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Bosnia war

 
Warlord Mladic jailed for life over Srebrenica genocide

The former Bosnian Serb commander “significantly contributed” to the murder of 7,000 Bosniak men and boys in the 1990s, the UN tribunal in The Hague has sentenced.

 
 
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Universities and the gospel

 
European university evangelists met in Prague
European university evangelists met in Prague

About 110 people from 35 countries analysed the impact of the gospel in the European student context. Os Guiness, John Lennox, Lindsay Brown, Rebecca Manley Pippert and Michael Green shared at the FEUER gathering.

 
 
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Catalan crisis

 
Assemblies of God call not to ‘aggravate the social breach’ in Spain-Catalonia
Assemblies of God call not to ‘aggravate the social breach’ in Spain-Catalonia

The denomination has hundreds of churches across the country. In a statement, they call Christians to model forgiveness and distance themselves from “those who attack others verbally, physically or intellectually”.

 
 
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Negotiations

 
Brexit negotiations stuck in the first phase
Brexit negotiations stuck in the first phase

The European Union demands the UK to clarify how much it is willing to pay for previous commitments made as a member state. Negotiationg a trade deal will be discussed later, sources say.

 
 
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Science and faith

 
A feast for God’s Word and God’s World
A feast for God’s Word and God’s World

About 90 delegates attended the European Creation Care and the Gospel conference in Nice (France). Chris Wright: “Whatever we do to God’s creation either points to, or diminishes, God’s glory”.

 
 
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Networking

 
Christians working against sexual exploitation gathered in Berlin to “speak with one voice”
Christians working against sexual exploitation gathered in Berlin to “speak with one voice”

The European Freedom Network, formed by more than 200 partner organisations, becomes a legal entity. Experts, campaigners and Christian workers shared resources at the 2017 “Bridge” conference.

 
 
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EEA

 
Re-evangelising Europe, 500 years after the Reformation
Re-evangelising Europe, 500 years after the Reformation

The EEA General Assembly gathered to consider how Evangelical Christians across Europe might more effectively communicate the historic, biblical gospel to a secular society.

 
 
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Modern slavery

 
Christians come together to fight human trafficking
Christians come together to fight human trafficking

On October, 15, churches celebrate #FreedomSunday to raise awareness of world’s fastest growing global crime. Other initiatives all around the world include conferences and marches for freedom.

 
 
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Turkey

 
Pastor Brunson, 1 year in prison
Pastor Brunson, 1 year in prison

President Erdogan suggests he would be open to a prisoner exchange with the US. The pastor's wife shares a song he has written in prison: “My tears and pain I lift up as an offering”.

 
 
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Jeff Fountain

 
From barrier to highway
From barrier to highway

The two great European rivers, the Rhine and the Danube, have been a natural barrier across the continent through the centuries from the Black Sea to the North Sea.

 
 
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Eastern Europe

 
Ukrainian evangelical Christians celebrate the Reformation on the streets
Ukrainian evangelical Christians celebrate the Reformation on the streets

About 160,000 Christians gathered in Kiev. Evangelicals are “grateful for the opportunity and freedom to share the Good News in Ukraine today”.

 
 
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Debate

 
Should covering one’s face be illegal?
Should covering one’s face be illegal?

Christians in Switzerland join the debate about religious freedom and security. A ban would affect a minority of Muslim women.

 
 
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Prayer

 
Evangelicals call to pray for Catalonia as conflict escalates
Evangelicals call to pray for Catalonia as conflict escalates

Tens of thousands protest in Barcelona while police raids Catalan government offices to stop unauthorised independence referendum. “As Spanish Evangelical Alliance, we are worried and feel pain seeing the crisis in Catalonia”.

 
 
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Roxana Stanciu

 
Fundamental freedoms under serious threat by Spanish LGBTI law
Fundamental freedoms under serious threat by Spanish LGBTI law

Censorship, curbs on self-expression and communications that might be considered offensive, heavy fines for expressing views that could be interpreted as degrading, and having to prove one’s innocence if accused of discrimination.

 
 
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UK

 
Clothes to promote ‘gender fluidity’ among children
Clothes to promote ‘gender fluidity’ among children

Popular department stores company put an end to ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ sections. Parents challenge the implementation of LGBT policies in primary schools.

 
 
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Election

 
Conservatives re-elected in Norway
Conservatives re-elected in Norway

The Prime Minister’s right-wing coalition retains power after promising tax-cuts. Anti-immigration party will be a government ally.

