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Juan Blake, the model missionary that loved Spain
Juan Blake, the model missionary that loved Spain

He carried out intense testimony work with hundreds of events in churches, schools, parks, bull fighting rings and in the streets of towns and villages across the country.

 
 
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Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala
Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala

Guatemala is the country with the highest percentage of evangelicals in Latin America. However, it has one of the highest rates of inequality, violence and corruption.

 
 
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India’s Water Crisis: How the church can be part of the solution
India’s Water Crisis: How the church can be part of the solution

Some 54% of India faces extremely high water stress. The crisis has become increasingly evident in recent years as much of central India is facing a severe water shortage.

 
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In search of the Father with Mary Poppins
In search of the Father with Mary Poppins

Cinema and memory have a similar effect on the truth. They clean it and make it sparkle to make it more bearable.

 
 
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Young people are walking out – how will churches react?
Young people are walking out – how will churches react?

If pastors and church leaders don’t work to find a solution, they lose the right for their condolences to be taken seriously.

 
 
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Exploring the Canaanite Pantheon: Baal
Exploring the Canaanite Pantheon: Baal

Who were these Canaanites whom God ordered to be annihilated? What did they believe, what did they practice? Why was their existence such a threat to ancient Israel?

 
 
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The Billy Graham that I knew
The Billy Graham that I knew

“I was with Graham in press conferences in places such as Buenos Aires and Philadelphia, and I was really impressed by his capacity to respond with clarity and integrity to the questions of reporters”, writes Samuel Escobar.

 
 
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Applying ancient wisdom
Applying ancient wisdom

John Chrysostom challenged the wealthy and the clergy through his preaching against the the abuses of riches and authority.

 
 
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Why do we read?
Why do we read?

Florence’s initiative in “The Bookshop” brings about a small revolution. As everyone knows, reading is a dangerous activity.

 
 
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Are democracy, freedom of speech and religious freedom threatened in Romania?
Are democracy, freedom of speech and religious freedom threatened in Romania?

Three million citizens want to have a referendum on amending the country’s Constitution, so that it recognizes marriage solely as the lifelong union between one man and one woman.

 
 
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Neil Diamond - Getting home
Neil Diamond - Getting home

The Jewish singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, Neil Diamond, has waited until his 77th birthday to reveal that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

 
 
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‘Google babies’
‘Google babies’

The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning “the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”.

 
 
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By design or by default?
By design or by default?

All the thinkers who laid the first foundations of human rights were not moralising in a vacuum.

 
 
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Longing to belong
Longing to belong

We do not want our churches to merely  include people with disabilities, we want them to be places where people with disabilities feel they belong.

 
 
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The Wall of Death: The Thanatos inscription
The Wall of Death: The Thanatos inscription

The author of Ephesians makes the point that in Christ the barriers between God and humanity, and the artificial barriers that people have put up against each other are destroyed.

 
 
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Claire Fox’s ‘I Find That Offensive’
Claire Fox’s ‘I Find That Offensive’

A generation that accepts uncritically that ‘you can’t say that’ will slide from unwillingness to inability to disagree with or critique the propaganda it is relentlessly fed.

 
 
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Latin America: The Catholic Church ‘imitates’ popular Protestantism
Latin America: The Catholic Church ‘imitates’ popular Protestantism

Although a postmodern stance toward faith relegates theological issues to the background, they are indispensable for understanding the missionary reality.

 
 
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What kind of a leader?
What kind of a leader?

It will be through spending time looking at Jesus that we will lose our appetite for self-promotion.

 
 
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Gudea of Lagash: A contemporary of Melchizedek
Gudea of Lagash: A contemporary of Melchizedek

In Jesus Christ, we have the perfect fulfillment of the idealized Sumerian vision of the Shepherd King that Gudea and other kings sought to achieve in their lifetime.

 
 
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Cracks in the universe?
Cracks in the universe?

Since the 9/11 attack in 2001, we have seen more than 60 new Muslim movements to Christ.

 
 
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Netherlands: pluralism and tolerance
Netherlands: pluralism and tolerance

The Netherlands is known throughout Europe as the leading exponent of radically liberal social, medical and ethical policies.

 
 
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‘#Wetoo’ in the Latino evangelical community
‘#Wetoo’ in the Latino evangelical community

It is time for us to say #wetoo if we are praying for a profound awakening in our churches, if we are willing our churches to have a renewed testimony in our society. We mustn’t fear.

 
 
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Advancing abortion in the name of the ‘right to life’: Yes, this is happening
Advancing abortion in the name of the ‘right to life’: Yes, this is happening

The push for a ‘right to abortion’ by the UN Human Rights Committee, under the guise of re-interpreting the ‘right to life’, is not just outlandish. It is also in strong contradiction to international law.

 
 
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What happens if Catholics think the Pope is a heretic?
What happens if Catholics think the Pope is a heretic?

