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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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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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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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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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‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’
‘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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Archaeology
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Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus
Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus

According to archaeologist Douglas Petrovich, inscriptions in stone slabs from Egypt contain an early form of Hebrew, with references to figures from the Bible.

 
 
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Madrid

 
Short films to fight against corruption
Short films to fight against corruption

Spanish Christians organised a short films contest about daily corruption. Members of the “#Breakupwithit” campaign were part of the jury.

 
 
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Cinema

 
Disney film portrays the work of a Christian humanitarian association
Disney film portrays the work of a Christian humanitarian association

“Queen of Katwe” is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, an Ugandan girl who became a professional chess player, with the help of a Christian ministry which works with children in Africa.

 
 
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Young professionals

 
Course on Biblical Foundations for Public Leadership
Course on Biblical Foundations for Public Leadership

The Jubilee Centre offers an online programme that “unpacks the biblical vision for society, and introduces the idea of thinking relationally”. European students are welcomed.

 
 
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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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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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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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History

 
Albanians celebrate 125th anniversary of the first girls’ school, started by evangelicals
Albanians celebrate 125th anniversary of the first girls’ school, started by evangelicals

The Qiriazi is a well-known family in the country but not many know that it was the gospel that motivated their work in education.

 
 
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Culture

 
Luther Bible protagonist at Frankfurt book fair
Luther Bible protagonist at Frankfurt book fair

The book fair has more than 7,000 exhibitors on site. The German Bible Society offered a special beer in celebration of the 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation.

 
 
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Noa Alarcón

 
Love is something else
Love is something else

In the world we live in, love is always presented exclusively in relation to romanticism.

 
 
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Spain

 
Christian communicators called to be “masters of the word”
Christian communicators called to be “masters of the word”

Workshops, seminars and awards were given during the annual meeting of the Alliance of Spanish Evangelical Writers and Communicators. Christians were challenged to connect contemporary culture with the gospel message.

 
 
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Gathering in France

 
Thousands remember the faith of the Huguenots
Thousands remember the faith of the Huguenots

The town of Mialet received 8,000 Protestants who came from across France to recall the “desert assemblies”. The yearly meeting was started more than a century ago.

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
Facing up
Facing up

The last book by the philosopher Manuel Cruz looks into our “systematic quest for exculpatory arguments”.

 
 
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Archaeology

 
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace

They have also found Philistine pottery, lending credence to the biblical account of them living in the city until being vanquished by King David.

 
 
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Archaeology

 
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea

A team of Russian archaeologists announces “a discovery of international significance” in the ancient Greek site of Phanagoria (Crimea). Darius I is mentioned in the book of Ezra.

 
 
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Samuil Petrovski

 
Nick Vujicic Balkan Tour
Nick Vujicic Balkan Tour

Samuil Petrovski, President of the Serbian Evangelical Alliance, and General Secretary of the IFES Serbia writes about the Nick Vujicic’s visit to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro last spring.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”

“Many atheists are beginning to see that their loud, aggressive attitude is not working”, says Mathematics Prof. John Lennox in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “We need to spend time to get to know Scripture at beyond a kind of Sunday school class level”.

 
 
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Rome Scholars Network: Evangelical-Catholic Relations
Rome Scholars Network: Evangelical-Catholic Relations

The week-long course was made up of twenty-one sessions which were delivered by Leonardo De Chirico, Gregg Allison, Greg Pritchard and Mike Reeves. “This week has been something of a dream come true.”

 
 
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Interview

 
Together 2016, “a millennial-led effort to point people to Jesus”
Together 2016, “a millennial-led effort to point people to Jesus”

“In no way are we trying to minimize the large doctrinal differences of times past”, organiser Nick Hall tells Evangelical Focus. 1 million Christians from diverse Christian backgrounds are expected to participate.

 
 
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Culture

 
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely a fake
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely  a fake

Karen L. King’s announcement got much media attention in 2012. After and in-depth research of The Atlantic magazine, she admits she probably was deluded by “fabrications.”

