The confinement in our homes is forcing millions to stop abruptly, cancel all our plans, and take time to look in the mirror.
Many have shared a heartwarming coronavirus testimony from Italy. But there are at least five elements that should make us doubt about its authenticity.
The confinement in our homes is forcing millions to stop abruptly, cancel all our plans, and take time to look in the mirror.
Christian doctors, nurses and other health care workers tell us how they are living the coronavirus crisis.
Pastor Andrew Brunson challenged Christian media to reach Muslims with the gospel. “God wanted someone weak, to be an encouragement to other weak people”, he said about his time in prison.
Overall, only 57% of Europeans see religious freedom as a “very important” right, much behind fair judiciary (87%), gender equality (85%), free internet (69%) and others.
“Religious freedom, must include recognition of the right to protect life and to advocate against its termination, both in words and deeds”, the WEA says at the UN Human Rights Council.
The last decade has seen a worsening of the working conditions which affect “family relationships”, says Jonathan Tame. The near future will probably be shaped by the ‘gig economy’ and the re-balancing of global capitalism.
A newspaper report accuses an evangelical entity of harassing women when they go to abortion clinics. They deny it: “We respect people and if they don't want to talk, we don't insist”.
Young people aged 13-17 point to “pressure to get good grades” as the main cause, says a survey of Pew Research Center conducted in the US.
Two Iranian Christian women spent 259 days in prison for their faith. “God gave us an opportunity to share the gospel with people who needed to hear it”. They wrote a book about it.
Three days before his death, Kizito Mihigo was accused of attempting to illegally flee the country and joining rebel groups, and arrested. Rwandan police reported they found him dead in his cell.
According to a Marriage Foundation report, UK is leading the way, with the biggest fall in the last 25 years. Divorce rates are overall higher in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
Men using foreign prostitutes may be contributing to rape and slavery, a WEA representative tells university students in Cologne.
A survey shows that 61% agrees. Only people under 30 and Muslims say businesses should be open on Sundays.
Läderach had suffered attacks against its shops and boycott calls by political parties. The reason is the founding family’s support for the March for Life and their Christian views on marriage and family.
“The treatment urgently needs to change, so that it does not put young people on a torturous path that is permanent and life-changing”, former transgender patient and main claimant in the case says.
After two years of intense social debate, the draft law is ready to be passed by the Senate. Two evangelical organisations warn against the “temptation of creating and augmented humanity”.
Journalist and theologian José de Segovia reflects on the evolution of culture in the last decade, how it has affected evangelical Christians, and what new challenges they face.
Peruvian theologian Samuel Escobar analyses the decade from a missionary perspective: the changes in Christianity, the role of migration in evangelism, and the work for justice.
If Tine Nys’s euthanasia was illegal, then the three doctors could face a sentence for murder. Belgium faces a deep debate about a law that allows euthanasia for mentally ill people – and children.
Influential Swiss newspaper NZZ publishes the dialogue between Samuel Jost and his son Marc, who leads the Swiss Evangelical Alliance and calls to protect heterosexual marriage.
The Modern Slavery law would give victims at least 12 months of guaranteed support. Charity CARE asks Christians to contact their local MP to support the initiative.
Many Disney movies mix Judaeo-Christian teaching with other religious elements and spirituality and then ‘put some magic on top’ as the final solution for making your dreams come true.
Terry English, of youth ministry Josiah Venture, says discipling young people is “walking alongside them, helping them understand that their faith is about a relationship with Christ”.
Theologian José Hutter addresses the challenges evangelical churches have faced in the last decade, including same-sex marriage and the split between Western historic churches and the Christian majority in Africa and Latin America.
What Jürgen Klopp believes about Jesus Christ became our most read story. The general readership of this site grew by a 73% in 2019.
The UK Prime Minister recalls Christians who celebrate Christmas “in secret”. Queen Elisabeth says: “Through His teaching, Jesus Christ shows the world how small steps can overcome divisions”.
“MinorMatters” equips citizens to promote religious freedom. “The award shows that promoting understanding among different religious groups can overcome fear”, WEA General Secretary says.
Spanish writer Jaime Fernández launches ‘Without limits’, a devotional book that invites readers on a daily trip to meet the God of the Bible through sports stories.
In a letter sent to census authorities, dozens of academics said they “are concerned that this will damage our ability to capture and remedy sex-based inequality”.
The Bible appears to be in the Aramaic language and inscribed on papyrus. Four suspects, including two potential purchasers, were detained.
