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Antonio Cruz

 
Solomon’s caper-berries
Solomon’s caper-berries

The caper is native to Southeast Asia, but it is common throughout the Mediterranean basin and in many other parts of the world.

 
 
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Ecumenism

 
Controversy as German Catholic Church opens Communion to Protestants
Controversy as German Catholic Church opens Communion to Protestants

Seven bishops ask the Vatican to stop what they believe is a “banalisation” of the Eucharist. Evangelicals see the decision of the Episcopal conference as a part of an ecumenical strategy.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Christians in Quetta grieve after attack that killed two Christians

Many attend the funeral in the Pakistani city. The Christian community there is “afraid and feeling insecure” after three attacks in five months.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins

“I have never done anything against Turkey. I want the truth to come out”, Andrew Brunson told the court in Izmir on Monday. His lawyer says “there is evidence that shows Brunson was detained due to his faith”.

 
 
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In Hungary, many Christians see Orbán as the “protector of the nation”
In Hungary, many Christians see Orbán as the “protector of the nation”

Many evangelical Christians have worked to serve refugees in the middst of strong social polarisation, says pastor Attila Nyari. “Pray for a renewed fire to reach people with the gospel, regardless of political affiliation”.

 
 
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‘Fight Online Sex Trafficking’ law enables victims to pursue websites

The FBI shuts down major prostitution websites and prosecutes owners. Christian activists celebrate move and hope it will help fight sex trafficking in the US and abroad.

 
 
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Education and faith

 
UK government will not monitor Sunday schools, evangelicals welcome “key step to protect religious freedom”
UK government will not monitor Sunday schools, evangelicals welcome “key step to protect religious freedom”

The government announces it abandons plans to register and inspect out-of-school education settings. An official report confirmed the opposition of many educational institutions.

 
 
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Roma people

 
Philadelphia: Gospel with ‘Romani DNA’
Philadelphia: Gospel with ‘Romani DNA’

Around 200,000 people gather each week in the 1,000 Church of Philadelphia temples throughout Spain. This Roma community has the recognition of the Spanish government for its social work.

 
 
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EUROPE
Interview

 
“Christians should be in politics for impact, not for power”
“Christians should be in politics for impact, not for power”

Auke Minnema, General Director of the European Christian Political Movement, says young Christians should be encouraged to engage with society following the example of Jesus Christ and many others in the Bible. “We have a message, and we should be salt and light”.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Don’t do stupid stuff
Don’t do stupid stuff

Is there anything stupid you feel tempted to do?

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
70x7
70x7

No one in the world has shown more willingness to forgive every human being than God.

 
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Will Graham

 
Achan’s Sin
Achan’s Sin

Seven things we can learn from Achan, the Rebel.

 
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Juan Blake, the model missionary that loved Spain
Juan Blake, the model missionary that loved Spain

He carried out intense testimony work with hundreds of events in churches, schools, parks, bull fighting rings and in the streets of towns and villages across the country.

 
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People with disabilities

 
‘Inclusion makes an impact’
‘Inclusion makes an impact’

The European Disability Network will meet in Riga (Latvia), 27-30 April. “We need people who do not have a disability to work with us”, says coordinator Thérèse Swinters.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala
Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala

Guatemala is the country with the highest percentage of evangelicals in Latin America. However, it has one of the highest rates of inequality, violence and corruption.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Moses – Bias to the poor
Moses – Bias to the poor

In Western Europe today the majority of the church is made up of the relatively wealthy middle classes.

 
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Will Graham

 
Love Sure Ain’t Blind
Love Sure Ain’t Blind

Where Christian love and pagan love go separate ways.

 
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“We do not tend to see Christians as victims”
“We do not tend to see Christians as victims”

Journalist Pilar Rahola publishes a book in which she collects her five-year work on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “It was necessary to tell the world that there are people who die, not because of a random bullet, but because they are Christians”.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Obstacles
Obstacles

God always responds, though sometimes not in the way or at the moment we would like.

 
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René Breuel

 
Me again
Me again

God created life in His image and likeness, and granted them the creativity to sculpt and the ability to love.

 
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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).

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
The dance of satyrs
The dance of satyrs

The ancient Egyptians tamed them and trained them to collect fruit from the tallest trees, like palms, and even to look after flocks of sheep, just as certain breeds of dog are trained to do nowadays.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
The upper hand of evil
The upper hand of evil

If that body was really gone, if Jesus had come back to life, then the matrix of reality is altered; tragedy is not the final result of goodness.

 
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Jonathan Tame

 
The R Factor in Brexit
The R Factor in Brexit

Notwithstanding our departure from the EU, we are still Europeans by culture, history and geography. How might such solidarities be strengthened?

 
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State and religion

 
Spanish evangelical organisations criticise the participation of public authorities in religious ceremonies
Spanish evangelical organisations criticise the participation of public authorities in religious ceremonies

Three top ministers of the Spanish government joined Catholic Easter processions. The participation of public officers in certain religious events “damages the non-confessional status of Spain”, says FEREDE.

 
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Ken Gnanakan & Atul Aghamkar

 
India’s Water Crisis: How the church can be part of the solution
India’s Water Crisis: How the church can be part of the solution

Some 54% of India faces extremely high water stress. The crisis has become increasingly evident in recent years as much of central India is facing a severe water shortage.

 
 

 
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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".

 
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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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.

 
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.

 
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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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