 
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Premiere in August

 
Ben Hur new trailer features Jesus
Ben Hur new trailer features Jesus

The new adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel, focuses more on the impact Jesus Christ made on the fictional character Ben-Hur

 
 
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Interview

 
The state of theological education in Central and Eastern Europe
The state of theological education in Central and Eastern Europe

“We need to develop in young leaders the ability to recognize and nurture a calling of God into the ministry, even amidst career options that are much more lucrative”, says Dr. Steve Patty after conducting a wide-ranging study.

 
 
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History

 
Norwegian Bible Society celebrated 200th anniversary
Norwegian Bible Society celebrated 200th anniversary

Scripture Reading out loud from cover to cover in the Oslo Cathedral park. The event was part of a four day Bible Festival held in Oslo in May 26-29.

 
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‘I am no cannon fodder’
‘I am no cannon fodder’

Youth of Torrent (Spain) use their musical skills in a song about values and hope for the future. The project is propelled by “Association New Life”, the social arm of the local evangelical church. 

 
 
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The Media and the Gospel
The Media and the Gospel

We love new technologies and we use them passionately. But we also know God’s mission is done through and for real people. The ELF conference in Wisla (Poland) reinforces our aim to analyse the big challenges of today through the Christian worldview.

 
 
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Language and mission

 
Bulgaria celebrates Cyrillic Alphabet Day
Bulgaria celebrates Cyrillic Alphabet Day

The script was coined out by two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, with the purpose to introduce Christ to Slavonic nations who had no alphabet. Today the Cyrillic Alphabet is used by roughly 300 million people round the world.

 
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Students and the gospel

 
Christian students in India reflect on faith and arts
Christian students in India reflect on faith and arts

Art For Change ten-day residency organised by UESI India (IFES). “A work of art is not Christian art because it carries with it any symbol of a cross or Jesus in it, but it should reveal the truth.”

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
The Eagles’ long run
The Eagles’ long run

Glenn Frey (1948-2016) was the soul of The Eagles. The band’s success allowed them to enjoy everything that life had to offer them. The conclusion that they came to could not have been more disheartening.

 
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Bible translation

 
Asian Christians read the Bible in their own language after 182 years
Asian Christians read the Bible in their own language after 182 years

A team of local believers, along with Wycliffe Associates, has translated the New Testament. “They have endured persecution, and struggled to teach the Word in other languages.”

 
 
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“Images are a universal language everyone can understand”
“Images are a universal language everyone can understand”

Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset on how his ‘Willy Grunch’ animation video went viral on Facebook. His new project, a “book without words” to share the gospel.

 
 
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“The Bear Bible is a hidden jewel of the Spanish literature”
“The Bear Bible is a hidden jewel of the Spanish literature”

The 1569 Bible translation “is an unknown masterpiece”, Spanish academic Antonio Muñoz Molina says in an interview at the public television.

 
 
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Bono: “Brutal honesty” of the Psalms should inspire all artists
Bono: “Brutal honesty” of the Psalms should inspire all artists

A 21-minute short film features U2 frontman Bono and theologian Eugene Peterson talking about how the Psalms have impacted their lives.

 
 
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Israel

 
A 3,500 year-old Egyptian seal found in biblical city
A 3,500 year-old Egyptian seal found in biblical city

The seal must have belonged to a senior Egyptian official, who “filled a similar position to that held by Joseph in Egypt”, archaeologist says.

 
 
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Alpha videos

 
Bear Grylls shares his faith in new Alpha film series
Bear Grylls shares his faith in new Alpha film series

The videos, released on April 14, also feature Chilean miner Jose Henriquez and author Alister McGrath, among other well-known Christians.

 
 
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Books

 
The Bible, among the most challenged books
The Bible, among the most challenged books

According to the American Library Association its appearance on the 'black list' is due to “its religious viewpoint.”

 
 
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Games and books

 
A Bible for ‘Minecrafters’
A Bible for ‘Minecrafters’

“In the beginning there were only blocks, and God gathered resources, made a map, and saw that it was good.” Authors are Garrett Romines and Christopher Miko.

 
 
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“The New Testament teaches us that the cross was a triumph”
“The New Testament teaches us that the cross was a triumph”

Did Jesus know about his trial, death and resurrection? Did it take him by surprise? Will Graham answers some questions about a week that changed the world.

