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Africa

 
Chadian Christians “pay a blood price for evangelization”
Chadian Christians “pay a blood price for evangelization”

Despite the violence of Islamist groups, “the coexistence between religious confessions is experiencing tremendous progress” in some parts of the country. The government is restricting internet, and freedom of speech.

 
 
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CULTURE
Interview

 
Is there Biblical basis for the Assumption of Mary?
Is there Biblical basis for the Assumption of Mary?

“Mariology stands at the core of Roman Catholic doctrine and practice and is not a secondary issue”, says evangelical theologian in Rome Leonardo De Chirico.

 
 
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EUROPE
Evangelism

 
Two in three Spanish evangelicals hardly share their faith
Two in three Spanish evangelicals hardly share their faith

A survey of Spanish Christian organization Decision shows that more than 160 evangelical leaders are concerned about the lack of evangelization vision and training of the churches.

 
 
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How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us?
How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us?

“It is not just pastors who do ministry. When the saints are doing the ministry too, the Body of Christ is build up and grows towards maturity in the faith”, says Greg Ogden, Chairman Global Discipleship Initiative.

 
 
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Conference

 
European Christian nurses gather to strengthen relationships and face new challenges
European Christian nurses gather to strengthen relationships and face new challenges

Thirty-three nurses participate in the NCFI leaders conference to build up the work amongst them in Europe. “Our identity in Christ is what makes the difference”, a participant says.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Evo Morales leaves Bolivia as evangelical churches “pray for a transition to bring political stability”

“In these last protests against electoral fraud, the churches were with the people, praying in the streets”, an evangelical pastor explains.

 
 
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Evangelicals

 
With a recalibrated vision WEA commits to further God’s Kingdom
With a recalibrated vision WEA commits to further God’s Kingdom

A line borrowed from the Lord’s Prayer, “Your Kingdom Come”, served as main theme of the summit, uniting 92 national alliances. The General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance closed on 13 November with a final pledge.

 
 
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FAMILY
Min19

 
Evangelical congress on childhood starts a “movement of renewal and commitment” in Spanish churches
Evangelical congress on childhood starts a “movement of renewal and commitment” in Spanish churches

600 adults and children gathered in Madrid for the Protestant Congress on the Ministry with Infancy and Family. An intergenerational programme addressed the challenges in society, the model of Jesus Christ, and the role of families and local churches.

 
 
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SCIENCE
Human origin

 
Children of Botswana?
Children of Botswana?

Genetic research places the first human beings in the South African country. Christian scientists say the study is inconclusive and the debate about our origins will continue.

 
 
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CULTURE
USA

 
‘Jesus is King’: Kanye West’s album is number 1
‘Jesus is King’: Kanye West’s album is number 1

The new songs of the influential hip hop artist have been streamed 197 million times in the United States in the first week. West’s mission, he says, is “to spread the gospel”.

 
 
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Persecution

 
Christian begins sentence of exile in remote, Islamist area of Iran
Christian begins sentence of exile in remote, Islamist area of Iran

As part of a larger prison sentence delivered in 2013, Ebrahim Firoozi, 33, was sentenced to two years in exile in Sarbaz, a frontier town on the Iranian-Pakistani border known for its isolation and prevalence of Islamic militant groups.

 
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Journalism

 
‘Evangelical Focus’ and ‘Protestante Digital’ authors release book about communication and faith
‘Evangelical Focus’ and ‘Protestante Digital’ authors release book about communication and faith

The book “Evangelicals in the new Era of Communication” addresses fake news, the use of social media, the handling of controversial issues and stereotypes about evangelicals, and the challenges of secular Europe.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Swallows in the altars
Swallows in the altars

A pair of swallows can clock up as many as a thousand flights in search of little mud-balls until their nest is complete.

 
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FINISH LINE
Jaime Fernandez

 
Conquer or die
Conquer or die

Which team do you belong to? Is Jesus your Lord? Don't be ashamed of it!

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Philip S. Powell

 
Make elections great again
Make elections great again

We the citizens have a responsibility, not just the politicians, for seeing justice done and advancing the good of our society.

 
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Min19: Childhood, family and the church
Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES
José de Segovia

 
Asterix holds out
Asterix holds out

The ending of Asterix books reminds us the Story par excellence, the Bible - banquets point to our yearning for a happy ending.

 
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EUROPE
Economy

 
Is the Vatican in bankruptcy?
Is the Vatican in bankruptcy?

A book recently published says the institution loses 120,000 euros a day. “The situation has become worse with Francisco”, Vatican expert Leonardo De Chirico says.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
Michael Gowen

 
Israel – A Kingdom of Priests
Israel – A Kingdom of Priests

The Israelites in Moses’ time kept God at a distance and, if we are honest with ourselves, we often struggle with this today. Yet the promise remains: Come near to God and he will come near to you.

 
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‘We should not hide our doubts, but look for answers’
‘We should not hide our doubts, but look for answers’

Hundreds of teenagers joined the conversation about the Christian faith at Reboot Madrid 2019.

 
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CITIES
Crime

 
Evangelical pastor arrested in Madrid, charged with rape
Evangelical pastor arrested in Madrid, charged with rape

According to the police, the person under arrest is acused of sexually assaulting a 17 year old girl inside the church building. Neither the pastor nor the community are part of the Spanish Federation of Evangelical Entities.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Seagulls, sky rats?
Seagulls, sky rats?

The Hebrew term shajaph, translated as “seagull” in the Old Testament, literally means “thinness”.

 
 

 
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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.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

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

 
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Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
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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How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us? How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us?

“It is not just pastors who do ministry. When the saints are doing the ministry too, the Body of Christ is build up and grows towards maturity in the faith”, says Greg Ogden, Chairman Global Discipleship Initiative.

 
Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church Algerian Christians worship God as police arrives to close church

Video of the moment police officers enter a Protestant evangelical church near Tizi-Ouzou to close it. Church members do not stop singing, and peacefully resist later.

 
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”.

 

 

 
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.

 
 
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