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Keylor Navas: “Football is a blessing from God, but not the most important thing in my life”
Keylor Navas: “Football is a blessing from God, but not the most important thing in my life”

The goalkeeper of Real Madrid hopes to wni his third Champions League on Saturday. “Christ gives me wisdom to keep my feet on the ground and be humble in moments of blessing and happiness”.

 
 
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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH
Roxana Stanciu

 
“Without family, Europe will not exist for long”, MEP says

All the speakers of the event organised in the European Parliament emphasised the importance of implementing family-friendly policies.

 
 
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CULTURE
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“After my conversion, my art started to have a different aroma”
“After my conversion, my art started to have a different aroma”

Catalan painter Sergi Barnils reflects on the capacity of art to express spirituality. His work continues to be among the delights of many Italian art dealers.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Calum Samuelson

 
Thinking critically about Artificial Intelligence
Thinking critically about Artificial Intelligence

Intelligence is an extremely complex, contended subject, and there is plenty we still don’t know about animal intelligence, let alone human intelligence.

 
 
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Plane crash

 
Evangelical church confirms 20 members died in Cuba plane crash
Evangelical church confirms 20 members died in Cuba plane crash

Ten pastors and wives of the Nazarene Church were returning from a spiritual retreat in La Habana. Only three of the 110 people on board survived.

 
 
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Italian evangelicals fear new government will restrict feedoms of religious minorities
Italian evangelicals fear new government will restrict feedoms of religious minorities

Europe holds its breath as emerging parties M5S and Lega announce a government deal. Italian Evangelical Alliance leader Giacomo Ciccone sees a “widespread dissatisfaction” in society.

 
 
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EUROPE
Poland

 
European Leadership Forum 2018 conference in Wisla
European Leadership Forum 2018 conference in Wisla

About 800 people from most European countries are expected to gather in Poland for the annual gathering focused on re-evangelizing the continent.

 
 
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EUROPE
Europe

 
Ireland decides about abortion
Ireland decides about abortion

“Choice is important and to be cherished, but we also have an obligation to protect those who are powerless and unable to make choices that directly affect their futures”, the Evangelical Alliance Ireland says.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Interview

 
“As consumers we need to shop like we care”
“As consumers we need to shop like we care”

“It is still easy to succumb to the powerful marketing and cheap prices of fast fashion”, says Corban Bryant, founder of a fair trade garment company in Nepal.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Latin America

 
‘Evangélico Digital’, a new media project for Latin America
‘Evangélico Digital’, a new media project for Latin America

The website will be launched before summer, offering opinion and information from a Latin American context. ‘Evangélico Digital’ is linked to ‘Evangelical Focus’ through the ‘Areópago Protestante’ media group.

 
 
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Mission

 
European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries
European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries

About 160 representatives from four continents met for the EBM International Mission Council. “We are servants of God, his disciples and his ambassadors”.

 
 
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EUROPE
Germany

 
European Court of Justice limits employment policies of religious organisations

The sentence says churches can only demand confessional allegiance when the job profile made it “significant, legal and justified”. In Germany, churches and their affiliated institutions are the second largest employer.

 
 
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Thousands march for life in London
Thousands march for life in London

Pro-choice group Abortion Rights had organised a counter demonstration. One week before the march, a law which bans prayer or the offer of help outside a London abortion centre came into effect.

 
 
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EUROPE
Spain

 
“True reconciliation will not be seen in the media, but in schools and families”
“True reconciliation will not be seen in the media, but in schools and families”

Three Spanish pastors analyse the definitive disbandment of ETA. “We have to renounce the worldly discourse of epic revenge and sit down with people to rebuild relationships”.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Textile industry

 
Who made your clothes?
Who made your clothes?

Businesses like Purnaa, Made in Freedom and Roam Living are helping to change the textile industry by offering good jobs in a context dominated by exploitation.

 
 
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CULTURE
Archaeology

 
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria

The ruins are located in Manbij, one of Syria’s most ancient towns. Among the artifacts found, there were several versions of crosses etched into columns and walls, which indicate this was a significant site for Christians.

 
 
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Politics and corruption

 
The ‘Cifuentes case’ and our personal responsibility
The ‘Cifuentes case’ and our personal responsibility

We live in a society in which admitting one’s own sins is seen as a sign of weakness.

 
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EUROPE
Germany

 
Two thirds of Protestants against displaying crosses in public buildings
Two thirds of Protestants against displaying crosses in public buildings

The Minister President of Baviera plans to hang the Christian symbol in every state building by June. Catholics mainly oppose the decision as well.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Interview

 
Sex trafficking: “We should meet victimised women where they are”
Sex trafficking: “We should meet victimised women where they are”

“Being raped for money several times a day is not safe, no matter where it happens”, says expert Kathy Bryan of Elevate Academy. She mentors women who want to leave prostitution.