 
 
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Conflict
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Catalonia passes independence referendum law
Catalonia passes independence referendum law

Unilateral “disconnection” planned after a vote on October, 1. The Spanish Prime Minister defines it as a “democratic fraud”. Evangelicals called to be a model of reconciliation.

 
 
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Pressure on Christians

 
Pastor in Turkey now charged with “espionage”, faces life imprisonment
Pastor in Turkey now charged with “espionage”, faces life imprisonment

Pastor Andrew Brunson was serving in a church in Izmir when he was detained almost one year ago. Turkish Protestants said the accusations are “absurd”.

 
 
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ELF 2018

 
Registration open for the 2018 European Leadership Forum
Registration open for the 2018 European Leadership Forum

“The Forum is the best training event I've seen in Europe in the last 20-25 years”, says Prof. John Lennox. The morning Bible teacher will be Peter J. Williams, Principal and CEO of Tyndale House.

 
 
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Terrorist attack

 
Barcelona attack: 13 killed and many injured
Barcelona attack: 13 killed and many injured

One person dies and five terrorists are killed in Cambrils as they were carrying out a second terrorist attack. More than 100 people have been injured in the Las Ramblas jihadist terrorist attack. 

 
 
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Southern Europe

 
Forest fire burns down Christian camp in Greece
Forest fire burns down Christian camp in Greece

“Our camp burned down”, says director of Kalamos, an evangelical youth camp north of Athens. Dozens of fires have devastated Greece this summer.

 
 
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Media

 
Spanish tv channel presents Hillsong as a “hipster cult”
Spanish tv channel presents Hillsong as a “hipster cult”

The La Sexta news service compares Hillsong in Spain to Scientology. No evidence is offered in two journalistic pieces full of misconceptions.

 
 
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Madrid

 
King and Queen of Spain received evangelicals at royal palace
King and Queen of Spain received evangelicals at royal palace

Church leaders met King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and the Justice Minister. “We ask God for His light to shine on your life”, the delegation told the Spansish Head of State. 

 
 
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Conference

 
Keswick Convention calls Christians to be “captivated by God’s Word”
Keswick Convention calls Christians to be “captivated by God’s Word”

Theologian Don Carson spoke on the freedom offered by the gospel. Rising numbers of children and youth among the 4,000 conventioners visiting the English Lake District each week.

 
 
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Life at work

 
“When I am under pressure at work, I try to keep calm and pray silently”
“When I am under pressure at work, I try to keep calm and pray silently”

“My colleagues perceive Christianity as one of many possible spiritual journeys that someone could take, but not the only one”, explains Šárka, who became a Christian while doing her PhD in the Czech Republic.

 
 
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Spanish Evangelical Alliance

 
“LGBT law restricts freedom of conscience and freedom of speech”
“LGBT law restricts freedom of conscience and freedom of speech”

A petition asking members of the Spanish parliament to stop the draft law reaches 5,000 signatures in 24 hours.

 
 
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France

 
Christians “moved” France on national day
Christians “moved” France on national day

Around 10,000 gathered in Le Havre to pray and reflect about the Reformation. Nick Vujicic was the main speaker. Additionally, 1,000 young people were sent to evangelism projects all around France.

 
 
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Faith in action

 
Young evangelicals in France come together to share God’s love
Young evangelicals in France come together to share God’s love

Hundreds of young participants meet in Le Havre to receive training, enjoy fellowship, take part in social projects and share the gospel. A big celebration on France’s national day will close the week.

 
 
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Bern

 
Kids celebrate Christian youth movements in front of Swiss parliament
Kids celebrate Christian youth movements in front of Swiss parliament

About 1,400 children and teenagers (with parents and youth leaders) asked the Swiss government to readmit nine Christian youth organisations that have been expelled from the national “Youth + Sport” programme.

 
 
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LGBT law

 
Letter to Spanish government denounces “totalitarian” gender ideology law
Letter to Spanish government denounces “totalitarian” gender ideology law

The Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family writes letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling to protect freedom of speech. The platform unites 600 representatives from 16 countries.

 
 
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Hamburg

 
German Christians: ‘Pray for the G20 summit’
German Christians: ‘Pray for the G20 summit’

Violence could break out in Hamburg as thousands protest against world political leaders. Christians set up five Houses of Prayer.

