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Manchester terrorist attack

 
Evangelicals in other countries react to Manchester attack

Christian leaders from Egypt, Sweden, Spain, react to the terrorist attack. Christian organisations in the UK express their thoughts.

 
 
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Christian Medical Fellowship

 
“Manchester is a sobering reminder of how precious but fragile human life is”
“Manchester is a sobering reminder of how precious but fragile human life is”

European Christian leaders gathered in Poland pray for the relatives of the victims. Medical doctor Peter J. Saunders: “We call for Christians to pray, serve, care and comfort those who have been deeply hurt by this tragedy.”

 
 
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A  man arrested

 
Manchester pop concert terrorist attack: 22 dead and 59 injured
Manchester pop concert terrorist attack: 22 dead and 59 injured

The blast happened in the foyer of a sports arena following a pop music concert attended by many teenagers and children. Politicians suspend the electoral campaign. Anglican leader Justin Welby: “We pray for those in sorrow in the hard journey.”

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Reformation 2017

 
Creation care and education, among “causes that impacted the world”
Creation care and education, among “causes that impacted the world”

Spanish evangelicals launch a series of videos explaining how the Reformation has impacted society. In July, Madrid will host the “15J”, a week with a Congress, evangelism and concerts to commemorate the 500th anniversary.

 
 
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What role does the Church have in Europe?
What role does the Church have in Europe?

Evi Rodemann (Germany) talks about the unique contributions to society that only the Church can make. 

 
 
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FRESH BREEZE
Will Graham

 
Jesus, the Paralytic Man and Contemporary Bibliology

Why Scripture refuses to separate the theological from the historical.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Christians in sports

 
Keylor Navas: “My faith is the most important thing”
Keylor Navas: “My faith is the most important thing”

The Real Madrid goalkeeper talks openly about his faith in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. “Having God with us is the success of our marriage”, he says.

 
 
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EUROPE
European Leadership Conference

 
Evangelical leaders celebrate the Reformation at ELF conference
Evangelical leaders celebrate the Reformation at ELF conference

About 800 participants will travel to Poland to take part in specialised networks. John Lennox will be the main Bible teacher during the annual gathering, which aims to strengthen God’s mission in European countries.

 
 
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FAMILY
Marriage

 
Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage
Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage

The Romanian Parliament has approved an initiative, supported by three million people, to constitutionally define family as based on marriage between a man and a woman.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Students and the Gospel

 
“I just could not imagine that there would be this much diversity in the body of Christ”
“I just could not imagine that there would be this much diversity in the body of Christ”

A Cameroonian studying in a French university and a Serbian High School student share their impressions after the European Student Evangelism conference “Presence 2017”.

 
 
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EUROPE
Portugal

 
Portuguese evangelicals use Francis’ visit to Fatima to dialogue with pilgrims

“We realise that there is a need and a conviction in relation to the divine”, says António Calaim. Hundreds of young evangelicals will engage Catholics in conversations about the Bible.

 
 
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EUROPE
Moscow

 
Russian Christian confessions reject ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Russian Christian confessions reject ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses

“Except for a few Orthodox extremists, I do not hear a single voice expressing approval for the prohibition of the Jehovah’s Witnesses”, says Russian church historian Constantine Prokhorov.

 
 
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CITIES
Quran and Islamism

 
Quran public distribution ban discussed in Switzerland
Quran public distribution ban discussed in Switzerland

The canton of Zurich calls its cities to prohibit the Salafist campaign “Read!” because it makes an apology of radical Islamism.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Belgian Walloon region bans kosher and halal slaughter
Belgian Walloon region bans kosher and halal slaughter

The European Jewish Congress says it is “the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation.” Denmark and Switzerland already prohibit this kind of slaughter.

 
 
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WORLD
Religious freedom

 
Outgoing Christian Governor of Jakarta found guilty of blasphemy

‘Ahok’ is sentenced to two years of prison. The judges say the Christian politician “has caused anxiety, hurt Islam and divided Muslims.” Islamic radicals increase pressure on Christians.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Work, technology and Bible

 
“God wants to give us freedom from the curse of toil”
“God wants to give us freedom from the curse of toil”

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi explains how Europe developed technology after understanding “the very important difference that the Bible made between work and toil.”

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Colorful like the circus
Colorful like the circus

Biographers of Marc Chagall mention the “gift for happiness,” the “sacred simplicity” which characterized his art, and which was articulated in large part by his ingenious, vibrant use of color.

 
 
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Pew Research

 
US evangelical millennials disapprove abortion, favour environmental care
US evangelical millennials disapprove abortion, favour environmental care

Believers born after 1981 are less supportive of the Republican Party and partially believe homosexuality should be accepted in society, says a survey.

 
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Elections in France

 
Protestants, the faith confession that most clearly supported Macron
Protestants, the faith confession that most clearly supported Macron

Fillon received support from Catholics, whereas Mélenchon did well among Muslims and atheists. Le Pen tries to win support from all social groups.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Relationships should be at the centre of our economic system”
“Relationships should be at the centre of our economic system”

“The Christian teaching is that we need to control the power of central governments”, says economist Michael Schluter, co-author of manifesto ‘Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union’.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Growing interest in religion

 
Europeans open to more spirituality in daily life
Europeans open to more spirituality in daily life

People in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Sweden are more interested in “spirituality” than in “religion”. A global survey shows that China and Indonesia have a great interest in religion.

