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Reformation 2017
Pope Francis will attend joint celebration of Reformation in Lund (Sweden) organised by the Lutheran World Federation. Is commemorating Luther’s 95 theses with the Roman Catholic Church a good idea?




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“What divides Orthodoxes is not theology, but nationality”
“What divides Orthodoxes is not theology, but nationality”

Meletis Meletiadis, President of the Synod of the Greek Evangelical Churches, analyses the Orthodox Council in Crete (Greece).

 
 
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The UK votes to leave the EU: 52% to 48%
The UK votes to leave the EU: 52% to 48%

Narrow outcome (difference of 1.3 million votes) opens a political crisis in the UK and an unpredictable scenario in other countries of the European Union. PM David Cameron announces he will step down. 

 
 
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Austrian ‘March for Jesus’ gathered thousands
Austrian ‘March for Jesus’ gathered thousands

At least 10,000 Christians celebrated faith in Jesus. Believers marched thourgh central streets of Vienna.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Anti ‘blasphemy law’ activists face opposition of Egyptian government
Anti ‘blasphemy law’ activists face opposition of Egyptian government

“If you want to get rid of your neighbor, you find a way to accuse them of blasphemy, using an ordinary insult as evidence”, a lawyer says. 

 
 
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Theologian and pastor

 
Jose Maria Martinez, key figure of Spanish Protestantism, dies at 92
Jose Maria Martinez, key figure of Spanish Protestantism, dies at 92

His Christian leadership during the times of the dictatorship left a mark in the evangelical churches. “He played a very important role internationally, his boost is still present in our movement today.”

 
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Luther's Bible translation

 
Joachim Gauck: ‘Without Reformation, Germany would have become a different country’

In Wittenberg, the German President highlighted the importance of Luther’s Bible translation and spoke of how the “priesthood of all believers” brought sense of individual freedom.

 
 
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Brexit?

 
UK-EU referendum on Thursday: ‘Pray for wisdom’
UK-EU referendum on Thursday: ‘Pray for wisdom’

On Thursday 23 June, the citizens of the UK will decide if they remain in the European Union. 7 Christians organisations share a joint prayer. Several authors have published biblical perspectives at Evangelical Focus.

 
 
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Survey

 
More than half of British children are exposed to pornography by 14

53% of the boys surveyed think “online pornography is realistic.” P-Word conference will be held in London to explore a practical Christian response to the issue of pornography.

 
 
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Reactions

 
Christians “pray for safety” of politicians after MP is killed
Christians “pray for safety” of politicians after MP is killed

Jo Cox was 41 years old and well-known as a social activist. The United Kingdom Evangelical Alliance and Christian politicians condemn the attack.

 
 
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Brian C. Stiller

 
Venezuela: A Nation Stumbling to Collapse

In the midst of economic collapse, a couple thousand Christians in worship and prayer.

 
 
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Pray for Refugees

 
A guide to World Refugee Sunday
A guide to World Refugee Sunday

On June 19 and 26, many churches will spend a day to pray “for the welfare and protection of the world’s forcibly displaced peoples”. Ideas and resources are offered.

 
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CITIES
Madrid

 
Thousands of evangelicals prayed for Spain
Thousands of evangelicals prayed for Spain

“Spain, we pray for you”, believers said in a march through Madrid. Churches of many denominations gathered in other 15 cities.

 
 
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Europe

 
Hundreds of asylum seekers become Christians in Austria and the UK
Hundreds of asylum seekers become Christians in Austria and the UK

An article by The Guardian documents new conversions. “Jesus Christ said ‘those who use the sword will die by the sword’. This really changed my mind”, a refugee tells the British newspaper.

 
 
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The case of the Bodnariu: family life and state
The case of the Bodnariu:  family life and state

How should Christians and non-believers think about family life and the state? With Peter Saunders (CEO, CMF), Tarjei Gilje (journalist, Dagen), Paul Susman (Legal officer, European Comission), Einar C. Salvesen (Psychologist, Columbia Consulting Ltd.) and Adam Szabados (pastor, Evangelical Church Veszprém). Recorded in Wisla, Poland, during ELF 2016. 

 
 
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Interview

 
“There is an increasing interest in reaching out to the North Africans”
“There is an increasing interest in reaching out to the North Africans”

Every summer thousands cross the ports of Southern Europe in their trip to Africa. Operation Transit volunteers go to these cities and offer Bibles and evangelistic materials. 