 
 
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Germany

 
Same-sex marriage reveals opposing views between mainline Protestants and evangelicals
Same-sex marriage reveals opposing views between mainline Protestants and evangelicals

The German Evangelical Alliance describes the Protestant State Church’s support for gay marriage as “catastrophic.” The law was passed despite the opposition of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 
 
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Abortion

 
British Medical Association supports decriminalisation of abortion
British Medical Association supports decriminalisation of abortion

“The decision defies common sense”, says Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship in the UK, because it “backs abortion on demand.” 1,000 doctors signed letter rejecting the BMA’s stance. 

 
 
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Pedrógão Grande
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Portuguese evangelicals “weep with those who weep” during tragic fires
Portuguese evangelicals “weep with those who weep” during tragic fires

Half of the 62 victims died in their cars while trying to escape the flames. As Portugal recovers from the shock, churches in the region offer support.

 
 
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Tim Farron

 
LibDem leader resigns: “Holding faithfully to the Bible’s teaching has felt impossible”
LibDem leader resigns: “Holding faithfully to the Bible’s teaching has felt impossible”

Tim Farron had been constantly questioned for his Christian view of homosexuality. “A wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment.”  

 
 
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Eastern Europe

 
Spreading God’s Word in Belarus
Spreading God’s Word in Belarus

Belarusian print newspaper “Kolokol” works to bring the gospel to regions with no access to internet, including prisons and nursing homes.

 
 
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Society

 
Swiss evangelicals distribute 500,000 copies of ‘Reformation newspaper’
Swiss evangelicals distribute 500,000 copies of ‘Reformation newspaper’

Under the title “Change”, the project shares personal faith stories of citizens, intersting figures about the 500th anniversary, and introduces “the greatest Reformer, Jesus.”

 
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Anglicans 
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Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriages
Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriages

A clause will protect ministers with a traditional biblical view of marriage. Gafcon reacts by appointing a “missionary bishop” for the UK.

 
 
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Barcelona

 
Spanish nurses presented a paper on the Reformation at international congress
Spanish nurses presented a paper on the Reformation at international congress

“Nursing Theses: 500 years after Luther’s 95 theses” was the paper presented by evangelical professionals at a congress with 8,200 nurses from 135 countries.

 
 
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Italy

 
A blacksmith of the faith in Trento
A blacksmith of the faith in Trento

Evangelical pastor Hector Peñafiel, a welding master, uses his skills to teach his profession and share the gospel with asylum seekers. “They can plan their future now”, he says.

 
 
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Refugees

 
Christian refugees in Europe face “double penalty”, experts say
Christian refugees in Europe face “double penalty”, experts say

“Belief-based intolerance and discrimination of refugees is a pan-European problem”, Christian organisations said during a hearing at the European Parliament. 

 
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Northern Europe

 
Intense debate about same-sex marriage among Finnish Lutherans
Intense debate about same-sex marriage among Finnish Lutherans

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is the only Nordic national church which doesn’t celebrate same-sex marriages. The Church Synod of the church discussed intensively about it in May.

 
 
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Manchester terrorist attack

 
Evangelicals in other countries react to Manchester attack
Evangelicals in other countries react to Manchester attack

Christian leaders from Egypt, Sweden, Spain, react to the terrorist attack. Christian organisations in the UK express their thoughts.

 
 
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Sarah Foster

 
Why would someone do this?
Why would someone do this?

Why would someone take their life and the lives of people they have never met, including an 8-year old girl, in the most despicable way? What were they hoping to achieve?

 
 
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Christian Medical Fellowship

 
“Manchester is a sobering reminder of how precious but fragile human life is”
“Manchester is a sobering reminder of how precious but fragile human life is”

European Christian leaders gathered in Poland pray for the relatives of the victims. Medical doctor Peter J. Saunders: “We call for Christians to pray, serve, care and comfort those who have been deeply hurt by this tragedy.”

 
 
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Christians in sports

 
Keylor Navas: “My faith is the most important thing”
Keylor Navas: “My faith is the most important thing”

The Real Madrid goalkeeper talks openly about his faith in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. “Having God with us is the success of our marriage”, he says.

 
 
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Marriage

 
Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage
Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage

The Romanian Parliament has approved an initiative, supported by three million people, to constitutionally define family as based on marriage between a man and a woman.

 
 
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Students and the Gospel

 
“I just could not imagine that there would be this much diversity in the body of Christ”
“I just could not imagine that there would be this much diversity in the body of Christ”

A Cameroonian studying in a French university and a Serbian High School student share their impressions after the European Student Evangelism conference “Presence 2017”.

