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A spinning top, a trumpet and a pair of socks
A spinning top, a trumpet and a pair of socks

Have you been good? is the magic question which echoes in children’s heads, and we encourage them to say “yes” in order to get their deserved reward in the form of presents. But is this Christmas?

 
 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Home for Christmas!
Home for Christmas!

The real first Christmas is not a fairytale or a myth, it is the remarkable launch of a rescue mission that changes human history. 

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
Christianity, anthropocentrism and reframing the narrative
Christianity, anthropocentrism and reframing the narrative

Christians have been wrong on the environment, but they have also, at times, been right, acting justly and humanely—and with results that we still benefit from today.

 
 
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BETWEEN THE LINES

 
The lost home of Christopher Robin
The lost home of Christopher Robin

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” tells of the unavoidable distance between parents and their children, and the nostalgia for a lost home.

 
 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Unique passage
Unique passage

Every passage of the Bible is saying something about something in a unique way.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
The dangers of oversimplification
The dangers of oversimplification

Let’s ask hard questions that demand more than just shallow answers. Only then can we really deal with and solve complicated social problems.

 
 
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IN FAMILY

 
My team had a match today
My team had a match today

“My children want to play sports, but that means not being able to go to church on many Sundays”. What should we do?

 
 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Humility optional?
Humility optional?

Humility is not just something God prefers. Humility is not an arbitrary demand we can hope to bypass. Nor is humility a contrast to God’s supposed demand for the spotlight.

 
 
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EEA - ISSACHAR PROJECT

 
Liberal values dogmatism
Liberal values dogmatism

In the battle of language, this diffuse form of populism is defining what is “progressive” and what is not, and thus imposing its ideas on society.

 
 
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Eugene Peterson: Earthly fruit, heavenly reward
Eugene Peterson: Earthly fruit, heavenly reward

How did this young boy growing up in Kalispell, Montana make such an impact on the world that celebrities like Bono sought out his friendship and counsel?

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
Why unity matters
Why unity matters

With such division in our political leadership, is there any wonder that the tensions over Brexit remain so high?

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
Usurping the power of propaganda
Usurping the power of propaganda

As Christians we have a responsibility to take a stand against propaganda and make sure we are bearers and channels of the truth.

 
 
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Nationalism, populism, politics and identity
Nationalism, populism, politics and identity

We need to be discerning as to the aspects of our nation and culture that can be affirmed by us, and those that must be challenged in the light of the character of God.

 
 
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The secularisation of politics
The secularisation of politics

The influence of the Bible on political thought, speech and action is unparalleled, and has provided the foundations for modernity upon which has been built the liberal democracy that we enjoy in the West today.

 
 
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Planning for Christmas now
Planning for Christmas now

Whichever way you plan your church Christmas schedule, you do need to pray for sensitivity to a set of potential people present.

 
 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT

 
Beating the shame game
Beating the shame game

How the gospel transforms the Untouchable to the Touched-by-Grace.

 
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7 ways to stay gospel sharp
7 ways to stay gospel sharp

The church slowly but surely tends to move away from the gospel just as our bodies slowly but surely move away from health.

 
 
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Pride and the preacher
Pride and the preacher

What may stir pride in the preacher? When might we be vulnerable to this great enemy?

 
 
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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH

 
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?

Abortion rates for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal abnormality, are high: nearly 100 per cent in Iceland, 98 per cent in Denmark, and 90 per cent in the United Kingdom.

 
 
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Reaching out to slave girls in the sex industry
Reaching out to slave girls in the sex industry

When we meet them, we begin by showing them that there is a way of hope, because they all want to get out of their situation.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
Spiritually bloated?
Spiritually bloated?

Our entire culture is still geared toward satisfaction. According to the Bible, this is quite dangerous.

 
 
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Would Jesus Christ drive a Cadillac? The fascination of a fool’s paradise
Would Jesus Christ drive a Cadillac? The fascination of a fool’s paradise

At first glance, it is difficult to understand the success of preachers of the prosperity gospel. Here, we present five reasons.

 
 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE

 
The iron cage
The iron cage

Sabbath is designed not only to make us more efficient and fruitful in our work, but more fundamentally to challenge our obsession with efficiency and with productivity.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
Not the Last Word: Seeking a Confederal Europe
Not the Last Word: Seeking a Confederal Europe

Let’s pray that Britain and her European neighbours will find a pathway for lasting reform that’s rooted in biblical revelation and wisdom.

 
 
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An engaging yet bittersweet read
An engaging yet bittersweet read

Ferry, like so many, does not seriously consider Christianity’s truth claims; he simply does not believe.

 
 
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The Church, Robotics and AI
The Church, Robotics and AI

Christians appear to be able to offer a framework for insisting on the value and dignity of the human being in a mechanising world.

 
 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Marginally helpful preacher metaphors (II)
Marginally helpful preacher metaphors (II)

A good preacher of poetry does for listeners what a gallery guide might do for me: lead me beyond first impressions, cause me to slow down and start to feel with the artist.

