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Rik and Matched Lubbers

 
Mission from the margin in Kosovo
Mission from the margin in Kosovo

Christian alienation is not, by definition, a negative consequence of being Christian or an unintentional aspect of Christian life.

 
 
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Report

 
3,677 children abused by Catholic priests in Germany since the 1940s
3,677 children abused by Catholic priests in Germany since the 1940s

Three universities have researched the cases implicating 1,670 priests in sexual abuse. Most victims were male and 13 years old or younger.

 
 
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Marriage

 
Romania holds referendum to ban same-sex marriage
Romania holds referendum to ban same-sex marriage

Romania’s senators voted to change the country’s constitution so that it defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The national referendum will be held in October.

 
 
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General election

 
Leftists and Conservatives tied in Swedish election
Leftists and Conservatives tied in Swedish election

Anti-immigration Eurosceptics come third with 17.6% of the vote. Long negotiations to form a government ahead.

 
 
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Interview

 
Sweden decides about its generosity as Europe shuts the door to migrants
Sweden decides about its generosity as Europe shuts the door to migrants

“God is using these streams of immigrants to give us the opportunity to share the gospel with them”, says the new Swedish Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Olof Edsinger. “But our politicians were quite naïve”.

 
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Analysis

 
Franco’s exhumation and the problem of Spain’s collective memory
Franco’s exhumation and the problem of Spain’s collective memory

“Spain has a huge task ahead of generating a big social consensus” about recent history, evangelicals say.

 
 
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Laws

 
‘Diverse’: Germany creates 3rd gender identity for records
‘Diverse’: Germany creates 3rd gender identity for records

The minister for families said it is “an important step toward the legal recognition of people whose gender identity is neither male nor female”.

 
 
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Italian Evangelical Alliance

 
Catholic funeral in Genova reveals “blurred distinctions between state and church”
Catholic funeral in Genova reveals “blurred distinctions between state and church”

The evangelical family of one of the victims held their own funeral. Italian Evangelical Alliance: “The state assumes everyone is Catholic”.

 
 
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Italy

 
A motorway bridge in Genova collapses, many dead
A motorway bridge in Genova collapses, many dead

‘Dozens’ have been killed, the emergency services in Genova say. More than 30 vehicles fell from a height of 45 meters.

 
 
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Valencia

 
Spanish evangelicals react to arrest of German evangelists after subway panic scenes
Spanish evangelicals react to arrest of German evangelists after subway panic scenes

Chaos broke out in a metro train in Valencia when passengers confused a group of preachers with terrorists. The nine Germans have been released on bail.

 
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Greece wildfires

 
Greek Christians get involved in the recovery of the Mati region
Greek Christians get involved in the recovery of the Mati region

A team of young people from a local church clean burnt properties “removing items, carrying wood and offering a hope of restoration”.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Crosses removed in Scottish funerals to avoid offending non-Christians
Crosses removed in Scottish funerals to avoid offending non-Christians

“We want to get away from a default setting that just assumes everyone is Christian”, said opponents. “The importance of religious beliefs should not be underestimated”, the Church of Scotland pointed out.

 
 
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Environment

 
Thousands of British churches turn ‘green’
Thousands of British churches turn ‘green’

“Climate change is one of the great moral challenges of our time, it's fantastic to see churches doing their bit to ensure they reduce their impact on the environment”, Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, said.

 
 
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Germany

 
German Protestant and Catholic churches keep losing members
German Protestant and Catholic churches keep losing members

The EKD reports that it lost 390,000 members in 2017, more than the Catholic church, which lost around 268,000. Both blame the decrease on Germany’s demographics.

 
 
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Greeece wildfires

 
Christians in Rafina work with authorities after the “big disaster”
Christians in Rafina work with authorities after the “big disaster”

“A lot of people are blaming the State, blaming God”, says a Christian in the region. “Please pray for the country”.

 
 
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Heat wave

 
Wildfires in Greece kill at least 70
Wildfires in Greece kill at least 70

Many were trapped in zones of difficult access in East Attica, near Athens. Dozens went into the sea to escape the flames. Christian organisations in the region are offering help.