 
 
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Moscow

 
Russian Christian confessions reject ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Russian Christian confessions reject ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses

“Except for a few Orthodox extremists, I do not hear a single voice expressing approval for the prohibition of the Jehovah’s Witnesses”, says Russian church historian Constantine Prokhorov.

 
 
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Portugal

 
Portuguese evangelicals use Francis’ visit to Fatima to dialogue with pilgrims
Portuguese evangelicals use Francis’ visit to Fatima to dialogue with pilgrims

“We realise that there is a need and a conviction in relation to the divine”, says António Calaim. Hundreds of young evangelicals will engage Catholics in conversations about the Bible.

 
 
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Kiev

 
Working for peace and reconciliation in Ukraine
Working for peace and reconciliation in Ukraine

Around 130 delegates from different parts of the country reflected on the role of Christians. A manual for counselling the victims of violence has been published.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Belgian Walloon region bans kosher and halal slaughter
Belgian Walloon region bans kosher and halal slaughter

The European Jewish Congress says it is “the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation.” Denmark and Switzerland already prohibit this kind of slaughter.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Relationships should be at the centre of our economic system”
“Relationships should be at the centre of our economic system”

“The Christian teaching is that we need to control the power of central governments”, says economist Michael Schluter, co-author of manifesto ‘Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union’.

 
 
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‘Scottish Church Census’

 
Church attendance in Scotland falls from 12% to 7% in fifteen years
Church attendance in Scotland falls from 12% to 7% in fifteen years

About 390’000 people attend a Christian church in Scotland. The growth of Pentecostals and free evangelicals is not enough to stop the decline of the other denominations.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, labels them as “extremists”
Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, labels them as “extremists”

The government will close down the central offices of the religious organisation. The pressure on non-Russian Orthodox groups makes evangelical Christians wonder who will be targeted next.

 
 
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University
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European students celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together
European students celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together

The IFES European Student Evangelism Conference gathered 1,700 students from around 50 countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany). This year, the conference theme is Presence.

 
 
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Populism and corruption

 
European evangelicals urged to pray for the French election
European evangelicals urged to pray for the French election

“Pray for a return of interest in democracy and the emergence of healthy political figures”, says the European Evangelical Alliance. Freedom of speech, one of the main concerns of French Christians.

 
 
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Sweden

 
Truck drives into crowds in Stockholm
Truck drives into crowds in Stockholm

Four people were killed. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said everything pointed to an act of terrorism.

 
 
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Religious brotherhoods

 
Spanish police claims the right not to attend religious parades
Spanish police claims the right not to attend religious parades

“The presence of police officers dressed in uniform in an Easter procession puts both the police and the citizens at risk”, a police association says. Officers should “only be assigned to protect the security of the citizens.”

 
 
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Interview

 
“One in ten schools used our program about Jan Hus, the Czech Reformer”
“One in ten schools used our program about Jan Hus, the Czech Reformer”

The Christian Teacher’s Network gathers 400 people in the Czech Republic, the most secular country in Europe. They aim to share vision and resources with teachers in other countries.

 
 
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France

 
Evangelical church attacked near Paris
Evangelical church attacked near Paris

The pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Church of Alfortville and his wife were sleeping in the first floor when the fire started. It is the third arson attack against an evangelical church in France in the last 12 months.

 
 
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Russia

 
Explosion in St Petersburg metro kills fourteen

Russian authorities speak of 49 injured after blast near central metro station. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described it as a “terrorist attack.”

 
 
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Switzerland

 
Trusted Christian youth organisations expelled from public programmes after decades of work
Trusted Christian youth organisations expelled from public programmes after decades of work

Swiss organisations serving 10,000 young people every year will no longer work alongside public youth agencies. The government’s decision is “degrading” for Christians workers, says expert Andi Bachmann.

 
 
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Russia

 
Jehovah’s Witnesses on the verge of being banned in Russia
Jehovah’s Witnesses on the verge of being banned in Russia

“This kind of precedent is highly frightening and raises the question of who’s next”, says Evangelical-Baptist leader Vitaly Vlasenko.

 
 
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Lisbon Treaty ‘Article 50’ triggered

 
Brexit negotiations begin
Brexit negotiations begin

The UK starts a two-year countdown to its final departure from the EU. The Evangelical Alliance prays for “wisdom, understanding and kindness.”

