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Growing churches vs. churches in decline
A study in Canada concludes that churches who follow historic Christian doctrines and focus on Biblical teaching and evangelism grow more, while liberal churches are in decline. Is this also a reality in your own context?





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Surf and faith

 
“God is the creator of the world and, therefore, of the waves”
“God is the creator of the world and, therefore, of the waves”

Christian Surfers seeks to make the practice and culture of surfing consistent with the values of Jesus Christ. “This is about loving our neighbor and serving others”.

 
 
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WORLD
Violence against Christians

 
Muslim extremists in Egypt torch Coptic Christian homes, businesses

The mob blocked firefighter access to the village and cut off the water supply, and firefighters were unable to reach the burning building until police showed up and suppressed the rioting crowd with tear gas.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Movement Day Global Cities

 
Being a Christian in a big city
Being a Christian in a big city

In New York, 3,500 people from over ninety countries were challenged to have an impact in urban areas in the spheres of action, social involvement and culture. Bill Hybels, Timothy Keller and Mac Pier among more than 50 speakers.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
6 survivors, 75 dead

 
Three evangelical Christians among plane crash survivors: “Only God can give us strength now”
Three evangelical Christians among plane crash survivors: “Only God can give us strength now”

Two football players and the stewardess who survived the tragedy are evangelical Christians: “The situation is complicated, difficult”. Fans gathered to pray the Lord’s Prayer.

 
 
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CITIES
Málaga 

 
Mission at the workplace

The Business Ministry Training took place in Málaga, to connect European ministries focused on the business world.

 
 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Broken dreams in Havana
Broken dreams in Havana

The new man, dreamed up by el Che, does not exist and will never exist, if he is not born from above.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Fidel Castro

 
The night that the gospel was preached to Fidel Castro
The night that the gospel was preached to Fidel Castro

The evangelical theologian Juan Stam relates an unusual encounter that happened in 2002, in Havana, between a group of Protestant pastors and Fidel Castro.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Transparency International

 
European governments fail to fight against corruption, study says
European governments fail to fight against corruption, study says

One in three citizens think corruption is one of the biggest problems facing their country. Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Spain are the worst judged.

 
 
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EUROPE
Freedom

 
EU parliament asks governments to suspend Turkey membership talks
EU parliament asks governments to suspend Turkey membership talks

MEPs criticise the alarming lack of freedoms after the failed coup attempt in July. Christians in the country denounce growing pressure on churches.

 
 
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WORLD
Human Rights

 
Chinese house-church Christians among victims of forced organ harvesting

“Organ pillaging in China is a crime in which the Communist Party, the health system, hospitals, and the transplant profession are all complicit”, Human Rights activist David Kilgour tells Canadian lawmakers.

 
 
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CITIES
Violence 

 
“Battered women are not figures, but real lives”
“Battered women are not figures, but real lives”

Evangelicals in Madrid (Spain) called to fight the violence against women and showed their support for the victims and their families.

 
 
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WORLD
Interview

 
“Haiti seems to be in a state of continuous post-traumatic shock”
“Haiti seems to be in a state of continuous post-traumatic shock”

“Haitian believers will someday be the channel through which God will restore this country”. Miqueas Forster (GAiN Spain) just returned from a humanitarian trip to the country.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Amy Donovan

 
Finding security in the ‘risk society’
Finding security in the ‘risk society’

While the risk society is a secular phenomenon, it provides an opportunity for Christians to live distinctively and attractively.

 
 
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EUROPE
Interview

 
Austria, the rise of populism and the role of evangelical Christians
Austria, the rise of populism and the role of evangelical Christians

“Too often we hide behind our Christian heritage which is somehow only a kind of folk and nominal version of real Christianity”, says Frank Hinkelmann. Evangelicals should not let fear towards foreigners stop their mission.

 
 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Bob Dylan’s faith
Bob Dylan’s faith

One of the last biographies published about the Nobel literature prize winner says that Dylan has never rejected his faith in Jesus. But the lyrics of some of his songs reveal a spiritual battle.

 
 
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IMAGES

 
Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability…
Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability…

About 70 people from diverse evangelical backgrounds met for the Spanish annual Lausanne Movement gathering. They discussed how the church can respond to 10 social challenges in the country.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo de Chirico

 
Is Pope Francis Making the Catholic Church Protestant?
Is Pope Francis Making the Catholic Church Protestant?

With Pope Francis the Roman Catholic Church is simply becoming more “catholic”, i.e. embracing and absorbing all, without losing its being “Roman”.

 
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EDITORIAL
Colombia - Brazil

 
Are those who died in the plane crash going to be saved?
Are those who died in the plane crash going to be saved?

Communicating the idea that Christians somehow deserve more of God’s protection would be untrue and would actually collide with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
There is no other way
There is no other way

The word of God speaks of only one way to be saved: to believe in Christ.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
The Berty* family’s incredible date (IV)

The feng shui mirrors, the statuettes of Ganesh, the Tarot games... From now on, they have no need of these lucky charms and protections, as they have all of that and morem, in Jesus alone!

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
When the Gospel is All Past Tense

For years I sat and heard messages that seemed to be targeted at someone else (and often that someone else was not there). What a wasted opportunity.

 
CULTURE
Archaeology

 
Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus
Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus

According to archaeologist Douglas Petrovich, inscriptions in stone slabs from Egypt contain an early form of Hebrew, with references to figures from the Bible.

 
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VIDEO

 
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?

If we could all just affirm that everybody worships the same God, would there be much more peace in the world? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity gives answers.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The Spirastrella sponge
The Spirastrella sponge

They reside in the dark rocky depths close to the shore, but when they are exposed to artificial light they show off their marvellous colours. But there is nothing ostentatious about their display.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Sarah Allen

 
Great mysteries of the mind
Great mysteries of the mind

Christians have never been empiricists, only accepting what can be seen or touched or measured. A review of Suzanne O'Sullivan's book 'It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness'.

 
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EUROPE
Refugee centres

 
“Someone wants to kill me because of my faith”
“Someone wants to kill me because of my faith”

A German television reports about the measures taken by the authorities to stop violence against refugees converting to Christianity.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Reformation 2017

 
Half a million ‘little Luthers’ sold
Half a million ‘little Luthers’ sold

It’s the biggest success in Playmobil’s history. Orders come from across the world, they sold 34,000 in the first 3 days.

 
 

 
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AUDIOS Audios
 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability… Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability…

About 70 people from diverse evangelical backgrounds met for the Spanish annual Lausanne Movement gathering. They discussed how the church can respond to 10 social challenges in the country.

 
The Supermoon The Supermoon

Pictures of the ‘Supermoon’ seen across the world on November 14, 2016. 

 
Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel

Movement Day Global Cities brought together 3,500 participants from 90 countries. About 50 speakers reflected in New York on the impact of the gospel in the big metropolis.

 
First impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 First impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god? Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?

If we could all just affirm that everybody worships the same God, would there be much more peace in the world? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity gives answers.

 
“If I died tomorrow…” “If I died tomorrow…”

The new song of Spanish folk band ‘Papel Maché’ is about the hope of life after death.

 
“Who can help me? I want to become a Christian” “Who can help me? I want to become a Christian”

Nikos Stefanidis of ‘Helping Hands’ in Athens (Greece) shares the story of an Afghan lady who decided to follow Jesus.

 
First images of churches in Qaraqosh and Bartella First images of churches in Qaraqosh and Bartella

Soldiers and priests go into temples for the first time after Daesh (ISIS) lost control of the Christian cities. Courtesy of Open Doors. 

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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