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Citizens vote in crucial European Parliament election
Citizens vote in crucial European Parliament election

Most countries vote on Sunday, but Britons, Dutch, Czech, Irish and Latvians did so earlier. Evangelicals called to “vote prayerfully and responsibly”.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Spain sees increase of attacks against worship places

According to the Observatory for Religious Freedom and Conscience, these incidents grew by 20% in 2018.

 
 
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CULTURE
Interview

 
‘Music moves us, but only Jesus saves’
‘Music moves us, but only Jesus saves’

Pianist Sam Rotman shares about his conversion to the Christian faith in his concerts. “I want to reach people for Christ by playing classical music”.

 
 
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WORLD
Interview

 
“Coptic Christians have an insatiable desire to have a Bible”
“Coptic Christians have an insatiable desire to have a Bible”

Ramez Atallah, Director of the Bible Society Egypt, addresses some of the misconceptions about the country, and analyses the presence and influence of the Christian minority. 

 
 
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Church of England upholds the seal of confession for now

The working party in charge of studying the implication of the seal in the context of protecting children from abuse did not reach a consensus. The Church of England has been criticised because of this decision.

 
 
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CITIES
Spain

 
Coffee with refugees
Coffee with refugees

A church in Lugo welcomes families of refugees from Latin America who arrive in the city.  “A space of security where the Christian community can be open and inclusive”.

 
 
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EUROPEAN EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE
European Parliament elections

 
Your vote matters: Questions for reflection
Your vote matters: Questions for reflection

What is the attitude of the parties / candidates towards freedom of religion for all, including in public? How will they make sure that people of all faiths and none can live together as good neighbours?

 
 
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WORLD
Religious freedom

 
Pakistan: 218 Christians still jailed for blasphemy, says Release International

The release of Asia Bibi is “extraordinarily good news”, but blasphemy laws “should be repealed once and for all” to protect faith minorities.

 
 
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Election

 
South African Christians mobilise for the election

Christian leaders have presented a decalogue of proposals to the political parties, and launched 'Kingdom Nation', which aims to help Christians to vote from a biblical perspective.

 
 
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Rome

 
Italian evangelicals discussed their role in a “secularised and disoriented society”
Italian evangelicals discussed their role in a “secularised and disoriented society”

Human identity, the role of media, and the protection of family were some of the issues addressed during the annual general assembly of the Italian Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
Additional/Special Needs parenting: Welcome to Holland, not Italy
Additional/Special Needs parenting: Welcome to Holland, not Italy

We have experienced a change of destination, we’ve ended up somewhere we didn’t expect, or initially want, to go… How will we respond?  How will it affect us?

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Appetise don’t just expect
Appetise don’t just expect

Always take a look and see what the context of the Biblical text is offering by way of motivation. 

 
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God’s love and judgement in the New Testament
God’s love and judgement in the New Testament

Both God’s love and judgement are intensified in the New Testament, says Paul Caopn, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Palm Beach Atlantic University (US).

 
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Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
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EUROPEAN EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE
23-26 May

 
Uniting in prayer for the European Parliament elections
Uniting in prayer for the European Parliament elections

Let's pray for the next 5 years of the European Union to be a period where wise and just decisions are made to face the economic, technological, environmental, social and security challenges.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Hannah Eves

 
Love thy neighbour, love thy planet
Love thy neighbour, love thy planet

The environmental crisis of the current age is symptomatic of a deeper relational crisis.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Let them live
Let them live

If God doesn't stop a child's birth, what right do we have to do it?

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The eroticism of roe deer
The eroticism of roe deer

Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) are the smallest Artiodactyl mammals of the Cervidae family that exist in Eurasia. Adult males can reach a height of 65 cm and a weight of 30 kg.

 
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EDITORIAL
Culture

 
Pastors on Netflix
Pastors on Netflix

The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
10 ways to thrive in Christian gatherings
10 ways to thrive in Christian gatherings

Aim to build up, don’t hype up. Be sure to treat people as real people – both the unknown person you are speaking to and the famous person who just walked past you.

 
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Easter bombings

 
WEA condems attacks against Muslim communities in Sri Lanka
WEA condems attacks against Muslim communities in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Evangelical Alliance calls upon the public to “refrain from engaging in hateful discourse, turn away from violence and work towards de-escalating tensions in our country”. 

 
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Burkina Faso: Gunmen kill six in attack on Catholic church

The African country is suffering an increase in extremist attacks. Other six Christians were killed two weeks ago in an evangelical church.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Corals in the Scriptures
Corals in the Scriptures

There are three mentions of corals in the Bible and in all three what is stressed is the fact that the value of precious stones was ascribed to them in ancient times.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
Talk with the winner
Talk with the winner

We think so much of humans that we forget we can talk to the King of the Universe, God himself! He made all the thousands of people that we consider so “important”.

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
6 ways to make your children’s work and holiday club more inclusive
6 ways to make your children’s work and holiday club more inclusive

A visual timetable may also be really helpful for some children with additional needs, helping them to know what is happening now, what is coming up next, and how much longer the session is going to last. 

 
 

 
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Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: 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.

 
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Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals

After many years of labour, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa officially opened its new centre in Nairobi, Kenya. “Africa, your time has come!”, said the World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
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God’s love and judgement in the New Testament God’s love and judgement in the New Testament

Both God’s love and judgement are intensified in the New Testament, says Paul Caopn, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Palm Beach Atlantic University (US).

 
A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela

In the midst of the turmoil in Venezuela, Pastor Carlos Vielma, Vice President of the Union of Christian Churches of Venezuela, sent out an urgent plea for Christians everywhere to pray.

 
Romania: God’s Word among Roma people Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
 
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