 
 
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Bulgaria

 
Bible reading marathon in Sofia celebrates 1,150 years of Cyrillic Alphabet
Bible reading marathon in Sofia celebrates 1,150 years of Cyrillic Alphabet

Seven hours of continuous reading of the Holy Scriptures in the Bulgarian capital. “We desperately need to recover our Christian identity”, organizers said.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
The Gospel according to the Spa (and Oprah)
The Gospel according to the Spa (and Oprah)

By focusing on our aspirations, resentments and grievances, the world-as-spa message exhorts us to be self-centered, begrudge the needs of others, focus on our personal freedom.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD
Alain Auderset

 
Declaration of war
Declaration of war

Within an inch of victory, a very popular newspaper (a giant) makes me bite the dust, refusing the interview that it dangled in front of me.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
I love you
I love you

The choice of companion to get married to depends on your own relationship with God.

 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
A.C. Hawthorne

 
No God But One, by Nabeel Qureshi
No God But One, by Nabeel Qureshi

The force of Qureshi’s argument comes from applying the litmus test of history to the claims of each religion.

 
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WINDOW ON EUROPE
Jeff Fountain

 
Ripe under our noses
Ripe under our noses

Notice how many buddha statues or wall hangings are for sale in local garden centres, or in home improvement centres, or cosmetic shops.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
A lizard in the Garden of Olives
A lizard in the Garden of Olives

In Jesus God became human, thus bringing himself into proximity with the nature that he had created. Animals were the silent witnesses of this unique and mysterious event.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Screenwriting and the struggles of life
Screenwriting and the struggles of life

To become a force for life and healing, we have some striving and some growing to do.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Sportsmanship above all
Sportsmanship above all

God has taught us to pay all that we owe, and to give honour to those who deserve it.

 
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WORLD
Persecuted Christians

 
Sudanese Christians released from prison

Hassan Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla had been accused of espionage. Czech aid worker Petr Jasek received a presidential pardon in Februrary.

 
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Blasphemy laws

 
Christian in Pakistan sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘blasphemy’

“We believe Bhatti is innocent and will be freed by the high court, but it will take several years for his case to be heard by the high court”, an advocate says.

 
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FEATURES
Nick Park

 
Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and the Gospel
Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and the Gospel

The New Testament writers tell us that God’s honour is not something so fragile that it needs to be protected by legal restrictions.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
The preacher-listener connection
The preacher-listener connection

20 suggestions for a better connection between preacher and listeners.

 
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Intolerance

 
Afghan Christian in Germany presumably killed because of her faith
Afghan Christian in Germany presumably killed because of her faith

Friends and church leaders supported the two children of the “exemplary” mother in the funeral. The police talks about a probable “religious motivation” of the Muslim attacker.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
What does resurrection mean?
What does resurrection mean?

The resurrection of Jesus is not only a victory over biological death, but a victory over global Death and over the prince of darkness.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Pharaoh – The limitations of power
Pharaoh – The limitations of power

Donald Trump is the President of the most powerful country in the world; and no doubt before entering into office he thought that all he had to do was give the orders and they would be carried out.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Guy Brandon

 
The Brexit election?
The Brexit election?

First and foremost, Christian voters must remember that God is sovereign – not Brussels, and not the UK government.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo De Chirico

 
Sanctuaries as places of evangelization - Are they really?
Sanctuaries as places of evangelization - Are they really?

The word “evangelization” is used across the spectrum of the Christian world. The question is: What is the meaning of it? How is it defined? What does it refer to?

 
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Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Longing for death
Longing for death

What is my picture of death? What awaits me? Will beauty engulf me, or will I dance on its bosom? Will I finish by myself, or will eternity ravish me with overflowing life.

 
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Bible

 
Reading John’s Gospel in the former Madrid Inquisition square
Reading John’s Gospel in the former Madrid Inquisition square

Around 200 people read the Bible publicly in Madrid’s Main Square, a place where “heretics”, followers of the Reformation, were condemned.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Creatures of Time
Creatures of Time

“Arrival” is not a film about aliens, but about the problem of human communication.

 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT
Jonathan Andrews

 
Living as a Christian, registered as a Muslim?
Living as a Christian, registered as a Muslim?

Conversion from Islam is impossible in many places and in the few locations where it is possible legally, there are social and cultural impediments to change.

 
 

 
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Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
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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The Bible in Spain’s history The Bible in Spain’s history

An exhibition in the region of Galicia shows the impact of the Bible despite many obstacles. Photos: Marina Acuña.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The 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.

 
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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Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi talks about how a renwed view of the Bible changed education systems in Europe.

 
What role does the Church have in Europe? What role does the Church have in Europe?

Evi Rodemann (Germany) talks about the unique contributions to society that only the Church can make. 

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
What does the story of Job teach us about suffering? What does the story of Job teach us about suffering?

By Jelena Sivulka, psychologist and Director of Hana's Hope.

 
Proverbs 31 Proverbs 31

A powerful video recites Proverbs 31:10-31, from the Bible. Produced by World Relief. 

 
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.

 
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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