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Archaeology

 
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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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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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.

 
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.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: 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.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
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IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
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Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one' Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one'

Christians from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and North America, from different ethnic backgronds, came together to pray for unity as the body of Christ.

 
How have global missions changed over the last century? How have global missions changed over the last century?

The centre of gravity of Christianity has shifted from Europe to Africa, says Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Director of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation initiative.

 
Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister

Representatives of the National Day of Prayer, the Evangelical Alliance and CARE express the need for churches to pray for the new leadership of a country divided by Brexit and other issues.

 
Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth

“It is not our initiative, it is not working for ourselves, it is gazing to Jesus and responding to Him. It is the language of inclining the heart that we see in Psalms”, said  Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo.

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
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