Anglican missionary in Tanzania issued the following statement on 15 02 16 To whom it may concern To the very best of my knowledge Dr Patrick Sookhdeo has not worked with been paid by the CIA or any other similar entity The statement made was in error and it is humbly and apologetically withdrawn I sincerely apologise to Dr Sookhdeo for this error At the time of writing it remains to be seen whether other apologies will follow Enquiries lodged with the Evangelical Alliance Open Doors Release and Christian Solidarity Worldwide revealed that none of these organisations have thus far formally responded to the Barnabas Fund s allegations Comment If the allegations made by

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