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There is no balm in Atwood’s Gilead
There is no balm in Atwood’s Gilead

“The Handmaid’s Tale” portrays the nightmare of a society governed by fanaticism and intolerance.

 
 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT

 
What is the Islamic caliphate and why should Christians care?
What is the Islamic caliphate and why should Christians care?

A number of Muslim groups are actively seeking a Caliphate, although their conceptions of it differ. These groups include Al-Qa’ida, Daesh (IS), Hizb ut Tahrir, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

 
 
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Looking forward
Looking forward

We should not only see the tares or weeds, the negative, but also remind ourselves of the positive things God is doing, the wheat.

 
 
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Marian prayers as shapers of Roman Catholic theology and practice
Marian prayers as shapers of Roman Catholic theology and practice

The word rosary means “crown of roses”. The conviction behind this expression is that Mary has revealed that each time people say a “Hail Mary” they are giving her a rose.

 
 
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The centenary of the author of ‘A Contract With God’
The centenary of the author of ‘A Contract With God’

Will Eisner invented the comic for adults in 1978 with a story about the crisis of faith of a Jewish immigrant.

 
 
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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT

 
Restoring honor and removing shame: Core aspects of God’s mission
Restoring honor and removing shame: Core aspects of God’s mission

Honor and shame are prominent in Majority World cultures, where these moral values form the ‘operating system’ of everyday life. People avoid disgrace and seek status in the eyes of the community.

 
 
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Malta: Europe’s southerly outpost
Malta: Europe’s southerly outpost

There is no doubt that one of the greatest challenges Malta has faced in recent years has been coping with the influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

 
 
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No God But One, by Nabeel Qureshi
No God But One, by Nabeel Qureshi

The force of Qureshi’s argument comes from applying the litmus test of history to the claims of each religion.

 
 
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Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and the Gospel
Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and the Gospel

The New Testament writers tell us that God’s honour is not something so fragile that it needs to be protected by legal restrictions.

 
 
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Sanctuaries as places of evangelization - Are they really?
Sanctuaries as places of evangelization - Are they really?

The word “evangelization” is used across the spectrum of the Christian world. The question is: What is the meaning of it? How is it defined? What does it refer to?

 
 
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Reforming Europe, how?
Reforming Europe, how?

Is the exit-strategy (like the one seen with Brexit) the only way forward amidst the widespread dissatisfaction towards the EU?

 
 
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Another French revolution?
Another French revolution?

Sadly ‘integrity’, ‘incorruptibility’ and ‘honesty’ are not words often used to describe today’s politicians. That’s why we cannot leave our future just to the politicians.

 
 
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Living as a Christian, registered as a Muslim?
Living as a Christian, registered as a Muslim?

Conversion from Islam is impossible in many places and in the few locations where it is possible legally, there are social and cultural impediments to change.

 
 
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But did Jesus really rise from the dead?
But did Jesus really rise from the dead?

We take a look at four theories regarding Jesus' 'supposed' resurrection from the dead.

 
 
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Religion and sentiment
Religion and sentiment

This “Holy Week” in Spain thousands of people who refuse to follow Jesus will be moved by religious images. They will sing and cry.

 
 
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Persecution in Mexico?
Persecution in Mexico?

We spoke with Protestant Christians who had had their electricity and water cut off, who had been removed from the local population registers, whose children had been prevented from attending school.

 
 
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Is truth dead?
Is truth dead?

When the devil lies, Jesus said, he speaks his native language. As fallen human beings, it is our native language too. Lying is universal.

 
 
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The Doors - Riders on the storm
The Doors - Riders on the storm

Through his mysterious death in Paris in 1971, the charismatic and self-destructive Jim Morrison managed to create a legend.

 
 
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7 ways to get your church reading
7 ways to get your church reading

What can you do when people just don’t seem interested in good books?

