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Evangelical church in Switzerland accepts ‘Bitcoin’ offerings
Evangelical church in Switzerland accepts ‘Bitcoin’ offerings

The cryptocurrency, created in 2009, is used by hundreds of thousands. “It will be part of our daily lives”, the church in Zurich says.

 
 
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Interview

 
Policies or character, the dilemma Czech Christians face

A second round will decide the Presidential election later this month. “Until now, it was fashionable to oppose churches and Christianity but this is slowly changing”, says pastor Dan Drápal.

 
 
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Religious Freedom

 
Evangelicals in Bolivia denounce “state abuse”
Evangelicals in Bolivia denounce “state abuse”

The new Penal Code criminalises evangelism and other religious activities. Christian leaders unite to offer “solutions through sincere and proactive dialogue”.

 
 
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Evangelism could be banned in Bolivia
Evangelism could be banned in Bolivia

The new Penal Code to be approved under President Evo Morales sanctions religious “recruitment” with 5 to 12 years of imprisonment.

 
 
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Politics and faith

 
“There is nothing wrong in holding office in Babylon”
“There is nothing wrong in holding office in Babylon”

Former leader of the Liberal Party Tim Farron speaks about his experiences as an evangelical Christian in politics. “In the United States, you have to invent a faith to be taken seriously, in the UK you have to pretend you haven’t got one”.

 
 
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World Watch List 2018

 
Number of Christians murdered increased to more than 3,000 in 2017, says Open Doors
Number of Christians murdered increased to more than 3,000 in 2017, says Open Doors

Intolerance against Christians is highest in Central and Southeast Asia, after North Korea. The situation worsens dramatically in Africa. In Europe, two people were murdered bacause of their faith last year.

 
 
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Workplace

 
Companies in Europe increasingly offer “postponed motherhood” programmes

Employers cover the cost of egg freezing. “The message is that your motherhood is an obstacle”, an expert says.

 
 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Mark Hadley

 
A season of unlikely heroes
A season of unlikely heroes

Films about an empowered orphan, a struggling entertainer, a clumsy bear, a quadriplegic’s wife and a downtrodden boy.

 
 
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“Pilgrims and Foreigners”, the Week of Prayer 2018 in Europe
“Pilgrims and Foreigners”, the Week of Prayer 2018 in Europe

Evangelical Christians will pray together in hundreds of cities across Europe. A prayer guide and a Bible reading plan for mobile devices is now available for everyone to download.

 
 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
The character and the actor in House of Cards
The character and the actor in House of Cards

“It only takes ten seconds to crush a man’s ambitions”, says Frank Underwood before becoming President.

 
 
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Heart
Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
 
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
Marc Madrigal

 
The Wall of Death: The Thanatos inscription
The Wall of Death: The Thanatos inscription

The author of Ephesians makes the point that in Christ the barriers between God and humanity, and the artificial barriers that people have put up against each other are destroyed.

 
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Snow in the Sahara desert
Snow in the Sahara desert

It happened for the third time in 40 years. The image has been captured by the European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. 

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Recycled melodies

Even in an apparently God-forsaken place there is beauty and humanity worthy of a symphony.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
The other cheek
The other cheek

There's nothing like reacting to aggression and scorn with a smile and kindness, turning the other cheek.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Mark Stirling

 
Claire Fox’s ‘I Find That Offensive’
Claire Fox’s ‘I Find That Offensive’

A generation that accepts uncritically that ‘you can’t say that’ will slide from unwillingness to inability to disagree with or critique the propaganda it is relentlessly fed.

 
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
Marc Madrigal

 
Adad-Nirari III: Jonah’s Assyrian King?
Adad-Nirari III: Jonah’s Assyrian King?

It is possible that the unnamed deliverer who saved the kingdom of Israel from the oppression and threat of the Arameans is none other than Adad-Nirari III himself.

 
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Evangelical Focus is 3 years old
Evangelical Focus is 3 years old

As we start our fourth year, we thank God for His Grace, and all our readers for your support.

 
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Samuel Escobar

 
Latin America: The Catholic Church ‘imitates’ popular Protestantism
Latin America: The Catholic Church ‘imitates’ popular Protestantism

Although a postmodern stance toward faith relegates theological issues to the background, they are indispensable for understanding the missionary reality.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
The carob tree
The carob tree

In ancient times carob pods were used to feed horses, donkeys and pigs, though they could also be used as a source of food for humans.

 
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Leonardo De Chirico

 
Did Pope Francis say ‘mission’?
Did Pope Francis say ‘mission’?

The recent papal journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh provides an entry point into the applied missiology of the Pope.

 
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He is...
He is...

A video about Colossians 1:15-20.

 
 

 
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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".

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
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.

 
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.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
He is... He is...

A video about Colossians 1:15-20.

 
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. 

 
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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