 
 
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Reaction to Brexit

 
Welby calls British Christians to be “builders of bridges and not barriers”
Welby calls British Christians to be “builders of bridges and not barriers”

“We pray for leaders across Europe, and around the world, as they face this dramatic change”, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury writes after the EU referendum.

 
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Amid defiance and pull-outs, Orthodox Council advances
Amid defiance and pull-outs, Orthodox Council advances

In 1961, the preparation for a historical “Holy and Great” council was started. It was to be the Eighth Church Council. However, issues of faith lost out to issues of politics.

 
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Environment

 
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution

Air pollution is responsible for 9% of mortality in France, according to a study made public this week. The only things that are more deadly to the French are tobacco and alcohol.

 
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What is the meeting of Orthodox Churches in Crete all about?
What is the meeting of Orthodox Churches in Crete all about?

“The relationship between Orthodoxy and those Churches which are in the process of accepting liberal moral values and doctrinal relativism is deteriorating”, says Francisco José Pino.

 
CULTURE
Culture

 
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely a fake
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely  a fake

Karen L. King’s announcement got much media attention in 2012. After and in-depth research of The Atlantic magazine, she admits she probably was deluded by “fabrications.”

 
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Sports

 
Football and faith at Euro 2016
Football and faith at Euro 2016

In France, some football players not only fight to lift the tournament trophy for their national teams but also bear testimony of their faith in Jesus.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Jonathan Tame

 
5 lenses on the EU referendum
5 lenses on the EU referendum

The danger of deciding on the basis of narrow personal or national self-interest is to overlook a whole range of possible consequences to the other parties in this set of relationships – which could then rebound on us. 

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
Spring led with grey hairs
Spring led with grey hairs

It doesn't matter if you are young or old. The days go by quickly for everyone. We may have many or few years left, but every day we get closer to the end of them. Think about it for a moment. Are you prepared to die?

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Abraham’s servant: Single-mindedness
Abraham’s servant: Single-mindedness

The servant has to travel a road that is far from straightforward; and through his journey in Genesis 24 we can learn a lot. The one characteristic that stands out above all others is his single-mindedness in serving his master.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Corals
Corals

The only animals that can be detected by satellites from space are corals. In reality, they are tiny organisms with a fragile body that are particularly prevalent in the warm seas of the world.

 
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Thomas K. Johnson

 
Learning to love the Persecuted Church (II)
Learning to love the Persecuted Church (II)

As I have listened in person to the prayer requests from persecuted Christians, two themes have caught my ear. The first is the fear that they will be forgotten or abandoned by other Christians.

 
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Ben Hur new trailer features Jesus
Ben Hur new trailer features Jesus

The new adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel, focuses more on the impact Jesus Christ made on the fictional character Ben-Hur

 
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Refugees in Europe: Germany
Refugees in Europe: Germany

What are the challenges and opportunities that come with the arrival of thousands of refugees to Germany? How can we make sure Muslim asylum seekers understand religious freedom? Marcel Fink (S.A.M.) gives some answers. Watch video (5 min).

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
David Robertson

 
The crescent, the cross and the collapse of a civilisation
The crescent, the cross and the collapse of a civilisation

The survival of the Church today does not depend on Europe. But the survival of Europe as we know it certainly depends on the Church.

 
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Orlando and Puebla

 
We pray for the living
We pray for the living

We pray for those who suffer. Not only for their suffering to stop, but also for them to meet the One who is near in the midst of all suffering, bearing the pain, the guilt and the hate.

 
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Francisco Sánchez

 
A tolerated world

Who wouldn’t want to be tolerant? Raise your hand, please! But what does it mean exactly?

 
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Jim Memory

 
In or out: How should Christians approach the EU Referendum?
In or out: How should Christians approach the EU Referendum?

Viewing the issues of the referendum debate through the lens of what theologians call “salvation history”, the mission of God to redeem His creation, throws new light on them and provides vital perspective to help us make our decision on the 23 June.  

 
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Interview

 
‘Psychology prevails over theology when it comes to attitude of evangelicals towards Catholicism’
‘Psychology prevails over theology when it comes to attitude of evangelicals towards Catholicism’

Italian pastor Giovanni Traettino believes “the Word of God is moving and acting in the Catholic Church.” The Pentecostal leader encourages other churches to have an “open” approach to the Vatican. “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”, he says in an interview with Evangelical Focus.

