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Freedom of speech

 
French pastors will not be labelled as “lobbyists”
French pastors will not be labelled as “lobbyists”

A controversial amendment to the ‘Loi Sapin II’ was withdrawn this week. “Some ideological groups attempt to reduce the voice of religions in the public space”, explains evangelical representative.

 
 
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9 years later

 
Killers in Malatya slayings convicted and sentenced
Killers in Malatya slayings convicted and sentenced

After a nine-year legal saga, a Turkish criminal court today sentenced five men to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007.

 
 
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“Europe needs hope”: Evangelical leaders reflected on challenges faced in the continent

More than 50 representatives from diverse backgrounds and regions met in Barcelona for an “open process, listening to God and listening to each other for what we feel is on God’s heart for Europe”.

 
 
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Greece-Refugees

 
Desolation at Moria refugee camp in fire’s aftermath
Desolation at Moria refugee camp in fire’s aftermath

Hundreds have become homeless after the blaze, about 800 sleeping spaces were destroyed. “We are here because of love for them”, Chistian volunteers said.

 
 
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Philip Yancey: US evangelicals should learn from Europe’s history of religion and power
Philip Yancey: US evangelicals should learn from Europe’s history of religion and power

“I am staggered that so many evangelical Christians would somehow paint a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs, as someone that we could stand behind”.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Peace in Syria

 
“Peace in Syria requires the involvement of each one of us”

“We must start by making peace where we are”, Harutiun Selimian, president of the Evangelical Armenian community in Syria told French newspaper La Croix.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
First ever office to address Christian persecution opens in Hungary

Zoltan Balog, minister of Human Capacities, said it is “of utmost importance” to help persecuted Christians. The new office will have a starting budget of US$3.35 million.

 
 
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CITIES
Switzerland

 
‘Let’s have an open and peaceful discussion’
‘Let’s have an open and peaceful discussion’

A Swiss Evangelical leader whose house was attacked by pro-abortion radicals invites the aggressors to sit down around a table.

 
 
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FAMILY
Laicity

 
“State schools are not churches”
“State schools are not churches”

The Italian Evangelical Alliance supports a teacher who did not allow the celebration of a Catholic mass service during school hours.

 
 
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Greece - refugees

 
Fire destroys refugee camp in Lesbos, evangelical NGO affected
Fire destroys refugee camp in Lesbos, evangelical NGO affected

Riots caused a massive fire in the camp of Moria (4,000 refugees), many tents and prefabricated houses were burnt. Members of NGO Remar: “The situation is chaotic. Most refugees will not have a place to sleep in the next days”.

 
 
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Madrid

 
Spanish youth leaders reflect on the mission of the church
Spanish youth leaders reflect on the mission of the church

Hundreds gathered to learn, celebrate Jesus and share experiences during the Youth Specialities Europe summit. Local churches should be “communities of forgiveness” for everyone.

 
 
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Report

 
Christians in Belarus hope to see “peaceful changes”
Christians in Belarus hope to see “peaceful changes”

Two opposition candidates win seats in parliament for the first time in 20 years. A Christian believes “times are changing” in a country under pressure on many fronts.

 
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Since 2014

 
At least 3,500 refugees get baptised in Germany
At least 3,500 refugees get baptised in Germany

Free evangelical denominations and Protestant state churches speak of “increasing interest in the Christian faith among people coming from Islamic countries.”

 
 
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Canary Islands

 
“Guaguaseo”, a bus to serve the homeless
“Guaguaseo”, a bus to serve the homeless

Hairdressing and other services will be offered in a bus driving through the streets of Fuerteventura (Spain). A project of a local evangelical church.

 
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CULTURE
Spain

 
Christian communicators called to be “masters of the word”
Christian communicators called to be “masters of the word”

Workshops, seminars and awards were given during the annual meeting of the Alliance of Spanish Evangelical Writers and Communicators. Christians were challenged to connect contemporary culture with the gospel message.

 
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FORUM OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS
Glynn Harrison

 
A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage
A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage

Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.

 
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93 years old

 
Israeli statesman Shimon Peres dies

He was respected for achieving peace accords with the Palestinians.

 
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FEATURES
William Yoder

 
The present climate among Russia’s Protestants
The present climate among Russia’s Protestants

It appears once again as if the Russian state will be moving simultaneously in opposite directions. Restrictive measures are combined with financial support for Protestant and multi-confessional projects.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Sexual slavery

 
Spanish youth considers normal to pay for sex, says study

Several studies show a “scandalous fall” of the age of those who pay for sex in Spain. “They see it as fun, and prefer not to know if the women are victims of trafficking.”

 
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THOUGHT TRANSLATION
Ian Martin

 
Bereaved of My Own Grandeur
Bereaved of My Own Grandeur

A voice I longed to hear but / Whose sweet tones I had almost forgotten. / Too soft, too subtle, too strong. / Unshakeable, gentle steel. / You’re welcome.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Greylag geese
Greylag geese

It is not only humans that exhibit resentment towards foreigners. Some animals are extremely xenophobic.

 
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Interview

 
The mission of Evangelical Alliances across the world… 170 years later
The mission of Evangelical Alliances across the world… 170 years later

“It is when all the ‘pieces’ come together that our response is really relevant and can have an impact on every level - locally, nationally, regionally and globally”, says WEA Communications Director Timothy Goropevsek.

 
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Jim Memory

 
The stories we live by
The stories we live by

Putting to one side the hermeneutical questions around the identification of the EU with Bablyon, what is clear is that the demonization of the “other” inspires hatred not love.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
How do we treat our enemies?
How do we treat our enemies?

The main character in “Bridge of Spies” not only believes in the power of the word, but also seeks to identify himself with the other, with the enemy.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Gavin Matthews

 
Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures
Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures

A look at European statistics on five key biomedical issues: surrogate parenthood, gender transformation, the new eugenics, euthanasia and abortion. 

 
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Action 

 
“Exploitation happens under our noses”
“Exploitation happens under our noses”

‘Don’t shut your eyes’ is the new initiative of the European Freedom Network. “When we see a child begging at a time when the child should be in school, why do we walk by?”

 
 

 
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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. 

 
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
 
German families open their houses to refugees German families open their houses to refugees

Many citizens offer their spare rooms and home offices to refugees. A photo series produced by the UNHCR.

 
First impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 First 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.

 
Safari Children’s Choir Safari Children’s Choir

28 boys and girls from Uganda sing songs of hope in a tour through Spain. Photos of a concert at an evangelical church in Terrassa.

 
“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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Philip Yancey on Trump and US politics Philip Yancey on Trump and US politics

“When you are in a place like the United States where the majority will claim to be Christians, but then look like everyone else, then people do not understand what the gospel is”. Preview of the author's interview with Evangelical Focus.

 
United in the Great Story United in the Great Story

A summary of the special Lausanne Movement Younger Leaders Gathering organised in Jakarta (Indonesia) in summer 2016. 1,000 delegates and 100 mentors came from 150 countries. 

 
How has homosexuality become a serious apologetic issue? How has homosexuality become a serious apologetic issue?

Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) on how society misinterprets what Chrisitanity says about homosexuality. 

 
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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