ADVERTISING
 
Friday, October 19   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Media
Do the media in your country usually portray evangelical Christians accurately?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



 

2016: A year full of unexpected news

Some of the highlights of this past year and a ‘thank you’ to all of our readers.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus 23 DECEMBER 2016 15:34 h GMT+1

Looking back, we realise that many of the news in 2016 have come as a surprise. Key happenings in Europe and around the world have had unexpected outcomes.



The “Brexit” vote in the United Kingdom has been one of the defining moments of the year. We asked several Christian experts to share their analysis with us: What has the Bible to say about such a decision? What implications could it have for mission in Europe? How should we pray? How can believers model reconciliation?



Another event that took many of us by surprise was the coup attempt in Turkey. President Erdogan regained control over the country and thousands were arrested. Christians are one of the communities that have come under pressure after the summer, and some have been deported and jailed with unclear charges.



 



SURPRISES IN THE USA AND LATIN AMERICA



What can be said about the US Presidential election? Several evangelical opinion leaders (among them, Philip Yancey in an exclusive interview) expressed their doubts about Donald Trump. Other supported the Republican candidate publicly. In the end, Trump not only won the election, but received the vote of most evangelicals in the US. European evangelical leaders expressed their own point of view after the election, and analysed the situation from a biblical perspective.



In Latin America, the Colombian peace process brought another unexpected “no” in the referendum. Many objected the conditions of the peace deal, and it had to be rewritten. President Santos won the Nobel Prize but years of dialogue and reconciliation are still ahead.



 



NEW CHALLENGES IN EUROPE



In Europe, the integration of millions of refugees has led to social debates. Many churches and individual Christians have made an impact serving sacrificially. Many former Muslims have become Christians this year (and shared their story and hopes). But terrorist attacks like those in Nice (France) and Berlin (Germany) caused many to fear the influence of radical Islam in their countries. Christians have been challenged to give answers to the rise of populism in many countries and to re-think where their identity comes from.



 



Our interview with John Lennox, in Barcelona.



Religious freedom of Christians and other faith groups continues to be an issue, especially in a context of ‘post-truth’. In Russia, the Yarovaya laws changed the scenario for Protestant Christians and evangelism is now punished.



A growing interest in biblical theology and mission has been expressed by young Christians. The ‘Younger Leaders Gathering’ in Jakarta brought together more than 1,000 representatives from almost every country of the world, to think together about how the gospel responds to ever challenge of the 21st century.



The Protestant Reformation and its impact on Europe has been discussed in the last months. Its rich heritage is being commemorated by some and celebrated by others. Central issues like the authority of Scripture and ecumenism and co-belligerence between Protestants and Roman Catholics continue to generate debates.



Music, poetry, film, technology and sports have also had their space on our website this year.



 



AN EXCITING YEAR FOR OUR EDITORIAL TEAM



For us, as a media project, it has been an exciting year, in which Evangelical Focus writers have been able to cover events on the ground in cities like Rome, Sicily, Wisla, Jakarta, Lisbon, Prague, Sofia, Brussels, Madrid and Barcelona.



We also have been following some of the issues happening in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America (see World section).



 



Joel Forster, Belén Díaz and Daniel Hofkamp of the Evangelical Focus team in Poland (May 2016).



In 2016, many of you have started following us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.



Evangelical Focus has received 215,000 visits in 2016, from virtually every country of the world. More than 80 countries have visited this website at least 100 times in the last months.



 



THANK YOU!



As a team, we are thankful to God for his providence. We are also thankful to all of you who have contacted us to show your support for this journalistic project so far.



All of us at Evangelical Focus are either contributing to this site as volunteers or raising our own financial support.



Would you like to help to make this project sustainable in the future? Learn about how you can give here. If you have any questions, just send us an email: office(at)evangelicalfocus.com



After a year of unexpected news, we continue to trust in Jesus Christ, the Lord of the universe. His ‘good news’ are as true and relevant as ever.



Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!



 



Designed by Gabriela Pérez.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - 2016: A year full of unexpected news
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

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

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

 

 
VIDEO Video
 
Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement” Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement”

“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.