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Bioethics debate in Europe
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EUROPE
More time in power

 
Turkey will give more powers to President Erdogan

Plans for a new constitution would make it easier for the head of state to order a state of emergency. The post of Prime Minister could be abolished. 

 
 
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EUROPE
Public faith

 
Is Britain a ‘Christian country’? It depends on whom you ask
Is Britain a ‘Christian country’? It depends on whom you ask

Just over half of the general population believes Britain is a “Christian country”, but only one third of those aged 18-24 agrees. Citizens want politicians to understand religion well, a survey shows.

 
 
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Christians in France

 
Three new evangelical churches open in France every month
Three new evangelical churches open in France every month

The number of worship places has increased tenfold in 60 years. There are 650,000 evangelical Christians in France, a new study shows.

 
 
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WORLD
World Watch List 2017

 
WWL 2017: Persecution on the rise in India and Southeast Asia
WWL 2017: Persecution on the rise in India and Southeast Asia

According to Open Doors, 215 million Christians suffer “high, very high or extreme persecution”. North Korea continues at the top of the World Watch List. Africa is the region in which more Christians are killed because of their faith.

 
 
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EUROPE
Financial challenge

 
Norway broke ties with its State Church – What will happen next?
Norway broke ties with its State Church – What will happen next?

“Resources are getting scarcer and no doubt the local churches and its members will have to take on a heavier financial responsibility in the future”, explains Parish pastor Haakon Kessel. 

 
 
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EUROPE
Up to -40ºC 

 
A cold wave strikes Europe
A cold wave strikes Europe

Dozens have died in Poland, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Russia. The European Commission warns about the situation of many refugees.

 
 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
David Robertson

 
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?

Any society that wants to survive must care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst.

 
 
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EDITORIAL
Our 2nd birthday

 
Two years of Evangelical Focus
Two years of Evangelical Focus

Since January 2015, we have published 2,111 contents.

 
 
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SECRET BELIEVERS
Open Doors Spain

 
Markus and the question that changed everything
Markus and the question that changed everything

Young Markus had been an ambitious Muslim. He studied in an Islamic university led by his father and his mission was to reach out to Christian youth and lead them to the “right path”.

 
 
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EUROPE
Refugees

 
Asylum seeker who attacked woman reading Bible has “personal problems”, says police
Asylum seeker who attacked woman reading Bible has “personal problems”, says police

The incident will not have much influence on the public opinion, pastor in Austria tells Evangelical Focus.

 
 
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CITIES
Basel

 
End-of-year youth camp challenged 6,500 to rediscover ‘The Book’
End-of-year youth camp challenged 6,500 to rediscover ‘The Book’

The youth event in Switzerland had live music, international speakers and time to study Scripture in small groups. “We love the #Bible and we are fascinated by it”.

 
 
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MIND AND HEART
Pablo Martínez

 
Being before doing (I): Looking for priorities in our life
Being before doing (I): Looking for priorities in our life

Apparently, we all agree that the value of a person doesn’t depend as much from their doing as from their being. But, what does the world understand by being? 

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The moon clock
The moon clock

As the psalmist says, the Moon has enabled mankind to measure time with remarkable accuracy, and to reflect on the nature of the cosmos.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
Something unimportant happened to me!
Something unimportant happened to me!

I am listening to Revelation 21 which talks to me about God’s house, with its foundations of precious stones... I stop: - ‘Precious stones!’

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
That people may see us
That people may see us

There is a danger that we can all fall into - to do things only for others to admire us.

 
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CHURCH PLANTING IN EUROPE
Ishak Ghatas

 
Muslims and the need for church planting
Muslims and the need for church planting

For the Muslim convert, the feeling of being at home includes the aspects of fellowship (“sharing things in common”), and growing into a sense of shared ownership as partners.

 
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WORLD
The Philippines

 
Filipino President declares January as “National Bible Month”

President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation defines the Bible as “fitting and proper for the molding of the spiritual, moral and social fiber of our citizenry.”

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Moby’s complicated life
Moby’s complicated life

His autobiography “Porcelain”, introduces us this militant vegetarian, who defends animal rights, does not drink, smoke or take drugs, but confesses being addicted to porn.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Down syndrome

 
Dutch Minister of Health says society should accept that less Down’s are born
Dutch Minister of Health says society should accept that less Down’s are born

All pregnant women in the Netherlands will have access to the Non Invasive Prenatal Testing to know if they have children with Down syndrome.

 
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AUDIO

 
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
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SECRET BELIEVERS
Open Doors Spain

 
Yemen: Faith flourishes in the midst of war
Yemen: Faith flourishes in the midst of war

Jamil, a former Muslim: “Yemenis follow Christ with all their hearts. There is no way back. We all know that. Becoming a Christian will cost you much”.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Joseph – The arrogance of youth
Joseph – The arrogance of youth

God did not look at the arrogant young Joseph and say, ‘That’s it. He’s blown it. I can’t do anything with him.’ Not at all.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
Face to face
Face to face

To speak evil of others is the sport practised by 99% of cowards, those who are afraid to solve their own problems face to face.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The earwig
The earwig

Earwigs are calm and peaceful insects which feed on aphids and sea-slug eggs, which makes them beneficial for agriculture. 

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Deep Questions
Deep Questions

The fact of Jesus’ death for us is an objective truth that should grip us and reassure us. Was I wanted? Most definitely, yes. The cross has proven that!

 
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VIDEO

 
You-To live-How?
You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
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FEATURES
María Fe Zúñiga

 
I respect you
I respect you

Have I ever felt hated or rejected or made fun of? Yes, I have.

 
 

 
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AUDIOS Audios
 
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
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.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
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. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
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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‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’ ‘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.

 
Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability… Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability…

About 70 people from diverse evangelical backgrounds met for the Spanish annual Lausanne Movement gathering. They discussed how the church can respond to 10 social challenges in the country.

 
Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel

Movement Day Global Cities brought together 3,500 participants from 90 countries. About 50 speakers reflected in New York on the impact of the gospel in the big metropolis.

 
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.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
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You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
Jerusalem and the Messiah Jerusalem and the Messiah

‘This is the place where the Messiah chose to come, die and... return’. A video produced by Alto Concept.

 
The impact of investigative journalism on the Church The impact of investigative journalism on the Church

Journalistic research is key to help Christians think about the implications of their faith, says Finnish journalist Leif Nummela. 

 
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god? Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?

If we could all just affirm that everybody worships the same God, would there be much more peace in the world? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity gives answers.

 
“If I died tomorrow…” “If I died tomorrow…”

The new song of Spanish folk band ‘Papel Maché’ is about the hope of life after death.

 
“Who can help me? I want to become a Christian” “Who can help me? I want to become a Christian”

Nikos Stefanidis of ‘Helping Hands’ in Athens (Greece) shares the story of an Afghan lady who decided to follow Jesus.

 
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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