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Religious freedom

 
Pressure on Christians heats up in Nepal

In a rash of recent actions against Christians in Nepal, an alcoholic who became violent during an intervention had Christian leaders arrested on forcible conversion charges, and a foreign couple was deported.

 
 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The Judas Tree
The Judas Tree

The varying and changing climate in the Bible lands allowed for a wide variety of trees, which took root everywhere from the high, and very cold, mountain regions of Mt. Hermon to the hot Negev desert and the shores of the Dead Sea.

 
 
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Analysis

 
An ‘other Syria’?
An ‘other Syria’?

Representatives of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria explained in Brussels their social model for a post-war Syria. The initiative for the cooperation was taken by the Christians, in collaboration with Muslims and other groups.

 
 
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GDPR

 
EU Court: Jehovah’s Witnesses door-to-door preaching does not comply with data protection laws
EU Court: Jehovah’s Witnesses door-to-door preaching does not comply with data protection laws

The European Court of Justice sides with Finnish data protection authorities. Preachers will have to inform about the personal data collected during their campaigns.

 
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CITIES
Sex trafficking

 
City sends fines for using prostitution to offenders’ homes
City sends fines for using prostitution to offenders’ homes

Gavà (in Spain) fights sexual slavery by putting pressure on clients. “Are you enjoying this? She is not”, a campaign against sexual exploitation says.

 
 
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Identity

 
Evangelical Christians should “encourage public debate” about a European refoundation

The increase in diplomatic tensions between France and Italy reopen the debate about the future of the European Union. “Our ties are found in Christ and are so much stronger than these political games”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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WORLD
World Evangelical Alliance

 
Evangelicals tell United Nations Iran should stop prosecuting Christians on false charges
Evangelicals tell United Nations Iran should stop prosecuting Christians on false charges

“We love our country, we pray for our authorities, and we have no intentions against our government”, Iranian Christian Dabrina Bet Tamraz told the UN Human Rights Council.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Radicals set evangelical centre on fire in Chile
Radicals set evangelical centre on fire in Chile

Hooded attackers forced the people inside the centre to leave the building. Small Mapuche groups have been attacking churches since 2016.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Nominal Christianity

 
Mission to nominal Christians is an urgent priority, the Lausanne Movement says
Mission to nominal Christians is an urgent priority, the Lausanne Movement says

“One third of the world call themselves ‘Christians’, but a significant proportion of them are missing... Something has to change!”, the statement of the 2018 Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity reads.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Bioethics

 
Spain’s new euthanasia bill is “opportunistic”, evangelicals say

“Prioritising the decriminalisation of euthanasia over the provision of resources for palliative care is not a progressive policy, but the verification of a failure of the government and society”, the Spanish Evangelical Alliance says.

 
 
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EUROPE
Analysis

 
“We easily forget that 85% of all the refugees are not coming to Europe”
“We easily forget that 85% of all the refugees are not coming to Europe”

Arie de Pater, Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance: “There is a tendency to call the migrant the problem, feeding a rhetoric in which we, Europeans, are the victims. But that is not the case”.

 
 
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Public arena

 
Evangelicals strengthen dialogue with the authorities in France
Evangelicals strengthen dialogue with the authorities in  France

The National Council of Evangelicals of France organised a training meeting under the theme “Dialoguing with the authorities, a necessity for building the future”, which included a visit to the National Assembly.

 
 
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WORLD
Nicaragua

 
Nicaragua: “Evangelical churches have not been brave enough to lead the people in the midst of this crisis”

Nicaraguan pastor and author Amilcar Kraudy, analyses the role of the evangelical church in deep socio-political crisis. “I believe that there is a time to pray, but there is also a time to move forward”.

 
 
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Fake news

 
Spanish Evangelical Federation sues ‘Telecinco’ television
Spanish Evangelical Federation sues ‘Telecinco’ television

The most viewed television broadcaster falsely accused an evangelical pastor of pederasty.

