ANDREW WHITE ENQUIRY
The Charity Commission has launched an enquiry into Andrew White’s charity Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. It is not known what the investigation is about.
The Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison says her Christian faith was ‘a huge source of comfort’ during online abuse she received.
MBE FOR CINDY
Cindy Kent has been awarded an MBE for services to religious broadcasting. The Premier Christian Radio presenter previously worked at the BBC and Capital Radio in London.
TV comedian Katy Brand’s new show will tell her story of growing up as a fundamentalist Christian. The star converted aged 13 but later lost her faith.
Trump has ‘made a commitment’ to Christ, says Dr James Dobson
Well-known American evangelical and founder of Focus on the Family, Dr James Dobson, claims Donald Trump recently ‘made a commitment’ to Christ.
Dr Dobson said televangelist Paula White had ‘personally led him to Christ’.
He continued: ‘If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death.’
The Trump campaign has divided evangelicals in the US. President of ethics at the Southern Baptist Convention, Russell Moore, and author Max Lucado have written against him, while the president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr, and broadcaster Eric Metaxas have voiced support.
Mr Trump recently appointed an evangelical advisory board, on which Dr Dobson and 24 other Christians sit.
Religion is good for you, says new study
Being strongly religious could significantly improve your physical and mental health and well-being, according to a new study.
The research released by the thinktank Theos shows a correlation between religious belief and practice, and different elements of physical and mental well-being. It analysed 139 studies over more than 30 years.
Theos’ head of research, Nick Spencer, said: ‘The evidence linking religion and well-being, and especially religious participation and well-being, is now overwhelming.’