 
 
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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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Analysis

 
Center-right Bulgarian party wins elections

A coalition government will be needed in a country where citizens tend to trust EU politicians more than their own.

 
 
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EEA

 
Call to Prayer for the Dutch general election
Call to Prayer for the Dutch general election

The European Evangelical Alliance warns about “the growing phenomenon of angry, polarising, post-truth rhetoric that is infecting political debate in many nations, including the Netherlands.”

 
 
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London terrorist attack

 
“Lord, dry tears, calm hearts”
“Lord, dry tears, calm hearts”

“We pray for those caught in fear today”, says the Evangelical Alliance UK after the London attack. Archbishop Justin Welby calls to pray for “all those grieving loved ones.”

 
 
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Westminster parliament

 
Four dead and several critically injured in London terrorist attack
Four dead and several critically injured in London terrorist attack

Eight arrests have been made in raids following the attack. 29 have been injured near Westminster.

 
 
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Northern Ireland

 
Christians react to death of former IRA leader and politician McGuinness
Christians react to death of former IRA leader and politician McGuinness

Evangelicals in Northern Ireland underline his relationship with adversary Ian Paisley and pray that the “journey towards peace” continues.

 
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Bert de Ruiter

 
Engaging with Muslims (II): Islam in present-day Europe
Engaging with Muslims (II): Islam in present-day Europe

Islam is in Europe to stay, albeit progressively and in different forms. Different versions and traditions of Islam compete with each other. It has become Europe’s second religion after Christianity.

 
 
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Netherlands

 
“Pray that populism will be stopped”
“Pray that populism will be stopped”

A climate of tension surrounds the Dutch general election, which will be held on Wednesday 15. The Missie Nederland General Secretary, Jan C. Wessels, hopes “the values of the Dutch people, which are partly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, will conquer.”

 
 
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Evangelicals in Portugal

 
Portugal: Church planting does not stop the decrease of evangelical churches
Portugal: Church planting does not stop the decrease of evangelical churches

Evangelical churchgoers are 0.4 per cent of the population and in some regions believers are almost “invisible”. The average size of an evangelical church is 49 people, according to a study produced by the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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Public arena

 
Theresa May: “Christianity has an important role to play in Britain”
Theresa May: “Christianity has an important role to play in Britain”

Christian leaders in the UK met the Prime Minister. She said: “We must ensure that people feel able to speak about their faith, and that absolutely includes faith in Christ”.

 
 
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Spain

 
Campaign responding to gender ideology sparks heated debate on freedom of speech
Campaign responding to gender ideology sparks heated debate on freedom of speech

Top politicians, LGBT activists and social media users condemn bus carrying message: ‘Boys have penis, girls have vulva’. Evangelicals demand dialogue and warn against “anger that diminishes capacity of reasoning”.

 
 
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Health

 
New pharmaceutical guidelines in the UK “draconian and unethical”
New pharmaceutical guidelines in the UK “draconian and unethical”

The new guidance of the General Pharmaceutical Council puts pressure on Christian professionals, says CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship Peter J. Saunders.

 
 
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Sexual ethics and the Bible

 
“I feel bullied for being same-sex attracted and faithful to the teaching of Jesus on marriage”
“I feel bullied for being same-sex attracted and faithful to the teaching of Jesus on marriage”

Pastor Sam Allberry defends biblical vision of marriage at Church of England General Synod. Read the transcript of his testimony.

 
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Interview (II)

 
“Disability is only a small part of our identity”
“Disability is only a small part of our identity”

How can the church better include people with disabilities? What was Jesus Christ's approach? Thérèse Swinters (European Disability Network) speaks from her own experience.

 
 
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Interview

 
The Macedonian crisis and the role of the evangelical community
The Macedonian crisis and the role of the evangelical community

“The basic nature of the Macedonian crisis is moral”, says Nikola Galevski, a pastor in Skopje. “Pray that the church will clearly see its specific calling for a time like this”.

 
 
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Interview

 
Romanian Christians join large anti-corruption protests
Romanian Christians join large anti-corruption protests

“Taking the streets is a step forward, that goes beyond just praying on Sundays in churches for those in authority”, says political expert Adrian Petrice.

 
 
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Faith and politics

 
Angela Merkel: “While being imperfect, we receive God’s grace”
Angela Merkel: “While being imperfect, we receive God’s grace”

Speaking in Wittenberg on 31 October, the German Chancellor said the Reformation anniversary is “a great opportunity to strengthen the awareness about the Christian roots in our society”.

