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Solidarity

 
Evangelicals support Italy after the earthquake
Evangelicals support Italy after the earthquake

Italian Evangelical Alliance is active in contributing to relief work and to coordinate its work with evangelical agencies. Condolences of europeans and spanish evangelicals.

 
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CHURCH PLANTING IN EUROPE
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Nationalist extremism in Europe today and the Gospel of Jesus
Nationalist extremism in Europe today and the Gospel of Jesus

The extreme political right has simply developed a compelling narrative that weaves a dystopian mythology around the themes of ethnic dilution, conspiracy, migration, religious terrorism, and resource scarcity.

 
 
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#YLG2016

 
YLG2016: A generation faithful to the gospel and connected to the global mission
YLG2016: A generation faithful to the gospel and connected to the global mission

Young evangelical leaders from around the world brought together by the Lausanne Movement, shared eight days in Jakarta (Indonesia). Thinkers like Os Guiness, Ravi Zacharias or Anne Zaki were part of a meeting in which participants from 150 countries talked face to face and initiated projects.

 
 
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Religious liberty

 
China's Zhejiang bans religious activities in publics hospitals
China's Zhejiang bans religious activities in publics hospitals

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have banned all forms of religious activity in hospitals in an ongoing crackdown targeting the region's burgeoning protestant christian community.

 
 
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EUROPE
#TopSummer

 
Muslims turn to Christianity in Finland
Muslims turn to Christianity in Finland

Christian weekly newspaper Uusi Tie (Finland) made a survey of the number of Christian baptisms among the new immigrants in the country.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Bill’s adoption threatens freedom of religion in the Maldives
Bill’s adoption threatens freedom of religion in the Maldives

The new bill would criminalise speech that “ comments against any tenet of Islam”. Maldivian Christians are forced to practise their faith in secret.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Rio 2016

 
Testifying of Christ at the Olympic pool
Testifying of Christ at the Olympic pool

“Our identity is in Christ”, said synchronized diving medallists Boudia and Johnson. “I'm in the sport to show people I find my happiness with what God's given me”, gold medal swimmer Caeleb Dressel declared.

 
 
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First impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016
First 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.

 
 
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CITIES
Quetta (Pakistan)

 
Bomb blast at Pakistan hospital kills at least 63
Bomb blast at Pakistan hospital kills at least 63

Many lawyers had gathered to mourn a colleague shot dead earlier in the day. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban has said it was behind the bombing.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Jacob – Passing on a blessing
Jacob – Passing on a blessing

The challenge for us is to set aside time to worship the Lord and seek specific prophetic blessings for our children and grandchildren – and for our spiritual children.

 
 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
I am worn out
I am worn out

God has always helped us when we were tired, and in the same way we resemble him when we unconditionally help those who suffer, are tired or depressed.

 
 
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EUROPE
Standard Eurobarometer

 
Immigration and terrorism, Europeans’ biggest concerns
Immigration and terrorism, Europeans’ biggest concerns

Survey was carried out before the last terrorist attacks. Trust in the EU is higher than trust in national governments.

 
 
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FRESH BREEZE
Will Graham

 
Todd Friel: There is no Salvation without Repentance
Todd Friel: There is no Salvation without Repentance

Will Graham caught up with Todd Friel to talk ministry, evangelism, repentance and much more.

 
 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Each moment I am… farther
Each moment I am… farther

Each person will carry his own sin, and that no matter how hard we try we will never be able to do anything to save ourselves or others.

 
 
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CITIES
La Aracuania (Chile)

 
Another evangelical church is burnt in Chile
Another evangelical church is burnt in Chile

Eighteen churches has been burnt in the region. Pamphlets of the Weichan Mapu Auka organization, demanding freedom "for the Mapuche political prisoners" were found nearby.

 
 
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USA elections

 
White evangelicals increasingly support Donald Trump
White evangelicals increasingly support Donald Trump

According to Pew Foundation, eight out of ten white evangelicals support Trump, and "cannot conceive" to vote Hillary Clinton,who has become the first female presidential candidate.

 
 
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CNEF statement

 
The National Council of Evangelicals of France reacts to French church attack
The National Council of Evangelicals of France reacts to French church attack

The CNEF expressed “its sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and to all the Catholics of France”, and called “to testify of the love of Christ in a world in disarray.”

