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Report

 
Evangelicals in India recorded 325 incidents against Christians last year

The Evangelical Fellowhsip of India publishes a detailed report of attacks against Christians in 2018. They ask the government to “ensure the rule of law and the security of religious minorities”.

 
 
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EUROPE
Public square

 
Campaign targeting “religious bigots” was inappropriate, Scottish minister admits
Campaign targeting “religious bigots” was inappropriate, Scottish minister admits

“Dear Bigots, you can’t spread your religious hate here. End of sermon”, read government-paid posters on public transport.

 
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CITIES
Spain

 
“We care too much about the majority, but respecting minorities is more important”
“We care too much about the majority, but respecting minorities is more important”

The President of the Spanish region of Murcia opened Idea2019, the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. “If there were many evangelicals, this region would be better”.

 
 
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Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today
Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today

In an interview, Lindsay Brown analyses three challenges for the church in Europe and elsewhere and how they can be turned into opportunities for the gospel.

 
 
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EUROPE
Prostitution

 
Spaniards ask the government to develop a law against human trafficking
Spaniards ask the government to develop a law against human trafficking

More than 40.000 signatures support an online petition in favour of a law that fights against mafias, penalises the customer of prostitution and protects women. “Spain is the third country of the world in consumption of prostitution”.

 
 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
Additional needs: Acceptance is a choice
Additional needs: Acceptance is a choice

If disabled people were a nation, they would be the third most populous in the world (after China and India). Surely they deserve for us to keep fighting with them to change perceptions, change reality, and yes, change the world.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Action

 
No exit: child soldiers with no alternatives
No exit: child soldiers with no alternatives

Thousands of children are recruited as a result of financial poverty, kidnappings, extorsion and armed conflicts, says World Vision.

 
 
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FEATURES
Andrew Messmer

 
Spain’s only Reformation Confession of Faith published and available in English
Spain’s only Reformation Confession of Faith published and available in English

Did you know that a small group of Spaniards wrote a confession of faith in London after being exiled from their country?

 
 
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WORLD
Southern Baptist Convention

 
Journalistic investigation reveals more than 700 sexual abuse cases in SBC churches

The leadership of the biggest evangelical denomination of the United States reacts: “Courage and grace of these survivors is contrasted with the horrific depravity of those who would use the name of Jesus to prey on them”.

 
 
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CITIES
Italy

 
Plaque of the Martin Luther square in Rome shattered
Plaque of the Martin Luther square in Rome shattered

“We lament this act of vandalism”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance. The square was named in 2015 and is one of the signs of religious diversity in the Italian capital.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Mercedes McGuire

 
Media: The architect of perspective?
Media: The architect of perspective?

Thinking biblically about public life begins with framing reality according to the Word of God.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Goshawk
Goshawk

It has a wing-span of 70 cm, and mainly preys on small forest birds.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Treasure hunters
Treasure hunters

We forget that life quickly passes by and we will leave everything we have attained here.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Life-changing and applicational preaching – Same thing?
Life-changing and applicational preaching – Same thing?

True biblical preaching should always be potentially life-changing, and not at just the superficial level of traditional “to-do list” applications.

 
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Can science explain everything?
Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
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EUROPE
Students and mission

 
‘Revive Europe’: 40 countries, 40 weeks of prayer
‘Revive Europe’: 40 countries, 40 weeks of prayer

Ten months of prayer start with Italy, Belgium and Cyprus. “We are longing for God to turn the tide for the gospel in Europe”.

 
CULTURE
Interview

 
A film about evangelist Luis Palau to be released in April
A film about evangelist Luis Palau to be released in April

“I had one of the most moving moments of my life during the film”, says Argentinian actor Gaston Pauls, who plays the role of Luis Palau.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Eating oats
Eating oats

The lack of food would remind the Israelites of the fact that when they were in the desert, and were hungry, they were fed by God. However, now, having turned their backs on God, they would suffer hunger again.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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.

 
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’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
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Christians in Venezuela: Citizens and children of God Christians in Venezuela: Citizens and children of God

Prayer, truth, dialogue between the parties and justice are some of the actions of the Church in Venezuela.

 
10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu 10,000 signatures ask for action to release Nigerian Christian Leah Sharibu

After one year in captivity, “the least we can do is to stand with her, to protest and to pray until we see her released”, says Mervyn Thomas of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

 
Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today

In an interview, Lindsay Brown analyses three challenges for the church in Europe and elsewhere and how they can be turned into opportunities for the gospel.

 
Can science explain everything? Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
 
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