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End of life

 
Steep fall in “traditional” Christian funerals

Most British want a non-traditional farewell service and Spaniards are opting for cremation. One in ten Swedes have already supressed any kind of ceremony.

 
 
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LGBT

 
Next census will allow UK citizens to choose different sex from birth certificate

The government survey takes place every 10 years. “If you're not sure how to answer, use the sex registered on your official documents (…) or whichever answer best describes your sex”, the guidance for 2021 says.

 
 
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Human rights

 
Evangelical delegation praises “progress” after visiting Saudi Crown Prince
Evangelical delegation praises “progress” after visiting Saudi Crown Prince

It is the second visit of a group of leaders who support Israel and US President Donald Trump. In a meeting with Mohamed bin Salman, they addressed human rights, politics and religious freedom.

 
 
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Russian local authorities hinder the building of Protestant places of worship
Russian local authorities hinder the building of Protestant places of worship

“Protestant communities find it practically impossible to get permission to build churches”, a lawyer says. Up to 90% of places of worship are officially recorded as residential property.

 
 
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“The more Christians keep silent on controversial themes, the narrower the space for freedom of speech gets”
“The more Christians keep silent on controversial themes, the narrower the space for freedom of speech gets”

Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen shares her thoughts about the police investigation opened against her for quoting the Bible on homosexuality. She is “amazed” that “so many are praying for me and my country”.

 
 
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Media

 
German public television reports about the “booming” of free churches
German public television reports about the “booming” of free churches

A journalistic report of ARD-SWR concludes that evangelical churches grow because they offer “an old message” in “a new packaging”.

 
 
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Prayer

 
Evangelicals launch “Pray for Switzerland” initiative ahead of national election
Evangelicals launch “Pray for Switzerland” initiative ahead of national election

Believers are encouraged to choose a Canton and a minister of the government to pray for. “A special strength and hope for our nation is found in prayer”, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance says.

 
 
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"Both lives matter"
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20,000 walk in silence against drastic relaxation of abortion law in Northern Ireland
20,000 walk in silence against drastic relaxation of abortion law in Northern Ireland

Demonstrators gathered in front of the parliament building in Belfast. “We werere not asked about this undemocratic change, which does not reflect public or political opinion here”.

 
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Open letter

 
Spanish evangelicals raise voice against “religious fundamentalism” stigma
Spanish evangelicals raise voice against “religious fundamentalism” stigma

The Spanish Evangelical Alliance sends a letter to the Human Rights Secretary of Uruguay after the latter said that “the new phenomenon of evangelical fundamentalism” is a threat to “democratic foundations”.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Young people yearn for a cause to give themselves to, but will not do that lightly”
“Young people yearn for a cause to give themselves to, but will not do that lightly”

Martin Durham is one of the leaders organising Behold Europe, a conference for evangelists aged 18-35. “Our vision is clear – an evangelist in every local church”.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Clay Kannard

 
Intellectuals And The Path to Rome: A book review
Intellectuals And The Path to Rome: A book review

These sixteen stories serve as a useful read for evangelical leaders seeking to understand common themes that might help to understand what influenced an evangelical intellectual to embrace the Roman Catholic Church.

 
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Crisis

 
Violence against foreigners grows in South Africa
Violence against foreigners grows in South Africa

At least 12 people have died and 600 have been arrested because of xenophobic attacks. “Churches have started to accompany innocent victims of this madness”, evangelicals say.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The gazelle’s lightness of foot
The gazelle’s lightness of foot

The term “gazelle” appears on numerous occasions in the Bible, especially in relation to the Jewish peoples nutritional prescriptions. But it also appears as a symbol of lightness of foot and speed.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Aaron and Hur – Support
Aaron and Hur – Support

Self-sufficiency weakens us, deprives us from support which we might have benefitted from, and widens the gap between our public persona and our private struggles.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
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The Bible teaches that blessings and curses cannot spring from the same source.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Preach don’t overreach
Preach don’t overreach

As preachers, as pastors, or as parents, let’s not usurp the Spirit’s role and try to force things along. 

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
All-age intergenerational inclusion
All-age intergenerational inclusion

What older generations can be great at is having a heart to help a particular child or young person, having the pastoral skills to see when they are struggling and to help them.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Research

 
The church, key to the integration of migrants, research finds
The church, key to the integration of migrants, research finds

A study shows that evangelical churches give migrants “the opportunity to integrate into the community and establish relationships”. It calls the political authorities to use these opportunities better.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Philip S. Powell

 
Living wisely in uncertain times
Living wisely in uncertain times

The temptation facing us is either to push the panic button, adding further confusion to the chaos, or to take flight and escape into denial about what’s going on in society. For Christians both of these options are simply unacceptable.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernández

 
We are nobodies!
We are nobodies!

We can easily think that our hands are of little use and that even our arms could not be trusted on an important mission.

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
Three spiritual parenting truths for children with additional needs
Three spiritual parenting truths for children with additional needs

Much of our time as parents of children with additional needs is spent tending to their needs, supporting them. Jesus modelled this in so many ways during his ministry, and during those times that he served people he taught them too.

 
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FEATURES
Stuart Park

 
David Willoughby Gooding, 1925-2019
David Willoughby Gooding, 1925-2019

His Bible expositions were adorned by familiar illustrations taken from everyday life. Deceptively simple in appearance, they concealed a vast erudition and deep understanding of Scripture.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
What are some biblical models of social and political reformers? What are some biblical models of social and political reformers?

“As Christians today, we live in a Babylon of our own, but we can be morally distinctive and obedient to Christ”, Peter Saunders, CEO Christian Medical Fellowship, says.

 
How has Christianity influenced the modern world? How has Christianity influenced the modern world?

Paul Copan, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics of Palm Beach Atlantic University, explains how many key features of Western civilization, are the legacy of the biblical faith being lived out by believers in society.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
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