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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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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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EEA - ISSACHAR PROJECT

 
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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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
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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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
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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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
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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SOLAS MAGAZINE

 
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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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
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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‘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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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
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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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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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH

 
“Without family, Europe will not exist for long”, MEP says
“Without family, Europe will not exist for long”, MEP says

All the speakers of the event organised in the European Parliament emphasised the importance of implementing family-friendly policies.

 
 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Living in the shadow of the cross
Living in the shadow of the cross

We not only come to faith at the foot of the cross, but we also become mature in its shadow.

 
 
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Bergman and the silence of God
Bergman and the silence of God

Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) staged people unable to love and communicate, condemned to always hide behind a mask.

 
 
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JUBILEE CENTRE

 
Seeing is believing: ‘Deepfake video’ and public trust
Seeing is believing: ‘Deepfake video’ and public trust

Audio and video clips from individuals have been key features in a number of scandals in the public square. Now a new type of video manipulation is going to make it harder to tell the real from the fake in the digital world.

 
 
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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
Preaching myths (VIII)
Preaching myths (VIII)

Myth 8: Since preaching is not a performance, as long as the content is good, delivery doesn’t matter.

 
 
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Breaking dawn: The first 25 years of Christianity
Breaking dawn: The first 25 years of Christianity

Within the first 25 years of Christ’s crucifixion, the Jesus movement was spreading like wildfire across the ancient world. All four major cities of the Empire were affected, it seems – Rome, Alexandria, Antioch and Ephesus.

 
 
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Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants
Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

The biblical view of immigration does not only consider the migrant’s position but that of the host country.

 
 
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

 
Exploring the Canaanite Pantheon: Asherah
Exploring the Canaanite Pantheon: Asherah

One of the symbols that are used for Asherah is the “tree of life”, this may also be a reason why the woods provided a natural setting for those who sought her help.

 
 
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Europe is active in the pro-Life arena
Europe is active in the pro-Life arena

‘40 Days for Life’ is a campaign that “takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families”.

 
 
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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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LAUSANNE MOVEMENT

 
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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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

 
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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WINDOW ON EUROPE

 
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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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH

 
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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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH

 
‘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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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

 
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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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

 
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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WINDOW ON EUROPE

 
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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EUROPEAN DIGNITY WATCH

 
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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VATICAN FILES

 
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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BIBLICAL PREACHING

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

 
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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CHURCH PLANTING IN EUROPE

 
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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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.

 
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).

 
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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).

 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
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Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement” Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement”

“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.

 
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.

 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘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.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
 
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