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Conference

 
European Christian nurses gather to strengthen relationships and face new challenges

Thirty-three nurses participate in the NCFI leaders conference to build up the work amongst them in Europe. “Our identity in Christ is what makes the difference”, a participant says.

 
 
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WORLD
Latin America

 
Evo Morales leaves Bolivia as evangelical churches “pray for a transition to bring political stability”

“In these last protests against electoral fraud, the churches were with the people, praying in the streets”, an evangelical pastor explains.

 
 
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WORLD
Evangelicals

 
With a recalibrated vision WEA commits to further God’s Kingdom
With a recalibrated vision WEA commits to further God’s Kingdom

A line borrowed from the Lord’s Prayer, “Your Kingdom Come”, served as main theme of the summit, uniting 92 national alliances. The General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance closed on 13 November with a final pledge.

 
 
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FAMILY
Min19

 
Evangelical congress on childhood starts a “movement of renewal and commitment” in Spanish churches
Evangelical congress on childhood starts a “movement of renewal and commitment” in Spanish churches

600 adults and children gathered in Madrid for the Protestant Congress on the Ministry with Infancy and Family. An intergenerational programme addressed the challenges in society, the model of Jesus Christ, and the role of families and local churches.

 
 
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SCIENCE
Human origin

 
Children of Botswana?
Children of Botswana?

Genetic research places the first human beings in the South African country. Christian scientists say the study is inconclusive and the debate about our origins will continue.

 
 
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CULTURE
USA

 
‘Jesus is King’: Kanye West’s album is number 1
‘Jesus is King’: Kanye West’s album is number 1

The new songs of the influential hip hop artist have been streamed 197 million times in the United States in the first week. West’s mission, he says, is “to spread the gospel”.

 
 
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CITIES
Crime

 
Evangelical pastor arrested in Madrid, charged with rape
Evangelical pastor arrested in Madrid, charged with rape

According to the police, the person under arrest is acused of sexually assaulting a 17 year old girl inside the church building. Neither the pastor nor the community are part of the Spanish Federation of Evangelical Entities.

 
 
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EUROPE
Christian doctrine

 
Swiss Protestant Church votes to allow same-sex marriages
Swiss Protestant Church votes to allow same-sex marriages

The Swiss Evangelical Alliance and free evangelical churches say it is “a step in the wrong direction”.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
IDOP

 
IDOP 2019: “Persecuted but not abandoned”

This year International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is on November 10th. One out of every nine professing Christians face persecution, isolation and violence worldwide.

 
 
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FEATURES
Danny Webster

 
Faith, hope and love at the coming UK general election
Faith, hope and love at the coming UK general election

If we look through the history of the church, we see time and time again that Christians have stood up in the public sphere as agents of change for the good of society. We need such people now.

 
 
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SCIENCE
Car crash

 
Co-founder, CEO of Christian environmentalist organisation A Rocha die in car crash
Co-founder, CEO of Christian environmentalist organisation A Rocha die in car crash

International director Chris Naylor and his wife Susanna lost their lives in a “horrific car accident” in South Africa, A Rocha said in a statement. Co-founder Miranda Harris also died.

 
 
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CULTURE
Sexual exploitation

 
Spanish short film used to make Romanian teens aware of sex trafficking
Spanish short film used to make Romanian teens aware of sex trafficking

“Pasarea” (‘bird’ in Romanian) is now available online for free. “We are in touch with organizations that use the film in the prevention work with young girls”, director Mikaela Bruce says.

 
 
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IMAGES

 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church
Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Asterix holds out
Asterix holds out

The ending of Asterix books reminds us the Story par excellence, the Bible - banquets point to our yearning for a happy ending.

 
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EUROPE
Economy

 
Is the Vatican in bankruptcy?
Is the Vatican in bankruptcy?

A book recently published says the institution loses 120,000 euros a day. “The situation has become worse with Francisco”, Vatican expert Leonardo De Chirico says.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Israel – A Kingdom of Priests
Israel – A Kingdom of Priests

The Israelites in Moses’ time kept God at a distance and, if we are honest with ourselves, we often struggle with this today. Yet the promise remains: Come near to God and he will come near to you.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Last, but not for long
Last, but not for long

While we are in this life we are still engaged in waging war against sin, despite the fact that it has no lawful power over us.

 
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VIDEO

 
‘We should not hide our doubts, but look for answers’
‘We should not hide our doubts, but look for answers’

Hundreds of teenagers joined the conversation about the Christian faith at Reboot Madrid 2019.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Simple encouragement
Simple encouragement

Speaking the truth may be challenging, but building up takes it to a higher level again.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo de Chirico

 
“Baptized and sent”: Is this the Biblical mission?
“Baptized and sent”: Is this the Biblical mission?

The Bible teaches that mission requires believers in Jesus Christ to be sent, not people baptized by the Church. This is a significantly different view than that of Pope Francis.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Seagulls, sky rats?
Seagulls, sky rats?

The Hebrew term shajaph, translated as “seagull” in the Old Testament, literally means “thinness”.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Winning by a distance
Winning by a distance

On many occasions we are more concerned that others should be admiring us, than helping others to win.

 
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VIDEO

 
Testimony: Leaving prison, starting a new life
Testimony: Leaving prison, starting a new life

The Message Enterprise Centre provides ex-offenders and those at risk of offending with the full-time jobs, training, supported local housing and discipleship they need to rebuild their lives and deepen their faith.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Matt Williams

 
God and the wicket? The community value of cricket
God and the wicket? The community value of cricket

Small blessings are still blessings; if it’s good, then it comes from above (James 1:17).

 
 

 
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AUDIOS Audios
 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church

Video of the moment police officers enter a Protestant evangelical church near Tizi-Ouzou to close it. Church members do not stop singing, and peacefully resist later.

 
Porn exploits victims of human trafficking Porn exploits victims of human trafficking

The European Freedom Network launches a new anti-trafficking campaign: “You have no way of knowing if the porn you are looking at is from someone who chose to be there or not”.

 

 

 
What makes humans different to artificial intelligence machines? What makes humans different to artificial intelligence machines?

David Glass, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Ulster University (Northern Ireland) analyses whether a computer can have emotions or a conscious experience.

 
A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees A tent of hope for Venezuelan refugees

Thousands still cross the border to Colombia every week, and many continue on foot into the interior. Christian young people have set up an aid station along the road.

 
 
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