The one who is supposed to guard the Roman Catholic deposit of faith is charged with allegations of introducing confusion, if not heresy.

 
 
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God’s great evangelistic plan
God’s great evangelistic plan

We can make no greater investment of our resources than to help churches become infectious communities of gospel-gripped people.

 
 
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The lost son
The lost son

Stories about lost children explore our greatest fears. The big TV revelation this summer was an impressive Argentinean series produced by HBO called The Bronze Garden.

 
 
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Latin America: What Catholics have “learned” from Protestants
Latin America: What Catholics have “learned” from Protestants

The key question is whether Catholicism can consider popular Protestantism as God´s work. It is the same question that many traditional Protestant denominations also ask themselves.

 
 
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Catholic exodus to the ranks of Protestant churches in Latin America
Catholic exodus to the ranks of Protestant churches in Latin America

The rapid growth of popular Protestantism has heightened the concerns of the Roman Catholic hierarchies in this region of the world.

 
 
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Coincidence?
Coincidence?

In those regions which embraced the Reformation, Halloween came to be seen as incompatible with Biblical teaching.

 
 
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Baptist church planting in Eastern Europe
Baptist church planting in Eastern Europe

A recent EBF Mission Partnership conference in Georgia sought to ‘encourage, and inspire in ministry’ a group of indigenous church planters from Eastern Europe.

 
 
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Schaeffer, a legacy of tears
Schaeffer, a legacy of tears

In search of authenticity (5). Schaeffer taught me how to mourn for the world, instead of judging it. He was a man of God who served as a prophet for his generation, which he understood so well.

 
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Can they hear us?
Can they hear us?

What if, when a police chief or politician spoke about human trafficking, we were ready to respond with our stories and expertise?

 
 
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7 things preachers never say: weariness
7 things preachers never say: weariness

In some churches those “in ministry” are expected to have it all together… so there may be nobody to talk to.

 
 
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Reclaiming our Christian foundations
Reclaiming our Christian foundations

A review of Nick Spencer’s The Evolution of The West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.

 
 
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Orthodoxy without love is monstrous
Orthodoxy without love is monstrous

In search of authenticity (4): Schaeffer was looking for the human contact that might reopen the discussion that the debate had closed.

 
 
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Working with the media: an interview with Michael Cromartie
Working with the media: an interview with Michael Cromartie

Michael felt that church leaders tend to see journalists as enemies. But they forget that journalists are all on very tight deadlines.

 
 
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The myth of innate goodness
The myth of innate goodness

The story of “A High Wind in Jamaica” (Richard Hughes, 1929) might sound like a comedy, but it is in fact a drama of great cruelty, capable of making the skin of most insensitive readers crawl.

 
 
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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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“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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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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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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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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Could the housing crisis strengthen welfare?
Could the housing crisis strengthen welfare?

Like housing, social welfare provision is not just a financial problem; there are social and relational aspects to consider too.

 
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Preaching myths (III)
Preaching myths (III)

Myth 3: If a sermon is really good then listeners will not be offended.

 
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Was literacy widespread in Ancient Israel?
Was literacy widespread in Ancient Israel?

It is very important to answer this question, especially if one wants to argue for the possibility of the existence of a written Torah prior to 1000 BCE.

 
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Preaching Myths (I)
Preaching Myths (I)

Myth 1: Since the preacher was led by God in the preparation, it would be wrong to evaluate the sermon.

 
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Adad-Nirari III: Jonah’s Assyrian King?
Adad-Nirari III: Jonah’s Assyrian King?

It is possible that the unnamed deliverer who saved the kingdom of Israel from the oppression and threat of the Arameans is none other than Adad-Nirari III himself.

 
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The character and the actor in House of Cards
The character and the actor in House of Cards

“It only takes ten seconds to crush a man’s ambitions”, says Frank Underwood before becoming President.

 
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A season of unlikely heroes
A season of unlikely heroes

Films about an empowered orphan, a struggling entertainer, a clumsy bear, a quadriplegic’s wife and a downtrodden boy.

 
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The oldest love poem: A missing key to understanding Song of Songs?
The oldest love poem: A missing key to understanding Song of Songs?

The poem of Su-Shin is the oldest love poem ever discovered. Some of its lines sound very reminiscent of the Song of Songs.

 
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Luther on screen
Luther on screen

This is not the story of a great man, but the story of a great God, who deeply loves miserable and tormented creatures like this monk.

 
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The Mosaic Law in light of ancient Near Eastern law codes
The Mosaic Law in light of ancient Near Eastern law codes

There are many skeptics today that argue that the laws contained in the Old Testament are written on the basis of earlier Sumerian and Babylonian law codes.

 
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Is the genealogy really such a let down?
Is the genealogy really such a let down?

The fulfillment of God’s great sin-conquering, life-giving, problem-solving, Satan-defeating, promise plan was Mary’s son, baby Jesus.

