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Davos debates “the need to bring the economy closer to society”
Davos debates “the need to bring the economy closer to society”

World leaders gather to address technology and climate changes issues in the World Economic Forum, a meeting that “has become more political”, according to economic experts.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Interview

 
“The church must read the signs of the times”
“The church must read the signs of the times”

Peruvian theologian Samuel Escobar analyses the decade from a missionary perspective: the changes in Christianity, the role of migration in evangelism, and the work for justice.

 
 
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EUROPE
Trial
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‘She should not have died...’
‘She should not have died...’

If Tine Nys’s euthanasia was illegal, then the three doctors could face a sentence for murder. Belgium faces a deep debate about a law that allows euthanasia for mentally ill people – and children.

 
 
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WORLD
Persecuted Christians

 
Order issued to close church building in Oran, Algeria

The 2006 law requires non-Muslim worship buildings to be licensed, but all applications to do so have remained unattended. “We all know that these laws are only there to muzzle Christians and other religious minorities”.

 
 
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WORLD
Latin America

 
Panama evangelicals condemn massacre carried out by religious cult
Panama evangelicals condemn massacre carried out by religious cult

Six children and a pregnant woman were killed and fifteen more tortured in the region of Ngäbe Buglé. The Evangelical Alliance says the group had no links with evangelical churches.

 
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CULTURE
Cinema

 
Three films with Christian values, nominated for the Oscars
Three films with Christian values, nominated for the Oscars

True stories about a slave turned abolitionist; a pastor who impacted US society; and one mother’s strong love and faith in the face of impossible odds.

 
 
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WORLD
Islamic terrorism

 
Three Christian teachers killed in Northeast Kenya

The attackers arrived at the primary boarding school in Kamuthe, Garissa County, as the teachers were sleeping. “One of the attackers said, ‘We cannot allow infidels to teach our children,’ and there and then fired at three teachers”.

 
 
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FEATURES
Analysis

 
5 trends from World Watch List 2020 (I)
5 trends from World Watch List 2020 (I)

The spread of violent Islamic militancy across Sub-Saharan Africa and South-east Asia, and the rise of Christians targeted by organized crime in Latin America, are some of the trends of the 2020 Open Doors WWL.

 
 
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Photos: European Week of Prayer
Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Jen Kyriacou

 
Don’t be scared of my disabled child
Don’t be scared of my disabled child

After a week away enjoying the sun and swimming with our gorgeous girl, it came to my attention that the general public is desperately in need of some guidance around interacting with kids with disabilities and their families.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Weight of evidence preaching: 5 lessons learned
Weight of evidence preaching: 5 lessons learned

While you may use multiple texts, it is not primarily to build the main idea, but rather to reinforce the main idea.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Jonathan Tame

 
When God asks the questions
When God asks the questions

Why God’s four questions in Genesis 3 should still be asked today.

 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT
Tonje Belibi

 
Spirituality and values in the Disney universe
Spirituality and values in the Disney universe

Many Disney movies mix Judaeo-Christian teaching with other religious elements and spirituality and then ‘put some magic on top’ as the final solution for making your dreams come true.

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
Would Jesus be welcomed at your church if he arrived with disabled children?
Would Jesus be welcomed at your church if he arrived with disabled children?

Jesus didn’t establish his church to be a place where only people that fitted in were welcome; he railed and raged against that very thinking 2,000 years ago.

 
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FEATURES
Pau Abad

 
The curse of Haiti
The curse of Haiti

In Haiti I have perceived, more than anywhere else, that physical battles are also spiritual battles, and that visible suffering is the result of the invisible tension between the world of darkness and the light of Christ.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Matt Williams

 
Money won’t fix it: Diagnosing poverty today
Money won’t fix it: Diagnosing poverty today

Concern for the poor, starting with those within the Christian ‘family’, is laced through the fabric of the Gospels and Epistles.

 
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EUROPE
Mission

 
Behold Europe launched to equip young evangelists in local churches
Behold Europe launched to equip young evangelists in local churches

Participants from 12 countries met near Barcelona. “The gift of the evangelist was stirred afresh as we prayed, worshipped and dared to ask God for Europe”.

 
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Music

 
‘Why would You give and then take him away’
‘Why would You give and then take him away’

Well-known Christian rapper TobyMac writes song about the passing of his son. “It felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise”.

 
 

 
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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.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
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.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
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Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election

Many hope their effort will inspire a new generation of political representatives with a strong Christian faith. “God has a long-term plan”.

 
Why does the Roman Catholic Church mandate that priests remain celibate? Why does the Roman Catholic Church mandate that priests remain celibate?

“There is no biblical reason for the imposition of celibacy as the status of pastors or priests”, says Vatican expert and evangelical theologian Leonardo De Chirico.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
Families forced to leave homes in Chiapas Families forced to leave homes in Chiapas

Requests for government intervention were ignored, and nearby churches are providing the displaced believers with emergency supplies and lodging.

 
‘There’s a dragon in my nativity’ ‘There’s a dragon in my nativity’

“At this nativity, arose another player. The baby wrapped in swaddling cloths — He was a dragon slayer”. A Christmas story by Speak Life.

 
World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights

The World Evangelical Alliance's General Assembly 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia, brought together 800 evangelicals from 92 countries to pray, worship and cast vision for the new decade of holistic discipleship.

 
 
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