 
 
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Interview

 
“I am encouraging fellow Christians to stand up in political responsibilities”
“I am encouraging fellow Christians to stand up in political responsibilities”

Škripek is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and a convinced Christian. To him, praying for a seemingly hopeless situation as there is in Syria is a logical thing to do.

 
 
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Analysis

 
An ‘other Syria’?
An ‘other Syria’?

Representatives of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria explained in Brussels their social model for a post-war Syria. The initiative for the cooperation was taken by the Christians, in collaboration with Muslims and other groups.

 
 
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Identity

 
Evangelical Christians should “encourage public debate” about a European refoundation
Evangelical Christians should “encourage public debate” about a European refoundation

The increase in diplomatic tensions between France and Italy reopen the debate about the future of the European Union. “Our ties are found in Christ and are so much stronger than these political games”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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Analysis

 
“We easily forget that 85% of all the refugees are not coming to Europe”
“We easily forget that 85% of all the refugees are not coming to Europe”

Arie de Pater, Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance: “There is a tendency to call the migrant the problem, feeding a rhetoric in which we, Europeans, are the victims. But that is not the case”.

 
 
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Public arena

 
Evangelicals strengthen dialogue with the authorities in France
Evangelicals strengthen dialogue with the authorities in  France

The National Council of Evangelicals of France organised a training meeting under the theme “Dialoguing with the authorities, a necessity for building the future”, which included a visit to the National Assembly.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Bulgarian evangelicals worried about “restrictive and discriminative” bill on faith minorities
Bulgarian evangelicals worried about “restrictive and discriminative” bill on faith minorities

All ministers of faith minorities representing less than 1% of the population “would be required to be Bulgarian citizens, having graduated theology in this country”, explains Vlady Raichinov, Vice President of the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance.

 
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France

 
French evangelicals proactive in recommendations for future Bioethics law
French evangelicals proactive in recommendations for future Bioethics law

The CNEF presented its positions on the Estates General of Bioethics in a public event. “The value and dignity that the Bible recognises for every human being invites respect for all”, they said in a statement.

 
 
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Sexual exploitation

 
Christians in Belgium seek real conversations about prostitution as ‘hangar d’amour’ is announced
Christians in Belgium seek real conversations about prostitution as ‘hangar d’amour’ is announced

The Belgian city of Ostend will convert an abandoned hangar into a brothel. “Many prostitutes think they are protected, but they are not”, says a Christian social worker in the region.

 
 
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16 years in power

 
Erdogan’s power challenged in snap election
Erdogan’s power challenged in snap election

The popularity of the powerful President is falling strongly. “None of the parties have mentioned religious freedom” in the campaign, says Turkish Protestant Pastor Ihsan Özbek.

 
 
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Religious liberties

 
Evangelicals in Geneva appeal against new laicism law
Evangelicals in Geneva appeal against new laicism law

The Swiss Evangelical Alliance praises many aspects of the law, but fears the religious freedom of civil servants will be restricted.

 
 
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Europe

 
“The Peace Between”
“The Peace Between”

The film tells the stories of three refugees and the friends they met in Hungary, France and Denmark. A set of materials are offered to start honest conversations about the challenges and opportunities of the refugee crisis.

 
 
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Education

 
Preventing sex trafficking in Eastern Romania
Preventing sex trafficking in Eastern Romania

Volunteers working with the Christian association Valoare Plus set up support groups in secondary schools to mentor teenagers in risk of being trafficked for pornography and prostitution.

 
 
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Environment

 
EU bans single-use plastic products
EU bans single-use plastic products

Producers will help cover the costs of clean-up and waste management for items such as food and drinks containers. “Single use plastics are not a smart economic or environmental choice”, says the European Commission.

 
 
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Abortion

 
Ireland will pass a new abortion law before the end of the year
Ireland will pass a new abortion law before the end of the year

In the referendum, 66% voted in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment. Evangelicals and other groups of society will continue to defend the protection of unborn children as a Human Rights issue.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Italian evangelicals fear new government will restrict feedoms of religious minorities
Italian evangelicals fear new government will restrict feedoms of religious minorities

Europe holds its breath as emerging parties M5S and Lega announce a government deal. Italian Evangelical Alliance leader Giacomo Ciccone sees a “widespread dissatisfaction” in society.