 
 
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CITIES
Ansbach (Germany)

 
Syrian asylum seeker blows himself injuring 12 people in Germany
Syrian asylum seeker blows himself injuring 12 people in Germany

The attacker, who came to Germany two years ago, had his asylum claim rejected after a year and had tried to kill himself twice .

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
The path between dreams
The path between dreams

They beg for a few cents’ worth of affection each day, without realizing they’re sitting on a huge seam of unconditional love…

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
Lost ball
Lost ball

Do not worry about lost balls! Do not be interested in criticism! Do not fear responsibility! God has called you, so he will give you the strength to be restored.

 
 
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WORLD
Jakarta, Indonesia
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About 1,000 young leaders from across the world will reflect on mission at YLG 2016
About 1,000 young leaders from across the world will reflect on mission at YLG 2016

“I see a generation that is humble to build on the wisdom of previous generations, but also bold enough to contextualize it and come up with new initiatives for global mission”, says Sarah Breuel, Chair of the Lausanne Movement Younger Leaders Gathering 2016. 

 
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CULTURE
Books

 
Twelve million adult colouring books sold in USA in 2015
Twelve million adult colouring books sold in USA in 2015

Half of the top ten best sellers in the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association are colouring books. "Coloring itself cannot be called art therapy", an expert says.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Image has become our idol”
“Image has become our idol”

Christian psychologist Lidia Martin analyses the “image-centered” culture in which we live, and how we can put personal care in the right place.

 
 
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From Turkey

 
The situation in Turkey - Some thoughts about the implications for ministry
The situation in Turkey - Some thoughts about the implications for ministry

An increasing atmosphere of Islamic triumphalism in the wake of the coup could potentially put pressure on Christians or increase the threat level for them in Turkey, but for now that threat isn't present.

 
 
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Evangelism restricted
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‘The followers of Christ in Russia will continue preaching the gospel’
‘The followers of Christ in Russia will continue preaching the gospel’

The law that makes evangelism illegal has come into force in Russia, on Wednesday 20th July. The situation is still better than in the URSS days, says evangelist Alex Jaruchik.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Students

 
Talking about suicide
Talking about suicide

800,000 people a year commit suicide. It is the second leading cause of death among people 15-29 years of age. Students in Brazil received training on how to respond from a Biblical perspective.

 
 
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Freedom of speech

 
‘Russian government should respect freedom of speech and assembly’
‘Russian government should respect freedom of speech and assembly’

“Russian Evangelicals are not problematic and radicalised citizens and they should not be treated that way”, says Thomas Bucher, the General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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FROM PRAGUE
Nelleke Wolters

 
A church surrounded by nightclubs
A church surrounded by nightclubs

Is the red light district the best place to have church activities? “When I try to imagine where Jesus would want a church, I definitely think it would be here”, says the pastor of International Church Prague.

 
 
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Turkey 

 
Evangelicals in Turkey: ‘We are safe, please pray’
Evangelicals in Turkey: ‘We are safe, please pray’

Four Spanish pastors describe the situation from the ground. There is “confusion” in Istanbul and Ankara. Explosions are heard in several cities, and “mosques are calling people to go to streets to protest”.

 
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Calais

 
Evangelical church burnt in France
Evangelical church burnt in France

French Minister of the Interior Cazeneuve guarantees the protection of worship places. The CNEF, concerned after second similar incident in just two months.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”

“Many atheists are beginning to see that their loud, aggressive attitude is not working”, says Mathematics Prof. John Lennox in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “We need to spend time to get to know Scripture at beyond a kind of Sunday school class level”.

 
 
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MIND AND HEART
#TopSummer

 
Forgiving and asking for forgiveness
Forgiving and asking for forgiveness

To forgive requires first to be aware, through God’s light, of the dark hidden corners in our own heart.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Geneva

 
Fake human sacrifice filmed at Cern
Fake human sacrifice filmed at Cern

Spokeswoman at high temple of particle physics suggests ‘scientific users’ of the Geneva facility ‘let their humour go too far’ with staging of occult rite.

 
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Nigeria

 
Seven nigerians christians killed in their homes
Seven nigerians christians killed in their homes

Church leaders say attacks on christian communities by the muslims herdsmen constitute a war “by Islam to eliminate christianity” in Nigeria.