 
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Creation Care and the Gospel, in France
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
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Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
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Eastern Europe

 
Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi supports Reformation events
Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi supports Reformation events

World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero and national evangelical leaders meet the Kosovan Head of State. Thaçi underlines his commitment to religious freedom and inter-faith dialogue.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Long term effects
Long term effects

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.

 
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Daniel Trusiewicz

 
Baptist church planting in Eastern Europe
Baptist church planting in Eastern Europe

A recent EBF Mission Partnership conference in Georgia sought to ‘encourage, and inspire in ministry’ a group of indigenous church planters from Eastern Europe.

 
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Julia Doxat-Purser

 
Can they hear us?
Can they hear us?

What if, when a police chief or politician spoke about human trafficking, we were ready to respond with our stories and expertise?

 
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Gavin Matthews

 
Reclaiming our Christian foundations
Reclaiming our Christian foundations

A review of Nick Spencer’s The Evolution of The West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.

 
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Arie de Pater

 
Think beyond a simple yes/no question
Think beyond a simple yes/no question

The Catalonia independence debate in Spain can easily be reduced to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question with the answer splitting families and faith communities. How could Christians respond to such a situation?

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
The Paradox Of Abraham Kuyper
The Paradox Of Abraham Kuyper

This educationalist, Prime Minister and theologian has left an imprint on Dutch churches, schools, media and politics visible even a full century later.

 
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Reactions

 
Spanish evangelicals: “We lift our prayers to God for Barcelona”
Spanish evangelicals: “We lift our prayers to God for Barcelona”

“We identify with the pain of the families”, the Spanish Evangelical Alliance says. Churches, denominations and regional evangelical bodies also express their grief.

 
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Interview

 
“We are passionate about listening to Scripture and sitting under it”
“We are passionate about listening to Scripture and sitting under it”

James Robson, new Director of Keswick Ministries, explains his views on Christian unity and the role of believers in a secularised society.

 
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Reformation 2017

 
Big week of celebrations in Spain gathered thousands of evangelicals
Big week of celebrations in Spain gathered thousands of evangelicals

The 8th Evangelical Congress was held, a Festival of Hope celebrated Jesus in the centre of Madrid. A commemorative service gathered 8,000. “Spanish society benefits from the action of evangelical churches”, says Justice Minister.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Dreamers and refugees
Dreamers and refugees

God will use for good what Satan means for evil. He works on a different schedule.

 
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Women

 
Female genital mutilations widely practiced in the UK
Female genital mutilations widely practiced in the UK

More than 5,000 new cases were reported last year, many in London. “FGM is not related to religion”, World Vision activist Susana Oliver says.

 
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The future of France

 
French evangelicals hope Macron’s “calmed laicité” will protect right to share one’s faith publicly
French evangelicals hope Macron’s “calmed laicité” will protect right to share one’s faith publicly

“Any restriction of freedom of worship, conscience, or expression would impoverish the nation spiritually and intellectually, and affect evangelical Christians who publicly testify to their faith”, says CNEF representative Thierry Le Gall.

 
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Refugees

 
‘How do we touch their hearts from their touchscreens?’
‘How do we touch their hearts from their touchscreens?’

Over 80% of asylum seekers have smartphones. A Trans World Radio app offers over 300 audio programs to “address trauma and other difficulties refugees face in Europe.”

 
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UK

 
Muslim worshippers targeted in London terrorist attack
Muslim worshippers targeted in London terrorist attack

The attacker consciously drove a van into worshippers outside an Islamic Welfare Centre. A man died and ten were injured.

 
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UK Election

 
Conservatives lose majority and a “hung parliament” creates uncertainty
Conservatives lose majority and a “hung parliament” creates uncertainty

Theresa May’s short victory is seen as a defeat, but she promises to form 'a government of certainty' with the help of DUP. High turnout: 7 in 10 voted. Reactions of Christians.

 
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Guy Brandon

 
The serious business of elections
The serious business of elections

The UK election raises two potential problems for Christians. One is not taking it seriously enough. The second is taking it too seriously.

 
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European Leadership Forum

 
ELF 2017: ‘Knowing where we come from, we will know where we go’
ELF 2017: ‘Knowing where we come from, we will know where we go’

Lindsay Brown closed the European Leadership Forum in Poland challenging participants to recover the centrality of the gospel and strengthen the mission of carrying the message of Christ to the ends of the Earth.