 
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The Christian entertainment industry
The Christian entertainment industry

Sony created a subdivision dedicated to producing Christian films. The disconcerting fact is that it follows a pattern that has nothing to do with gospel values.

 
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Devotional reading in the digital age
Devotional reading in the digital age

Digital reading, often by design, makes meditation difficult, because hyperlinks outward, continually refreshing newsfeeds and flashing ad banners are constantly encouraging us to move.

 
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Deceptively simple
Deceptively simple

Jesus is suggesting a deep and wide vision for how to change the world: individually and corporately, in the home and the workplace.

 
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Long term effects
Long term effects

We should pause to ask what causal links can be demonstrated between the Reformation and economic growth, democratic stability, and social justice in Protestant-background countries.

 
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The paradox of Vincent van Gogh
The paradox of Vincent van Gogh

His own writings to Theo and his paintings of his latter phase bear witness to his preoccupation to the end with the person of Christ.

 
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Afraid of the Light
Afraid of the Light

Being secular, or humanist, or atheist, seems to mean saying that you are tolerant or inclusive, when all you actually want to do is erase any trace of Christianity from our midst.

 
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“The Clay of Paganism with the Iron of Christianity”
“The Clay of Paganism with the Iron of Christianity”

Modern Catholicism is “a synthesis of medieval essentialism and modern existentialism”, the Dutch philosopher and theologian Cornelius Van Til said.

 
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The man without a face
The man without a face

Any information that we have today of the existence of Spanish sixteenth century reformers we owe to a faceless man, Luis de Usoz (1805–1865).

 
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From barrier to highway
From barrier to highway

The two great European rivers, the Rhine and the Danube, have been a natural barrier across the continent through the centuries from the Black Sea to the North Sea.

 
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Healthy revival: 7 thoughts
Healthy revival: 7 thoughts

It gets mentioned in outreach planning. Preachers long to experience it through each new sermon. Reports on social media stir our longings.

 
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The object of our worship
The object of our worship

What we can learn from “American Gods”, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel.

 
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Pursuing the illogical studies?
Pursuing the illogical studies?

To be a good theologian is to seek to know and rely upon the Word of God better. It is to be a faithful Christian.

 
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Fundamental freedoms under serious threat by Spanish LGBTI law
Fundamental freedoms under serious threat by Spanish LGBTI law

Censorship, curbs on self-expression and communications that might be considered offensive, heavy fines for expressing views that could be interpreted as degrading, and having to prove one’s innocence if accused of discrimination.

 
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7 things preachers never say: Money
7 things preachers never say:  Money

We can preach about money after all, the Bible has a lot to say. But it is very awkward to talk about money for preachers.

 
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Romanian worshippers in the UK - some case studies
Romanian worshippers in the UK - some case studies

Are believers forming exclusively Romanian mono-cultural churches? Are they integrating into existing British churches? Are they joining in with multicultural churches that reflect Britain’s cultural and ethnic diversity?

 
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Schaeffer and the final apologetics
Schaeffer and the final apologetics

In search of authenticity (3): Francis Schaeffer’s interest was not so much to win arguments, but to win people.

 
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How the 2011 earthquake transformed gospel understanding in Japanese churches
How the 2011 earthquake transformed gospel understanding in Japanese churches

As Christians keep visiting the people affected by the disaster, they have come to be called Kirisuto-san or ‘Mr./Ms. Christ’, with respect and appreciation.

 
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Who would Jesus deport?
Who would Jesus deport?

20-25% of undocumented immigrants in the US are evangelicals and many of them are pillars in their churches and communities.

 
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The honesty and crisis of Francis Schaeffer
The honesty and crisis of Francis Schaeffer

In search of authenticity (2): In Schaeffer´s view what differentiates Christianity from any other religion, is that "God did everything"

 
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Is the Roman Catholic Church Now Committed to “Grace Alone”?
Is the Roman Catholic Church Now Committed to “Grace Alone”?

For the Catholic Church, “by grace alone” means that grace is intrinsically, constitutionally, and necessarily linked to the sacrament, and thus to the Church that administers it.

 
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Continental tales
Continental tales

A journey back into the past has encouraged us to believe that God is not yet finished with Europe.

 
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What does the ‘Trump Effect’ mean for the church and mission?
What does the ‘Trump Effect’ mean for the church and mission?

The deepening partisan ideological divide in all sectors of US society will mean that governance will most likely lurch from one extreme to another. This will have major ramifications for the church and mission.

 
 

 
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Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

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

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

 
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. 

 
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. 

 
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".

 
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.

 
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Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
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.

 
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Why are Christian leaders particularly vulnerable to sexual temptation? Why are Christian leaders particularly vulnerable to sexual temptation?

“The reasons why somebody might have sex with a prostitute are very different from the reasons why somebody might want to have an affair with a member of their congregation”. An analysis by John Stevens, National Director of FIEC (UK).

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
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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