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Spain

 
An evangelical library in times of Instagram
An evangelical library in times of Instagram

A Brethren church in the Spanish town of Águilas opens a library with more than 5,000 Christian books. Their vision is “to continue the evangelisation work that began here at the end of the 19th century”.

 
 
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Interview

 
“We do not realise to what extent we are a bad copy of what the world offers”
“We do not realise to what extent we are a bad copy of what the world offers”

Journalist and theologian José de Segovia reflects on the evolution of culture in the last decade, how it has affected evangelical Christians, and what new challenges they face.

 
 
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Interview

 
“This decade showed us that if we lose the Sola Scriptura, we lose everything”
“This decade showed us that if we lose the Sola Scriptura, we lose everything”

Theologian José Hutter addresses the challenges evangelical churches have faced in the last decade, including same-sex marriage and the split between Western historic churches and the Christian majority in Africa and Latin America.

 
 
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Mark Arnold

 
Why Disney Pixar’s new animated short ‘Float’ is about autism
Why Disney Pixar’s new animated short ‘Float’ is about autism

Animator Bobby Rubio is father to Alex, a young Autistic boy, and ‘Float’ is his way of sharing their story.

 
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Exhibition

 
‘I See You’: A handmade petition to support persecuted Christian women
‘I See You’: A handmade petition to support persecuted Christian women

Open Doors UK displayed 16,000 squares of fabric at Westminster Abbey, “to amplify the voices of persecuted Christian women and to have a lasting impact on UK government policy”.

 
 
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Interview

 
Is there Biblical basis for the Assumption of Mary?
Is there Biblical basis for the Assumption of Mary?

“Mariology stands at the core of Roman Catholic doctrine and practice and is not a secondary issue”, says evangelical theologian in Rome Leonardo De Chirico.

 
 
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Journalism

 
‘Evangelical Focus’ and ‘Protestante Digital’ authors release book about communication and faith
‘Evangelical Focus’ and ‘Protestante Digital’ authors release book about communication and faith

The book “Evangelicals in the new Era of Communication” addresses fake news, the use of social media, the handling of controversial issues and stereotypes about evangelicals, and the challenges of secular Europe.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
Asterix holds out
Asterix holds out

The ending of Asterix books reminds us the Story par excellence, the Bible - banquets point to our yearning for a happy ending.

 
 
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USA

 
‘Jesus is King’: Kanye West’s album is number 1
‘Jesus is King’: Kanye West’s album is number 1

The new songs of the influential hip hop artist have been streamed 197 million times in the United States in the first week. West’s mission, he says, is “to spread the gospel”.

 
 
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Pop culture

 
Letitia Wright and the silencing of personal faith
Letitia Wright and the silencing of personal faith

The complaint of the Christian actress on Twitter reflects the tiredness of many with media which intentionally ignore matters of faith.

 
 
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Sexual exploitation

 
Spanish short film used to make Romanian teens aware of sex trafficking
Spanish short film used to make Romanian teens aware of sex trafficking

“Pasarea” (‘bird’ in Romanian) is now available online for free. “We are in touch with organizations that use the film in the prevention work with young girls”, director Mikaela Bruce says.

 
 
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Stuart Park

 
David Willoughby Gooding, 1925-2019
David Willoughby Gooding, 1925-2019

His Bible expositions were adorned by familiar illustrations taken from everyday life. Deceptively simple in appearance, they concealed a vast erudition and deep understanding of Scripture.

 
 
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Archaeology
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Archaeologists find evidence of the conquest of Jerusalem by Babylon
Archaeologists find evidence of the conquest of Jerusalem by Babylon

“Ash, arrowheads dating from the period, as well as Iron Age potsherds, lamps and a significant piece of period jewelry” have been unearthed. The findings appear to confirm the Biblical account of 2 Kings.

 
 
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Exhibition

 
Madrid hosts an exhibition of 1,600 Bibles
Madrid hosts an exhibition of 1,600 Bibles

“The Bible, a journey through the languages of the world” shows how “Western civilization is built upon Christianity, and its foundations are the Bible”, collector Pere Roquet says.

