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Toys and History

 
Playmobil figures to explain the Reformation
Playmobil figures to explain the Reformation

A Christian in Spain built a diorama to tell both children and adults about Hus, Luther, Calvin and the impact of the first Bible translations five centuries ago.

 
 
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Fran Sánchez

 
Autonomous or individualistic children?
Autonomous or individualistic children?

The development of a healthy autonomy entails a process. As parents, we can be right or wrong when it comes to educating.

 
 
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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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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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Barcelona

 
“How did the elderly people in your church meet Jesus?”
“How did the elderly people in your church meet Jesus?”

A local church dedicates special service to honour the elderly in the community. “In Barcelona, there are 23,000 people over 85 living alone.”

 
 
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Research in Great Britain

 
Gambling problems on the rise among young people
Gambling problems on the rise among young people

At least 5% of men between 18 and 24 years old have some form of gambling addiction. “Technology makes gambling easier”, Christian expert says.

 
 
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Transgender agenda

 
Trump’s revocation of transgender bathroom rules is “good for children”, says evangelical leader
Trump’s revocation of transgender bathroom rules is “good for children”, says evangelical leader

Southern Baptist Russell Moore: “Christians must continue to insist that the worldview of the sexual revolution harms men and women and advocate for the inherent dignity of all.”

 
 
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Rvd Rob Smith and Dr Claire Smith

 
The transgender tsunami
The transgender tsunami

Transgenderism is the next major issue that Christians are going to have to come to grips with – theologically, morally, medically, legally and pastorally. Many in our churches have been taken by surprise.

 
 
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Ethnic minorities

 
Romani parents encouraged to support their children’s education
Romani parents encouraged to support their children’s education

Evangelicals in Spain promote a project to reduce absenteeism among this ethnic group. Romani church pastors have a key role as community leaders.

 
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Danielle Strickland

 
Our best hope for a better world
Our best hope for a better world

We are free, in Christ, to be all that God had originally intended us to be. Christians should be shouting the news that equality is part of God’s intended plan.

 
 
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France

 
600 abortions practised every day in France
600 abortions practised every day in France

More psychological and material help should be offered to young couples, Christian organisations say. The 1975 abortion law needs to be reconsidered.

 
 
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Laicity

 
“State schools are not churches”
“State schools are not churches”

The Italian Evangelical Alliance supports a teacher who did not allow the celebration of a Catholic mass service during school hours.

 
 
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Gavin Matthews
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Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures
Bioethics in Europe: the facts and figures

A look at European statistics on five key biomedical issues: surrogate parenthood, gender transformation, the new eugenics, euthanasia and abortion. 

 
 
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Interview

 
“Image has become our idol”
“Image has become our idol”

Christian psychologist Lidia Martin analyses the “image-centered” culture in which we live, and how we can put personal care in the right place.

 
 
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Referendum 5 June

 
Swiss evangelicals: vote “no” to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
Swiss evangelicals: vote “no” to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

Ahead of the referendum, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance and two Evangelical Parties oppose the proposition of allowing more research in medically assisted reproduction.

 
 
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Survey in the UK

 
‘Sexting’ on the rise among children
‘Sexting’ on the rise among children

Around half of all teachers knew of children, including primary-school pupils as young as seven, using social media to send sexist and bullying messages.

 
 
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Javier Martín

 
Spiritual abuse and childhood, a painful reality
Spiritual abuse and childhood, a painful reality

In spite of the care and good intention, there is a lack of a theological and educated perspective of child treatment in many churches. 

 
 
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Interview

 
“If we could share God’s Word with every child, the world would be drastically different”
“If we could share God’s Word with every child, the world would be drastically different”

“Christians should affect destinies, not just modify current circumstances”, says Jenn Brown, member of OneHope. The organisation develops programs and tools to contextualise the Bible for children in different cultures.

 
 
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LGBT debate

 
Ikea Italy: “No instructions needed to build a family”
Ikea Italy: “No instructions needed to build a family”

The company organises its own “Family Day” while thousands support a traditional heterosexual definition of marriage in Rome. Ikea has actively supported LGBT demonstrations.

 
 
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Gender ideology

 
Rise in medical transgender treatments for children
Rise in medical transgender treatments for children

Official statistics in the UK show that about 700 children sought medical therapies for ‘gender confusion’ in 2014.

 
 
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UK

 
The ‘worried generation’, stressed teenagers
The ‘worried generation’, stressed teenagers

Study alerts that older teenagers feel the pressure of society and are pessimistic about the future.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Sexuality goes with us from birth until death”
“Sexuality goes with us from birth until death”

Silvia Pérez is a sexologist and a Christian. In this interview, she responds to a few questions about a topic that continues to be taboo in many evangelical churches.

 
 
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Technology

 
3D prostheses that change lives
3D prostheses that change lives

Franco Mazzocca, a young student of industrial engineering, uses his 3D printer to make hand and arm prostheses, within an international program that is helping thousands of children.

 
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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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Suffering

 
“Pain is a ticket to see who Christ is in us”
“Pain is a ticket to see who Christ is in us”

“In the midst of pain, God promised that it can be really well with your soul”, psychologist Jelena Sivulka says in an interview about the value of suffering in Christian life.

 
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Noa Alarcón

 
‘Enslaved’ motherhood
‘Enslaved’ motherhood

Motherhood can sometimes be an idol to be worshiped - and as for all worship, it has its detractors and its fanatics.

 
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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.

 
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Juan Francisco Martínez
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What are we going to do if dad is deported?
What are we going to do if dad is deported?