“We strongly support the creative freedom of the artists”, responds Netflix in a statement. The First Temptation of Christ has been produced by Brazilian YouTube comedians.
The decision would allow the Vatican to hand over documents concerning crimes against children. Survivors associations respond with caution.
“Our culture is looking for solutions that are not coming, because we are dealing with things of the heart. We need to reflect the hope that comes form God”, Peter Roskam says.
“Let’s begin to raise awareness, respond to this responsibility before God. Let’s plant churches, but also trees”, said Lowell Bliss co-director of the Christian Climate Observer Program.
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”.
The Brazilian FC Liverpool goalkeeper won the Yachine Trophy, as the best goalie of the year. “God is good”, he posted on Instagram with a photo with the award.
A Pew Research survey also shows that 55% of US adults surveyed believe “churches and religious organizations do more good than harm in American society”.
“Change the framework” gathers young people with different beliefs to talk about religious freedom and diversity.
Representatives of Christian police associations share a project to prevent cases of suicide in the security forces with Polish and Spanish Members of the European Parliament.
Chick-fil-A, founded by a Baptist, now announces it will no longer support the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
A survey of Spanish Christian organization Decision shows that more than 160 evangelical leaders are concerned about the lack of evangelization vision and training of the churches.
Edith Vilamajó reflects on the models of education and formation seen in today’s evangelical churches and theological institutions.
Thirty-three nurses participate in the NCFI leaders conference to build up the work amongst them in Europe. “Our identity in Christ is what makes the difference”, a participant says.
The Seneca Falls Platform aims to raise awareness about women’s equality in rights and freedoms, both in the church and in society, from a biblical perspective.
The Swiss Evangelical Alliance and free evangelical churches say it is “a step in the wrong direction”.
The complaint of the Christian actress on Twitter reflects the tiredness of many with media which intentionally ignore matters of faith.
This year International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is on November 10th. One out of every nine professing Christians face persecution, isolation and violence worldwide.
As massive protests erupt, Christian university students publicly share the message of social justice they found in the Old Testament prophet Isaiah.
Only infidelity has not suffered a change in attitudes compared to 30 years ago, shows research conducted by King’s College London on a range of issues.
Surveys say a majority of society is not in favour of the changes that will be applied after March 2020. Same-sex marriage has also been legalised.
The evangelical military chaplaincy of Córdoba (Spain) celebrated its 4th anniversary. “Doors are opening, we are sowing the seed”, Pastor Antonio Baena says.
The event, organised by the Spanish office of RZIM, addressed topics such as sexuality, identity, ecology and the Bible. “Reboot has renewed my strength to follow God”, a participant says.
“I forgive you. I want the best for you, and the best would be to give your life to Christ”, a 18-year-old said to the woman who killed his brother, after she was sentenced to 10 years.
A BBVA Foundation report shows how the citizens of 5 European countries see their political situation, the role of the State, the EU, the media, and challenges such as migration and climate change.
Most British want a non-traditional farewell service and Spaniards are opting for cremation. One in ten Swedes have already supressed any kind of ceremony.
Every 40 seconds, one person commits suicide worldwide, the WHO reports. Christian psychiatrist Pablo Martínez analyses this difficult issue.
A Christian Higher Education research shows that students of Christian secondary schools “tend to feel secure in their faith at the start of college, but three years later, they are in crisis”.
Christian six-time Olympic gold medallist athlete Allyson Felix, publicly denounced that Nike imposed restrictions on the sponsorship of pregnant athletes.
August 22 is the International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief. More than 4000 Christians were killed in 2018 because of their faith.
The sudden loss of a loved one leads to questions that are faced in the short film ‘Spoiler: God Wins’, where Christian Luis Neira tells his own experience.
European Union data shows that July 2019 was warmer than record-breaking July 2016. “It will worsen in the future without urgent climate action”, the World Meteorological Organization says.
According to a Pew Research survey, “52 countries impose high levels of restrictions on religion, up from 40 in 2007”. Social hostilities have grown even more.
The British organisation is now “open to men and women who love the Word of God”, and it has broken away from Gideons International, which remains a men's only organisation.
Publishers warn that the proposed increase of tariffs to China could result in a Bible shortage in the United States. There are “no substantial domestic manufacturing alternatives” to respond to the demand.
The biblical work ethics clashes with a system that, according to the International Labour Organization, “experiences a lack of material well-being, economic security, equal opportunities or scope for human development”.
According to a report, US citizens aged 18-34 who say they are comfortable with LGBT issues dropped from 53% to 45%.
