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Organised crime

 
German police raid Hells Angels properties in over a dozen cities
German police raid Hells Angels properties in over a dozen cities

The northwestern German state has formally banned 2 Hells Angels groups. "Their everyday lives consist of forced prostitution, violence, weapons, and drugs", NRW state Interior Minister says.

 
 
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EUROPE
EEA

 
Re-evangelising Europe, 500 years after the Reformation
Re-evangelising Europe, 500 years after the Reformation

The EEA General Assembly gathered to consider how Evangelical Christians across Europe might more effectively communicate the historic, biblical gospel to a secular society.

 
 
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CITIES
Madrid

 
Spain: 700 teenagers thought through Christianity’s big questions
Spain: 700 teenagers thought through Christianity’s big questions

"Many found answers, and many have come to know the real Jesus better”, says Gerson Mercadal, coordinator of Reboot Spain, an event organised by Fundación RZ, Ravi Zacharias Ministries in Spain.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Hope for the mixed-motivated

We are not neutral to the outcome of our spiritual journeys. As objective as we try to be, we want to arrive at some outcome, be it belief or disbelief.

 
 
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FEATURES
Julia Doxat-Purser

 
Can they hear us?
Can they hear us?

What if, when a police chief or politician spoke about human trafficking, we were ready to respond with our stories and expertise?

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Modern slavery

 
Christians come together to fight human trafficking
Christians come together to fight human trafficking

On October, 15, churches celebrate #FreedomSunday to raise awareness of world’s fastest growing global crime. Other initiatives all around the world include conferences and marches for freedom.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
#DayoftheGirl

 
About 20,000 girls are forced to marry ever day
About 20,000 girls are forced to marry ever day

According to a Save The Children report, 100 million minors are vulnerable in countries where child marriage is legal.

 
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WORLD
Puerto Rico

 
Recovering after Hurricane Maria
Recovering after Hurricane Maria

“About 90% of the island is still without electricity, and around half without water supplies”, says Gisela Muñoz, of ABU (IFES) in Puerto Rico. Churches are working together to help rebuild the country.

 
 
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SCIENCE
Women, science and faith

 
Maria Sibylla Merian, a great scientist with a strong faith
Maria Sibylla Merian, a great scientist with a strong faith

The German-born Protestant scientist was the precursor of modern entomology. This year is the 300th anniversary of her death.

 
 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Gavin Matthews

 
Reclaiming our Christian foundations
Reclaiming our Christian foundations

A review of Nick Spencer’s The Evolution of The West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.

 
 
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CITIES
Interview

 
Welsh evangelical leaders gathered to equip each other for mission
Welsh evangelical leaders gathered to equip each other for mission

More than 350 attended the first Wales Leadership Forum conference. Chris Street: “Current generations know very little or nothing about the Bible and who Jesus is”.

 
 
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EUROPE
Catalonia

 
King Felipe VI condemns “unacceptable disloyalty” as thousands protest in Catalonia

Catalan President speaks of declaring independence in the “next few days”. Evangelicals call politicians to “deactivate the conflict with honest and sincere dialogue”.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Education

 
British Schools ditch ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ to avoid offending non-Christians
British Schools ditch ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ to avoid offending non-Christians

The traditional terms are replaced by BCE – Before Common Era, and CE – Common Era. Using the traditional form does not offend Jews, says one of its leaders in the UK.

 
 
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SCIENCE
Health

 
The ink for tattoos affects the immune system
The ink for tattoos affects the immune system

Scientific research  warns that some of the dyes used in tattoos contain contaminants that could harm the lymph nodes.

 
 
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WORLD
Violence

 
At least 59 killed in worst US mass shooting

The gunman fired against a big crowd attending a Country festival in Las Vegas. 527 people have been hurt.

 
 
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EUROPE
Conflict in Spain

 
Hundreds hurt as 2.3 million Catalans take part in unauthorised independence vote
Hundreds hurt as 2.3 million Catalans take part in unauthorised independence vote

Riot police used violence to prevent the vote from happening in Barcelona and other cities. Catalan President Puigdemont asks “Europe to get involved” and says he could declare unilateral independence in the next few days.

 
 
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WORLD
Bangladesh

 
The 'unimaginable suffering' of the Rohingya

Around 480,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh. World Vision has warned against the horrible  living conditions in refugee camps and the huge lack of resources.

 
 
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EUROPE
Eastern Europe

 
Ukrainian evangelical Christians celebrate the Reformation on the streets
Ukrainian evangelical Christians celebrate the Reformation on the streets

About 160,000 Christians gathered in Kiev. Evangelicals are “grateful for the opportunity and freedom to share the Good News in Ukraine today”.