 
 
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ENGAGING MUSLIMS

 
Engaging with Muslims (III): Ways of being Muslim in Europe
Engaging with Muslims (III): Ways of being Muslim in Europe

Fundamentalist Muslims, Reformed Muslims, Converted Muslims, Secular Muslims... There are at least 11 ways this faith is lived out in Europe. 

 
 
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That ‘Roman Plot’
That ‘Roman Plot’

Granted, the European Union is a very imperfect human project, not to be confused with God’s kingdom. Yet we are told to pray for God’s kingdom to come, that is, for his will to be done in Europe as it is in heaven.

 
 
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Engaging with Muslims (II): Islam in present-day Europe
Engaging with Muslims (II): Islam in present-day Europe

Islam is in Europe to stay, albeit progressively and in different forms. Different versions and traditions of Islam compete with each other. It has become Europe’s second religion after Christianity.

 
 
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Contextual challenges and creative responses in contemporary India
Contextual challenges and creative responses in contemporary India

While India has always had a religiously plural ethos, contemporary India has been polarized along religious lines with the advent of the Hindu nationalist political party to power in 2014 with an absolute majority.

 
 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Rebuilding the Bridge to Life
Rebuilding the Bridge to Life

It is good to rethink the gospel presentations we use.

 
 
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ENGAGING MUSLIMS

 
Engaging with Muslims (I): A need to understand whom we engage with
Engaging with Muslims (I): A need to understand whom we engage with

Statistics often do not give any indication of the religious commitment, beliefs and practices of a person. Some believe that only a third of all Muslims in Europe actively practice their Islamic faith.

 
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Reaching out to disabled students
Reaching out to disabled students

Produce information about your events in accessible formats. Book a sign language interpreter for the meetings during your mission week.

 
 
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Dig Deeper
Dig Deeper

Most of the time most of us remain blissfully unaware of riches with which we have not yet engaged.

 
 
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Driving to Brussels
Driving to Brussels

Citizens from all over Europe are driving to Brussels to offer themselves as ‘Official European Chauffeurs’, willing to bring refugees to their respective countries.

 
 
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Way to heaven
Way to heaven

The main character of Himmelweg is a Red Cross worker who is an accessory to manipulating History, by covering up the truth of what really happened in a Nazi concentration camp.

 
 
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Red tide rising
Red tide rising

Gavin Matthews on Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia.

 
 
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Climate change in Europe
Climate change in Europe

The response of the European Churches to climate change, as with all environmental issues, has been patchy, but there are signs that this is beginning to change.

 
 
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Was Jesus a populist?
Was Jesus a populist?

When confronted with the dichotomy of ‘people’ or ‘elite’, Jesus refused to be cornered. His answers to trick questions introduced a new dimension.

 
 
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God speaks in “Silence”
God speaks in “Silence”

According to Endô, the Catholic Japanese author whose book is the basis of Scorsese’s new film, “Silence” isn’t about God’s silence, but about how God speaks through silence and trauma.

 
 
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MIND AND HEART

 
Being before doing (II)
Being before doing (II)

Beginning in the USA and expanding then to Europe, we witness the rise of a rampant individualism where “my rights” are the primary interest.

 
 
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The cumulative crisis of trust
The cumulative crisis of trust

Our churches should be examples of institutions that serve the common good, that speak out against injustice, and that are led with integrity.

 
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MIND AND HEART

 
Being before doing (I): Looking for priorities in our life
Being before doing (I): Looking for priorities in our life

Apparently, we all agree that the value of a person doesn’t depend as much from their doing as from their being. But, what does the world understand by being? 

 
 
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Moby’s complicated life
Moby’s complicated life

His autobiography “Porcelain”, introduces us this militant vegetarian, who defends animal rights, does not drink, smoke or take drugs, but confesses being addicted to porn.

 
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Yemen: Faith flourishes in the midst of war
Yemen: Faith flourishes in the midst of war

Jamil, a former Muslim: “Yemenis follow Christ with all their hearts. There is no way back. We all know that. Becoming a Christian will cost you much”.

