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Africa

 
Zimbabwe's President to face impeachment after refusing to resign
Zimbabwe's President to face impeachment after refusing to resign

If the impeachment is backed, President Mugabe could be removed by Wednesday. The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe calls to pray “to discern the next direction for us as a nation”.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
A breath of beauty
A breath of beauty

Beauty, at least the kind of beauty the impressionists captured, can for now be only momentary.

 
 
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EUROPE
Universities and the gospel

 
European university evangelists met in Prague
European university evangelists met in Prague

About 110 people from 35 countries analysed the impact of the gospel in the European student context. Os Guiness, John Lennox, Lindsay Brown, Rebecca Manley Pippert and Michael Green shared at the FEUER gathering.

 
 
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‘Yes’ gets 61%

 
Australian Christians react to same-sex marriage vote
Australian Christians react to same-sex marriage vote

The Anglican Church and other evangelical movements such as Hillsong ask the parliament to protect freedom of speech in the new legislation.

 
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EUROPE
Catalan crisis

 
Assemblies of God call not to ‘aggravate the social breach’ in Spain-Catalonia
Assemblies of God call not to ‘aggravate the social breach’ in Spain-Catalonia

The denomination has hundreds of churches across the country. In a statement, they call Christians to model forgiveness and distance themselves from “those who attack others verbally, physically or intellectually”.

 
 
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WORLD
 Kermanshah

 
Hundreds killed in Iran-Iraq earthquake

Thousands injured and 70’000 need shelter in the predominantely Kurdish region. Tremors were felt as far away as Israel and Turkey.

 
 
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WORLD
Middle East

 
Yemen famine could cause millions of victims

After the Saudi-led coalition blockade, Yemen faces “the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Some seven million people are on the brink of famine”, the UN warns.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Religion and violence
Religion and violence

The more of Christ we have in the world, the more peace and human flourishing we will have.

 
 
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EUROPE
Negotiations

 
Brexit negotiations stuck in the first phase

The European Union demands the UK to clarify how much it is willing to pay for previous commitments made as a member state. Negotiationg a trade deal will be discussed later, sources say.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Faith and politics

 
Angela Merkel: “While being imperfect, we receive God’s grace”
Angela Merkel: “While being imperfect, we receive God’s grace”

Speaking in Wittenberg on 31 October, the German Chancellor said the Reformation anniversary is “a great opportunity to strengthen the awareness about the Christian roots in our society”.

 
 
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Attack

 
Gunman attacks Baptist church in Texas, 26 dead

The attacker opened fire against the congregation of a evangelical church in the small comunity of Sutherland Springs. Several children among the victims of “evil act”, the deadliest church shooting in US history.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Reformation 2017

 
“The Reformers came to see that what people need is the Word of God”

Theologian Michael Reeves explores some of the lessons we can learn from how the Reformers learned to preach Christ half a millennia ago.

 
 
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EUROPE
Eastern Europe

 
Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi supports Reformation events
Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi supports Reformation events

World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero and national evangelical leaders meet the Kosovan Head of State. Thaçi underlines his commitment to religious freedom and inter-faith dialogue.

 
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CITIES
Pontevedra

 
Portuguese and Galician Christians gather for annual regional meeting

The gatherings, which started in 1967, are promoted by the Scripture Union of Galicia (Spain) and Portugal, the evangelical church of Marín and the Brethren Assemblies.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Networking

 
Christians working against sexual exploitation gathered in Berlin to “speak with one voice”
Christians working against sexual exploitation gathered in Berlin to “speak with one voice”

The European Freedom Network, formed by more than 200 partner organisations, becomes a legal entity. Experts, campaigners and Christian workers shared resources at the 2017 “Bridge” conference.

 
 
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FEATURES
Samuel Escobar

 
Larin America: What Catholics have “learned” from Protestants
Larin America: What Catholics have “learned” from Protestants

The key question is whether Catholicism can consider popular Protestantism as God´s work. It is the same question that many traditional Protestant denominations also ask themselves.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Slave Masters
Slave Masters

There is a slavery that is all the more insidious for being largely hidden and undetected: the slavery of sin.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Call the Masseur!
Call the Masseur!

Whatever you do, you can't heal your worst wound. That's why God provides a remedy.

 
FAMILY
Study

 
Smartphones, tablets, and the negative effects on children

The use of these devices at an early age “causes lack of interaction and impairs the healthy development of their senses”, pediatricians around the world are saying.

 
CULTURE
Poll

 
‘Protestant’, ‘evangelical’, ‘evangelical Protestant’?
‘Protestant’, ‘evangelical’, ‘evangelical Protestant’?

In Europe, Christians tend to use one term or another dependening on the cultural background of their country. How would you describe yourself? Vote.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Rain - From Jerusalem to the Dead Sea
Rain - From Jerusalem to the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea area - situated some 400 metres below sea level - only gets 150 to 200 per square metre per year.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
It’s never too late
It’s never too late

No-one can consider themselves too old to serve the Lord and others.

 
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FRESH BREEZE
Will Graham

 
William Grimshaw’s Covenant with God

How an eighteenth-century preacher dedicated his life to Christ.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo De Chirico

 
Where does Pope Francis stand on the Doctrine of Justification?
Where does Pope Francis stand on the Doctrine of Justification?

On the surface, the Pope’s comments on justification seem to be very biblical and indeed very Protestant.

 
SCIENCE
Science and faith

 
A feast for God’s Word and God’s World
A feast for God’s Word and God’s World

About 90 delegates attended the European Creation Care and the Gospel conference in Nice (France). Chris Wright: “Whatever we do to God’s creation either points to, or diminishes, God’s glory”.

 
AI

 
A new religion to worship Artificial Intelligence
A new religion to worship Artificial Intelligence

Former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski, founds Way of the Future, which aims “to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of society”.

 
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FORUM OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS
Daryl McCarthy

 
Here I stand — The protest that saved the Church and changed the World (I)
Here I stand — The protest that saved the Church and changed the World (I)

Five hundred years later, the Solas give us as followers of Jesus our identity. When people ask, “What makes you an evangelical?”, we can respond with the five solas.

 
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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”.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Graceful writing
Graceful writing

To offer a penetrating and nuanced vision of grace, like Victor Hugo does in Les Misérables, takes an attentive, serene, generous, creative, and skillful pen.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
You asked for it
You asked for it

Christian forgiveness is not about remorse, saying certain words, or having certain feelings. It's given and received without conditions.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
The passage of time
The passage of time

When we are young we think that we are going to live forever. Death is something that we never talk about.

 
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CITIES
Italy

 
From Wittenberg 1517 to Trent 2017
From Wittenberg 1517 to Trent 2017

Evangelical Reformed Baptist Churches gathered in Trent to express their commitment to Protestant values. Evangelicals celebrate Reformation in Rome’s Martin Luther Square.

 
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WINDOW ON EUROPE
Jeff Fountain

 
Coincidence?
Coincidence?

In those regions which embraced the Reformation, Halloween came to be seen as incompatible with Biblical teaching.

 
SCIENCE
Science and faith

 
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse

According to researchers, the solar eclipse took place on 30 October 1207 BC. If the words in Joshua “are describing a real observation, then a major astronomical event was taking place”.

 
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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.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Schaeffer, a legacy of tears
Schaeffer, a legacy of tears

In search of authenticity (5). Schaeffer taught me how to mourn for the world, instead of judging it. He was a man of God who served as a prophet for his generation, which he understood so well.

 
 

 
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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. 

 
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.

 
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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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.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 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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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”.

 
“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
“Remember you are dust” “Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
Walk Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
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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