The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
“If the message is not understandable, no matter how important it is – it will not reach the people”, says Valeria Esteban, a graduate of the training programme started in Spain.
The Brazilian physicist defends “a complementary approach to knowledge, especially on questions where science cannot provide a final answer”.
The 2,600-year-old seal bears the inscription “(belonging) to Nathan-Melech”, a name that appears in II Kings 23:11.
We judge our experiences in the light of the Bible, not the other way around. That is the difference between evangelical faith and mysticism.
A well-known Youtuber and a Christian apologist debated about Atheism and Christianity in the first public debate of this kind in a Spanish university.
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.
Paul Copan, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, analyses why people leave the faith, and how they find reasons to return.
Did you know that a small group of Spaniards wrote a confession of faith in London after being exiled from their country?
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.
“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.
More than 100,000 spectators have seen the movie about the Reformer of Zurich in its first two weeks.
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.
Europe is going through major changes. Our aim is to look at the key issues in our continent from a biblical perspective.
European and US experts address the sexual revolution in a new free curriculum offered by the Forum of Christian Leaders.
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”.
According to the YouVersion Bible App, this verse “was shared, bookmarked and highlighted more than any other this year”.
The series of animations aim to train 14-21 year olds in Christian apologetics and focus on the trustworthiness of the Bible.
The ring is engraved with a wine vessel surrounded by Greek letters spelling out “Pilatus”. Those rings were used to stamp official documents.
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.
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.
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.
A relief in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum captures Sennacherib’s pride and character.
Tourists will be able to visit the 1,700-year old basilica, submerged in the Iznik lake.
The ‘Archetypes’ exhibition can be visited in Cambridge until December 2018. Artist Liviu Mocan expresses the “spiritual energy of the Reformation”.
Christians are “a very important audience to us”, Cindy Holland, Vice President of original content for Netflix, says.
“Spain has a huge task ahead of generating a big social consensus” about recent history, evangelicals say.
The singer born in Memphis was one of the greatest voices of gospel music.
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.
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.
Twenty-seven evangelical scholars gathered for an intensive in-depth training week, to have “a more accurate and clear understanding of Roman Catholicism”.
“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.
Christian leaders, politicians and journalists from nine countries connected on a live video call to launch the new media project.
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.
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.
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.
Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) staged people unable to love and communicate, condemned to always hide behind a mask.
Delta David Gier, Conductor and Music Director, on some of the dangers for artists.
The sensationalist zeal of some writers and self-proclaimed experts in eschatology is as big as their incapacity to get it right.
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.
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”.
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.
The Chinese government aims to reinterpret and retranslate the Bible in order to enhance the “‘Chinese style’ of Christianity and theology”.
The historian Mario Escobar describes historical aspects of the key week in the life of Jesus, whose historicity is sometimes questioned by sceptics.
Tourists are surprised when they first see the pointed hoods used in the Spanish Catholic Holy Week processions.
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.
“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.
Leaders of Christian organisations in Europe remember the evangelist’s confidence in the Gospel, his personal integrity, and how he helped start mission movements.
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.
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.
Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset produces an animated short film for social media platforms about the meaning of Grace.
All the thinkers who laid the first foundations of human rights were not moralising in a vacuum.
Jim Caviezel will reprise the role of Jesus. The film may not be released until late 2019 or early 2020.
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”.
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).
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.
Films about an empowered orphan, a struggling entertainer, a clumsy bear, a quadriplegic’s wife and a downtrodden boy.
“The film offers many lessons for viewers”, Executive producer, Devon Franklin says. He hopes the film “will leave audiences feeling both hopeful and purposeful".
In an increasingly uncivil environment, Christian Unions provide an unequalled safe space in which to proclaim a dangerous and life-transforming message.
“In popular usage, the word is nearly synonymous with hypocrite”, writes the well-known pastor in an article for The New Yorker magazine.
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”.
Photographer Juan Pablo Serrano sees the Reformers as an example of how “God uses ordinary people”.
Digital reading, often by design, makes meditation difficult, because hyperlinks outward, continually refreshing newsfeeds and flashing ad banners are constantly encouraging us to move.
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.
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.
In Europe, Christians tend to use one term or another dependening on the cultural background of their country. How would you describe yourself? Vote.
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”.
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.
It is unusual that the Council of a big Spanish city officially promotes and supports an evangelical event.
