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Jonathan Tame

 
Art and social transformation
Art and social transformation

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

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
Our many faces
Our many faces

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

 
 
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Arts

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

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

 
 
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Toys and History

 
Playmobil figures to explain the Reformation
Playmobil figures to explain the Reformation

A Christian in Spain built a diorama to tell both children and adults about Hus, Luther, Calvin and the impact of the first Bible translations five centuries ago.

 
 
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Arts

 
The longest Bible in the world, unfolded in Germany
The longest Bible in the world, unfolded in Germany

Exactly 1,517 meters long is the Bible that has been unfolded in the German city of Magdeburg to celebrate the Protestant Reformation.

 
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Bulgaria

 
Bible reading marathon in Sofia celebrates 1,150 years of Cyrillic Alphabet
Bible reading marathon in Sofia celebrates 1,150 years of Cyrillic Alphabet

Seven hours of continuous reading of the Holy Scriptures in the Bulgarian capital. “We desperately need to recover our Christian identity”, organizers said.

 
 
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Work, technology and Bible

 
“God wants to give us freedom from the curse of toil”
“God wants to give us freedom from the curse of toil”

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi explains how Europe developed technology after understanding “the very important difference that the Bible made between work and toil.”

 
 
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Stamps to commemorate the Reformation
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
 
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Religion and philosophy

 
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize

“His writings made theism a serious option within academic philosophy”, the John Templeton Foundation says. Plantinga hopes “the Prize will encourage young philosophers.”

 
 
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Bible

 
Reading John’s Gospel in the former Madrid Inquisition square
Reading John’s Gospel in the former Madrid Inquisition square

Around 200 people read the Bible publicly in Madrid’s Main Square, a place where “heretics”, followers of the Reformation, were condemned.

 
 
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Valladolid (Spain)

 
Musical tribute to the Spanish ‘heretics’
Musical tribute to the Spanish ‘heretics’

The Ensemble Bohórquez recounted the history of salvation through the pieces of classical Protestant composers. The concert took place in Valladolid, a key Spanish city in the times of the Reformation.

 
 
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Novel

 
'The children of the yellow star', the heroism of ordinary people
'The children of the yellow star', the heroism of ordinary people

The inhabitants of a little village, led by a Protestant pastor, saved hundreds of Jewish children during the the Nazi occupation in France. “We did what we had to do.”

 
 
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Interview

 
Biblical illiteracy among European Millennials, a challenge
Biblical illiteracy among European Millennials, a challenge

“Many people never read big chunks of the Bible at all, they just return again and again to the bits they experience as inspiring or comforting”, says researcher Ruth Perrin.

 
 
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Metal

 
Brian ‘Head’ Welch: “I just tried Jesus and found the answer for life”
Brian ‘Head’ Welch: “I just tried Jesus and found the answer for life”

After the Madrid show of ‘Nu Metal’ band, Korn, the guitar player met a group of fans and told them how Christ changed his life. Watch the video.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
Way to heaven
Way to heaven

The main character of Himmelweg is a Red Cross worker who is an accessory to manipulating History, by covering up the truth of what really happened in a Nazi concentration camp.

 
 
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Music

 
Kurt Cobain, a music legend 50 years later
Kurt Cobain, a music legend 50 years later

February 20 would have marked the 50th birthday of the “Grunge” rock star. “Without roots in the past, or direction for the future, Cobain forfeited his history”, cultural critic Jose de Segovia explains.

 
 
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Music

 
The faith of Chance the Rapper, winner of 3 Grammys
The faith of Chance the Rapper, winner of 3 Grammys

His music is available free of charge. Although he talks a lot about God, he does not fit into what traditionally has been described as “Christian music.”

 
 
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Reformation 2017
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Germany issues Luther Bible stamps
Germany issues Luther Bible stamps

It shows an excerpt of Matthew 27 with annotations made by Martin Luther. It costs 2.60 Euro.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
Moby’s complicated life
Moby’s complicated life

His autobiography “Porcelain”, introduces us this militant vegetarian, who defends animal rights, does not drink, smoke or take drugs, but confesses being addicted to porn.

 
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2016 in review

 
The most searched Bible verses of 2016
The most searched Bible verses of 2016

A Bible Gateway research shows the most popular Bible verses, keyword searchs, and other interesting statistics. John 3:16 is, again, the most searched verse of 2016.

