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Evangelicals call to pray for Catalonia as conflict escalates
Evangelicals call to pray for Catalonia as conflict escalates

Tens of thousands protest in Barcelona while police raids Catalan government offices to stop unauthorised independence referendum. “As Spanish Evangelical Alliance, we are worried and feel pain seeing the crisis in Catalonia”.

 
 
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Reactions

 
More than 240 people die in Mexico earthquake
More than 240 people die in Mexico earthquake

In a 7.1 magnitude quake, dozens of buildings, including schools, collapsed. “We are very sad and we only pray to God that He delivers us”, says Christian worker in Mexico City.

 
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Latin America

 
President of Argentina praises “work culture and solidarity” of Protestants

Mauricio Macri attended a big musical concert to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
Atheist honesty
Atheist honesty

It is easy to deconstruct other points of view but what about your own views?

 
 
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WORLD
Latin America

 
“Evangelicals should not be carried away by ideological positions”
“Evangelicals should not be carried away by ideological positions”

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, an evangelical Christian, faces a political crisis due to his conflict with anti-corruption authorities. Theologian Israel Ortiz says Christians should not just support him because of his faith.

 
 
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Plateau State

 
Fulani herdsmen massacre 20 Christians in Nigeria

Salama Baptist Church in Ancha lost 19 of its members in the massacre, nine children. “We found that those killed were from three households”, a survivor said.

 
 
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Election

 
Conservatives re-elected in Norway
Conservatives re-elected in Norway

The Prime Minister’s right-wing coalition retains power after promising tax-cuts. Anti-immigration party will be a government ally.

 
 
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EUROPE
Finland

 
Finnish Protestant priests: let us get involved in the asylum process

“We make it clear to asylum seekers who want to convert that furthering their application is not a reason to become a Christian”, a pastor says.

 
 
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FAMILY
UK

 
Clothes to promote ‘gender fluidity’ among children
Clothes to promote ‘gender fluidity’ among children

Popular department stores company put an end to ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ sections. Parents challenge the implementation of LGBT policies in primary schools.

 
 
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Tragedy

 
Hurricane Irma devastates the Caribbean and threatens Cuba and Florida
Hurricane Irma devastates the Caribbean and threatens Cuba and Florida

At leas 14 people have died and many areas are left "barely habitable." Irma has been downgraded to a category four, but officials warn that it remains "extremely dangerous".

 
 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE
Gavin Matthews

 
Spotlight on Germany
Spotlight on Germany

Contemporary Germany may be the European leader, but the Berlin Wall still casts a long shadow over the country’s economic, political and spiritual landscape.

 
 
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UNION
Michael Reeves

 
Pursuing the illogical studies?
Pursuing the illogical studies?

To be a good theologian is to seek to know and rely upon the Word of God better. It is to be a faithful Christian.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
The myth of innate goodness
The myth of innate goodness

The story of “A High Wind in Jamaica” (Richard Hughes, 1929) might sound like a comedy, but it is in fact a drama of great cruelty, capable of making the skin of most insensitive readers crawl.

 
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FEATURES
Roxana Stanciu

 
Fundamental freedoms under serious threat by Spanish LGBTI law
Fundamental freedoms under serious threat by Spanish LGBTI law

Censorship, curbs on self-expression and communications that might be considered offensive, heavy fines for expressing views that could be interpreted as degrading, and having to prove one’s innocence if accused of discrimination.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
A once-in-a-life time chance
A once-in-a-life time chance

We're the ones who miss the opportunities to do good, help others, speak of God's love, or defeat the enemy.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
7 things preachers never say: Money
7 things preachers never say:  Money

We can preach about money after all, the Bible has a lot to say. But it is very awkward to talk about money for preachers.

 
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Arie de Pater

 
Think beyond a simple yes/no question
Think beyond a simple yes/no question

The Catalonia independence debate in Spain can easily be reduced to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question with the answer splitting families and faith communities. How could Christians respond to such a situation?

 
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CHURCH PLANTING IN EUROPE
Chris Ducker

 
Romanian worshippers in the UK - some case studies
Romanian worshippers in the UK - some case studies

Are believers forming exclusively Romanian mono-cultural churches? Are they integrating into existing British churches? Are they joining in with multicultural churches that reflect Britain’s cultural and ethnic diversity?

 
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VIDEO

 
“Remember you are dust”
“Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
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X. Manuel Suárez

 
The palm tree Irma broke
The palm tree Irma broke

A doctor visiting the Dominican Republic shares his thoughts after the storm.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
The world of moths
The world of moths

These insects are mentioned in the Bible ten times, in the Old and New Testament.

 
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CULTURE MAKING
René Breuel

 
The lure of mystery
The lure of mystery

We are hungry for it, but we fear it so much. Bend space and transcend time, no worries, but don’t ascribe it real meaning.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
The theology of José María Martínez
The theology of José María Martínez

His work is a model of Biblical balance, in the best meaning of the word.

 
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All the treasures
All the treasures

A short video on Colossians 2:3: “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”.

 
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Michael Reeves
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Delighting in the Trinity
Delighting in the Trinity

The Trinity is not some awkward add-on to God. No, God is beautiful, desirable, and life-giving precisely because He is the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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.

 
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".

 
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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I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
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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“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
“Remember you are dust” “Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
Walk Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
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.

 
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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