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“We do not tend to see Christians as victims”
“We do not tend to see Christians as victims”

Journalist Pilar Rahola publishes a book in which she collects her five-year work on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “It was necessary to tell the world that there are people who die, not because of a random bullet, but because they are Christians”.

 
 
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“We can trust what the gospels tell about Jesus”
“We can trust what the gospels tell about Jesus”

The historian Mario Escobar describes historical aspects of the key week in the life of Jesus, whose historicity is sometimes questioned by sceptics.

 
 
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“What happened to first century Christians is happening today in many parts of the world”
“What happened to first century Christians is happening  today  in many parts of the world”

Andrew Hyatt, director and scriptwriter of “Paul, Apostle of Christ”, talks to Evangelical Focus about his personal involvement in the project and the importance of presenting this kind of historical stories to all audiences.

 
 
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Samuel Escobar

 
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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Evangelicals in Europe reflect on Billy Graham’s life
Evangelicals in Europe reflect on Billy Graham’s life

Leaders of Christian organisations in Europe remember the evangelist’s confidence in the Gospel, his personal integrity, and how he helped start mission movements.

 
 
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Short film

 
“Pasarea”: What prostitution hides
“Pasarea”: What prostitution hides

In Spanish cities, “flyers on cars offering services for 20 euros and a drink – it’s so normal most people don’t bat an eye”, says filmmaker Mikaela Bruce.

 
 
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Billy Graham has died
Billy Graham has died

The evangelist was a key leader of the 20th century. Hundreds of thousands made a decision to follow Jesus after hearing him preaching the Gospel. Graham worked to unite evangelical Christians around mission movements.

 
 
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Short film

 
‘Heart’: the dumping site and the city
‘Heart’: the dumping site and the city

Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset produces an animated short film for social media platforms about the meaning of Grace.

 
 
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Andy Bannister

 
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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Music

 
Spain’s Eurovision song composed by two evangelical Christians
Spain’s Eurovision song composed by two evangelical Christians

Talent show singers Amaia and Alfred will perform the ballad in Lisbon. Songwriter Sylvia Santoro: “I believe God has put things in the right place and time”.

 
 
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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).

 
 
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Mark Stirling

 
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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Mark Hadley

 
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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Cinema

 
“The Star”, an animated film about Christ’s birth
“The Star”, an animated film about Christ’s birth

“The film offers many lessons for viewers”, Executive producer, Devon Franklin says. He hopes the film “will leave audiences feeling both hopeful and purposeful".

 
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Influential theologian R.C. Sproul dies
Influential theologian R.C. Sproul dies

The Reformed theologian wrote more than 90 books. His desire was to “equip Christians to articulate what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it”.

 
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Charlee New

 
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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Bible translation

 
A Bible in Akwen for the Xavante indigenous community in Brazil
A Bible in Akwen for the Xavante indigenous community in Brazil

The translation will help to bring the gospel to more than 20,000 people. The New Testament is ready and the whole Bible will be finished around 2025.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
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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‘Protestant’, ‘evangelical’, ‘evangelical Protestant’?
‘Protestant’, ‘evangelical’, ‘evangelical Protestant’?

In Europe, Christians tend to use one term or another dependening on the cultural background of their country. How would you describe yourself? Vote.

 
 
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Science and faith

 
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse

According to researchers, the solar eclipse took place on 30 October 1207 BC. If the words in Joshua “are describing a real observation, then a major astronomical event was taking place”.

 
 
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Jeff Fountain

 
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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Cinema

 
New film about apostle Paul will be released in 2018
New film about apostle Paul will be released in 2018

Starring Jim Caviezel, the film follows the last days of the apostle, awaiting the execution by Emperor Nero in Rome

 
 
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“The church tends not to recognize artistic talent as spiritual talent”
“The church tends not to recognize artistic talent as spiritual talent”

“Ask the artist to help you design the service”, says Charles David Kelley in an interview about the role of artists and how their approach to culture can add much to churches.