 
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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.

 
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Gavin Matthews

 
Malta: Europe’s southerly outpost
Malta: Europe’s southerly outpost

There is no doubt that one of the greatest challenges Malta has faced in recent years has been coping with the influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

 
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A  man arrested

 
Manchester pop concert terrorist attack: 22 dead and 59 injured
Manchester pop concert terrorist attack: 22 dead and 59 injured

The blast happened in the foyer of a sports arena following a pop music concert attended by many teenagers and children. Politicians suspend the electoral campaign. Anglican leader Justin Welby: “We pray for those in sorrow in the hard journey.”

 
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Reformation 2017

 
Creation care and education, among “causes that impacted the world”
Creation care and education, among “causes that impacted the world”

Spanish evangelicals launch a series of videos explaining how the Reformation has impacted society. In July, Madrid will host the “15J”, a week with a Congress, evangelism and concerts to commemorate the 500th anniversary.

 
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What role does the Church have in Europe?
What role does the Church have in Europe?

Evi Rodemann (Germany) talks about the unique contributions to society that only the Church can make. 

 
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Nick Park

 
Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and the Gospel
Blasphemy, Stephen Fry and the Gospel

The New Testament writers tell us that God’s honour is not something so fragile that it needs to be protected by legal restrictions.

 
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Elections in France

 
Protestants, the faith confession that most clearly supported Macron
Protestants, the faith confession that most clearly supported Macron

Fillon received support from Catholics, whereas Mélenchon did well among Muslims and atheists. Le Pen tries to win support from all social groups.

 
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Guy Brandon

 
The Brexit election?
The Brexit election?

First and foremost, Christian voters must remember that God is sovereign – not Brussels, and not the UK government.

 
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International Worker’s Day

 
The European unemployment rate dropped in 2016
The European unemployment rate dropped in 2016

Unemployment in the EU regions ranged from 2% to 31%. Greece and Spain are still struggling. According to the Bible, “all work is worthy and full of meaning”, Jaume Llenas, General Secretary of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance, says.

 
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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. 

 
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Italian Evangelical Alliance

 
Reforming Europe, how?
Reforming Europe, how?

Is the exit-strategy (like the one seen with Brexit) the only way forward amidst the widespread dissatisfaction towards the EU?

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Another French revolution?
Another French revolution?

Sadly ‘integrity’, ‘incorruptibility’ and ‘honesty’ are not words often used to describe today’s politicians. That’s why we cannot leave our future just to the politicians.

 
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French elections

 
Macron will face Le Pen in French elections run-off
Macron will face Le Pen in French elections run-off

Centrist Emmanuel Macron won first round with 23.9% of the votes. Defeated candidates publicly support Macron for the second round on May,7.

 
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Evangelicals in the UK

 
UK election is a chance for Christians to “speak hope into society”
UK election is a chance for Christians to “speak hope into society”

The EAUK welcomes the opportunity for a social debate. Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision aims to strenghten the current government’s position ahead of the Brexit negotiations, analysts believe.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Is truth dead?
Is truth dead?

When the devil lies, Jesus said, he speaks his native language. As fallen human beings, it is our native language too. Lying is universal.

 
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Interview

 
“If we do not stop this totalitarianism, pastors could end up in jail”
“If we do not stop this totalitarianism, pastors could end up in jail”

An interview with Ignacio Arsuaga of HazteOir, the group which launched a campaign denouncing the imposition of gender ideology in Spain. “We ask public authorities to respect the right of parents to decide on the affective-sexual education of their children.”

 
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Bert de Ruiter

 
Engaging with Muslims (IV): The role of the Church
Engaging with Muslims (IV): The role of the Church

If we would talk as much with Muslims as we do about them, Europe would be a different place.

 
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Christians in politics

 
Tim Farron: “My faith puts everything in perspective”
Tim Farron: “My faith puts everything in perspective”

The leader of the Liberal Democratic party (UK) is against the Brexit. “If we’re out of the EU on April 1, 2019, the Lib-Dems will call for the UK to rejoin on our terms.”

 
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Bert de Ruiter

 
Engaging with Muslims (III): Ways of being Muslim in Europe
Engaging with Muslims (III): Ways of being Muslim in Europe

Fundamentalist Muslims, Reformed Muslims, Converted Muslims, Secular Muslims... There are at least 11 ways this faith is lived out in Europe. 