 
 
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Deep Questions
Deep Questions

The fact of Jesus’ death for us is an objective truth that should grip us and reassure us. Was I wanted? Most definitely, yes. The cross has proven that!

 
 
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I respect you
I respect you

Have I ever felt hated or rejected or made fun of? Yes, I have.

 
 
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‘Lucky’ survivors
‘Lucky’ survivors

Globally, some 65 million people have been displaced this year, roughly equivalent to Britain’s whole population.

 
 
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The Jewish composer of the Reformation Symphony
The Jewish composer of the Reformation Symphony

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) converted to Christianity when he was young, going on to become one of the foremost Protestant composers.

 
 
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These Romans are crazy!
These Romans are crazy!

The final banquet that closes every Asterix book reflects humanity’s yearning for a happy ending.

 
 
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Fully known, fully loved
Fully known, fully loved

We are totally vulnerable before him, whether we know it or not, he knows us. 

 
 
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Is Pope Francis Making the Catholic Church Protestant?
Is Pope Francis Making the Catholic Church Protestant?

With Pope Francis the Roman Catholic Church is simply becoming more “catholic”, i.e. embracing and absorbing all, without losing its being “Roman”.

 
 
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Broken dreams in Havana
Broken dreams in Havana

The new man, dreamed up by el Che, does not exist and will never exist, if he is not born from above.

 
 
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When the Gospel is All Past Tense
When the Gospel is All Past Tense

For years I sat and heard messages that seemed to be targeted at someone else (and often that someone else was not there). What a wasted opportunity.

 
 
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Finding security in the ‘risk society’
Finding security in the ‘risk society’

While the risk society is a secular phenomenon, it provides an opportunity for Christians to live distinctively and attractively.

 
 
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Bob Dylan’s faith
Bob Dylan’s faith

One of the last biographies published about the Nobel literature prize winner says that Dylan has never rejected his faith in Jesus. But the lyrics of some of his songs reveal a spiritual battle.

 
 
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When the ‘unexpected’ happens
When the ‘unexpected’ happens

Because of the paradoxical relationship between God’s freedom and human freedom, Christians need a robust “theology of surprise”.

 
 
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The First Albanian School of Girls and Albanian Evangelicals
The First Albanian School of Girls and Albanian Evangelicals

We, the Evangelicals of Albania, understand that this is how we must love our nation today in order to be true to our gospel calling.

 
 
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My Nigerian daughter
My Nigerian daughter

I ask the Lord - who bore our griefs and pains - to erase the scars of the wounds and the pain of our Nigerian girl. And to show her that, for him and for all of us, she is a precious stone.

 
 
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The Ramones, 40 years on
The Ramones, 40 years on

It would be a mistake to think that their story was nothing more than the nihilism of hopeless youth. Their rage was a cry of rebellion against an empty life.

 
 
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Don’t shut your eyes!
Don’t shut your eyes!

509,980 is the number of people forced into labour in the EU. That’s more people than those living in Toulouse. Or Liverpool. Or Gdansk. Or Antwerp.

 
 
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One hundred days
One hundred days

There is a place for patriotism and healthy national pride. But surely we should get nervous when British exceptionalism and nationalistic fervour get wrapped up in religious language.

 
 
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Journey in the Dark
Journey in the Dark

Morning always comes. We live in darkness, but we live with hope. And our hope is God Himself.

 
 
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Power in Game of Thrones
Power in Game of Thrones

In the most award-winning series at the Emmys, sin is not sweetened to make it more attractive, but it is shown in its most repulsive light. Is this a glorification of evil, or its complete opposite?

 
 
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A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage
A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage

Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.

 
 
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The stories we live by
The stories we live by

Putting to one side the hermeneutical questions around the identification of the EU with Bablyon, what is clear is that the demonization of the “other” inspires hatred not love.

 
 
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How do we treat our enemies?
How do we treat our enemies?