 
 
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Poland

 
European Leadership Forum 2018 conference in Wisla
European Leadership Forum 2018 conference in Wisla

About 800 people from most European countries are expected to gather in Poland for the annual gathering focused on re-evangelizing the continent.

 
 
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Europe

 
Ireland decides about abortion
Ireland decides about abortion

“Choice is important and to be cherished, but we also have an obligation to protect those who are powerless and unable to make choices that directly affect their futures”, the Evangelical Alliance Ireland says.

 
 
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Germany

 
European Court of Justice limits employment policies of religious organisations
European Court of Justice limits employment policies of religious organisations

The sentence says churches can only demand confessional allegiance when the job profile made it “significant, legal and justified”. In Germany, churches and their affiliated institutions are the second largest employer.

 
 
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Riga
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European Disability Network: “God is able, He does not disable us”
European Disability Network: “God is able, He does not disable us”

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities celebrated its tenth European gathering in Riga (Latvia) with the participation of 12 countries.

 
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Reconciliation

 
ETA ends its dark history of violence
ETA ends its dark history of violence

The Basque terrorist group announces its disbandment in Geneva. 853 people were killed and thousands injured in the Basque Country and the rest of Spain since 1968.

 
 
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Germany

 
Two thirds of Protestants against displaying crosses in public buildings
Two thirds of Protestants against displaying crosses in public buildings

The Minister President of Bavaria plans to hang the Christian symbol in every state building by June. Catholics mainly oppose the decision as well.

 
 
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UK

 
Alfie Evans dies
Alfie Evans dies

The 23-month toddler passed away on early Saturday morning. Father Tom Evans: “Together we recognise the strains recent events have put upon us all”.

 
 
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State and religion

 
Bavaria will hang a cross in every state building
Bavaria will hang a cross in every state building

The Minister President of the biggest German state defends his decision: “It is a fundamental symbol of the Christian Western identity”.

 
 
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Spain

 
Basque terrorist group ETA apologises for “harm caused”
Basque terrorist group ETA apologises for “harm caused”

The organisation that killed 829 people is expected to announce its final dissolution early next month.

 
 
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Ecumenism

 
Controversy as German Catholic Church opens Communion to Protestants
Controversy as German Catholic Church opens Communion to Protestants

Seven bishops ask the Vatican to stop what they believe is a “banalisation” of the Eucharist. Evangelicals see the decision of the Episcopal conference as a part of an ecumenical strategy.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins

“I have never done anything against Turkey. I want the truth to come out”, Andrew Brunson told the court in Izmir on Monday. His lawyer says “there is evidence that shows Brunson was detained due to his faith”.

 
 
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Education and faith

 
UK government will not monitor Sunday schools, evangelicals welcome “key step to protect religious freedom”
UK government will not monitor Sunday schools, evangelicals welcome “key step to protect religious freedom”

The government announces it abandons plans to register and inspect out-of-school education settings. An official report confirmed the opposition of many educational institutions.

 
 
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Evangelism

 
The ‘Festival da Esperança’ in Lisbon gathered 27,000
The ‘Festival da Esperança’ in Lisbon gathered 27,000

More than 1,900 people “made a decision for Christ” in the event organised by Portuguese evangelical churches and evangelist Franklin Graham.

 
 
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Roma people

 
Philadelphia: Gospel with ‘Romani DNA’
Philadelphia: Gospel with ‘Romani DNA’

Around 200,000 people gather each week in the 1,000 Church of Philadelphia temples throughout Spain. This Roma community has the recognition of the Spanish government for its social work.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Christians should be in politics for impact, not for power”
“Christians should be in politics for impact, not for power”

Auke Minnema, General Director of the European Christian Political Movement, says young Christians should be encouraged to engage with society following the example of Jesus Christ and many others in the Bible. “We have a message, and we should be salt and light”.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Our evangelistic preaching in Europe needs to be deeper and more Christ-centered”
“Our evangelistic preaching in Europe needs to be deeper and more Christ-centered”

Evangelist Hélder Favarin gives insights into how to preach the gospel evangelistically in a secularized society. Sometimes preaching “sounds like a foreign language to non-Christians”.