 
 
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Premier in August

 
Ben-Hur comes back in 2016
Ben-Hur comes back in 2016

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming remake of Ben Hur, the new film adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 biblical novel. See European release dates. 

 
 
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José de Segovia

 
The cruellest month for T.S. Eliot
The cruellest month for T.S. Eliot

After searching and struggling throughout his life, Eliot finally surrendered to the “peace that surpasses all understanding”. In 1926 he converted to Christianity.

 
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Apologetics

 
Were some of the New Testament letters written by someone else?
Were some of the New Testament letters written by someone else?

A FOCL webinar by Dr. Drake Williams examines claims about false authorship of the New Testament letters and how widespread these claims are.

 
 
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Faith and Politics

 
Italian Evangelicals grieve for Domenico Maselli
Italian Evangelicals grieve for Domenico Maselli

The politician came to faith in a Brethren church and later was member of the Waldensian church. He had strong convictions but was distinguished by his commitment to dialogue and peace.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Ida, a story of faith and identity
Ida, a story of faith and identity

The film which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, “Ida”, is a battle between reason and faith, the body and the spirit, hatred and forgiveness.

 
 
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Translation

 
Codex Vaticanus is now online
Codex Vaticanus is now online

The Vatican Library has digitised one of the earliest versions of the Bible.

 
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Andraé Crouch and the power of the Cross
Andraé Crouch and the power of the Cross

Salvation through the blood of Jesus was more important to Andraé than his seven Grammies. 

 
 
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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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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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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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Peter Mead

 
When the Gospel is All Past Tense
When the Gospel is All Past Tense

For years I sat and heard messages that seemed to be targeted at someone else (and often that someone else was not there). What a wasted opportunity.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Bob Dylan’s faith
Bob Dylan’s faith

One of the last biographies published about the Nobel literature prize winner says that Dylan has never rejected his faith in Jesus. But the lyrics of some of his songs reveal a spiritual battle.

 
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Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?

If we could all just affirm that everybody worships the same God, would there be much more peace in the world? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity gives answers.

 
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A faith minority

 
Photographic archive narrates history of Spanish evangelicals
Photographic archive narrates history of Spanish evangelicals

From old Protestant manifestos to pictures of the latest musical events, the Evangelical Documental Graphic Archive has worked to capture the public presence of the evangelical churches.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The Ramones, 40 years on
The Ramones, 40 years on

It would be a mistake to think that their story was nothing more than the nihilism of hopeless youth. Their rage was a cry of rebellion against an empty life.

 
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Power in Game of Thrones
Power in Game of Thrones

In the most award-winning series at the Emmys, sin is not sweetened to make it more attractive, but it is shown in its most repulsive light. Is this a glorification of evil, or its complete opposite?

 
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Glynn Harrison

 
A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage
A Better Story: Re-imagining the Biblical Vision for Sex and Marriage

Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.

 
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How do we treat our enemies?
How do we treat our enemies?

The main character in “Bridge of Spies” not only believes in the power of the word, but also seeks to identify himself with the other, with the enemy.

 
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Canonization

 
‘Bible does not speak of saints who belong to a special category’
‘Bible does not speak of saints who belong to a special category’

Theresa of Calcutta was well-known for her work among the poor but the New Testament teaches that every Christian is a saint, explains theologian José Hutter.

 
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Peter Mead

 
10 pointers for “untrained” preachers
10 pointers for “untrained” preachers

Is there a Bible school where you could take a single course? Diligently hunt the best books to read, as well as well-informed people to engage with in conversation.

 
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Archaeology

 
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed

The cemetery has been found outside the walls of the Israelite port city of Ashkelon. The discovery of more than 200 bodies will reveal many details about how the Philistines lived.

 
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Books

 
Twelve million adult colouring books sold in USA in 2015
Twelve million adult colouring books sold in USA in 2015

Half of the top ten best sellers in the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association are colouring books. "Coloring itself cannot be called art therapy", an expert says.

 
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Peter Mead

 
4 Reasons to Handle the Bible Well
4 Reasons to Handle the Bible Well

When we handle the Bible carelessly we demonstrate a lack of value for our God’s communicative nature.

