The confinement in our homes is forcing millions to stop abruptly, cancel all our plans, and take time to look in the mirror.
The coronavirus crisis in Europe is “driving a public debate about privacy, ethics and public health, and what measures are appropriate (or not) to protect it”, says Patricia Shaw of the Homo Responsibilis Initiative.
A University of Copenhagen shows that “in March, internet searches for the topic prayer surged to the highest level during the past 5 years [...] It occurs on all continents and for Christians and Muslims”.
Let us listen carefully, think deeply, change appropriately to the messages from the media and speak relevantly through the media into our society.
In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, many may be forced to experiment with this kind of work in the coming months.
The fall of a criminal ring exposes the risk of ‘sexting’ and other online practices. “Being judged is the biggest fear of victims”, says Christian expert Ioana Humelnicu.
“We do not take a 13-year-old boy to a sex-shop, not anything goes in the digital world”, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a speech at UNESCO.
The YouVersion Bible app annual report shows that “people read and listened to the Bible 30% more this year, and 478 million verses have been shared”.
Scripture engagement in the remotest regions of Uzbekistan.
Despite the violence of Islamist groups, “the coexistence between religious confessions is experiencing tremendous progress” in some parts of the country. The government is restricting internet, and freedom of speech.
The European Freedom Network launches a new anti-trafficking campaign: “You have no way of knowing if the porn you are looking at is from someone who chose to be there or not”.
The dynamics of global collaboration among Christians are changing. Not only Skype, Whatsapp and Zoom are used frequently, but also smaller, more specific tools are of great use in specific mission contexts.
Christian experts agree that education is key to fight pornography. “Talks and preachings about sexuality are necessary in our churches” to help “parents to educate their children biblically”.
Research in Spain fuels the political debate about limiting the power of the porn industry. Christian activists have long been alerting about the damaging effects on children and youth.
It is heartening to see Christians take a robust, positive and directive stance on artificial intelligence.
Images of child rape are available online long after the victims are rescued, the Internet Watch Foundation said in a recent report. “The cause of the problem is the demand”.
“Mandatory age verification is a world first, we want the UK to be the safest place to be online”, government says. Measure will come into force in July.
96% of young people between 14 and 24 use instant messaging as their preferred means of communication with family and friends.
The video platform created in 2005 is by far the most valued social media among young people aged 11-18, a report of Youth For Christ shows.
The advances of the web have changed the world. Now we must learn to use it at its best.
Tony Watkins, Coordinator of the Lausanne Media Engagement Network.
Spanish evangelical psychologists and teachers gathered to analyse the challenges of new technologies and the latest trends in sex education in schools.
Evaluating the effectiveness of virtual discipleship.
It was launched during the Week of Prayer. More than 1,000 people have downloaded the app in the first days.
Evangelical Focus ended 2018 with 309,000 visits, the best year so far.
The 2017 version of the Reformer’s translation is offered for free by the German Bible Society.