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
That ‘Roman Plot’
That ‘Roman Plot’

Granted, the European Union is a very imperfect human project, not to be confused with God’s kingdom. Yet we are told to pray for God’s kingdom to come, that is, for his will to be done in Europe as it is in heaven.

 
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Dutch elections

 
Netherlands stops the advance of populism
Netherlands stops the advance of populism

Eight in ten citizens voted in key elections. Far-right candidate only gets 13% of the vote and Right-wing Liberal Mark Rutte will try tro form government. Christians are called to “ministry of reconciliation”, evangelicals say.

 
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Religious freedom

 
Employers can ban the wearing of religious symbols, EU court rules
Employers can ban the wearing of religious symbols, EU court rules

According to the ECJ, “banning the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination.”

 
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Bert de Ruiter

 
Engaging with Muslims (I): A need to understand whom we engage with
Engaging with Muslims (I): A need to understand whom we engage with

Statistics often do not give any indication of the religious commitment, beliefs and practices of a person. Some believe that only a third of all Muslims in Europe actively practice their Islamic faith.

 
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Migration policies
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European evangelicals ask EU leaders to “defend the rights of everyone, without exception”
European evangelicals ask EU leaders to “defend the rights of everyone, without exception”

The EEA joins other 160 civil society organisations in demanding “statesmanship that stands up for humanity and dignity and that addresses people’s fears, instead of fuelling them.”

 
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Ireland

 
Mass grave of up to 800 children found at a former home for unmarried mothers

DNA confirmed children ranged in age from 35 weeks to 3 years and were buried mainly in the 1950s.

 
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Hungary

 
Christians working with refugees met for European roundtable
Christians working with refugees met for European roundtable

About 160 participants from 28 countries met in Hungary for practical training, resources and networking. It has been the most attended Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable so far.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Driving to Brussels
Driving to Brussels

Citizens from all over Europe are driving to Brussels to offer themselves as ‘Official European Chauffeurs’, willing to bring refugees to their respective countries.

 
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‘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. 

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
The Cohabitation-Go-Round
The Cohabitation-Go-Round

Valentine was right. Marriage is worth paying a price for.

 
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René Breuel

 
A Trumpian Europe
A Trumpian Europe

I wish our public discourse would reflect the complexity of life more fully.

 
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Farming

 
Switzerland: 800 Christian farmers prayed together
Switzerland: 800 Christian farmers prayed together

The Farmers Conference showed how the Christian faith is lived out in the world of agriculture. New generations shared their views.

 
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Martin Hodson
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Climate change in Europe
Climate change in Europe

The response of the European Churches to climate change, as with all environmental issues, has been patchy, but there are signs that this is beginning to change.

 
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Evangelicals in Europe

 
EEA introduces new Brussels Representative
EEA introduces new Brussels Representative

After 10 years, Christel Lamère Ngnambi will leave his position to pursue a PhD. Advocate for religious freedom, Arie de Peter will take over the role.

 
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Patrick Nullens

 
A disposition of hope today
A disposition of hope today

Hope perseveres in the face of hardship, recognizes that God in his grace wants to preserve this world and protect it from its self-destructive powers.

 
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Jonathan Tame

 
The cumulative crisis of trust
The cumulative crisis of trust

Our churches should be examples of institutions that serve the common good, that speak out against injustice, and that are led with integrity.

 
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Expository preaching

 
Preachers circles in Spain
Preachers circles in Spain

The participants of the “Preaching Workshop” come from “a wide diversity of backgrounds and denominations”. One of its aims is “to train a whole new generation of Bible preachers in Spain”.

 
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More time in power

 
Turkey will give more powers to President Erdogan
Turkey will give more powers to President Erdogan

Plans for a new constitution would make it easier for the head of state to order a state of emergency. The post of Prime Minister could be abolished. 

 
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Ishak Ghatas

 
Muslims and the need for church planting
Muslims and the need for church planting

For the Muslim convert, the feeling of being at home includes the aspects of fellowship (“sharing things in common”), and growing into a sense of shared ownership as partners.

 
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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.

 
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.

 
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. 

 
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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Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
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.

 
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. 

 
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.

 
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How did the Reformation shape educational and political institutions? How did the Reformation shape educational and political institutions?

Lindsay Brown, Director of FEUER, talks about how the Reformation had a defining and far-reaching impact on Western educaton  institutions, which profoundly influenced modern society.

 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
“Remember you are dust” “Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
Walk Walk

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

 
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.

 
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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