The main character in “Bridge of Spies” not only believes in the power of the word, but also seeks to identify himself with the other, with the enemy.

 
 
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Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures
Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures

A look at European statistics on five key biomedical issues: surrogate parenthood, gender transformation, the new eugenics, euthanasia and abortion. 

 
 
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Mission after Brexit
Mission after Brexit

If the current situation has encouraged mission agencies in Europe to ask questions again about their core business and the values of service, radical availability, and sacrifice, then God will continue to be glorified, even in the midst of political turmoil and uncertainty.

 
 
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The truth about dying
The truth about dying

I have always found striking, the discrepancy between the public support for euthanasia (among those who are healthy) and my patients’ desire for continued life.

 
 
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10 pointers for “untrained” preachers
10 pointers for “untrained” preachers

Is there a Bible school where you could take a single course? Diligently hunt the best books to read, as well as well-informed people to engage with in conversation.

 
 
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7 ways to guard hearts at church
7 ways to guard hearts at church

We need to be people who guard hearts in the church environment.  Good music and good preaching is not enough.

 
 
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The situation in Turkey - Some thoughts about the implications for ministry
The situation in Turkey - Some thoughts about the implications for ministry

An increasing atmosphere of Islamic triumphalism in the wake of the coup could potentially put pressure on Christians or increase the threat level for them in Turkey, but for now that threat isn't present.

 
 
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In or out: How should Christians approach the EU Referendum?
In or out: How should Christians approach the EU Referendum?

Viewing the issues of the referendum debate through the lens of what theologians call “salvation history”, the mission of God to redeem His creation, throws new light on them and provides vital perspective to help us make our decision on the 23 June.  

 
 
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Loving the Persecuted Church (I)
Loving the Persecuted Church (I)

In Revelation 13, we have a description of what a state or a government can become when everything goes wrong. A state can become a devouring beast, destroying everything in its path, and especially attacking Christians with demonic hatred.

 
 
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LOVE AND CONTEXT

 
Joyful versus entertained
Joyful versus entertained

Our modern society  has evolved in such a way that the manner it has chosen to resolve the class struggle has been to try to implement the entertainment principle as a “need” for human beings.

 
 
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Thierry Le Gall, a Breton pastor in parliament
Thierry Le Gall, a Breton pastor in parliament

“There are 2,200 in France and about 50 in the Bretagne region. However, these are still relatively unknown churches”. French public television France 3 airs report about evangelical pastor Thierry Le Gall. 

 
 
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What happened to Justification by Faith?
What happened to Justification by Faith?

Any accommodation to the idea that we are ultimately capable of saving ourselves, any accommodation to the fact that salvation is not God’s gift from beginning to end is a slippery slope towards a false gospel.

 
 
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The Media and the Gospel
The Media and the Gospel

We love new technologies and we use them passionately. But we also know God’s mission is done through and for real people. The ELF conference in Wisla (Poland) reinforces our aim to analyse the big challenges of today through the Christian worldview.

 
 
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Sex, religion and Prince
Sex, religion and Prince

It is impossible to understand Prince (1958–2016) without one of these two powerful forces, but the same could be said of many of us.

 
 
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The Eagles’ long run
The Eagles’ long run

Glenn Frey (1948-2016) was the soul of The Eagles. The band’s success allowed them to enjoy everything that life had to offer them. The conclusion that they came to could not have been more disheartening.

 
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The Book That Made Your World
The Book That Made Your World

Mangalwadi’s book ranges effortlessly though history, politics, economics, theology, sociology, and philosophy. His conclusion is cultures that are rooted in the Bible, provide the best environment for human flourishing.

 
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Nationalist extremism in Europe today and the Gospel of Jesus
Nationalist extremism in Europe today and the Gospel of Jesus

The extreme political right has simply developed a compelling narrative that weaves a dystopian mythology around the themes of ethnic dilution, conspiracy, migration, religious terrorism, and resource scarcity.