 
 
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Romans 13 - Submitting to the authority
Romans 13 - Submitting to the authority

The Bible shows us examples of legitimate opposition to the abuse of power by those in authority, and it is not simply limited to the subject of preaching the Gospel.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
The World Cup dilemma
The World Cup dilemma

It would be good to penalize the blatant human rights abuses in Qatar rather than applauding them by letting bonded labourers build the new stadiums for World Cup 2022.

 
 
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BETWEEN THE LINES

 
‘Wild Wild Country’: When paradise becomes a nightmare
‘Wild Wild Country’: When paradise becomes a nightmare

How is it possible to conceive that intelligent people could worship Osho as a god? Because, like Sheela, by worshiping him they were serving themselves.

 
 
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An open letter to the BBC
An open letter to the BBC

It’s impossible to imagine the BBC producing any sort of programme that examined the origins of Islam or the Quran with anything like the severity with which Christianity or the Bible is treated.

 
 
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History belongs to the intercessors
History belongs to the intercessors

There is an increasing awareness in Western societies that there is more to reality than what can simply be explained using the categories of science.

 
 
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SOLAS MAGAZINE

 
Countdown to Day Zero
Countdown to Day Zero

Water is, biblically, a precious blessing from God. It is a gift, not a right. And wasting it, misusing it, failing daily to be grateful for it, are sins against God, neighbour and creation.

 
 
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BETWEEN THE LINES

 
Salinger, the rebel in the rye
Salinger, the rebel in the rye

Salinger was born in New York to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. This mixture set Salinger off on a continuous quest for answers from different creeds.

 
 
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The church of the future
The church of the future

Altered Carbon goes a long way to showing us what an eternity without God’s presence would look like.

 
 
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The failure of theistic rationalism
The failure of theistic rationalism

Rationalism and its corresponding Protestant theology, Higher Criticism (or Historical Criticism), have created a theological and spiritual desert condemning European Protestantism to complete irrelevance.

 
 
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VATICAN FILES

 
She is My ‘Mamá’ – Pope Francis and Mary
She is My ‘Mamá’ – Pope Francis and Mary

The apartment he lives in is replete with Marian images. The rooms where he officially meets with people are furnished with portraits of Mary. His own daily clothes carry objects associated with Mary.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Pondering pre-sermon position
Pondering pre-sermon position

Spend fifteen or twenty minutes chatting with the guy on the sound desk as you collect your microphone, and a handful of other people you can strike up a conversation with, and you tend to learn a lot about a church.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
A Spurgeon preaching thought: Bible
A Spurgeon preaching thought: Bible

We have to go above and beyond a casual reading of Scripture in order to speak it out to others. 

 
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Schrader’s tormented faith
Schrader’s tormented faith

For Paul Schrader’s characters, salvation is often synonymous with self-redemption. Atonement for guilt is sought through violence, which, far from being divine, is profoundly human.

 
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4 reasons why porn must not change, but rather disappear
4 reasons why porn must not change, but rather disappear

As with any addiction, the brain always wants more, harder, more intense. Saying that one can actually change the likings of the enormous mass of consumers towards a kind of porn that is non-violent and non-sexist, is a lie.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Pray!
Pray!

When we are expressing our dependence on and need of God, then it is our prayer that makes us most human!

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Never run dry
Never run dry

The real challenge is not filling time, but knowing what to cut out to fit the time you have.

 
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BETWEEN THE LINES

 
Polanski: Half a century ago Rosemary’s baby was born
Polanski: Half a century ago Rosemary’s baby was born

What today we call Satanism is really just a form of atheism, born out of the rejection of an all-too-familiar religion. 

 
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150 years of Beach Missions
150 years of Beach Missions

Out in the open, a beach mission is like a church without walls. Those who are unsure can sit at a distance, listening and looking. There is something too about the anonymity of being away on holiday that makes people more willing to try new things.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
Trivial matters
Trivial matters

The way we communicate online is changing the political debate in strange ways.

 
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Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’
Creating community through the ‘World Cafe’

Twice-monthly social events are held for between 80-150  people, sometimes even more. The asylum seekers and refugees cook meals from their own countries, with occasional British cuisine.

 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT

 
The populist disaster of Venezuela: Understanding the nation’s pain and awakening hope
The populist disaster of Venezuela: Understanding the nation’s pain and awakening hope

Most Venezuelans are now ‘burned out’ as they basically just try to survive. An unprecedented exodus has ensued, some 1,642,400 left the country between 2015 and 2017.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Children vs students
Children vs students

Children have vivid imaginations. When you read them a story, they can see it happening.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Why keep humour subtle?
Why keep humour subtle?

We run the risk of making the humour a feature of the message, and sail very close to being an entertainer, which is a far lesser calling than being an engaging authentic proclaimer of God’s Word.

 
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Screen idols
Screen idols

Communications technology, changes culture. And just as the printing press, the telegraph, radio, and television have done, so the internet is changing our culture. And at lightning speed.