 
 
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700 evangelical leaders connect for mission in Poland
700 evangelical leaders connect for mission in Poland

The annual gathering brought prople from across Europe to Wisla (Poland). To unite, equip and resource evangelicals is one of the aims of the European Leadership Forum conference.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Living in the shadow of the cross
Living in the shadow of the cross

We not only come to faith at the foot of the cross, but we also become mature in its shadow.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Moses – Not by might
Moses – Not by might

Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
In pursuit of a sign - Part 1
In pursuit of a sign - Part 1

At the moment of paying, I nearly fall over backwards: the price of this fondue is just exorbitant!

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez
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Chariots of fire
Chariots of fire

We should always put God first if we think that something goes against His word.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Spiritualities of money
Spiritualities of money

Life’s treasures come from someone who shed his riches for us, someone who does not charge interest if we can’t pay Him back.

 
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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH
Roxana Stanciu

 
Make your voice heard in Europe
Make your voice heard in Europe

The European Commission launched the Online Citizens’ Consultation on May 9th. It is “addressed to all Europeans, asking them what direction they want the European Union to take in the future”.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
The goals of biblical preaching are not pragmatic

We represent God not only in what we say, but also in how we say it. 

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Bergman and the silence of God
Bergman and the silence of God

Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) staged people unable to love and communicate, condemned to always hide behind a mask.

 
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VIDEO

 
Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid
Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid

Delta David Gier, Conductor and Music Director, on some of the dangers for artists.

 
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WORLD
Controversy

 
Jerusalem US embassy opens amid violent clashes
Jerusalem US embassy opens amid violent clashes

At least 55 Palestinian protesters die in clashes with Israeli troops in Gaza. The “alliance between the US and Israel is stronger than ever”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says at the opening ceremony.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
The ‘Shortcut’ - part 2
The ‘Shortcut’ - part 2

Spending time with God influences and puts into perspective my way of looking at things.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
This is a fascinating world
This is a fascinating world

Graceful writing is for the courageous few.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Searching of heart
Searching of heart

We've become used to letting others, ourselves, and even God down.

 
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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.

 
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EUROPE
Riga
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European Disability Network: “God is able, He does not disable us”
European Disability Network: “God is able, He does not disable us”

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities celebrated its tenth European gathering in Riga (Latvia) with the participation of 12 countries.

 
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FEATURES
José Hutter

 
The problem of ‘pop eschatology’

The sensationalist zeal of some writers and self-proclaimed experts in eschatology is as big as their incapacity to get it right.

 
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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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JUBILEE CENTRE
Charlee New

 
Seeing is believing: ‘Deepfake video’ and public trust
Seeing is believing: ‘Deepfake video’ and public trust

Audio and video clips from individuals have been key features in a number of scandals in the public square. Now a new type of video manipulation is going to make it harder to tell the real from the fake in the digital world.

 
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AUDIO

 
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.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
Daniel Sazo

 
Ready Player One: Paradises beyond the real world
Ready Player One: Paradises beyond the real world

It is easy to understand why many seek to escape by submerging themselves in virtual worlds - places where one can become what they have always dreamed of being.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
The ‘Shortcut’ - Part 1
The ‘Shortcut’ - Part 1

Guilt is just a pale copy of repentance, but it brings no comfort.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo De Chirico

 
Do Atheists go to Heaven? Pope Francis says yes
Do Atheists go to Heaven? Pope Francis says yes

The idea that all people are children of God means that all people will ultimately be saved, thus blurring the distinction between nature and grace, between being a created person and being a saved person.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
A Biblical animal called Argol
A Biblical animal called Argol

There were insects that could be eaten, such as various types of winged locusts, which the New Testament also refers to as the food that John the Baptist ate.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Guy Brandon

 
Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants
Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

The biblical view of immigration does not only consider the migrant’s position but that of the host country.

 
 

 
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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’.

 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
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. 

 
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".

 
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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.

 

 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
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What are the cultural roots of the transgender movement? What are the cultural roots of the transgender movement?

Peter Saunders, CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship (UK) summarises>the philosophical framework that made the transgender movement so popular.

 
Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid

Delta David Gier, Conductor and Music Director, on some of the dangers for artists.

 
Why are Christian leaders particularly vulnerable to sexual temptation? Why are Christian leaders particularly vulnerable to sexual temptation?

“The reasons why somebody might have sex with a prostitute are very different from the reasons why somebody might want to have an affair with a member of their congregation”. An analysis by John Stevens, National Director of FIEC (UK).

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
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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