 
 
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History

 
Oldest Christian private manuscript identified
Oldest Christian private manuscript identified

The letter, which has belong to the University of Basel for over 100 years, provides insights into the world of the first Christians, and is older than all previously known Christian documents from Roman Egypt.

 
 
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Documentary

 
‘Emanuel’: a story of loss and forgiveness
‘Emanuel’: a story of loss and forgiveness

The documentary tells the murder of nine members of Emanuel church in Charleston in 2015 and how survivors and families forgave the shooter. “Forgiveness comes from the Cross”, says filmmaker Brian Ivie.

 
 
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Cinema

 
“A Hidden Life”: Best faith-based film in Cannes
“A Hidden Life”: Best faith-based film in Cannes

The Ecumenical Jury of the Cannes Film Festival awarded Terrence Malick's film. “The film expresses and explores the difficult challenges to the integrity of the human person in the face of great evil”, it said.

 
 
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Interview

 
‘Music moves us, but only Jesus saves’
‘Music moves us, but only Jesus saves’

Pianist Sam Rotman shares about his conversion to the Christian faith in his concerts. “I want to reach people for Christ by playing classical music”.

 
 
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Musical

 
Live TV show told ‘The Passion’ of Christ in the Netherlands
Live TV show told ‘The Passion’ of Christ in the Netherlands

More than 12,000 people on the streets of Dordrecht and 2.3 million television viewers followed a contextualised recount of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection.

 
 
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Faith and Science

 
Templeton Prize winner Marcelo Gleiser: “Science does not kill God”
Templeton Prize winner Marcelo Gleiser: “Science does not kill God”

The Brazilian physicist defends “a complementary approach to knowledge, especially on questions where science cannot provide a final answer”.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
What does it mean to be an evangelical?
What does it mean to be an evangelical?

We judge our experiences in the light of the Bible, not the other way around. That is the difference between evangelical faith and mysticism.

 
 
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United States

 
Largest US Christian retail chain to close all its stores by the end of 2019
Largest US Christian retail chain to close all its stores by the end of 2019

LifeWay Christian Resources will close its 170 stores: “We will focus on digital channels”. It is the third big Christian retail chain that closes in less than 6 years.

 
 
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Andrew Messmer

 
Spain’s only Reformation Confession of Faith published and available in English
Spain’s only Reformation Confession of Faith published and available in English

Did you know that a small group of Spaniards wrote a confession of faith in London after being exiled from their country?

 
 
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Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today
Lindsay Brown: 3 challenges for the church today

In an interview, Lindsay Brown analyses three challenges for the church in Europe and elsewhere and how they can be turned into opportunities for the gospel.

 
 
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Interview

 
A film about evangelist Luis Palau to be released in April
A film about evangelist Luis Palau to be released in April

“I had one of the most moving moments of my life during the film”, says Argentinian actor Gaston Pauls, who plays the role of Luis Palau.

 
 
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Cinema

 
A cry for truth from Hippo
A cry for truth from Hippo

A film about the life and conversion of Agustine of Hippo was screened at the Athenaeum of Barcelona. A fully North African team and cast worked on the project for six years.

 
 
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Anniversary

 
4 years of Evangelical Focus
4 years of Evangelical Focus

Europe is going through major changes. Our aim is to look at the key issues in our continent from a biblical perspective.

 
 
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Universities

 
GBU Spain: 50 years of mission among students and graduates
GBU Spain: 50 years of mission among students and graduates

Pioneers of the evangelical student movement in Spain were honoured in a special celebration. Around 500 people gathered for a national conference with the theme “Shining Like Stars”.

 
 
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Book

 
Pablo Martínez and Andrew Sims present their new book in Oxford: ‘Mad or God?’
Pablo Martínez and Andrew Sims present their new book in Oxford: ‘Mad or God?’

The work is based on the trilemma put forth by C. S. Lewis, which affirms that the person of Jesus Christ would necessarily fall into one of three categories: Lord, liar or lunatic.

 
 
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Literature

 
Netflix will create TV series and films based on ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’
Netflix will create TV series and films based on ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’

For the first time the rights to the seven books are held by the same company. “Religious symbolism plays a major role in the Chronicles of Narnia”, said Professor Alister McGrath.

