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Southern Europe

 
‘Evangelist priest’, ‘evangelical mass’…
‘Evangelist priest’, ‘evangelical mass’…

The reports about Andrew Brunson’s release are just another example of how little the media know about evangelical churches.

 
 
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Andrew Brunson: “God was involved in this, millions of people prayed for Turkey”
Andrew Brunson: “God was involved in this, millions of people prayed for Turkey”

The US pastor and his wife Norine spoke on TV about the difficulties of the last two years. “As Christians, we have not the option not to forgive”.

 
 
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EUROPE
Hope for Europe

 
The beauty of God’s air under our wings
The beauty of God’s air under our wings

The European Disability Network (EDN) coordinated a series of workshops in Tallinn about how the Christian community can and should take into account people with disabilities.

 
 
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Turkey

 
Turkey releases pastor Andrew Brunson

The court sentenced Brunson to three years and one month in prison, but it chose to release him, based on his time already served. He and his wife havearrived this Saturday in United States.

 
 
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CULTURE
Literature

 
Netflix will create TV series and films based on ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’
Netflix will create TV series and films based on ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’

For the first time the rights to the seven books are held by the same company. “Religious symbolism plays a major role in the Chronicles of Narnia”, said Professor Alister McGrath.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Uruguay halts trans law for minors without parental permission
Uruguay halts trans law for minors without parental permission

Uruguayan evangelicals presented 40,000 signatures against a draft law which also proposes positive discrimination for transgender people, such as access to scholarships and state jobs.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Nobel Prize

 
Mukwege, the Nobel Prize winner who serves God helping rape victims
Mukwege, the Nobel Prize winner who serves God helping rape victims

“If we are Christ’s, we have no choice but to be alongside the weak”, Mukwege, who was also a member of IFES, said in a recent conference.

 
 
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Quake

 
Indonesian churches and Christians help earthquake victims

The death toll has risen to more than 2000. 86 church buildings in Palu have been established as aid centres. Pastors ask believers “to pray for strength for their communities to endure in the midst of trauma”.

 
 
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FEATURES
Helen Franklin

 
150 years of Beach Missions
150 years of Beach Missions

Out in the open, a beach mission is like a church without walls. Those who are unsure can sit at a distance, listening and looking. There is something too about the anonymity of being away on holiday that makes people more willing to try new things.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Charlee New

 
Trivial matters

The way we communicate online is changing the political debate in strange ways.

 
 
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FEATURES
Jo Appleton

 
Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’
Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’

Twice-monthly social events are held for between 80-150  people, sometimes even more. The asylum seekers and refugees cook meals from their own countries, with occasional British cuisine.

 
 
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EEA - ISSACHAR PROJECT
Rosemary Caudwell

 
Nationalism, populism, politics and identity
Nationalism, populism, politics and identity

We need to be discerning as to the aspects of our nation and culture that can be affirmed by us, and those that must be challenged in the light of the character of God.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Never run dry
Never run dry

The real challenge is not filling time, but knowing what to cut out to fit the time you have.

 
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CITIES
Fuerteventura

 
The Spanish Civil Guard honours a church in the Canary Islands
The Spanish Civil Guard honours a church in the Canary Islands

The Commander in Chief of the Fuerteventura Civil Guard recognized the social work of the church Modern Christian Mission in a public event.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Philip S. Powell

 
Usurping the power of propaganda
Usurping the power of propaganda

As Christians we have a responsibility to take a stand against propaganda and make sure we are bearers and channels of the truth.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
An Evening of Questions

The way we answer the question Who is Jesus?, will change the way we answer every other existential question.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
To the bitter end
To the bitter end

Learn to rely on God at each moment, and so be faithful till the end.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Polanski: Half a century ago Rosemary’s baby was born
Polanski: Half a century ago Rosemary’s baby was born

What today we call Satanism is really just a form of atheism, born out of the rejection of an all-too-familiar religion. 

 
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David Landrum

 
The secularisation of politics
The secularisation of politics

The influence of the Bible on political thought, speech and action is unparalleled, and has provided the foundations for modernity upon which has been built the liberal democracy that we enjoy in the West today.

 
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EUROPE
Day two and three

 
God’s vision for Europe’s cultures and generations
God’s vision for Europe’s cultures and generations

Arts have been one of the threads of the first two days of the Hope for Europe conference, in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
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Photos: Hope for Europe
Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Planning for Christmas now
Planning for Christmas now

Whichever way you plan your church Christmas schedule, you do need to pray for sensitivity to a set of potential people present.

 
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EUROPE
Church planting

 
Is the church in Europe hidden in a cave?
Is the church in Europe hidden in a cave?

“We will never reach Europe if we do not plant churches [...] It is necessary to impact our community”, said Øivind Augland in a M4 meeting held in Barcelona.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen
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Egyptian magicians
Egyptian magicians

Are there witches or people practising magic today, or is it all one big hoax or delusion?

 
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Julia Doxat-Purser

 
What has happened to Europe’s politics?
What has happened to Europe’s politics?

Four ideologies can become an intolerant and dangerous idol: secularisation, left-wing populism, nationalism and liberal values dogmatism.

 
 

 
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Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
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Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
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Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement” Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement”

“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
 
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