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Spark of light marks beginning of fertilisation
Spark of light marks beginning of fertilisation

Researchers are able to show the “stunning explosion of zinc fireweorks” after a human egg is activated by a sperm enzyme.

 
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WORLD
Sao Paulo

 
Brazil’s March for Jesus gathers more than 350,000
Brazil’s March for Jesus gathers more than 350,000

Organisers say 3 million attended the “biggest event organised by Christians in the world.” National media describe it as a “Christian carnival.”

 
 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT
Peter Brierley

 
The ageing Church and its implications
The ageing Church and its implications

One obvious implication is the age of retirement for ministers, elders, trustees, and others. Should leaders continue to retire at, say, 65, or as in a number of denominations, 70?

 
 
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A safe haven?

A video by Jubilee Centre/CPFE setting out the main issues surrounding the refugee crisis, priorities for public policy and options for Christians to make a difference.

 
 
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WORLD
India

 
Hard-line Hindus torture Christians and burn their houses

Christians in Katholi village, Kanker District who were beaten and twice chased out from their homes by Hindu extremists.

 
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VIDEO

 
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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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CULTURE
Language and mission

 
Bulgaria celebrates Cyrillic Alphabet Day
Bulgaria celebrates Cyrillic Alphabet Day

The script was coined out by two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, with the purpose to introduce Christ to Slavonic nations who had no alphabet. Today the Cyrillic Alphabet is used by roughly 300 million people round the world.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Sex, religion and Prince
Sex, religion and Prince

It is impossible to understand Prince (1958–2016) without one of these two powerful forces, but the same could be said of many of us.

 
 
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WORLD
Persecuted Christians

 
NGOs ask Congo’s President to stop Christians ‘massacre’

Violence has so far claimed 1,116 lives between October 2014 and May 2016. Local NGOs wrote a letter to the President, denouncing their situation and demanding a solution.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Interview

 
“The edification of the church is a vaccine against abuse”
“The edification of the church is a vaccine against abuse”

Dr Pablo Martinez is one of the authors of the ‘Pastoral Guide for the prevention of spiritual abuse’. In an interview, he explains the causes from a biblical perspective, and recommends steps to take action.

 
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CITIES
From Islam to Jesus

 
Many refugees in Germany become Christians and are baptised
Many refugees in Germany become Christians and are baptised

German magazine Stern reports about 80 refugees from Iran and Afghanistan being baptised in Hamburg. New believers are seen with suspicion by those who think they changed their faith for political reasons. They also face threats of other refugees. 

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
“Scripture 4 Millennials”

 
The Bible translated into emoji
The Bible translated into emoji

An anonymous translator reworked the King James Version of the bible using Unicode emoji, as well as common internet abbreviations and slang.

 
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INSTITUTE - LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS
Steven van den Heuvel

 
Increasing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities
Increasing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities

Should the protest of Reformed Christians against laws allowing shopping on Sunday be heeded? Do transgendered people have a right to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with?

 
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CITIES
Bulgaria

 
Bible knowledge competition challenged teens and students
Bible knowledge competition challenged teens and students

Two consecutive Bible competitions inspired evangelical churches in Bulgaria. 135 teenagers and 43 university students coming from a dozen of towns compared Scriptural knowledge.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen
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Abimelech - Unexpected godliness
Abimelech - Unexpected godliness

We have become increasingly accustomed to corruption in high places, and this has resulted in a cynicism towards those in power.

 
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EDITORIAL
#2016ELF

 
The Media and the Gospel
The Media and the Gospel

We love new technologies and we use them passionately. But we also know God’s mission is done through and for real people. The ELF conference in Wisla (Poland) reinforces our aim to analyse the big challenges of today through the Christian worldview.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
A crane prepares to take off
A crane prepares to take off

Some scientists are misinterpreting both God, and the meaning of the word “create”.

 
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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.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Butterfly
Butterfly

Their antennae possess the vitally important senses of smell and touch, while their sense of taste is located in the tips of their legs.

 
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EUROPE
Manosque (Southern France)

 
Evangelical church in France set on fire
Evangelical church in France set on fire

The CNEF issues judges “extremely regrettable that places of worship become a target of crime.” An ongoing investigation will give more details of the attack.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Students and the gospel

 
Christian students in India reflect on faith and arts
Christian students in India reflect on faith and arts

Art For Change ten-day residency organised by UESI India (IFES). “A work of art is not Christian art because it carries with it any symbol of a cross or Jesus in it, but it should reveal the truth.”

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Nabeel Qureshi

 
An incompatible image of God

There remain many who believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Their reasoning, argues Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim, is flawed.

 
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FRESH BREEZE
Will Graham
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10 lesser-known Protestant Reformers (II)
10 lesser-known Protestant Reformers (II)

A closer look at Heinrich Bullinger, Theodore Beza, Thomas Cranmer, William Perkins and Conrad Grebel.

 
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FEATURES
Emanuel Tundrea

 
Europe’s secularist agenda, the Bodnariu family and God
Europe’s secularist agenda, the Bodnariu family and God

As Romanians, we have passed through many great battles against our own government, battles over state laws that were against the law of God. During our history, the Ottoman Empire wanted our children, just as other empires did.

 
 

 
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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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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.”

 
The refugee crisis seen by the refugees The refugee crisis seen by the refugees

Photographer McElvaney has released the #RefugeeCameras project, which has allowed refugees to document their own journey with single-use cameras, giving them the opportunity to tell the world their own story.

 
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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A safe haven? A safe haven?

A video by Jubilee Centre/CPFE setting out the main issues surrounding the refugee crisis, priorities for public policy and options for Christians to make a difference.

 
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).

 
Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms

U2 frontman talks about how the Psalms impacted his life and his music with theologian and author of ‘The Message’ Eugene Peterson. Interview with Fuller Seminary professor David Taylor.

 
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: the case of Malta Refugees in Europe: the case of Malta

How is Malta a prototype of what could happen in the future in other European countries? How should we respond to far-right movements which offer 'easy solutions' to the crisis? Doug Marshall (IAFR) works with refugees in the Mediterranean island.

 
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.

 
Refugees in Europe: Calais Refugees in Europe: Calais

What has been happening in Calais in the last few months? What are the risks for the refugees living in these camps? What are churches doing to help? Paul Sydnor (International Association for Refugees) answers to some of the burning questions. 

 
 
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