 
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Safari Children’s Choir
Safari Children’s Choir

28 boys and girls from Uganda sing songs of hope in a tour through Spain. Photos of a concert at an evangelical church in Terrassa.

 
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Media

 
Protestantism is badly represented in French media, expert says
Protestantism is badly represented in French media, expert says

“Islam is by far the most publicised religion by the largest French daily newspaper, Le Monde", specialist in Evangelical Protestantism Sebastien Fath says.

 
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Cinema

 
Jesus in Virtual Reality
Jesus in Virtual Reality

“Jesus VR – The Story of Christ”, will be available on all major mobile and premium VR platforms on Christmas.

 
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Theologian and pastor

 
Jose Maria Martinez, key figure of Spanish Protestantism, dies at 92
Jose Maria Martinez, key figure of Spanish Protestantism, dies at 92

His Christian leadership during the times of the dictatorship left a mark in the evangelical churches. “He played a very important role internationally, his boost is still present in our movement today.”

 
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José de Segovia

 
The picture of Dorian Gray
The picture of Dorian Gray

The modern-day relevance of Wilde’s book could not be any clearer: a new hedonism, the cult of eternal youth, when in reality it is just the vanity of fleeting beauty.

 
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Noa Alarcón

 
Joyful versus entertained
Joyful versus entertained

Our modern society  has evolved in such a way that the manner it has chosen to resolve the class struggle has been to try to implement the entertainment principle as a “need” for human beings.

 
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“Scripture 4 Millennials”

 
The Bible translated into Emoji
The Bible translated into Emoji

An anonymous translator reworked the King James Version of the bible using Unicode emoji, as well as common internet abbreviations and slang.

 
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Bulgaria
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Bible knowledge competition challenged teens and students
Bible knowledge competition challenged teens and students

Two consecutive Bible competitions inspired evangelical churches in Bulgaria. 135 teenagers and 43 university students coming from a dozen of towns compared Scriptural knowledge.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Sex, religion and Prince
Sex, religion and Prince

It is impossible to understand Prince (1958–2016) without one of these two powerful forces, but the same could be said of many of us.

 
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Nabeel Qureshi

 
An incompatible image of God
An incompatible image of God

There remain many who believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Their reasoning, argues Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim, is flawed.

 
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The Bible in church

 
Biblical exposition is the key element in a sermon
Biblical exposition is the key element in a sermon

According to a survey in the UK, the majority of Christians wish sermons were shorter. Half of the surveyed feel that “young people are not given enough of a chance to preach in church.”

 
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The Book That Made Your World
The Book That Made Your World

Mangalwadi’s book ranges effortlessly though history, politics, economics, theology, sociology, and philosophy. His conclusion is cultures that are rooted in the Bible, provide the best environment for human flourishing.

 
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Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms
Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms

U2 frontman talks about how the Psalms impacted his life and his music with theologian and author of ‘The Message’ Eugene Peterson. Interview with Fuller Seminary professor David Taylor.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The loneliness of the taxi driver
The loneliness of the taxi driver

Scorsese and Schrader’s film revolves around the search for redemption in figures such as Travis, who are buried in an urban inferno, constantly fighting to free themselves of their sins.

 
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Edward Bennigsen

 
‘Papers, please’: Compassion vs survival
‘Papers, please’: Compassion vs survival

By putting you in the position of an ordinary person with a large amount of power and asking you to make morally difficult choices, the video game manages to shed light on politics, ethics, and the human condition.

 
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New authors

 
Reader’s Blog: send your articles to Evangelical Focus
Reader’s Blog: send your articles to Evangelical Focus

Some of the articles sent by readers are among the most shared on social media. Publish opinions, reports, etc.

 
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The 33, a story of faith, strength and survival
The 33, a story of faith, strength and survival

Back in 2010, the world watched as 33 miners in Chile worked to survive a closed off copper–gold mine. Now that incident has been turned into a feature film.