 
 
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FEATURES
Roxana Stanciu

 
Euthanasia - in the name of love, dignity and freedom?
Euthanasia - in the name of love, dignity and freedom?

A person has an inherited dignity, regardless of whether he/she is healthy, sick, disabled, or suffering

 
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VIDEO

 
How did eyewitness testimony shape the Gospels?
How did eyewitness testimony shape the Gospels?

Dirk Jongkind, Research Fellow, Tyndale House, Cambridge, explains how the eyewitness accounts of the apostles and dicsciples shape the Gospels.

 
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WINDOW ON EUROPE
Jeff Fountain

 
The paradox of Vincent van Gogh
The paradox of Vincent van Gogh

His own writings to Theo and his paintings of his latter phase bear witness to his preoccupation to the end with the person of Christ.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Schaeffer, a legacy of tears
Schaeffer, a legacy of tears

In search of authenticity (5). Schaeffer taught me how to mourn for the world, instead of judging it. He was a man of God who served as a prophet for his generation, which he understood so well.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Catriona Murray

 
Afraid of the Light
Afraid of the Light

Being secular, or humanist, or atheist, seems to mean saying that you are tolerant or inclusive, when all you actually want to do is erase any trace of Christianity from our midst.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The bulbul: the bird in the parable
The bulbul: the bird in the parable

How sad it is to have heard the word of God, and to allow it to be snatched away.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
7 things preachers never say: weariness
7 things preachers never say: weariness

In some churches those “in ministry” are expected to have it all together… so there may be nobody to talk to.

 
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EUROPE
Turkey

 
Pastor Brunson, 1 year in prison
Pastor Brunson, 1 year in prison

President Erdogan suggests he would be open to a prisoner exchange with the US. The pastor's wife shares a song he has written in prison: “My tears and pain I lift up as an offering”.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
The man without a face
The man without a face

Any information that we have today of the existence of Spanish sixteenth century reformers we owe to a faceless man, Luis de Usoz (1805–1865).

 
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VIDEO

 
Messianic music in Israel
Messianic music in Israel

"Panai el-Adonai" (“My face towards the Lord” from Daniel 9:3) brought together the Messianic community to worship and intercede with songs from all over Israel. A video by Kehila News. 

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Win or lose
Win or lose

If God doesn’t change your inside, you’re living by appearances.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Drama as a clue to existence
Drama as a clue to existence

Drama–at the theater but also in movies, books, TV–is a modern religious mechanism.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo De Chirico

 
“The Clay of Paganism with the Iron of Christianity”
“The Clay of Paganism with the Iron of Christianity”

Modern Catholicism is “a synthesis of medieval essentialism and modern existentialism”, the Dutch philosopher and theologian Cornelius Van Til said.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
Jose de Segovia

 
Orthodoxy without love is monstrous
Orthodoxy without love is monstrous

In search of authenticity (4): Schaeffer was looking for the human contact that might reopen the discussion that the debate had closed.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Christianity is not for the faint hearted

Do we want to be healed, say, of our greed or bad moods? I’m not quite sure. Being healed includes changes and sacrifices.

 
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WINDOW ON EUROPE
Jeff Fountain

 
From barrier to highway

The two great European rivers, the Rhine and the Danube, have been a natural barrier across the continent through the centuries from the Black Sea to the North Sea.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Commitment
Commitment

Without commitment, you can't grow in any area, be it sport, work, or relationships, much less in your spiritual life.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Spider webs
Spider webs

The greatest madness, the supreme stupidity of the human being consists in hearing the Word of God, delighting in it, but without wanting to put it into practice.

 
CULTURE
Interview

 
“The church tends not to recognize artistic talent as spiritual talent”
“The church tends not to recognize artistic talent as spiritual talent”

“Ask the artist to help you design the service”, says Charles David Kelley in an interview about the role of artists and how their approach to culture can add much to churches.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Healthy revival: 7 thoughts
Healthy revival: 7 thoughts

It gets mentioned in outreach planning. Preachers long to experience it through each new sermon. Reports on social media stir our longings.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Mark Hadley

 
The object of our worship
The object of our worship

What we can learn from “American Gods”, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Joseph – Faith for the future
Joseph – Faith for the future

Do we have any long-term vision for our own lives, for our family, for our church, for our city, for our country?

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
The mosaic of life
The mosaic of life

We feel pressured to live and work as a salvation project where I’m the hero of my own story.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
Spiritual combat
Spiritual combat

The sun can now get right down into every corner of the garden, the tender shoots of new grass can finally start to flourish.

 
 

 
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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. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
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.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 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.

 
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“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
“Remember you are dust” “Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
Walk Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
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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