 
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Evangelicals in Cuba: the protected, the repressed and the persecuted
Evangelicals in Cuba: the protected, the repressed and the persecuted

Cuba was reviewed earlier during this year in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
The quest!
The quest!

Once you have prayed, wrestled, tried, failed, corrected and tried again, you may eventually arrive at a golden destination: an understanding of the text’s details in context.

 
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CHURCH PLANTING IN EUROPE

 
Mission and the margins in contemporary Europe
Mission and the margins in contemporary Europe

Churches and its Christians would do well to simply follow the example of Jesus Christ and his approach to power and to those isolated or excluded by it.

 
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Anointed Ministry: Myth & 7 Realities
Anointed Ministry: Myth & 7 Realities

Our understanding of anointed ministry should be rooted in a thoroughly biblical understanding of the work and person of the Holy Spirit.

 
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The art of missing out
The art of missing out

Having thrown off a religious sensibility, our death-haunted culture needs to squeeze every last drop of experience out of our limited existences, before it all slips away.

 
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The lost kingdom of Jurassic Park
The lost kingdom of Jurassic Park

We cannot be what we want to be, because we are not infinite creators but finite and dependent creatures.

 
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British Christians and Brexit
British Christians and Brexit

To claim that somehow Britain is morally superior to the other 27 countries of the EU is a dangerously arrogant position to take.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Preaching: A platform for ministries
Preaching: A platform for ministries

Preach to the people in front of you, but prayerfully ponder how the Sunday sermon can shape more than just that moment.

 
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CHURCH PLANTING IN EUROPE

 
Muslims in Europe and the response of the Church
Muslims in Europe and the response of the Church

Our thinking, attitude, behavior with regard to Islam in Europe should be guided by God’s self-giving love manifested at the cross of Golgotha.

 
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Make your voice heard in Europe
Make your voice heard in Europe

The European Commission launched the Online Citizens’ Consultation on May 9th. It is “addressed to all Europeans, asking them what direction they want the European Union to take in the future”.

 
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Ready Player One: Paradises beyond the real world
Ready Player One: Paradises beyond the real world

It is easy to understand why many seek to escape by submerging themselves in virtual worlds - places where one can become what they have always dreamed of being.

 
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Do Atheists go to Heaven? Pope Francis says yes
Do Atheists go to Heaven? Pope Francis says yes

The idea that all people are children of God means that all people will ultimately be saved, thus blurring the distinction between nature and grace, between being a created person and being a saved person.

 
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Alfie Evans’ parents should not be stopped from doing what they believe is best for him
Alfie Evans’ parents should not be stopped from doing what they believe is best for him

I think there are two key questions with this case: ‘What is the best way of managing Alfie?’ and ‘Who should ultimately decide what treatment he has?’

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
The R Factor in Brexit
The R Factor in Brexit

Notwithstanding our departure from the EU, we are still Europeans by culture, history and geography. How might such solidarities be strengthened?

 
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MIND AND HEART

 
“The Seven Words” from the Cross, Jesus’ supreme sermon
“The Seven Words” from the Cross, Jesus’ supreme sermon

It is on the cross that the character of Christ reaches its greatest splendour. During the hours of deepest darkness, his words shine like radiant gold.

 
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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH

 
Is the European Parliament really upholding fundamental rights?
Is the European Parliament really upholding fundamental rights?

The Annual Report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU is a narrow document, that misses some of the key elements related to the very topic that it purports to address.

 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
When Christians disagree, does it matter ‘how’?
When Christians disagree, does it matter ‘how’?

Christians must not give up disagreeing with each other. For the sake of truth it matters that we disagree but how we disagree makes all the difference.

 
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Lausanne Movement pays tribute to founder Billy Graham
Lausanne Movement pays tribute to founder Billy Graham

We thank God for the long and fruitful life of Billy Graham, as he joins the great cloud of witnesses, for his extraordinary influence and for the model he leaves of a life well-lived and a race well-run.

 
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WINDOW ON EUROPE

 
An unreasonable commitment?
An unreasonable commitment?

“The fidelity of my parents gave my siblings’ generation a strong example to pass on to our children’s generation”.

 
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The ‘Boutin affair’: a half-hearted judgment for freedom of expression
The ‘Boutin affair’: a half-hearted judgment for freedom of expression

The decision of the French Supreme Court can be seen as a victory for defenders of freedom of expression and of conscience, in particular concerning the option of quoting a verse from the Bible about homosexuality. But it also opens the way for new legal disputes on the subject.

 
 

 
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Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church 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.

 
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.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
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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.

 
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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“We need prayers for Bulgaria” “We need prayers for Bulgaria”

An interview with Pastor Vlady Raichinov, Vice President of the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance.

 
The Impact of the Reformation on the social  reforms The Impact of the Reformation on the social reforms

David Hilborn, Principal, St. John's College, explains how has the Reformation view of justification led to social and political reforms.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
 
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