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FAMILY
Foster care and adoption

 
15,000 children are waiting to find a foster family in Spain
15,000 children are waiting to find a foster family in Spain

“This is a social problem, and the church as the body of Christ can be an answer”, says María Mercedes Páez, coordinator of pro-life organisation Aesvida.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Interview

 
Cross-Current: Young professionals making the ‘faith-work connection’
Cross-Current: Young professionals making the ‘faith-work connection’

“We want people to remember their Creator during their youth, and then to run fast, shining brightly for His glory throughout their working lives”, says Graduate Impact coordinator Tim Vickers.

 
 
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CHURCH PLANTING IN EUROPE
Rik and Matched Lubbers

 
Mission from the margin in Kosovo
Mission from the margin in Kosovo

Christian alienation is not, by definition, a negative consequence of being Christian or an unintentional aspect of Christian life.

 
 
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WORLD
Uttar Pradesh

 
Hindu extremists accelerate clampdown on Christians in India

After false media reports of large-scale, fraudulent conversions there have been multiple area reports of disrupted worship meetings, pastors and evangelists arrested and Christian leaders fleeing their homes to avoid arrest.

 
 
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EUROPE
Conference

 
Mission-net closes
Mission-net closes

The pan-European mission initiative ceases its activities. In a farewell letter, the board “praises God for the many seeds that were sown through the Congress and through the Movement”.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Mental health

 
Fighting to prevent suicide and dispel its myths
Fighting to prevent suicide and dispel its myths

Every 40 seconds, one person commits suicide. “Suicide is preventable if efforts are comprehensive and integrated”, the World Health Organisation says.

 
 
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WORLD
Anglicanism

 
Gafcon proposes a peaceful “structural separation” in the Anglican Communion
Gafcon proposes a peaceful “structural separation” in the Anglican Communion

Nicholas Okoh, Chairman of Gafcon, urges to handle disagreement between Anglicans with “theological integrity” that “minimises the hurt and distress that has been all too evident”.

 
 
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EUROPE
Report

 
3,677 children abused by Catholic priests in Germany since the 1940s
3,677 children abused by Catholic priests in Germany since the 1940s

Three universities have researched the cases implicating 1,670 priests in sexual abuse. Most victims were male and 13 years old or younger.

 
 
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EUROPE
Marriage

 
Romania holds referendum to ban same-sex marriage
Romania holds referendum to ban same-sex marriage

Romania’s senators voted to change the country’s constitution so that it defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The national referendum will be held in October.

 
 
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WORLD
Persecution

 
China shuts one of the largest ‘house’ churches in Beijing

Zion church was threatened since April for refusing to put surveillance cameras in its premises. Chinese authorities will ban religious activities online.

 
 
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WORLD
Latin America

 
Evangelicals ask the Argentinian government to protect freedom of Christian school
Evangelicals ask the Argentinian government to protect freedom of Christian school

“The harassment of gender ideology will not stop us”, says the director of the AMEN Baptist school in the city of Neuquén. The Spanish Evangelical Alliance writes a letter to the Argentinian ambassador.

 
 
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CITIES
Pakistan

 
Christian girl attacked for refusing to marry and convert to Islam

A Muslim man pushed the girl from a second floor. Police and doctors refused to help the family. “This is unfortunately very common in Pakistan”, their lawyer said.

 
 
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EUROPE
Interview

 
Sweden decides about its generosity as Europe shuts the door to migrants
Sweden decides about its generosity as Europe shuts the door to migrants

“God is using these streams of immigrants to give us the opportunity to share the gospel with them”, says the new Swedish Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Olof Edsinger. “But our politicians were quite naïve”.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Music and sports

 
The UEFA Champions League anthem is based on a piece of Handel
The UEFA Champions League anthem is based on a piece of Handel

Tony Britten, the composer, wrote the football anthem based on Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, whose lyrics are taken from the passage of 1 Kings 1:38-40.

 
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Mexico

 
The ‘Hill of the Bible’ aspires to four Guinness World Records
The ‘Hill of the Bible’ aspires to four Guinness World Records

A sign in a mountain which reads: “Ciudad Juárez, the Bible is the truth, read it”, has become a representative icon for 31 years.

 
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EUROPE
Interview

 
What happens after Mission-Net?
What happens after Mission-Net?

“There is an inexhaustible marketplace until the church throughout Europe courageously takes up its responsibility to take missional risks for the kingdom”, says Andy Stevens.

 
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WORLD
Violence

 
Peru: Football hooligans and members of an evangelical church clash
Peru: Football hooligans and members of an evangelical church clash

The Upper Room Church is in a legal dispute with the football club Alianza Lima over land surrounding the stadium.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
I only lack one single thing...
I only lack one single thing...

As it’s already past opening hours, I make a detour into the nearest town to find a late-night store.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Early history is a matter of revelation

Humanity’s collective memory recalls up to a certain point, when we found ourselves already breathing in this wondrous world.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Thank you very much
Thank you very much

You cannot say you are a follower of Jesus if your life does not show the gratitude that always characterised the Master.

 
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CITIES
Music and faith

 
Creation Fest: ‘A glorious celebration of life’
Creation Fest: ‘A glorious celebration of life’

A free week-long skate, music, bible and family festival held in Wadebridge, took its 2018 theme from John 10:10.

 
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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH
Alice Neffe

 
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?

Abortion rates for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal abnormality, are high: nearly 100 per cent in Iceland, 98 per cent in Denmark, and 90 per cent in the United Kingdom.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Children vs students
Children vs students

Children have vivid imaginations. When you read them a story, they can see it happening.

 
CULTURE
Arts

 
Sculpture: the ‘Five Solas’ of the Reformation
Sculpture: the ‘Five Solas’ of the Reformation

The ‘Archetypes’ exhibition can be visited in Cambridge until December 2018. Artist Liviu Mocan expresses the “spiritual energy of the Reformation”.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Not even one
Not even one

Only those who know they are completely powerless before God, and accept what God did for them, can be saved.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
Walking on the ceiling with Dad
Walking on the ceiling with Dad

Conflict is a form of communication of last resort, which, contrary to appearances, does not have to finish badly, but provides the opportunity to draw closer to the other person.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Liberating freedom
Liberating freedom

Truth will bind us and therefore free us evermore. We will be free to be the persons we were created to be.

 
 

 
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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).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
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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.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
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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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’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
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