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Catalan pro-independence political leaders given long jail terms

Thousands protest in Barcelona’s streets, airport and train stations. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says Spain is a “consolidated democracy” as country continues in worst political crisis in forty years.

 
 
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CITIES
Justice

 
A ruling will favour the opening of evangelical churches in Madrid
A ruling will favour the opening of evangelical churches in Madrid

The regional High Court rules that it is not lawful for the Madrid City Council to ask an evangelical church to meet the requirements of recreational activities. The ruling could create a legal precedent.

 
 
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WORLD
War

 
Kurdish Christians fear ‘tragedy’ as Trump ‘abandons’ northern Syria
Kurdish Christians fear ‘tragedy’ as Trump ‘abandons’ northern Syria

Turkey attacks Kurdish territories after the withdrawal of US forces. The move could lead to “one more tragedy to the Christian presence in Syria”.

 
 
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LIFE & TECH
Teenagers

 
Madrid: 900 people strengthen their faith at Reboot
Madrid: 900 people strengthen their faith at Reboot

The event, organised by the Spanish office of RZIM, addressed topics such as sexuality, identity, ecology and the Bible. “Reboot has renewed my strength to follow God”, a participant says.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Jethro - Structure
Jethro - Structure

For some Christians ‘structure’ is a dirty word, being seen in opposition to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. Yet there is structure all through the Bible.

 
 
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Creation care

 
Brazilian Evangelical Alliance demands “tougher laws” against deforestation
Brazilian Evangelical Alliance demands “tougher laws” against deforestation

According to the evangelical body, the “legislation is very indulgent due to certain interests”. In 2019, more fires than previous years have been reported.

 
 
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Islamic terrorism

 
Boko Haram executes two Christian aid workers in Nigeria

It is not clear from the video, temporarily posted on YouTube, when the two men were executed. Their identities were confirmed by a Church of Christ in Nations pastor.

 
 
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WORLD
Conflict

 
“It is an opportunity to bring the message of hope in Christ to Hong Kong”
“It is an opportunity to bring the message of hope in Christ to Hong Kong”

China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Republic as the violence escalates in Hong Kong. “The role of Christians is to be peacemakers”, a Hong Kong Christian leader says.

 
 
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EUROPE
Emergency
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Lesbos: 12,000 quadruple the capacity of the Moria refugee camp
Lesbos: 12,000 quadruple the capacity of the Moria refugee camp

The fields around the Greek the refugee camp are “oversaturated”. Pau Abad, a volunteer on the ground, shares about the “hopelessness” of the hundreds of families who continue to arrive every week and will face “a very tough winter”.

 
 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
Six disability allies in the Bible
Six disability allies in the Bible

How does the way that David welcomed Mephibosheth into his royal court challenge the way we welcome children and young people with additional needs into church? 

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Jonathan Tame

 
The Samaritan strategy

Let’s resist being caught up in polarising narratives and instead adopt the Samaritan strategy: see others through God’s eyes.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
Thousands of people
Thousands of people

Perhaps we too easily skim over the more minor characters that fill the pages of our Bibles?

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Count up to ten
Count up to ten

God expects us to be strong enough to make the evil one frightened of our words and deeds.

 
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FRESH BREEZE
Will Graham

 
Church Unity is Unity in the Truth
Church Unity is Unity in the Truth

A Manifesto of Church Unity: Part Two of Five.

 
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WINDOW ON EUROPE
Evert van de Poll

 
Eastern and Western differences
Eastern and Western differences

The peoples in the east have resisted militant atheism. We, the west, are under another form of atheism which is a sort of political agenda.

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
What the story of Mary and Martha teaches us about disability
What the story of Mary and Martha teaches us about disability

There is nothing wrong with generous hospitality but sometimes we can overdo it or be so focussed on everything being perfect that we forget the very reason we are doing it at all.

 
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LIFE & TECH
United States

 
Young Christian publicly forgives his brother’s murderer
Young Christian publicly forgives his brother’s murderer

“I forgive you. I want the best for you, and the best would be to give your life to Christ”, a 18-year-old said to the woman who killed his brother, after she was sentenced to 10 years.

 
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FEATURES
Danny Webster

 
Walking with wisdom and seasoning our speech
Walking with wisdom and seasoning our speech

The three years since the vote to leave the EU have shown the heightened impact of speech on political culture and how that flows into society and community relations.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Marilyn Monroe: A tortured beauty
Marilyn Monroe: A tortured beauty

This popular culture icon is nowadays described to us as a sad and vulnerable figure, timid and unsure – a far cry from the frivolous, joyful and radiant star that she was for her contemporaries.

 
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VATICAN FILES
Leonardo De Chirico

 
Contested catholicity: In what sense is the Church Catholic?
Contested catholicity: In what sense is the Church Catholic?

Standing on the shoulders of the apostolic catholicity recovered by the Reformation, this is a promising way to reclaim and to live out the catholicity of the Church in our broken world.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Hannah Eves
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Our relationship with objects: on Marie Kondo
Our relationship with objects: on Marie Kondo

How can Christians think about decluttering, our values, and our relationship with the things which surround us?

 
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WORLD
Persecution

 
“The church in Laos is growing, even under the strictest restrictions”
“The church in Laos is growing, even under the strictest restrictions”

“The government has passed laws that blatantly violate religious freedom”, Swiss Christian NGO HMK says. Christian natives and foreigners have been arrested because of their faith.

 
 

 
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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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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.

 
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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