 
 
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The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
 
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Andreas Matter-Tanski

 
Evaluating the “values” behind TV crime shows
Evaluating the “values” behind TV crime shows

“C.S.I. Miami” stands for more than the scien­tifically and technologically sophisticated resolution of com­plicated crime mysteries. It is representative of the way in which today’s society deals with evil, suffering and death.

 
 
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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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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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The Bible in Spain’s history
The Bible in Spain’s history

An exhibition in the region of Galicia shows the impact of the Bible despite many obstacles. Photos: Marina Acuña.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Creatures of Time
Creatures of Time

“Arrival” is not a film about aliens, but about the problem of human communication.

 
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Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
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Easter

 
Spanish newspaper distributes ‘Jesus’ film to readers
Spanish newspaper distributes ‘Jesus’ film to readers

Regional newspaper ‘El Diari de Terrassa’ gives 3,000 copies of the movie to its readers. The idea comes from an evangelical church in the city.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The Doors - Riders on the storm
The Doors - Riders on the storm

Through his mysterious death in Paris in 1971, the charismatic and self-destructive Jim Morrison managed to create a legend.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Solomon’s horses
Solomon’s horses

For a long time, archaeologists doubted the historicity of Solomon and the horses which, according to the Bible, he possessed, as at that time supposedly only camels were used.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The monster within me
The monster within me

The monsters and ghosts in “The Shining” are real, but they live within us.

 
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Culture

 
“Jesus” film reaches 1,500 translations
“Jesus” film reaches 1,500 translations

Dasaanach people in Ethiopia, Kenia and Sudan receive the film in their own language. Its first premiere (in English) was in 1979.

 
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Sexual exploitation

 
“Pasarea”, a short film to denounce human trafficking
“Pasarea”, a short film to denounce human trafficking

Sexual slavery is “still taboo in our society”, says Mikaela Bruce, director of “Pasarea” (The Bird). It tells the story of a Romanian girl trafficked into Spain for prostitution.

 
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France

 
The first printed Bible, available online
The first printed Bible, available online

The Bible, which was printed in the first printing office of Gutenberg around 1455, can be consulted online at Gallica, National Library of France digital library.

 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Mount Tabor
Mount Tabor

It is 588 metres high and stands on the southern edge of Lower Galilee. It was a sacred mountain for the Canaanites, and then also for the Northern Israelite tribes.

 
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Peter Mead

 
The Bible Glows
The Bible Glows

Both content and form speak of the divine heart beating on every page of the Bible.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Was Luther a populist?
Was Luther a populist?

While his powerful use of the new technology of printing, his appeal to the masses and opposition to the ‘corrupt elites’ certainly resonate with the populist image, his goal was to reform, not overthrow, the established order.

 
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Guy Brandon

 
The medium is the message
The medium is the message

The internet, smartphones, social media, instant messaging and other related technologies have had a dramatic impact on the way we communicate over the last 20 years, and therefore fundamentally how we relate to one another.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The Jewish composer of the Reformation Symphony
The Jewish composer of the Reformation Symphony

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) converted to Christianity when he was young, going on to become one of the foremost Protestant composers.

 
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Talent show

 
Winner of ‘The Voice of Germany’ is a Christian
Winner of ‘The Voice of Germany’ is a Christian

Tay Schmedtmann became a Christian six years ago: “I thank God that I do not have to do things in my own strength, He is behind me”.

 
 

 
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Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
The abilities of Mefi-Boset The abilities of Mefi-Boset

Christian ministry Mefi-Boset has been working with people with intellectual disabilities in their leisure time, and supporting their families in Terrassa and Barcelona (Spain) for 20 years. 

 
Re-evangelise Europe and renew the biblical church Re-evangelise Europe and renew the biblical church

The 2017 European Leadership Forum gathered hundreds in Poland to celebrate the Reformation and connect to better share the gospel in diverse national contexts. See picture gallery.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
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Walk Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
How can local churches evangelise their communities? How can local churches evangelise their communities?

Evangelist Michael Green speaks on how to mobilise the local church for effective evangelism.

 
What is scientism? What is scientism?

“Scientism is the view that Science provides knowledge, and that is the only source on knowledge”, says Rik Peels, Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

 
Living without your favourite things Living without your favourite things

A video by Open Doors UK & Ireland explains to children what it means to be a refugee. 

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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