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5 things we learned this week

Fri 26 Feb 2016
By Sam Hailes

Here's five things we learned this week in the world of Christian news

1. Queen's Christian faith explored in new book


A new book chronicling the faith of Queen Elizabeth II has been released ahead of her 90th birthday this April. Three Christian charities - HOPE, LICC and the Bible Society - came together to publish 'The Servant Queen, and the King She Serves', which provides rare insights into the Queen's relationship with God and how it's affected the other aspects of her life.

2. Tim Hughes says God has provided in "incredible ways" for their Birmingham church plant

Tim Hughes says God has "provided in incredible ways" since moving to Birmingham to plant St Luke's Gas Street in April 2015. In an exclusive interview with Premier Christianity magazine, the worship leader turned vicar revealed how £1.2 million was raised to renovate a warehouse on Gas Street where the church now meets.

3. Israel Houghton has apologised for "personal failure" as he announces divorce

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The celebrated Christian worship leader Israel Houghton has announced that he and his wife of more than 20 years, Meleasa, have divorced. The American musician published a message on social media which read: "Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage". Houghton said he and Meleasa had been "working through this" for more than five years, however, he added "the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome".

4. The Church won't tell people which way to vote on EU referendum

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The Bishop of Bristol has told Premier the Church won't tell people which way to vote in the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Rt Revd Mike Hill is calling on Christians to think about the long-term when they consider whether to choose to leave or stay in the EU.

5. Islamic State frees 40 Syrian Christians


40 kidnapped Christians from Syria have been released by Islamic State (IS). The Assyrian believers were part of the 230 who were taken hostage a year ago. They were captured last February after IS took over several towns and villages. It's claimed millions of dollars were paid in ransom to the extremist group.

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