 
 
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State and religion

 
Spanish evangelical organisations criticise the participation of public authorities in religious ceremonies
Spanish evangelical organisations criticise the participation of public authorities in religious ceremonies

Three top ministers of the Spanish government joined Catholic Easter processions. The participation of public officers in certain religious events “damages the non-confessional status of Spain”, says FEREDE.

 
 
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Michael Ramsden: “We increasingly live in a victim culture”
Michael Ramsden: “We increasingly live in a victim culture”

Politicians and business people all over the world have a high interest in the issue of “reconciliation”, says the director of RZIM. “People need to see that there is a distinct, unique and vital contribution that is made through the Gospel”.

 
 
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Europe

 
Czech students lead movement to protect democratic freedoms
Czech students lead movement to protect democratic freedoms

“If we walk in Christ, we will care for justice, freedom of speech, decency, honesty and will stand against abuse of power, manipulation, lies and violence”, says UKH (IFES) leader Tomas Uher.

 
 
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Mission in Europe

 
Building Gospel bridges for transformation in Prague
Building Gospel bridges for transformation in Prague

Fueled by the desire to “see more workers in the harvest field”, MOSTY (the Czech word for bridges) not only aims to see short-term missionaries involved in mission, but also to serve the sending churches abroad.

 
 
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Physics

 
Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76
Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

“He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love’”, the scientist’s children say in a statement.

 
 
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Czech Evangelical Forum

 
Czech evangelicals reflected on the role of churches in the LGBT debates
Czech evangelicals reflected on the role of churches in the LGBT debates

Mark Yarhouse, Professor of Psychology from Regent University, addressed the topic of pastoral care and counseling for people who struggle with LGBT+ issues.

 
 
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Referendum

 
Swiss evangelicals defend role of public broadcasters in protection of minorities
Swiss evangelicals defend role of public broadcasters in protection of minorities

Voters said “no” to an initiative to end licence fees for the public television and radio. Christian contents could have disappeared if it was passed, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance says.

 
 
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Statistics

 
Baptisms in Belgian Roman Catholic Church drop dramatically
Baptisms in Belgian Roman Catholic Church drop dramatically

The decline of baptisms has been sharpest in the diocese of Brussels, according to a survey of the Bishops Conference. Evangelical and Muslim are growing.

 
 
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Italy

 
Italian evangelicals show caution against electoral results
Italian evangelicals show caution against electoral results

The political status quo has been broken with the victory of the 5 Star Movement, the Italian Evangelical Alliance says. The new political context could help to decrease corruption.

 
 
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Interview

 
Cross-Current: Young professionals making the ‘faith-work connection’
Cross-Current: Young professionals making the ‘faith-work connection’

“We want people to remember their Creator during their youth, and then to run fast, shining brightly for His glory throughout their working lives”, says Graduate Impact coordinator Tim Vickers.

 
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What happens after Mission-Net?
What happens after Mission-Net?

“There is an inexhaustible marketplace until the church throughout Europe courageously takes up its responsibility to take missional risks for the kingdom”, says Andy Stevens.

 
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Conference

 
Mission-net closes
Mission-net closes

The pan-European mission initiative ceases its activities. In a farewell letter, the board “praises God for the many seeds that were sown through the Congress and through the Movement”.

 
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Alice Neffe

 
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?
Is there hope for the unborn child with disability in Europe?

Abortion rates for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal abnormality, are high: nearly 100 per cent in Iceland, 98 per cent in Denmark, and 90 per cent in the United Kingdom.

 
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Mission

 
The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians met in Prague
The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians met in Prague

Nearly 70 participants involved in theological research and training discussed the topic of “Christian identity and mission in a divided Europe”.

 
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Genova, Ireland and the spiritual landscape of Europe
Genova, Ireland and the spiritual landscape of Europe

Post-Christian Europe needs followers of Jesus who understand that the Gospel is powerful in itself. We should not hold onto the privileges of old religious structures.

