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Indian evangelicals confirm 366 cases of violence against Christians in 2019
Indian evangelicals confirm 366 cases of violence against Christians in 2019

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) publishes its annual report of violence against Christians. “Most of the incidents are related to physical violence, threats, harassment and the disruption of church services”.

 
 
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NEWS DESK
Joel Forster

 
Christian fake news? The story of the atheist doctor in Lombardy
Christian fake news? The story of the atheist doctor in Lombardy

Many have shared a heartwarming coronavirus testimony from Italy. But there are at least five elements that should make us doubt about its authenticity.

 
 
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CITIES
Fuerteventura

 
Evangelical church manages a temporary coronavirus shelter
Evangelical church manages a temporary coronavirus shelter

Local authorities of Fuerteventura (Spain) asked the evangelical church Modern Christian Mission to run a shelther por people in need.

 
 
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Prayer
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Covid-19: Global Day of Prayer and Fasting announced
Covid-19: Global Day of Prayer and Fasting announced

The World Evangelical Alliance has designated Sunday 29th March. Many national movements are sharing prayer guides, creative initiatives and calls to action.

 
 
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Persecution

 
Christians suffer police brutality and are illegaly arrested in India

“The sun would not go down without recording at least one case of attack on Christians from Uttar Pradesh on a typical Sunday”, a Christian rights activist says.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Preaching the gospel in Kichwa
Preaching the gospel in Kichwa

Three bilingual evangelical churches in Cuenca, Ecuador, gather dozens of indigenous families. “We do not preach religion, we preach Jesus Christ”, a pastor says.

 
 
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West Africa

 
New constitution worries Gambian Christians

The Gambian Christian Council is concerned about the importance that the Shariah has in the draft constitution.

 
 
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Covid-19 crisis

 
Coronavirus in Europe: The challenge of serving in a context of uncertainty
Coronavirus in Europe: The challenge of serving in a context of uncertainty

Christians in various countries mention the loneliness in times of confinement and the needs of the elderly, as priorities to be addressed in the coming weeks of crisis.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
“There has always been persecution in China, it is not because of the coronavirus”
“There has always been persecution in China, it is not because of the coronavirus”

The Chinese Christian Church in Spain closely follows the religious freedom changes happening in its home country. “The government wants all evangelical churches to be subject to the organisation of the Three Autonomies”.

 
 
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Testimony

 
“God took me in my weakness and rebuilt me”
“God took me in my weakness and rebuilt me”

Pastor Andrew Brunson challenged Christian media to reach Muslims with the gospel. “God wanted someone weak, to be an encouragement to other weak people”, he said about his time in prison.

 
 
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EUROPE
Solidarity

 
Swiss pastor who helped rejected asylum seeker acquitted
Swiss pastor who helped rejected asylum seeker acquitted

Norbert Valley had been previously condemned for breaking the Foreigners Law for offering lodging to a Togolese man. “We must work to change the law”, the pastor said as he left the courts.

 
 
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Statistics

 
Europeans lose interest in religious freedom, survey finds
Europeans lose interest in religious freedom, survey finds

Overall, only 57% of Europeans see religious freedom as a “very important” right, much behind fair judiciary (87%), gender equality (85%), free internet (69%) and others.

 
 
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Freedom of conscience

 
WEA calls for recognition of the right to conscientious objection to abortion

“Religious freedom, must include recognition of the right to protect life and to advocate against its termination, both in words and deeds”, the WEA says at the UN Human Rights Council.

 
 
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Analysis

 
‘Trans’ debate in Sweden: “The pendulum has swung in the last year”
‘Trans’ debate in Sweden: “The pendulum has swung in the last year”

The alarming trends among teenagers have forced experts to raise their voice. Evangelical author Olof Edsinger: “Of course, there is a theological truth, but science really goes a long way in challenging the queer and trans ideology”.

 
 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT
Mary Ho

 
The transcendent culture of servant leadership
The transcendent culture of servant leadership

While all cultures and religions may display aspects of servant-leadership, Jesus Christ is the ultimate embodiment of a servant-leader.

 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT EUROPE

 
Olof Edsinger: Christians must oppose secular European lifestyle
Olof Edsinger: Christians must oppose secular European lifestyle

“We need to realise that behind the trends, ideologies and mindsets that we face, there are spiritual realities”, says the general secretary of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Jonathan Tame

 
Coming to terms with Covid-19

The Bible offers not only encouragement for personal faith in a time of crisis, but also wisdom and insight to guide the Christian in a position of public leadership or influence.

 
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
Marc Madrigal

 
The plague tablet of Mursilis II
The plague tablet of Mursilis II

Mursilis was unsure if the storm god was indeed the reason for the plague that happened between 1350-1325 BCE. He panicked because libations and offerings were about to cease.

 
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Coronavirus

 
Latin America prepares for Covid-19: “Of course we are going to pray!”
Latin America prepares for Covid-19: “Of course we are going to pray!”

The Presidents of Paraguay, El Salvador and Guatemala call believers to ask for God’s protection. Christians react to mockery on social media: “We are not ashamed of saying that our trust is in God”.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING
Peter Mead

 
A new not new experience – Covid-19 response

This situation may be new to most of us, but it is not new for most people, in most of the world, for most of history. This situation is new to us, but it is not new to God’s people.

 
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WINDOW ON EUROPE
Jeff Fountain

 
Global standstill
Global standstill

Martin Luther encouraged believers to obey quarantine orders, fumigate their houses, and take precautions to avoid spreading the sickness. Anything less was ‘tempting God’.

 
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Africa

 
Sudan orders removal of church committees appointed by Bashir regime
Sudan orders removal of church committees appointed by Bashir regime

Move lauded as first step to returning churches to their leaders. “All respective authorities should comply with this order”.

 
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MIND AND HEART
Pablo Martínez

 
A Psalm in the epidemic: Trust overcomes fear
A Psalm in the epidemic: Trust overcomes fear

Psalm 91 has breathed encouragement and peace into millions of believers in the midst of trial. Its message is very relevant to our current epidemic situation.

 
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NEWS DESK
Daniel Hofkamp

 
Working from home: 5 tips
Working from home: 5 tips

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, many may be forced to experiment with this kind of work in the coming months.

 
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FEATURES
René Breuel

 
The coronavirus and the ministry of touch
The coronavirus and the ministry of touch

I lead a congregation in Rome that thrives on handshakes, greet kisses, and physical contact. This winter, the coronavirus has taught Italians the cautions of distance and isolation.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
Charlee New

 
Good Omens and the problem of the end of the world
Good Omens and the problem of the end of the world

Is there a way for us to talk about Christian eschatology that both acknowledges brokenness and affirms goodness?

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE
John Wyatt

 
Artificial intelligence and simulated relationships (III)
Artificial intelligence and simulated relationships (III)

As technologically simulated relationships become ever more realistic and superficially convincing, we must be aware of the risk that the simulacrum will exert a seductive appeal to our hearts.

 
 

 
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Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade

The Director of the Jubilee Centre (Cambridge) analyses the impact of the financial crises on families, and the future of the workplace in a connected world, from a Christian perspective.

 
Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade

Jim Memory analyses the main issues that have changed Europe in the 2010-2019 decade. How should Christians live in a continent that has lost its soul?

 
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.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
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How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers? How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers?

Dave Patty shares about the notion of parenting children on God’s behalf.

 
What is a prayer meeting? What is a prayer meeting?

“Prayer is like a fire. One spark that someone prays should ignite a passion in someone else”. Mike Betts leads the network of churches Relational Mission.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
 
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