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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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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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Our 2nd birthday

 
Two years of Evangelical Focus
Two years of Evangelical Focus

Since January 2015, we have published 2,111 contents.

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

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

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

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

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

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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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.

 
Is the Christian faith just a crutch for weak people? Is the Christian faith just a crutch for weak people?

Author Michael Ots responds to some of the objections of sceptics. 

 
What does the story of Job teach us about suffering? What does the story of Job teach us about suffering?

By Jelena Sivulka, psychologist and Director of Hana's Hope.

 
Proverbs 31 Proverbs 31

A powerful video recites Proverbs 31:10-31, from the Bible. Produced by World Relief. 

 
You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

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

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

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

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

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

 
 
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