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Raising awareness

 
“We don’t sell people in my neighbourhood”
“We don’t sell people in my neighbourhood”

Police experts, the city hall and anti-trafficking movements raised awareness on sexual exploitation of women in Valencia (Spain). A workshop linked pornography to the eroticisation of violence.

 
 
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At least 17 killed in mass shooting at Florida high school

A 19-year-old fired his former classmates with a semi-automatic rifle. It was the 18th shooting in a US school so far this year.

 
 
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FEATURES
Analysis

 
The ‘Boutin affair’: a half-hearted judgment for freedom of expression
The ‘Boutin affair’: a half-hearted judgment for freedom of expression

The decision of the French Supreme Court can be seen as a victory for defenders of freedom of expression and of conscience, in particular concerning the option of quoting a verse from the Bible about homosexuality. But it also opens the way for new legal disputes on the subject.

 
 
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Charities

 
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices

Christian Aid took action after two sexual misconduct cases were reported in 2017. Organisations under suspicion could lose European Union funds.

 
 
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Africa

 
Authorities in Sudan demolish church building in Khartoum

Eyewitnesses said police confiscated chairs, tables and Bibles before the demolition. “These crazy actions will not stop us from praying and praising God”.

 
 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The En Gedi oasis
The En Gedi oasis

Henna is only referred to twice in the Song of Songs (chapter 1:14 and 4:13), in relation to beauty, fragrance and love.

 
 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Andy Bannister

 
By design or by default?
By design or by default?

All the thinkers who laid the first foundations of human rights were not moralising in a vacuum.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Work and faith

 
“If you live as a Christian, people near you will notice it”
“If you live as a Christian, people near you will notice it”

Richard Novák is 26 years old and lives in Prague. He told us what it means to be Christian in his everyday job as an accounts manager for a packaging distribution company.

 
 
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SCIENCE
Health

 
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally

Around 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries. “Cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence”, WHO says.

 
 
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Migration

 
Bodies of 21 drowned migrants found in Melilla
Bodies of 21 drowned migrants found in Melilla

There were “47 migrants from Mali, Guinea Conakry and Ivory Coast” in the raft, a NGO worker said. The arrival of migrants in Melilla has increased 873% .

 
 
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Latin America

 
Evangelical candidate wins Costa Rica election
Evangelical candidate wins Costa Rica election

Journalist and singer Fabricio Alvarado gets 24% of the vote and is now the favourite for the second round. Never an engaged evangelical Christian won a presidential vote in the country.

 
 
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Interview

 
“The movement to stop Evo Morales’ Penal Code was civic, not political”
“The movement to stop Evo Morales’ Penal Code was civic, not political”

Journalist Mireya Elizabeth Garrón speaks of the socio-political crisis in Bolivia and analyses the role of evangelical churches in the marches that helped revoke the new Penal Code.

 
 
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US research

 
Atheism on the rise among ‘Generation Z’, study says

The children born between 1999 and 2015 are the first truly “post-Christian” generation. Some of the biggest barriers to belief are the problem of evil and a perceived hypocrisy among Christians.

 
 
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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH
Roxana Stanciu

 
‘Google babies’ – a violation of human dignity
‘Google babies’ – a violation of human dignity

The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning “the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”.

 
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18 February - International Asperger's Day

 
“The church plays an important role for people with Asperger syndrome”
“The church plays an important role for people with Asperger syndrome”

Adrián Gurpegui shares about what he learned with his son. “It is difficult for them to relate to others, but that does not mean that they want to be alone”.

 
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A marriage story
A marriage story

The  great love story for everyone.

 
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Christian roots

 
Biblical names still very popular in German-speaking countries
Biblical names still very popular in German-speaking countries

Elias (Elijah) and Maria are number one in Germany. Noah and Lukas (Luke) are the most popular in Switzerland and Austria.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Jonathan Tame

 
Could the housing crisis strengthen welfare?
Could the housing crisis strengthen welfare?

Like housing, social welfare provision is not just a financial problem; there are social and relational aspects to consider too.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Envy
Envy

Constantly watching others can make us lose sight of our own goals.

 
CULTURE
Short film

 
‘Heart’: the dumping site and the city
‘Heart’: the dumping site and the city

Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset produces an animated short film for social media platforms about the meaning of Grace.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Preaching myths (III)

Myth 3: If a sermon is really good then listeners will not be offended.

 
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
Marc Madrigal

 
Was literacy widespread in Ancient Israel?
Was literacy widespread in Ancient Israel?

It is very important to answer this question, especially if one wants to argue for the possibility of the existence of a written Torah prior to 1000 BCE.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
I bind these words!
I bind these words!

‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven...’ (Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew 18:18)

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo De Chirico

 
Why are younger evangelicals fascinated by Roman Catholicism?
Why are younger evangelicals fascinated by Roman Catholicism?

There is no sign of a massive turn of evangelicals to Roman Catholicism. Nonetheless, what is happening is worth investigating.

 
CULTURE
Music

 
Spain’s Eurovision song composed by two evangelical Christians
Spain’s Eurovision song composed by two evangelical Christians

Talent show singers Amaia and Alfred will perform the ballad in Lisbon. Songwriter Sylvia Santoro: “I believe God has put things in the right place and time”.

 
 

 
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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. 

 
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".

 
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.

 
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'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.

 
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
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.

 
VIDEO Video
 
A marriage story A marriage story

The  great love story for everyone.

 
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.

 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
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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