The Christian Institute has written to rugby’s national governing body calling into question its impartiality.It follows England player James Haskell saying taking an orthodox view of the Bible is a ‘road map to killing people’. So far he has received no sanction from the Rugby Football Union (RFU), but another English player – Billy Vunipola – has been disciplined for expressing Christian views. The letter follows a row over an Instagram post from Australian international Israel Folau, which resulted in him being sacked. Vunipola ‘liked’ the social media message and also posted about his Christian view that sex should be reserved for opposite sex marriage. Writing to the Head of Discipline at the RFU, Institute Director Colin Hart said: “Vunipola believes himself to have fallen short of God’s standards. He holds to mainstream Christian teaching that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).


Three missionaries reportedly arrested while distributing tracts and other Christian material in south-east Asia have been deported. The trio, who had been volunteering with the US-based evangelical group Vision Beyond Borders, were detained in Laos on 8th April for proselytising. According to a Facebook post, they entered into neighbouring Thailand on Thursday evening. It said: "May God give them swift and safe travels all the way home. "Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support. "Please remember the Church in Laos this Easter season as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour!"


A Chief SuperIntendent has told Premier churches are in a unique position to spot anything unusual in their community. Counter terrorism policing are urging as many places of worship as possible to sign up to a free online course about terrorism safety called 'ACT awareness' (Action Counters Terrorism). Nick Aldworth, a Chief Super Intendent and the National Coordinator for the 'Protect and Prepare' programme, told Premier: "We now have an opportunity to broaden our reach and to provide a service to faith establishments that perhaps we haven't necessarily been able to push before. "ACT awareness e-learning is an online product that we can make available to faith establishments to help both those who run the establishment but also those who worship at them, to understand what terrorism is and how to prepare for it and, I hope it doesn't happen, but how to respond to it if it does happen."