 
 
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Seeing the risen one
Seeing the risen one

The latest film by the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!” presents us with the problem of the ministry of the gospel on screen: how to see in order to believe.

 
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Our public faith
Our public faith

I find it amazing that God would “overcome” the world in the worst thinkable way, by letting his son be condemned to death. He allowed the darkest force to be used against him. 

 
 
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The global rise of secular and religious restriction and their impact on missions
The global rise of secular and religious restriction and their impact on missions

An evangelical emphasis on nurturing societies that encourage openness, tolerance, and diversity of religious expression should be seen as a benefit to all citizens and beneficial to mission and ministry globally.

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

To my mind, 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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More than a job, less than a life
More than a job, less than a life

“It’s no more difficult to be a Christian singer than a Christian banker or anything else”, says artist Jonathan Veira in an interview about fame, art, work and the faith that inspires him.

 
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Pulpit humour: 5 pointers
Pulpit humour: 5 pointers

Some churches get very upset if the preacher uses any humour in the pulpit. Other churches esteem humour above all else that comes from the pulpit.

 
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Ripe under our noses
Ripe under our noses

Notice how many buddha statues or wall hangings are for sale in local garden centres, or in home improvement centres, or cosmetic shops.

 
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The Brexit election?
The Brexit election?

First and foremost, Christian voters must remember that God is sovereign – not Brussels, and not the UK government.

 
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Easter does not fade
Easter does not fade

The heavenly hope was, for Peter, no “pie in the sky when we die” – it was a real and life defining certain expectation.

 
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Diagnosing Sheep
Diagnosing Sheep

We need to listen well, watch carefully, pray diligently, and keep in mind that in pastoral care situations there will be multiplied factors at play.

 
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Empathy in the information age
Empathy in the information age

We should recognise that breadth of awareness is not evidence of the depth of our engagement.

 
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LOVE AND CONTEXT

 
‘Enslaved’ motherhood
‘Enslaved’ motherhood

Motherhood can sometimes be an idol to be worshiped - and as for all worship, it has its detractors and its fanatics.

 
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Engaging with Muslims (IV): The role of the Church
Engaging with Muslims (IV): The role of the Church

If we would talk as much with Muslims as we do about them, Europe would be a different place.

 
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Preaching and perspectives
Preaching and perspectives

The preacher speaks a message that is intensely personal, yet also expansively global in scope.

 
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What are we going to do if dad is deported?
What are we going to do if dad is deported?

One of the most painful situations for those serving among people without legal papers in the United States is to help parents to make plans for the care of their children in case they are arrested and deported.

 
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Netherlands: Flirting With Christian Culture
Netherlands: Flirting With Christian Culture

Whether the election results swing left or right, the church will always steer its own course. And she will not be afraid to be critical of the government where the gospel would require. A manifesto by theologians Janneke Stegeman and Alain Verheij.

 
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International Church in Karlsruhe
International Church in Karlsruhe

Today’s multicultural European society seeks to integrate the foreigner yet often fails because of the differences that exist between cultures. We believe that this is a challenge that God is putting in front of the churches of today.

 
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The “Uncertain Teaching” of Pope Francis
The “Uncertain Teaching” of Pope Francis

The traditional theological structure was geared to give Yes or No answers. The post-Vatican II structure is more inclined to suggest Both-And types of answer on all kinds of issues.

 
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Mining for a living in the majority world
Mining for a living in the majority world

It is estimated that over 100 million people in the majority world base their livelihoods on locally mining gold, precious stones, and other high-value minerals with minimal equipment, capital, and training.

 
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The transgender tsunami
The transgender tsunami

Transgenderism is the next major issue that Christians are going to have to come to grips with – theologically, morally, medically, legally and pastorally. Many in our churches have been taken by surprise.

 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
The Bible Glows
The Bible Glows

Both content and form speak of the divine heart beating on every page of the Bible.

 
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What kind of “Reformation” does Pope Francis have in mind?
What kind of “Reformation” does Pope Francis have in mind?