 
 
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WORLD
Latin America

 
Winner of Mexico presidential election will work with evangelical coalition partners

López Obrador’s historic victory against the two traditional parties is seen as a call to end corruption. ES, a party lead by evangelical Christians, will use its influence as a partner of the new President to protect family values.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Bulgarian evangelicals worried about “restrictive and discriminative” bill on faith minorities
Bulgarian evangelicals worried about “restrictive and discriminative” bill on faith minorities

All ministers of faith minorities representing less than 1% of the population “would be required to be Bulgarian citizens, having graduated theology in this country”, explains Vlady Raichinov, Vice President of the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Gauguin’s Blue
Gauguin’s Blue

The painting portrays Gauguin’s struggle with the meaning of existence.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Pass the torch
Pass the torch

Life is like a relay race. As we grow up, others are already running, and the day comes when they pass the baton.

 
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CITIES
Freedom of speech

 
English Mayor resigns over accusations of homophobia

Pastor Richard Smith was elected Mayor of Ferryhill in May. “My faith in Christ is what drives me to help people regardless of their faith, colour, culture, sexuality, or political persuasion”, he said.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Marginally helpful preacher metaphors (II)
Marginally helpful preacher metaphors (II)

A good preacher of poetry does for listeners what a gallery guide might do for me: lead me beyond first impressions, cause me to slow down and start to feel with the artist.

 
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FEATURES
X. Manuel Suárez

 
Romans 13 - Submitting to the authority
Romans 13 - Submitting to the authority

The Bible shows us examples of legitimate opposition to the abuse of power by those in authority, and it is not simply limited to the subject of preaching the Gospel.

 
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WORLD
Thailand

 
Twelve children and their coach, rescued after 17 days trapped in a cave
Twelve children and their coach, rescued after 17 days trapped in a cave

The risky diving rescue operation spread over three days. One of the boys is a Christian. “It’s the love that God gives to our family”, said his parents after the rescue.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Calum Samuelson

 
The World Cup dilemma
The World Cup dilemma

It would be good to penalize the blatant human rights abuses in Qatar rather than applauding them by letting bonded labourers build the new stadiums for World Cup 2022.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
The lost kingdom of Jurassic Park
The lost kingdom of Jurassic Park

We cannot be what we want to be, because we are not infinite creators but finite and dependent creatures.

 
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VIDEO

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Remember you are only human
Remember you are only human

There are people who have always believed, and always will, that they can do without God in their lives.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Why does the world exist?
Why does the world exist?

The purpose of the world is a grand but also a personal question.

 
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FEATURES
Michael Gowen

 
British Christians and Brexit
British Christians and Brexit

To claim that somehow Britain is morally superior to the other 27 countries of the EU is a dangerously arrogant position to take.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
‘Wild Wild Country’: When paradise becomes a nightmare
‘Wild Wild Country’: When paradise becomes a nightmare

How is it possible to conceive that intelligent people could worship Osho as a god? Because, like Sheela, by worshiping him they were serving themselves.

 
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VIDEO

 
How should parents talk to their children about sex?
How should parents talk to their children about sex?

Adults generally are thinking about data and figures, but young people look at everything through a relational lens. Dave Patty, President of Josiah Venture.

 
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FRESH BREEZE
Will Graham

 
Was Jesus Really God?
Was Jesus Really God?

A brief defence of the deity of Christ.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Moses – Encounter
Moses – Encounter

Straightaway he replies, “Here I am”, and that begins a conversation with God which ends up with him choosing to abandon his comfortable lifestyle and to lead the Israelites out of slavery.

 
 

 
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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.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
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".

 
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Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
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.

 
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Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
Trailer: “The Peace Between” Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
How can churches better support singles? How can churches better support singles?

Tina Tschage, on some areas in which other Christians can encourage singles.

 
The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines

The Kirk has begun official procedures to investigate the status and the role of the Westminster Confession of Faith within its denomination.

 
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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