 
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LIFE & TECH
France

 
Why burkinis are banned in some French cities
Why burkinis are banned in some French cities

French authorities in several cities in towns have banned the burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Rio 2016

 
Phelps found help in “Purpose Driven Life”
Phelps found help in “Purpose Driven Life”

After a big depression, the 25- time medal winner swimmer says pastor Rick Warren's book Purpose driven life, saved him from suicide.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Susan Mansfield

 
The splendid isolation of Hieronymus Bosch
The splendid isolation of Hieronymus Bosch

His surviving works are rare and are in museums all over the world but, says Susan Mansfield, the Dutch artist remains a man of mystery

 
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FRESH BREEZE
Will Graham
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Where did all these liberals come from?
Where did all these liberals come from?

A brief genealogy of Theological Liberalism.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
The wall of evil (I)
The wall of evil (I)

I rained prayer upon prayer against the walls present in my own life, its injustices, recurrent struggles and other adversities.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
7 ways to guard hearts at church
7 ways to guard hearts at church

We need to be people who guard hearts in the church environment.  Good music and good preaching is not enough.

 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT
Peter Riddell

 
The Turkish Hadith Project
The Turkish Hadith Project

The Hadith reports can take Muslims in many directions: to compassion for widows and orphans, to patriarchal attitudes towards women, to disdain for religious minorities, and to military jihad for the cause of Islam.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo de Chirico

 
Is the ecumenical Martin Luther the real Luther?
Is the ecumenical Martin Luther the real Luther?

The issue at stake is whether or not Luther is to be rescued from himself in order to be heard by the church and the world.

 
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FEATURES
Samuil Petrovski

 
Nick Vujicic Balkan Tour
Nick Vujicic Balkan Tour

Samuil Petrovski, President of the Serbian Evangelical Alliance, and General Secretary of the IFES Serbia writes about the Nick Vujicic’s visit to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro last spring.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
Go(o)d bye, my friend
Go(o)d bye, my friend

The whys and wherefores don’t matter, I just need God

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Cracks are serious
Cracks are serious

We are to forgive first, then either we can bear with, or we need to approach and proactively address the situation.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Calum MacKellar

 
The resistible rise of new eugenics
The resistible rise of new eugenics

Dr Calum MacKellar considers the ethics of the editing of human genes in the creation of embryos

 
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INSTITUTE - LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS
Jack Barentsen

 
Reconciling the Leadership Crisis
Reconciling the Leadership Crisis

I will never be more influential than when I succeed in helping people be reconciled with each other, with their situation, and ultimately with God.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Sunset
Sunset

The distorting effect of the earth’s atmosphere (the refraction of the sun’s rays in its gases) causes the spherical or round shape of the sun to seem altered, depending on where it is in relation to the earth.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Esau – Success?
Esau – Success?

How will we use the gifts God has given to us? What will be remembered for in the way that we have used these gifts?

 
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WORLD
Uganda

 
Former imam loses family and home after turning to Christ

“I had to flee that night, leaving my entire family behind,” said Kuluseni Iguru Tenywa, the father of four children.

 
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Safari Children’s Choir
Safari Children’s Choir

28 boys and girls from Uganda sing songs of hope in a tour through Spain. Photos of a concert at an evangelical church in Terrassa.

 
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LIFE & TECH
United Kingdom

 
Pokémon Go: Church of England becomes PokeStop
Pokémon Go: Church of England becomes PokeStop

The Church has said the game was "a good way to start a conversation that may lead on to other things".

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
As we grow...
As we grow...

At birth, little does it matter to us whether we are disadvantaged or favoured. The only thing that matters is the love of those close to us.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
High price
High price

How much do you value Jesus? How important is he to you? He gave all he had to be one of us. He was willing to die for you and me.

 
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EUROPE
United Kingdom

 
The faith of new Prime Minister Theresa May
The faith of new Prime Minister Theresa May

The daughter of a vicar, she attends a local Anglican church regularly. She supported gay marriage and does not like to speak about her faith in public.

 
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EUROPE
Germany

 
Protestants and Catholics denounce situation of Christian refugees

German Bishops' Conference, and the Protestant Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) issued a joint statement about the harassment and attacks Christian refugees suffer.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Life now
Life now

Too many gospel presentations offer only a ticket to heaven when you die. And too many Christians are walking around with hope of comfort tied exclusively to that end of life anticipation.