The German Bible Society gives a “Luther Bible 2017” to every German who has the same surname as the Reformer.
What is the connection between the burning of Norwegian churches in the 90s and the appearance of the Scandinavian rock genre?
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.
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.
The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
For Taylor, the loss of transcendence in a secular age is disastrous for human beings.
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.
“There is no evidence whatsoever of any systematic revision from the text from the begining to the end”, says researcher Dirk Jongkind.
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.
Lindsay Brown: “The biblical pattern is not one of speed, but of steady sowing and gradual reaping in due course”.
Michael Green started where people were, but always took people to Jesus.
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.
The international speaker and author of many books was passionate about seeing people come to Christ.
O’Bros win title of best emerging band with powerful live shows. Maxi and Alex: “The world needs Jesus”.
An answer by Richard Weikart Professor of Modern European History, California State University Stanislaus.
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.
Jerry Root compares the search for meaning of C.S. Lewis with Saint Augustine's reflections.
The 2017 version of the Reformer’s translation is offered for free by the German Bible Society.
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” tells of the unavoidable distance between parents and their children, and the nostalgia for a lost home.
A rare copy of the first Bible to be printed in English has been auctioned. It is only the fourth copy to appear on the market since the 1970s.
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.
Psychiatrist Pablo Martínez has authored the book ‘Take Care of Yourself’ (Lausanne Library). “Some Christian workers feel guilty when they rest”.
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.
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?
Expert German researchers said they showed “characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin”.
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.
“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.
“500 years ago, a revolutionary monk changed the European civilisation forever”, channel ‘Cosmo’ says to introduce the German production.
We are first and foremost relational beings and the quality of our relationships matters to God.
We cannot be what we want to be, because we are not infinite creators but finite and dependent creatures.
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.
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.
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.
The ceremony was attended by local and regional authorities. The President of the Andalusian Parliament highlighted the advances that the Reformation brought to the society.
Rationalism and its corresponding Protestant theology, Higher Criticism (or Historical Criticism), have created a theological and spiritual desert condemning European Protestantism to complete irrelevance.
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.
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.
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.
One of the main reasons that wisdom differs from knowledge or intelligence in the Bible is because it entails acting upon what one already knows.
The stamp will show the cover of the “Bear Bible”. The petition was first launched in early 2016 and denied, despite the support of many evangelical and secular organisations.
Cinema and memory have a similar effect on the truth. They clean it and make it sparkle to make it more bearable.
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.
Florence’s initiative in “The Bookshop” brings about a small revolution. As everyone knows, reading is a dangerous activity.
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.
The Jewish singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, Neil Diamond, has waited until his 77th birthday to reveal that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Music cannot be “Christian”, only people can take up the cross of Christ and follow him.
As two superpowers left the Levant, a power vacuum was created. Canaan was left alone, ripe for conquest.
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.
“We need to teach our boys and girls that porn is wrong, unhealthy and dangerous”.
“It only takes ten seconds to crush a man’s ambitions”, says Frank Underwood before becoming President.
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.
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.
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.
The fulfillment of God’s great sin-conquering, life-giving, problem-solving, Satan-defeating, promise plan was Mary’s son, baby Jesus.
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.
Rooney Mara leads the cast in the title role opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. The film will be released in March, 2018.
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.
Well-known atheists such as Salman Rushdie and Richard Dawkins had been invited to speak at The Global Atheist Convention.
A review of Nick Spencer’s The Evolution of The West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.
In search of authenticity (4): Schaeffer was looking for the human contact that might reopen the discussion that the debate had closed.
What we can learn from “American Gods”, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel.
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.
This educationalist, Prime Minister and theologian has left an imprint on Dutch churches, schools, media and politics visible even a full century later.
In search of authenticity (3): Francis Schaeffer’s interest was not so much to win arguments, but to win people.
Spanish preacher and songwriter Alex Sampedro: “It is time to make it clear that we want to bless the cities, we want to present Jesus to the people around us.”
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?
“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.
They also found evidences of the battle between the Roman forces and the Jewish rebels, which resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.
British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” portrays the nightmare of a society governed by fanaticism and intolerance.
“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.
Gaga’s video is a lucid cultural depiction of sin. She knows who the right guy is, and yet cannot leave the wrong one.
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.
Our stories cannot help but echo the universe’s defining moment.
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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