 
 
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Reformation 2017

 
‘Soli Deo Gloria’ through 120 voices
‘Soli Deo Gloria’ through 120 voices

“The goal is not only to sing, but to tell what God has done in our lives”, says the director of the Choir of the Reformation of Galicia, one of several groups touring in Spanish regions this year.

 
 
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René Breuel

 
The lure of mystery
The lure of mystery

We are hungry for it, but we fear it so much. Bend space and transcend time, no worries, but don’t ascribe it real meaning.

 
 
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Jonathan Tame

 
Art and social transformation
Art and social transformation

There are three great benefits of art, which every Christian should embrace: beauty, truth and imagination. 

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
Our many faces
Our many faces

The danger of deception lies not only in the fact that we are not what we appear to be, but also in ending up believing that we are something other than our true selves. A review of “Smoke and Mirrors” (2016).

 
 
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Arts

 
Zwingli play successful in home place Zurich
Zwingli play successful in home place Zurich

A mystery play narrates the Swiss Reformer’s life from the point of view of Anna Reinhart, his wife. 

 
 
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Ecumenism

 
Controversy as German Catholic Church opens Communion to Protestants
Controversy as German Catholic Church opens Communion to Protestants

Seven bishops ask the Vatican to stop what they believe is a “banalisation” of the Eucharist. Evangelicals see the decision of the Episcopal conference as a part of an ecumenical strategy.

 
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Jose de Segovia

 
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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Presentation

 
‘Jesus: Year 33’
‘Jesus: Year 33’

Christians aged 30-39 write about Jesus in a book addressed to their own generation. The money raised will go to an anti-trafficking organisation.

 
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José de Segovia

 
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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Philip S. Powell

 
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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José de Segovia

 
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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José de Segovia

 
A musical tour of faith in 2017
A musical tour of faith in 2017

Music cannot be “Christian”, only people can take up the cross of Christ and follow him.

 
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Marc Madrigal

 
The treaty of Kadesh: A symbol of God’s Grace
The treaty of Kadesh: A symbol of God’s Grace

As two superpowers left the Levant, a power vacuum was created. Canaan was left alone, ripe for conquest.

 
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Marc Madrigal

 
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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José de Segovia

 
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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Marc Madrigal

 
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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José de Segovia

 
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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When I’m weak, I’m strong
When I’m weak, I’m strong

A video about 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

 
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Marc Madrigal
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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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Peter Mead

 
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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Noa Alarcon

 
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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Daryl McCarthy
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Here I Stand— the protest that saved the Church and changed the World (III)
Here I Stand— the protest that saved the Church and changed the World (III)

We are facing massive challenges in Europe and America with rapidly spreading unbelief and a weak Church. But what God did then in changing the direction of Europe, He can do again.

 
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Gavin Matthews

 
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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Jose de Segovia

 
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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Mark Hadley

 
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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Michael Reeves

 
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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Jeff Fountain

 
The Paradox Of Abraham Kuyper
The Paradox Of Abraham Kuyper

This educationalist, Prime Minister and theologian has left an imprint on Dutch churches, schools, media and politics visible even a full century later.

 
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José de Segovia

 
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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Peter Mead

 
We are not church sub-culture guardians
We are not church sub-culture guardians

How can we know when instead of promoting the gospel in our context, we are merely reflecting the cultural and sub-cultural norms of our context? 

 
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Entertainment

 
More than 5,000 pictures to produce a gospel-filled Luther Playmobil video
More than 5,000 pictures to produce a gospel-filled Luther Playmobil video

“We wanted to create something that not only told the story of Luther and the Reformation but also the good news of Jesus”, says Jonathan Carswell. 

 
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José de Segovia

 
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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Gavin Matthews

 
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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René Breuel

 
Lady Gaga’s Judas
Lady Gaga’s Judas

Gaga’s video is a lucid cultural depiction of sin. She  knows who the right guy is, and yet cannot leave the wrong one.

 
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Leonardo De Chirico

 
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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René Breuel

 
The grand, multi-colour story
The grand, multi-colour story

Our stories cannot help but echo the universe’s defining moment.

 
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José de Segovia

 
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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A.C. Hawthorne

 
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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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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