 
CULTURE
Archaeology

 
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed

The cemetery has been found outside the walls of the Israelite port city of Ashkelon. The discovery of more than 200 bodies will reveal many details about how the Philistines lived.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Europe
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10 common myths concerning refugees
10 common myths concerning refugees

Myth: The Bible has little to say about refugees. Reality: The Bible is filled with stories of forcible displacement. God clearly expects his people to love the alien.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Rebekah - 15 minutes of fame
Rebekah - 15 minutes of fame

She lived 4,000 years ago and, although she can hardly be called a celebrity, even today people all over the world are still reading about her.

 
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WORLD
Evangelism banned in Russia

 
EEA calls to pray for “wisdom and courage” for Christians in Russia
EEA calls to pray for “wisdom and courage” for Christians in Russia

“The European Evangelical Alliance is extremely concerned about Russia’s new anti-terrorism law, which greatly restricts religious freedom”. Evangelism is no longer allowed outside religious buildings.

 
 

 
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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.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
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.

 
Lindsay Brown: Identity of the Lausanne Movement Lindsay Brown: Identity of the Lausanne Movement

“Identity is shaped by history, values and vision”, the International Director says in this talk given in Spain - November, 2015.

 
David Bookless: Environmental Care David Bookless: Environmental Care

Can Christians ignore the care for creation? Does the Bible have a clear perspective on how we should live? Member of "A Rocha" David Bookless answers several questions and challenges Christians to make a real impact in several areas.

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
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.

 
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Safari Children’s Choir Safari Children’s Choir

28 boys and girls from Uganda sing songs of hope in a tour through Spain. Photos of a concert at an evangelical church in Terrassa.

 
“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.

 
First impressions of ELF 2016 First impressions of ELF 2016

The gospel and Europe. More than 700 participants from across Europe share their experiences and get quality training during the 2016 European Leadership Forum.

 
Lennox: “Atheism, a faith which offers no hope” Lennox: “Atheism, a faith which offers no hope”

The Oxford Mathematics Professor spoke to 230 participants at the 2016 Apologetics Forum (Spain). John Lennox encouraged Christians to ask good questions and listen more. “We should get rid of the idea that apologetics is only for ‘smart’ Christians.”

 
Italian Evangelical Alliance Assembly 2016 Italian Evangelical Alliance Assembly 2016

The Italian Evangelical Alliance celebrated its annual assembly in Rome (8-9 April). The theme was “Evangelical Faith and Roman Catholicism: where are we? Where are we going?”. 

 
#ShareJesus #ShareJesus

Seven Bible verses to explain why Jesus is the central figure of Easter. Images designed by Marina Acuña and Gabriela Pérez.

 
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Do we have to conform to the culture to reach the world with the gospel? Do we have to conform to the culture to reach the world with the gospel?

How can we communicate the gospel faithfully and creatively? What can we learn from the way the culture tells stories?  Evangelist Glen Scrivener talks about it.

 
How has homosexuality become a serious apologetic issue? How has homosexuality become a serious apologetic issue?

Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) on how society misinterprets what Chrisitanity says about homosexuality. 

 
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.

 
Refugees in Europe: Germany Refugees in Europe: Germany

What are the challenges and opportunities that come with the arrival of thousands of refugees to Germany? How can we make sure Muslim asylum seekers understand religious freedom? Marcel Fink (S.A.M.) gives some answers. Watch video (5 min).

 
The case of the Bodnariu:  family life and state The case of the Bodnariu: family life and state

How should Christians and non-believers think about family life and the state? With Peter Saunders (CEO, CMF), Tarjei Gilje (journalist, Dagen), Paul Susman (Legal officer, European Comission), Einar C. Salvesen (Psychologist, Columbia Consulting Ltd.) and Adam Szabados (pastor, Evangelical Church Veszprém). Recorded in Wisla, Poland, during ELF 2016. 

 
Usama Hanna: connecting with Arab refugees Usama Hanna: connecting with Arab refugees

What should be the approach to refugees coming from an Arabic background? What is important to them? How can we talk to them about God? Usama Hanna (MEOS, Switzerland) gives some answers. 

 
Refugees in Europe: Children Refugees in Europe: Children

What are some of the struggles child refugees face? Can church members serve them? What should we have in mind? Whitney Gerdes (IAFR) gives answers. Watch Video (7 min).

 
Refugees in Europe: Identity and integration Refugees in Europe: Identity and integration

How should we integrate asylum seekers coming to Europe? Vimal Vimalasekaran (European Christian Mission) shares his story as a former refugee and gives answers.

 
 
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