What the Pope has in mind is an altogether different kind of reformation, i.e. a reformation that will make his church more catholic and more Roman, doubtfully more evangelical.

 
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Shock therapy
Shock therapy

Paul instructed his readers to pray for the authoritarian leaders of his day, so that the ‘soft powers’ of the gospel–love, truth and justice–could prevail.

 
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A disposition of hope today
A disposition of hope today

Hope perseveres in the face of hardship, recognizes that God in his grace wants to preserve this world and protect it from its self-destructive powers.

 
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Subtlety: A Key in First-Person Preaching?
Subtlety: A Key in First-Person Preaching?

If you are telling David’s story with Goliath, much better to have a stone in your hand than to be wearing authentic shepherding garb from 1000BC.

 
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Our best hope for a better world
Our best hope for a better world

We are free, in Christ, to be all that God had originally intended us to be. Christians should be shouting the news that equality is part of God’s intended plan.

 
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Markus and the question that changed everything
Markus and the question that changed everything

Young Markus had been an ambitious Muslim. He studied in an Islamic university led by his father and his mission was to reach out to Christian youth and lead them to the “right path”.

 
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“The Only Creature Without Sin”
“The Only Creature Without Sin”

Protestants find it difficult to come to terms with this Marian dogma. This is due to not finding even a hint of evidence for this belief in the Bible.

 
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The cost of preaching the Gospel in Southeast Asia
The cost of preaching the Gospel in Southeast Asia

The police and Islamic religious authorities in these countries are highly vigilant against any attempts by Christians to reach Malay Muslims with the gospel.

 
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European Prayer Breakfast 2016: three remarkable stories
European Prayer Breakfast 2016:  three remarkable stories

Slovakian MEP Branislav Škripek, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, and former prime minister of Ethiopia Tamrat Layne, spoke about how faith in God has shaped their lives.

 
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What lies beneath
What lies beneath

A healthy, informed debate on the role of migration is sadly lacking in Europe. Europeans talk about migration, Africans talk about the diaspora.

 
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The secret church in Central Asia
The secret church in Central Asia

In the region, almost 40% of the Protestant churches have become secret churches. “We do not want to be associated with anything illegal and our desire is to be law-abiding citizens”.

 
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Great mysteries of the mind
Great mysteries of the mind

Christians have never been empiricists, only accepting what can be seen or touched or measured. A review of Suzanne O'Sullivan's book 'It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness'.

 
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Family rejection and God’s embrace in the Horn of Africa
Family rejection and God’s embrace in the Horn of Africa

The number of believers of Muslim background has increased radically in the Horn of Africa, despite the high costs associated with the decision of leaving  Islam to follow Christ whole-heartedly.

 
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Making the nation great again?
Making the nation great again?

National greatness in God’s eyes is outward focused, and rather than being the object of God’s blessing, any material prosperity was to be seen as an outworking of their obedience to God’s ways.

 
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Waking up to realities
Waking up to realities

As Americans go to the voting booths to choose the candidate they hate the least, we in Europe need to brace ourselves for the outcomes.

 
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Evangelism and Apologetics Confusion: How the Apologetics Spectrum can help
Evangelism and Apologetics Confusion: How the Apologetics Spectrum can help

I will present a conceptual model. It was life-changing for me to discover it, and I have found that it clearly matches the biblical directives, as well as the fuller biblical narrative.

 
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Bad advice
Bad advice

Is there anything that you would not be willing to give up, under any circumstances, out of your love for the Lord, even if you understood, without a shadow of doubt, that you must give it up or let it go?

 
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The Irresistible Grace of God: The story of North Korea
The Irresistible Grace of God: The story of North Korea

From 1995 to 2012, there were about 480 foreign entities working inside North Korea, of which 70 were Christian. Christian groups have operated in 85 counties in the country, meaning that some 60% have had some exposure to Christian organizations. 

