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Marc Madrigal

 
Pride comes before the fall: The story of Sennacherib’s Assyria
Pride comes before the fall: The story of Sennacherib’s Assyria

A relief in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum captures Sennacherib’s pride and character.

 
 
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Arts

 
Sculpture: the ‘Five Solas’ of the Reformation
Sculpture: the ‘Five Solas’ of the Reformation

The ‘Archetypes’ exhibition can be visited in Cambridge until December 2018. Artist Liviu Mocan expresses the “spiritual energy of the Reformation”.

 
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Audiovisual content

 
Netflix will have more faith and family-based shows
Netflix will have more faith and  family-based shows

Christians are “a very important audience to us”, Cindy Holland, Vice President of original content for Netflix, says.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Franco’s exhumation and the problem of Spain’s collective memory
Franco’s exhumation and the problem of Spain’s collective memory

“Spain has a huge task ahead of generating a big social consensus” about recent history, evangelicals say.

 
 
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Music

 
Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’
Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’

The singer born in Memphis was one of the greatest voices of gospel music.

 
 
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Book

 
Mad or God?
Mad or God?

Pyschiatrists Pablo Martínez and Andrew Sims analyze the mind of Jesus in a new book. “His character traits shined powerfully as he approached death”, says Martínez in an interview.

 
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Switzerland

 
“Many in my generation believe in some sort of undefined higher power”
“Many in my generation believe in some sort of undefined higher power”

Joanna Schmid is 15 years old but has already published her first book: “Leah’s Mission: Betrayal in Rio”. The novel touches on a very relevant issue: the future of religious freedom.

 
 
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Italy

 
Rome Scholars Network addressed Roman Catholic history and theology
Rome Scholars Network addressed Roman Catholic history and theology

Twenty-seven evangelical scholars gathered for an intensive in-depth training week, to have “a more accurate and clear understanding of Roman Catholicism”.

 
 
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Nominal Christianity

 
Mission to nominal Christians is an urgent priority, the Lausanne Movement says

“One third of the world call themselves ‘Christians’, but a significant proportion of them are missing... Something has to change!”, the statement of the 2018 Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity reads.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Latin American news website ‘Evangélico Digital’ launched
Latin American news website ‘Evangélico Digital’ launched

Christian leaders, politicians and journalists from nine countries connected on a live video call to launch the new media project.

 
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Public square

 
The Bible, unexpected topic of conversation in Spanish social media
The Bible, unexpected topic of conversation in Spanish social media

The word ‘Bible’ became trending topic (TT) on Twitter after Pedro Sánchez decided to exclude religious symbols in his presidential inauguration. Meanwhile, a leftist party quoted Exodus and Proverbs to denounce corruption.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
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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Interview

 
“After my conversion, my art started to have a different aroma”
“After my conversion, my art started to have a different aroma”

Catalan painter Sergi Barnils reflects on the capacity of art to express spirituality. His work continues to be among the delights of many Italian art dealers.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
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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Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid
Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid

Delta David Gier, Conductor and Music Director, on some of the dangers for artists.

 
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José Hutter

 
The problem of ‘pop eschatology’
The problem of ‘pop eschatology’

The sensationalist zeal of some writers and self-proclaimed experts in eschatology is as big as their incapacity to get it right.

 
 
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Archaeology

 
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria

The ruins are located in Manbij, one of Syria’s most ancient towns. Among the artifacts found, there were several versions of crosses etched into columns and walls, which indicate this was a significant site for Christians.

 
 
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Interview

 
“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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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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Interview

 
“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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Interview

 
“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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Poll

 
‘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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Interview

 
“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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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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José de Segovia

 
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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José de Segovia

 
‘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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Trailer: “The Peace Between”
Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
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Europe

 
“The Peace Between”
“The Peace Between”

The film tells the stories of three refugees and the friends they met in Hungary, France and Denmark. A set of materials are offered to start honest conversations about the challenges and opportunities of the refugee crisis.

 
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José Hutter
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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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Charlee New

 
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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Daniel Sazo

 
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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Marc Madrigal

 
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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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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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).

 
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’.

 
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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.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
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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’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
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