 
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One million dollar

 
Israel project makes Hebrew texts available online
Israel project makes Hebrew texts available online

The project is part of the Israeli library's global initiative to digitize and disseminate online tens of thousands of rare Hebrew manuscripts currently dispersed between hundreds of collections worldwide.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Hitchcock and the trivialization of evil
Hitchcock and the trivialization of evil

Thirty-five years without Hitchcock. His films are chilling, not just because they show us evil unloosed into the world, but because that evil is so often banal and everyday, walking around on the streets of a town or a city just like ours.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Kurt Cobain: the weight of life
Kurt Cobain: the weight of life

The documentary “Montage of Heck” demystifies him as a figure, showing his more intimate and solitary side. 

 
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‘King of Blues’ dies
‘King of Blues’ dies

B.B. King started loving music as a child in a Baptist church. After thousands of shows, in 2010, he said: “ Retire? I'll only do that when I'm called from above.” 

 
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Cinema

 
Joseph Fiennes will play sceptical soldier in ‘Risen’
Joseph Fiennes will play sceptical soldier in ‘Risen’

Trailer reveals story of Jesus' resurrection seen from the perspective of a Roman Tribune, Clavius. Release is expected in 2016.

 
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New Orleans

 
Denzel to College grads: ‘Put God first in everything you do’
Denzel to College grads: ‘Put God first in everything you do’

That was the message to the graduating class of New Orleans' Dillard University. “Everything I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It’s a gift”, he said.

 
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Michael W. Smith: Interview
Michael W. Smith: Interview

The singer talked to Evangelical Focus in his visit to Barcelona. “You just have a pinch yourself, how did these songs of mine found their way in all these countries all around the world?”

 
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José de Segovia

 
Patti Smith: The childhood dreams of a Jehovah’s Witness
Patti Smith: The childhood dreams of a Jehovah’s Witness

In her famous Album “Easter” (1978), she focuses on the figure of Christ. Back then she said that “the myth of Christ is still exciting and stimulating to me”. 

 
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Seville

 
Young musicians ready to celebrate 500 years of the Reformation
Young musicians ready to celebrate 500 years of the Reformation

Classical musicians start Ensemble Bohórquez, named after a young Reformed martyr burnt in Seville.

 
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Francisco Sanchez

 
Wrinkles
Wrinkles

There is a culture that does honour elders (and it is not our culture).

 
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José de Segovia

 
Boyhood: time goes by
Boyhood: time goes by

Paradoxically, the greatest thing about Boyhood is its smallness: twelve years in the life of one individual, with his sorrows, joys, and constant questioning.

 
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Jerusalem

 
‘By the rivers of Babylon’, breathes life into Judean exile
‘By the rivers of Babylon’, breathes life into Judean exile

Never-before-showcased clay tablets documenting the first diaspora go on display at Jerusalem’s Bible Lands Museum.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The broken hero
The broken hero

A review of the film ‘Unbroken’: “We all need heroes. We want someone to admire, but often, we only find them in fiction. Angelina Jolie met a real one, who has recently left us.” 

 
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José de Segovia

 
The lost innocence of U2
The lost innocence of U2

“Songs of Innocence” is an album which revolves around a feeling of nostalgia for lost innocence, taking us back to the days in which this Irish band was yet to become the most famous rock band in the world. 

 
 

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’ ‘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.

 
Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability… Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability…

About 70 people from diverse evangelical backgrounds met for the Spanish annual Lausanne Movement gathering. They discussed how the church can respond to 10 social challenges in the country.

 
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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What mistakes do Christians make in trying to help someone scarred by abuse? What mistakes do Christians make in trying to help someone scarred by abuse?

Counselor Diane Langberg on how to listen to victims well.

 
What historical obstacles do European missionaries need to overcome? What historical obstacles do European missionaries need to overcome?

Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka Ajith Fernando answers the question.

 
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.

 
Jerusalem and the Messiah Jerusalem and the Messiah

‘This is the place where the Messiah chose to come, die and... return’. A video produced by Alto Concept.

 
The impact of investigative journalism on the Church The impact of investigative journalism on the Church

Journalistic research is key to help Christians think about the implications of their faith, says Finnish journalist Leif Nummela. 

 
“Who can help me? I want to become a Christian” “Who can help me? I want to become a Christian”

Nikos Stefanidis of ‘Helping Hands’ in Athens (Greece) shares the story of an Afghan lady who decided to follow Jesus.

 
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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