 
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The present climate among Russia’s Protestants
The present climate among Russia’s Protestants

It appears once again as if the Russian state will be moving simultaneously in opposite directions. Restrictive measures are combined with financial support for Protestant and multi-confessional projects.

 
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Long and happy
Long and happy

In response to television programmes romanticising adultery, one parliamentarian in Netherlands raised sponsorship for roadside adverts stating: ‘Adultery–the family game where everyone loses’.

 
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Here to stay? Here to stay!
Here to stay? Here to stay!

Have you contemplated what it means that the refugee migrants are going to stay in Europe, your country, your town, your village? Or are you deep down still thinking and maybe even hoping that they will go away again?

 
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Uncorrupted Crowns
Uncorrupted Crowns

We should take the angst we feel about crowns and rewards and then let that energy drive us into the Bible to explore what God is like. 

 
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Facing up
Facing up

The last book by the philosopher Manuel Cruz looks into our “systematic quest for exculpatory arguments”.

 
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How Does the Catholic Church Rejuvenate?
How Does the Catholic Church Rejuvenate?

The territorial dimension of the hierarchical church, centered on the authority of the bishop, has found it difficult to come to terms with the charismatic energy of the movements, more inclined to follow their own lay leaders than the local bishops.

 
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The splendid isolation of Hieronymus Bosch
The splendid isolation of Hieronymus Bosch

His surviving works are rare and are in museums all over the world but, says Susan Mansfield, the Dutch artist remains a man of mystery

 
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The Turkish Hadith Project
The Turkish Hadith Project

The Hadith reports can take Muslims in many directions: to compassion for widows and orphans, to patriarchal attitudes towards women, to disdain for religious minorities, and to military jihad for the cause of Islam.

 
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Nick Vujicic Balkan Tour
Nick Vujicic Balkan Tour

Samuil Petrovski, President of the Serbian Evangelical Alliance, and General Secretary of the IFES Serbia writes about the Nick Vujicic’s visit to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro last spring.

 
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Cracks are serious
Cracks are serious

We are to forgive first, then either we can bear with, or we need to approach and proactively address the situation.

 
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Reconciling the Leadership Crisis
Reconciling the Leadership Crisis

I will never be more influential than when I succeed in helping people be reconciled with each other, with their situation, and ultimately with God.

 
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Life now
Life now

Too many gospel presentations offer only a ticket to heaven when you die. And too many Christians are walking around with hope of comfort tied exclusively to that end of life anticipation.

 
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Engaging with the Women’s Mosque Movement
Engaging with the Women’s Mosque Movement

The basic place of meeting between Christian and Muslim is our shared regard for Jesus the Messiah; and the most fundamental point of difference is not the place of women or of violence, but who we believe the Messiah to be.

 
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10 pointers for young preachers
10 pointers for young preachers

Don’t let your homiletical skill get ahead of biblical and theological awareness. People will praise a public speaker, but they need a preacher who is biblically and theologically healthy.

 
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Colombia – Peace at last?
Colombia – Peace at last?

If you knew nothing about Colombia, you might well think, “That’s great! There’s peace now”. But life in Colombia is never quite as straightforward as it might seem.

 
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Learning to love the Persecuted Church (II)
Learning to love the Persecuted Church (II)

As I have listened in person to the prayer requests from persecuted Christians, two themes have caught my ear. The first is the fear that they will be forgotten or abandoned by other Christians.

 
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The picture of Dorian Gray
The picture of Dorian Gray

The modern-day relevance of Wilde’s book could not be any clearer: a new hedonism, the cult of eternal youth, when in reality it is just the vanity of fleeting beauty.

 
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Increasing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities
Increasing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities

Should the protest of Reformed Christians against laws allowing shopping on Sunday be heeded? Do transgendered people have a right to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with?

 
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The ageing Church and its implications
The ageing Church and its implications

One obvious implication is the age of retirement for ministers, elders, trustees, and others. Should leaders continue to retire at, say, 65, or as in a number of denominations, 70?