One of the most painful situations for those serving among people without legal papers in the United States is to help parents to make plans for the care of their children in case they are arrested and deported.

 
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Christopher Townsend

 
Gender: where next?
Gender: where next?

Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.

 
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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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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.

 
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David Robertson

 
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?
What kind of world is a world without Down’s?

Any society that wants to survive must care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst.

 
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Education

 
“Our culture of selfism is producing more narcissism and fragility”
“Our culture of selfism is producing more narcissism and fragility”

“We need a realistic, grounded sense of self that is not pre-occupied with maintaining its own importance, but serving a purpose bigger than ‘me’”, says Psychiatrist Glynn Harrison, author of ‘The Big Ego Trip’.

 
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Glynn Harrison

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

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

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Long and happy
Long and happy

In response to television programmes romanticising adultery, one parliamentarian in Netherlands raised sponsorship for roadside adverts stating: ‘Adultery–the family game where everyone loses’.

 
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Megan Best

 
The truth about dying
The truth about dying

I have always found striking, the discrepancy between the public support for euthanasia (among those who are healthy) and my patients’ desire for continued life.

 
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Peter Mead

 
Life now
Life now

Too many gospel presentations offer only a ticket to heaven when you die. And too many Christians are walking around with hope of comfort tied exclusively to that end of life anticipation.

 
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The case of the Bodnariu: family life and state
The case of the Bodnariu:  family life and state

How should Christians and non-believers think about family life and the state? With Peter Saunders (CEO, CMF), Tarjei Gilje (journalist, Dagen), Paul Susman (Legal officer, European Comission), Einar C. Salvesen (Psychologist, Columbia Consulting Ltd.) and Adam Szabados (pastor, Evangelical Church Veszprém). Recorded in Wisla, Poland, during ELF 2016. 

 
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Discovery

 
Spark of light marks beginning of fertilisation
Spark of light marks beginning of fertilisation

Researchers are able to show the “stunning explosion of zinc fireweorks” after a human egg is activated by a sperm enzyme.

 
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Emanuel Tundrea

 
Europe’s secularist agenda, the Bodnariu family and God
Europe’s secularist agenda, the Bodnariu family and God

As Romanians, we have passed through many great battles against our own government, battles over state laws that were against the law of God. During our history, the Ottoman Empire wanted our children, just as other empires did.

 
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Refugees in Europe: Children
Refugees in Europe: Children

What are some of the struggles child refugees face? Can church members serve them? What should we have in mind? Whitney Gerdes (IAFR) gives answers. Watch Video (7 min).

 
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International Day

 
Violence against women
Violence against women

Jesus left an established model only for those who are brave, be it men or women. A model for people who are not ready to fall into social trends propelled by discrimination or frustration.

 
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Interview

 
“Polygamist groups have a lot of power, influence and money”
“Polygamist groups have a lot of power, influence and money”

There are at least 100,000 people still practising polygamy in US. Doris Hansen is the director of a Christian ministry that helps women to escape from polygamist groups.  

 
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Rome

 
‘For the Family, away from the imposition of Gender Ideology’
‘For the Family, away from the imposition of Gender Ideology’

Hundreds of evangelicals attended the “let’s defend our children” rally. Italian Evangelical Alliance chairman Ciccone addressed a diverse crowd.

 
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Survey

 
In Switzerland, 71% believe in lifelong love relationships
In Switzerland, 71% believe in lifelong love relationships

Two thirds of the population think it is “possible” to be sexually faithful to one person for life, finds study commissioned by the Swiss Evangelical Alliance.

 
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Francisco Sánchez

 
Interdependent people
Interdependent people

It is clear that, to be able to grow, human beings need to be interdependent- be it within the family, the couple, friendships, work or hobby.

 
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Debate

 
Gay designers Dolce and Gabbana: children need “father and mother”
Gay designers Dolce and Gabbana: children need “father and mother”

“Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed. One of them is family”, Domenico Dolce said. Elton John and other LGBT activists have called for a “boycott”.

 
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United Kingdom

 
Evangelicals support plans to stop child sexual abuse
Evangelicals support plans to stop child sexual abuse

Those who turn a blind eye to sexual exploitation will be jailed, announced David Cameron. The PM urges the population to “recognise the horrific nature of what has happened in our country.”

 
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Finishing well (Daniel 6)
Finishing well (Daniel 6)

In this chapter we find Daniel an old man, probably in his 80s; but we find him as fervent as ever in his commitment to the Lord. What was his secret?

 
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Christian doctrine and 'gay marriage'
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Church of Norway opens doors to church gay weddings
Church of Norway opens doors to church gay weddings

The 12 bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran denomination backed the creation of a special liturgy for the marriage of same-sex couples. Roman Catholics and most independent evangelical churches keep defining marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman.

 
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Study

 
Is marriage good for your health?
Is marriage good for your health?

Married people have better health than those who are single, especially after the age of 40, according to the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

 
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Internet

 
Cyberbullying increases with mobile phone usage
Cyberbullying increases with mobile phone usage

Instant messaging programs are more dangerous than social media. Values, education and teaching teenagers social skills, good ways to fight against cyberbullying.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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
 
The abilities of Mefi-Boset The abilities of Mefi-Boset

Christian ministry Mefi-Boset has been working with people with intellectual disabilities in their leisure time, and supporting their families in Terrassa and Barcelona (Spain) for 20 years. 

 
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.

 
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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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.

 
Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation Mangalwadi: Education and the Reformation

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi talks about how a renwed view of the Bible changed education systems in Europe.

 
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. 

 
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.

 
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.

 
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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