 
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The state of theological education in Central and Eastern Europe
The state of theological education in Central and Eastern Europe

“We need to develop in young leaders the ability to recognize and nurture a calling of God into the ministry, even amidst career options that are much more lucrative”, says Dr. Steve Patty after conducting a wide-ranging study.

 
 

 
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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. 

 
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.

 
Lindsay Brown: Identity of the Lausanne Movement Lindsay Brown: Identity of the Lausanne Movement

“Identity is shaped by history, values and vision”, the International Director says in this talk given in Spain - November, 2015.

 
David Bookless: Environmental Care David Bookless: Environmental Care

Can Christians ignore the care for creation? Does the Bible have a clear perspective on how we should live? Member of "A Rocha" David Bookless answers several questions and challenges Christians to make a real impact in several areas.

 
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.

 
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".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
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“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.

 
First impressions of ELF 2016 First impressions of ELF 2016

The gospel and Europe. More than 700 participants from across Europe share their experiences and get quality training during the 2016 European Leadership Forum.

 
Lennox: “Atheism, a faith which offers no hope” Lennox: “Atheism, a faith which offers no hope”

The Oxford Mathematics Professor spoke to 230 participants at the 2016 Apologetics Forum (Spain). John Lennox encouraged Christians to ask good questions and listen more. “We should get rid of the idea that apologetics is only for ‘smart’ Christians.”

 
Italian Evangelical Alliance Assembly 2016 Italian Evangelical Alliance Assembly 2016

The Italian Evangelical Alliance celebrated its annual assembly in Rome (8-9 April). The theme was “Evangelical Faith and Roman Catholicism: where are we? Where are we going?”. 

 
#ShareJesus #ShareJesus

Seven Bible verses to explain why Jesus is the central figure of Easter. Images designed by Marina Acuña and Gabriela Pérez.

 
Brussels after the tragedy Brussels after the tragedy

Brussels, devastated by the attacks, honours the victims and tries to go on. Photos by Joëlle Philippe

 
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Refugees in Europe: Germany Refugees in Europe: Germany

What are the challenges and opportunities that come with the arrival of thousands of refugees to Germany? How can we make sure Muslim asylum seekers understand religious freedom? Marcel Fink (S.A.M.) gives some answers. Watch video (5 min).

 
Narcissistic leaders and vulnerable churches Narcissistic leaders and vulnerable churches

Churches that have gone through difficult times often unconsciously give space to news “messianic leaders” with a non-Biblical leadership, says Diane Langberg, Clynical Psychologist.

 
The case of the Bodnariu:  family life and state The case of the Bodnariu: family life and state

How should Christians and non-believers think about family life and the state? With Peter Saunders (CEO, CMF), Tarjei Gilje (journalist, Dagen), Paul Susman (Legal officer, European Comission), Einar C. Salvesen (Psychologist, Columbia Consulting Ltd.) and Adam Szabados (pastor, Evangelical Church Veszprém). Recorded in Wisla, Poland, during ELF 2016. 

 
‘I am no cannon fodder’ ‘I am no cannon fodder’

Youth of Torrent (Spain) use their musical skills in a song about values and hope for the future. The project is propelled by “Association New Life”, the social arm of the local evangelical church. 

 
Disagree over tea Disagree over tea

Christians in Politics launch #DisagreeWell. Believers should be able to talk, listen to each other, and join political parties as well as other orgnisations in society.

 
Usama Hanna: connecting with Arab refugees Usama Hanna: connecting with Arab refugees

What should be the approach to refugees coming from an Arabic background? What is important to them? How can we talk to them about God? Usama Hanna (MEOS, Switzerland) gives some answers. 

 
Refugees in Europe: Children Refugees in Europe: Children

What are some of the struggles child refugees face? Can church members serve them? What should we have in mind? Whitney Gerdes (IAFR) gives answers. Watch Video (7 min).

 
Welcoming refugees in our local church Welcoming refugees in our local church

What can members of local churches do to welcome asylum seekers living in their region? Robert Strong (Netherlands) suggests some easy steps we can follow.  

 
Refugees in Europe: Trauma Refugees in Europe: Trauma

How are traumatic experiences affecting refugees years after arriving to their destination? What can churches do? Marion Knell (Global Member Care and Redcliffe College) answers these and other questions.  

 
Refugees in Europe: Identity and integration Refugees in Europe: Identity and integration

How should we integrate asylum seekers coming to Europe? Vimal Vimalasekaran (European Christian Mission) shares his story as a former refugee and gives answers.

 
 
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