 
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An incompatible image of God
An incompatible image of God

There remain many who believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Their reasoning, argues Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim, is flawed.

 
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Europe’s secularist agenda, the Bodnariu family and God
Europe’s secularist agenda, the Bodnariu family and God

As Romanians, we have passed through many great battles against our own government, battles over state laws that were against the law of God. During our history, the Ottoman Empire wanted our children, just as other empires did.

 
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French adopt Nordic Model
French adopt Nordic Model

Kajsa Wahlberg: ‘Criminals are businessmen; they calculate profits, marketing factors and risks of getting caught before investing time and money into selling women in a particular place.’

 
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The Big IssEU
The Big IssEU

There are Christians in both camps, and good reasons for both positions, but it is almost impossible to separate fact from propaganda. This article aims to articulate a biblical framework within which we might start to ask the right questions.

 
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How large is the Muslim population in Europe and how fast is it growing?
How large is the Muslim population in Europe and how fast is it growing?

More than 1,575 refugees per 100,000 of Sweden’s population claimed asylum last year. But just how large is Europe’s Muslim population, and how fast is it growing?

 
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‘Papers, please’: Compassion vs survival
‘Papers, please’: Compassion vs survival

By putting you in the position of an ordinary person with a large amount of power and asking you to make morally difficult choices, the video game manages to shed light on politics, ethics, and the human condition.

 
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Relational Leadership
Relational Leadership

Jesus was able to command others to follow him, yet his approach to leading these followers was to build close relationships where he taught in small groups, challenged, mentored, and answered their questions. 

 
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Cooperating with the Roman Catholic Church? A Lesson from Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)
Cooperating with the Roman Catholic Church?  A Lesson from Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)

It is one thing is to work together on areas of common concern in society, e.g. the promotion of Judeo-Christian values in society; it is an altogether different issue to engage in common mission and evangelism.

 
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Caesar: Cash is king
Caesar: Cash is king

Money is one of the tools of that centralised authority, open to all the abuses that control over its supply enables. The coin in Jesus’ hand was the perfect example of those dangers.

 
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McGrath: “New Atheism is falling from grace”
McGrath: “New Atheism is falling from grace”

The scientist and theologian believes that Galileo’s story has been distorted, and accuses Dawkins of “staining science.” An interview published in Spain’s El País. 

 
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Forgiving and asking for forgiveness
Forgiving and asking for forgiveness

To forgive requires first to be aware, through God’s light, of the dark hidden corners in our own heart.

 
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Karl Barth and Vatican II
Karl Barth and Vatican II

In terms of the Protestant evaluation of Roman Catholicism, Barth’s theology of the Word has weakened the evangelical ability to assess Rome having the Bible as supreme standard.

 
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The harsh truth
The harsh truth

“Spotlight” wins Oscar for Best Movie without falling into morbid sensationalism. The film makes us face up to a truth the religious audience does not want to hear.

 
 

 
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Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
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The abilities of Mefi-Boset The abilities of Mefi-Boset

Christian ministry Mefi-Boset has been working with people with intellectual disabilities in their leisure time, and supporting their families in Terrassa and Barcelona (Spain) for 20 years. 

 
Re-evangelise Europe and renew the biblical church Re-evangelise Europe and renew the biblical church

The 2017 European Leadership Forum gathered hundreds in Poland to celebrate the Reformation and connect to better share the gospel in diverse national contexts. See picture gallery.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
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How does the love of God affect my daily life? How does the love of God affect my daily life?

“God’s love is ontological, it cannot be in any way diminished by my poor performance”, says Jerry Root, Professor of Christian Education at Wheaton College (USA).

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi talks about how a renwed view of the Bible changed education systems in Europe.

 
What role does the Church have in Europe? What role does the Church have in Europe?

Evi Rodemann (Germany) talks about the unique contributions to society that only the Church can make. 

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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