 
 
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“Head Above Water”

 
‘God, I need you now, I need you most’, sings pop star Avril Lavigne
‘God, I need you now, I need you most’, sings pop star Avril Lavigne

Five years later, the popular Canadian artist returns with a song about how she turned to God during “the battle of my life” against Lyme disease.

 
 
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Charlee New

 
Good Omens and the problem of the end of the world
Good Omens and the problem of the end of the world

Is there a way for us to talk about Christian eschatology that both acknowledges brokenness and affirms goodness?

 
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Marc Madrigal

 
Weights and measurements in the Bible
Weights and measurements in the Bible

In the Bible, the concept of measurements and weight are intricately connected to the idea of judgement.

 
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Mark Arnold

 
‘Wonder’: A review and study plan
‘Wonder’: A review and study plan

A strong theme through the film is Auggie coming to terms with the reactions of others to his disability, but at the beginning really struggling to do so.

 
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Jose de Segovia

 
The war to end all wars
The war to end all wars

In the winner of the last Golden Globes, “1917”, Sam Mendes draws on his grandfather’s experience of the First World War.

 
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Tonje Belibi

 
Spirituality and values in the Disney universe
Spirituality and values in the Disney universe

Many Disney movies mix Judaeo-Christian teaching with other religious elements and spirituality and then ‘put some magic on top’ as the final solution for making your dreams come true.

 
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Music

 
‘Why would You give and then take him away’
‘Why would You give and then take him away’

Well-known Christian rapper TobyMac writes song about the passing of his son. “It felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise”.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The Joker’s mask
The Joker’s mask

Todd Philipps' film is an adult exploration of the anatomy of evil, closer to a Kafkaesque tragedy or to Dostoyevsky’s novels than to the children’s universe of comic book superheroes.

 
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Christmas

 
Behold a star among animals...
Behold a star among animals...

Angels safeguard a family poor but with a treasure of myrrh. A choir of pastors. And in the middst of them, You.

 
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Film

 
Millions ask Netflix to withdraw a film portraying Jesus as gay
Millions ask Netflix to withdraw a film portraying Jesus as gay

“We strongly support the creative freedom of the artists”, responds Netflix in a statement. The First Temptation of Christ has been produced by Brazilian YouTube comedians.

 
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Bible

 
Philippians 4:6, the most popular Bible verse of 2019
Philippians 4:6, the most popular Bible verse of 2019

The YouVersion Bible app annual report shows that “people read and listened to the Bible 30% more this year, and 478 million verses have been shared”.

 
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The stele of the vultures and the prophet Habakkuk
The stele of the vultures and the prophet Habakkuk

In the Louvre Museum, Paris, there are several objects that will provide an interesting approach to biblical archaeology.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Marshland, the darkess in our hearts
Marshland, the darkess in our hearts

Many crime fictions happen in the past, as if by looking back, we find a way of diagnosing the traumas of the present.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Marilyn Monroe: A tortured beauty
Marilyn Monroe: A tortured beauty

This popular culture icon is nowadays described to us as a sad and vulnerable figure, timid and unsure – a far cry from the frivolous, joyful and radiant star that she was for her contemporaries.

 
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Clay Kannard

 
Intellectuals And The Path to Rome: A book review
Intellectuals And The Path to Rome: A book review

These sixteen stories serve as a useful read for evangelical leaders seeking to understand common themes that might help to understand what influenced an evangelical intellectual to embrace the Roman Catholic Church.

 
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Interview

 
“In Jesus we see a God who identifies with our pain”
“In Jesus we see a God who identifies with our pain”

The sudden loss of a loved one leads to questions that are faced in the short film ‘Spoiler: God Wins’, where Christian Luis Neira tells his own experience.

 
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Tore Hjalmar Sævik

 
H. N. Hauge: An early Norwegian entrepreneur evangelist revered from Oslo to Minnesota
H. N. Hauge: An early Norwegian entrepreneur evangelist revered from Oslo to Minnesota

So-called haugeans established churches in the New world as more and more Norwegians chose to cross the Atlantic throughout the 19th and 20th century.