 
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Ponte Morandi

 
Sister of an evangelical pastor died in Genova bridge collapse
Sister of an evangelical pastor died in Genova bridge collapse

Churches offer help to the local authorities. 600 people have been evacuated from their homes, including an evangelical family.

 
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Migration crisis

 
Spain receives 1,703 migrants only in the first eight days of August
Spain receives 1,703 migrants only in the first eight days of August

According to the IOM, 60,309 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2018. “I think that Spain reacted in a very positive way. But it cannot go on this way”, the EU Immigration Commission said.

 
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EuroPride Stockholm 2018

 
“Even drugs and violence become something positive in the world of Pride”
“Even drugs and violence become something positive in the world of Pride”

A think tank analysed the programme of last year’s Swedish LGBT festival and found an alarming collision with public health policies. Per Ewert of the Clapham Institutet says the findings show the ‘colourful darkness’ of the movement.

 
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GDPR

 
EU Court: Jehovah’s Witnesses door-to-door preaching does not comply with data protection laws
EU Court: Jehovah’s Witnesses door-to-door preaching does not comply with data protection laws

The European Court of Justice sides with Finnish data protection authorities. Preachers will have to inform about the personal data collected during their campaigns.

 
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Fake news

 
Spanish Evangelical Federation sues ‘Telecinco’ television
Spanish Evangelical Federation sues ‘Telecinco’ television

The most viewed television broadcaster falsely accused an evangelical pastor of pederasty.

 
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Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
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David Robertson
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An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church about Vicky Beeching and ‘Gay Christianity’
An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church about Vicky Beeching and ‘Gay Christianity’

The narrative is straightforward. They are the victims. They have been damaged by ‘conservative theology’ and they are going to change us evangelicals so that we accept their position.

 
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Trailer: “The Peace Between”
Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
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Newport

 
Historic Welsh church gutted by fire
Historic Welsh church gutted by fire

The blaze started in an old nightclub nearby. Around 40 people were evacuated.“Building or no building, the church will worship God and serve our community”, the pastor says.

 
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Doctrinal debate

 
Should the Church of Scotland keep the Westminster Confession of Faith?
Should the Church of Scotland keep the Westminster Confession of Faith?

The moves could see the Confession being removed, replaced or changed in as little as 5 years - a significant development for the minority group of evangelicals who remain in Scotland’s national Kirk.

 
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700 evangelical leaders connect for mission in Poland
700 evangelical leaders connect for mission in Poland

The annual gathering brought prople from across Europe to Wisla (Poland). To unite, equip and resource evangelicals is one of the aims of the European Leadership Forum conference.

 
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Nick Park

 
Referendum on 8th is about trusting politicians
Referendum on 8th is about trusting politicians

It would be naive in the extreme to remove the most important human right of all – the right to life – from the Constitution and to put it in the hands of career politicians.

 
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Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
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Spain

 
“True reconciliation will not be seen in the media, but in schools and families”
“True reconciliation will not be seen in the media, but in schools and families”

Three Spanish pastors analyse the definitive disbandment of ETA. “We have to renounce the worldly discourse of epic revenge and sit down with people to rebuild relationships”.

 
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Politics and corruption

 
The ‘Cifuentes case’ and our personal responsibility
The ‘Cifuentes case’ and our personal responsibility

We live in a society in which admitting one’s own sins is seen as a sign of weakness.

 
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Guy Brandon

 
Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants
Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

The biblical view of immigration does not only consider the migrant’s position but that of the host country.

 
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Peter Saunders

 
Alfie Evans’ parents should not be stopped from doing what they believe is best for him
Alfie Evans’ parents should not be stopped from doing what they believe is best for him

I think there are two key questions with this case: ‘What is the best way of managing Alfie?’ and ‘Who should ultimately decide what treatment he has?’

 
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Parties with a Christian worldview (2)

 
EVP: Human dignity and environmental care
EVP: Human dignity and environmental care

The Evangelical People’s Party in Switzerland will be 100 years old in 2019. Perceived as centrist, almost all of its membership comes from  the Protestant Church and free evangelical churches.

