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Religious freedom

 
Algerian Christians “fast and pray to bless our country”
Algerian Christians “fast and pray to bless our country”

The Algerian Protestant Church “fully shares the aspirations and the legitimate demands of the Algerian people in their peaceful fight for a modern and democratic Republic”.

 
 
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Emergency

 
“The situation in Beira is critical”, say Christians in Mozambique
“The situation in Beira is critical”, say Christians in Mozambique

The cyclone Idai has devastated the Centre of the country, damaging the supplies of water and electricity. More than 200 people have died, but authorities fear a death toll of one thousand.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Judd Birdsall

 
Pitfalls in combating persecution (II)
Pitfalls in combating persecution (II)

When we speak about or pray for the persecuted are we exemplifying biblical ethics and the best of the Christian tradition?

 
 
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EUROPE
The Netherlands

 
At least three dead after Utrecht tram shooting
At least three dead after Utrecht tram shooting

The suspect has been arrested, while his motives still remain unclear. Local elections would go ahead as planned on Wednesday.

 
 
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Terrorism

 
At least 49 dead in New Zealand mosque attacks

The evangelical body New Zealand Christian Network (NZCN) urged people “to pray for all the families affected, and to offer them support in every way possible”.

 
 
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Analysis

 
“Threats from China are growing more strident”, Taiwanese Christians say

Christianity is the third religion in number of population of Taiwan, “but socially many families are still hostile to Christianity”, says an evangelical pastor in the island.

 
 
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CITIES
Intolerance

 
Evangelical church in France vandalised
Evangelical church  in France vandalised

Unidentified people entered an Assemblies of God church in Angouleme on Friday night. They threw paint on the walls and Bibles, and damaged musical instruments and the sound system.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
West African Court faults government of Nigeria for failing to stop killings in Benue State

Christian leaders file suit alleging 1,000 people killed in the past three years. “The affected Christian communities have been completely overwhelmed and are now desolate and devastated”.

 
 
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FAMILY
Children

 
“It is urgent to renew the praxis of children ministries”
“It is urgent to renew the praxis of children ministries”

Spanish evangelicals are preparing the first ever national Infancy Congress. Javier Martín talks about the need to give space and importance to children, as Jesus did.

 
 
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FEATURES
Lindsay Brown

 
Michael Green’s legacy
Michael Green’s legacy

A summary of the sermon Lindsay Brown preached at Michael Green’s funeral on 2nd March, 2019.

 
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Romania: God’s Word among Roma people
Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
Marc Madrgial

 
Ancient Sumerian proverbs in light of its biblical counterpart
Ancient Sumerian proverbs in light of its biblical counterpart

The tablet itself consists of 3 fragments that are pieced together, and 102 of the original 202 proverbs are preserved and legible.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
The secret

The most important thing is not what we can get, but who we are.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
With you, bread and onions!
With you, bread and onions!

In Moses’s own language, the singular word for “onion” is bétsel, while the plural form is betsalim, which comes from the root batsal, meaning “to peel”.

 
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THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS BLOGFATHER
Mark Arnold

 
‘Weak made strong’
‘Weak made strong’

There is always hope, hope for every child. No matter how profoundly they are impacted by their additional needs or disabilities, the love of Christ can and does reach them as powerfully as anyone else.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Judd Birdsall

 
Pitfalls in combating persecution (I)
Pitfalls in combating persecution (I)

It’s better to risk understating the extent and severity of persecution than to risk overstating the problem. What’s at stake is credible religious freedom advocacy.

 
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VIDEO

 
Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain
Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain

Church planting, the amount of books authored by Spanish evangelicals and the growth of the Christian student movement in the last decades, are some of the marks underlined by Lindsay Brown.

 
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EUROPE
Tragedy

 
German Protestant pastor died in Ethiopia crash

Norman Tendis worked in Austria and was on the way to a UN conference in Nariobi as a representative of the World Council of Churches.

 
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LIFE & TECH
Unharmed

 
Whale ‘swallows’ submariner for a few seconds
Whale ‘swallows’ submariner for a few seconds

The rare Jonah-like incident was captured on camera. “I held my breath because I thought the whale was going to dive down and release me much deeper in the ocean”.

 
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ZOE
Antonio Cruz

 
Chestnut trees or plane trees?
Chestnut trees or plane trees?

The oriental plane tree is a tree with a smooth bark which easily peels away in strips, giving the trunk the appearance of a multi-coloured puzzle, or an artist’s palette of different shades of green and brown.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
False accusations
False accusations

Sometimes we mistakenly believe that those who trust in God will not suffer any wrong.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Moses – silence and action
Moses – silence and action

Moses is silent, then acts on what he hears from the Lord, and so experiences one of the most remarkable deliverances the world has ever seen (Exodus 14:19-31).

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Charlee New

 
School strikes, environmental theology and Psalm 8
School strikes, environmental theology and Psalm 8

Perhaps we are being offered a wake-up call and a hope. And perhaps we can bring a humble, rich theology of creation (one that spurs us into action) squarely into the debate.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
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.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!” Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!”

Bulgarian evangelicals protested peacefully on November 11 against a draft law which could severely restrict religious freedom of faith minorities. Churches rallied in Sofia and other cities after the Sunday worship services.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
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Romania: God’s Word among Roma people Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
Latin American leaders unite to fight against imposition of gender ideology Latin American leaders unite to fight against imposition of gender ideology

Christian leaders from all over Latin America are concerned about the progress of gender ideology agendas in the region. Many are joining together in public demonstrations and training events.

 
How do fake news spread? How do fake news spread?

Tony Watkins, Coordinator of the Lausanne Media Engagement Network.

 
Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain Lindsay Brown: The encouraging advance of the gospel in Spain

Church planting, the amount of books authored by Spanish evangelicals and the growth of the Christian student movement in the last decades, are some of the marks underlined by Lindsay Brown.

 
What do Christian communication and science communication have in common? What do Christian communication and science communication have in common?

“As Christians, we also try to communicate a detailed and often slightly technical message”, says Kay Carter, Director of Communications of Tyndale House (UK).

 
Church planting in Strasbourg Church planting in Strasbourg

A video on how evangelicals are planting churches in Strasbourg (France).

 
Christians, resilience and a post-Christian culture Christians, resilience and a post-Christian culture

Lindsay Brown: “The biblical pattern is not one of speed, but of steady sowing and gradual reaping in due course”.

 
 
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