 
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History

 
Historians are skeptical of “new revelations” about Martin Luther King
Historians are skeptical of “new revelations” about Martin Luther King

King's biographer released a report which lends credibility to accusations from classified FBI documents. “It is deeply irresponsible to believe sources which can be unreliable”, a historian says.

 
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Tore Hjalmar Sævik

 
‘Lords of Chaos’ film tells origins of Norwegian black metal
‘Lords of Chaos’ film tells origins of Norwegian black metal

What is the connection between the burning of Norwegian churches in the 90s and the appearance of the Scandinavian rock genre?

 
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Since 1955

 
‘In God We Trust’ will remain on US money
‘In God We Trust’ will remain on US money

The legal attempt to take the Christian phrase off bills and coins has been rejected by the Supreme Court. Atheist activists have lost other similar appeals in the last years.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Faith in crisis
Faith in crisis

Books, series and films have left us with striking testimonies of those who, while representing Christianity, wonder where their faith is. An article about three of the most acclaimed stories of 2018.

 
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Culture

 
Pastors on Netflix
Pastors on Netflix

The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?

 
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Marc Madrigal

 
Understanding the biblical cherubim in their Near Eastern context
Understanding the biblical cherubim in their Near Eastern context

One of the most overlooked items in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum is the 8th century BCE marble Lamassu statue discovered in Assur, Iraq in 1845.

 
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Marc Madrigal

 
The Northern kingdom of Israel and the Southern kingdom of Judah in light of epigraphic evidence
The Northern kingdom of Israel and the Southern kingdom of Judah in light of epigraphic evidence

The Samaria Ostraca and LMLK Jar-Handles are two invaluable collections for any scholar intent on understanding the world of iron age Israel and Judah.

 
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Can science explain everything?
Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
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Mission

 
Evangelist Michael Green dies (1930-2019)
Evangelist Michael Green dies (1930-2019)

The international speaker and author of many books was passionate about seeing people come to Christ.

 
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Did Hitler base his anti-Semitic views on Christianity?
Did Hitler base his anti-Semitic views on Christianity?

An answer by Richard Weikart Professor of Modern European History, California State University Stanislaus.

 
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450 years of 'Bear Bible'

 
A stamp in Spain recognises Bible translator Casiodoro de Reina
A stamp in Spain recognises Bible translator Casiodoro de Reina

The Philatelic Commission honours the Protestant Reformation. 450 years later, the Reina-Valera Bible is one of the most printed books in the Spanish-speaking world.

 
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José de Segovia

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

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

 
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Media

 
Grace and salt, vision and teamwork: 15 years of ‘Protestante Digital’
Grace and salt, vision and teamwork: 15 years of ‘Protestante Digital’

A bookshop in Barcelona hosted the event to celebrate the trajectory of the Spanish online magazine. It was a time of reunions, emotion and fresh commitment to the vision of building bridges between evangelical churches and society.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Schrader’s tormented faith
Schrader’s tormented faith

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

 
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Philip S. Powell

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

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

 
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Music and sports

 
The UEFA Champions League anthem is based on a piece of Handel
The UEFA Champions League anthem is based on a piece of Handel

Tony Britten, the composer, wrote the football anthem based on Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, whose lyrics are taken from the passage of 1 Kings 1:38-40.

 
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‘Mediterráneo’
‘Mediterráneo’

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

 
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Television

 
Miniseries about Luther aired in Spain
Miniseries about Luther aired in Spain

“500 years ago, a revolutionary monk changed the European civilisation forever”, channel ‘Cosmo’ says to introduce the German production.

 
 

 
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Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade

The Director of the Jubilee Centre (Cambridge) analyses the impact of the financial crises on families, and the future of the workplace in a connected world, from a Christian perspective.

 
Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade

Jim Memory analyses the main issues that have changed Europe in the 2010-2019 decade. How should Christians live in a continent that has lost its soul?

 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
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.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
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How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers? How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers?

Dave Patty shares about the notion of parenting children on God’s behalf.

 
What is a prayer meeting? What is a prayer meeting?

“Prayer is like a fire. One spark that someone prays should ignite a passion in someone else”. Mike Betts leads the network of churches Relational Mission.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
 
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