 
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People with disabilities

 
‘Inclusion makes an impact’
‘Inclusion makes an impact’

The European Disability Network will meet in Riga (Latvia), 27-30 April. “We need people who do not have a disability to work with us”, says coordinator Thérèse Swinters.

 
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Interview

 
“We do not tend to see Christians as victims”
“We do not tend to see Christians as victims”

Journalist Pilar Rahola publishes a book in which she collects her five-year work on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “It was necessary to tell the world that there are people who die, not because of a random bullet, but because they are Christians”.

 
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Interview

 
Christians join movement “for a decent Slovakia”
Christians join movement “for a decent Slovakia”

“I believe that Christians have been called to shed light on what is wrong with the system”, says Slovak Christian worker Jaro Marcin.

 
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Tension

 
Western countries expel Russian diplomats to send a “coordinated message”
Western countries expel Russian diplomats to send a “coordinated message”

Several EU countries and the USA show their opposition to Vladimir Putin. “We will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to undermine our values”, says UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

 
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Madrid

 
The Gospel ‘on wheels’ in Madrid
The Gospel ‘on wheels’ in Madrid

Bikers ministry Covered Backs had a stand at the MotoMadrid Show. They gave away 2,500 copies of the ‘Biker Bible’.

 
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United Nations 2018 Hapiness Report

 
Nordic nations top the list of “happiest countries”
Nordic nations top the list of “happiest countries”

Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and three other European countries are in the top-10. What should Christian mission look like in such countries?

 
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Short film

 
“Pasarea”: What prostitution hides
“Pasarea”: What prostitution hides

In Spanish cities, “flyers on cars offering services for 20 euros and a drink – it’s so normal most people don’t bat an eye”, says filmmaker Mikaela Bruce.

 
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Media

 
‘Areopago Protestante’ reorganises its structure
‘Areopago Protestante’ reorganises its structure

The legal entity names new directors for its two media projects: Evangelical Focus and Protestante Digital.

 
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Political parties with a Christian worldview (1)

 
EDU: A small Christian party working for more direct democracy
EDU: A small Christian party working for more direct democracy

The Federal Democratic Union (Switzerland) is the first party analysed in a series of articles about political organisations with a Protestant or evangelical ‘ethos’ in Europe.

 
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Carnival

 
Christians, Jews and Muslims denounce “inacceptable” offences against religious feelings
Christians, Jews and Muslims denounce “inacceptable” offences against religious feelings

Members of faith communities are not as protected as other social groups, the four official religious representatives say in a statement.

 
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Charities

 
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices

Christian Aid took action after two sexual misconduct cases were reported in 2017. Organisations under suspicion could lose European Union funds.

 
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Christian roots

 
Biblical names still very popular in German-speaking countries
Biblical names still very popular in German-speaking countries

Elias (Elijah) and Maria are number one in Germany. Noah and Lukas (Luke) are the most popular in Switzerland and Austria.

 
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Politics and faith

 
“There is nothing wrong in holding office in Babylon”
“There is nothing wrong in holding office in Babylon”

Former leader of the Liberal Party Tim Farron speaks about his experiences as an evangelical Christian in politics. “In the United States, you have to invent a faith to be taken seriously, in the UK you have to pretend you haven’t got one”.

 
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Anniversary

 
Evangelical Focus is 3 years old
Evangelical Focus is 3 years old

As we start our fourth year, we thank God for His Grace, and all our readers for your support.

 
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Vija Herefoss

 
Three challenges for mission in a Nordic context
Three challenges for mission in a Nordic context

One of the main tasks of those involved in mission is to challenge the people to ask questions like “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

 
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Eastern Europe

 
Bulgarian Orthodox Synod supports the Macedonian Church strive for recognition
Bulgarian Orthodox Synod supports the Macedonian Church strive for recognition

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church agreed “to intercede and advocate” for the Macedonian Church in its hopes for canonical independence.

 
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Interview

 
“Non-believing colleagues often see Christianity as a life without much freedom”
“Non-believing colleagues often see Christianity as a life without much freedom”

Czech researcher David Vokoun shares about what it means to live out his faith in the workplace. “What makes a difference is my motivation for doing my work”. 

 
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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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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).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
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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.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
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.

 

 
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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’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
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