Almost 900 people from 110 countries attended the Global Workplace Forum. The Lausanne Movement dreams about a “great movement of God through believers in their workplace”.
“What I have lost will be so much gain to Christians today and in the future, as a result of this important ruling for freedom”, Felix Ngole said.
The Greek forward thanked God after receiving the NBA Most Valuable Player award. “My motto is ‘Walk by faith, not by sight’”, he says.
Richard Page lost his post for publicly stating that it would be best for a child to be adopted by a man and a woman. “This shows that we are now living in a deeply intolerant society”, Page said.
850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.
Evangelicals help lead the “Alliance against exportation of weapons to countries in Civil War”. The popular initiative brings together people from all areas of society.
The documentary tells the murder of nine members of Emanuel church in Charleston in 2015 and how survivors and families forgave the shooter. “Forgiveness comes from the Cross”, says filmmaker Brian Ivie.
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year. Churches worldwide will celebrate World Refugee Sunday on June 23.
Experts, activists and representatives of 90 organisations met in Pescara (Italy) for the fifth European Freedom Network Bridge conference. The platform is led by Christians.
King's biographer released a report which lends credibility to accusations from classified FBI documents. “It is deeply irresponsible to believe sources which can be unreliable”, a historian says.
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.
Several universities has launched the study ‘Understanding Unbelief’.“Atheists and agnostics endorse the realities of objective moral values at similar rates to the general populations”.
The Chelsea striker, along with other players, sponsored an Open Doors event in London. “We have to talk about it [...] I do it to serve Jesus”, he said.
Jelena Sivulka, counsellor and founder of Hanina nada, talks about finding hope in Christ when dealing with disabilities. “God loves us for who we are. I share that with families of kids with special needs”, she says.
The 2019 European Freedom Network conference will be held in Italy. “God has used many instrumental Christians over time to address the issue of slavery”, says Leanne Rhodes.
“I have no doubt that with the presence of God in my life, He has helped me through a lot”, says the Tottenham Hotspur hero who scored the hat-trick to get the team in the Champions League final.
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”.
Despair, distraction and compromise are three of them.
“We need to realise that behind the trends, ideologies and mindsets that we face, there are spiritual realities”, says the general secretary of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance.
In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, many may be forced to experiment with this kind of work in the coming months.
As technologically simulated relationships become ever more realistic and superficially convincing, we must be aware of the risk that the simulacrum will exert a seductive appeal to our hearts.
The Director of the Jubilee Centre (Cambridge) analyses the impact of the financial crises on families, and the future of the workplace in a connected world, from a Christian perspective.
The Council of Europe Assembly calls on member states to “take all necessary measures to combat discrimination based on religion or beliefs”.
A dynamic life of faith is neither limited to the affairs of earth nor ignorant of them. It lives in the tension between heaven and earth.
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.
Concern for the poor, starting with those within the Christian ‘family’, is laced through the fabric of the Gospels and Epistles.
The Liverpool FC player was baptised by his teammate Alisson Becker. Half a million react to the video posted on Instagram: “I give you my failures and I will give you my victories as well”.
Well-known Christian rapper TobyMac writes song about the passing of his son. “It felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise”.
We have reduced our central heating thermostat by 1 degree and will look to reduce it further in stages. Jumpers are lovely, we should wear them more when it’s colder.
The gahtering of the Graduates Bible Groups in Spain challenged Christians professionals to share the beauty of the Christian faith with their coworkers - with excellence, respect and responsibility.
To act justly is to pay fair wages, and also to pay workers in a fair manner.
Recovering a vision of elderhood for the global church.
The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.
Hundreds of teenagers joined the conversation about the Christian faith at Reboot Madrid 2019.
“Pasarea” (‘bird’ in Romanian) is now available online for free. “We are in touch with organizations that use the film in the prevention work with young girls”, director Mikaela Bruce says.
The City Council develops a plan to regulate gambling access and advertising. Psychologists warn against seeing “sports betting as just another social entertainment”.
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 university had expelled InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for requiring their leaders to agree to its statement of faith. This is the second time it loses a case regarding this issue.
David Glass, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Ulster University (Northern Ireland) analyses whether a computer can have emotions or a conscious experience.
How should we report about Justin Bieber, Kanye West and other cases of well-known personalities who are considering the Christian faith?
“The very elderly who have had enough should be able to die when they choose”, said Pia Dijkstra, a member of the D66 party. European evangelicals have raised their voice against euthanasia.
A study shows that evangelical churches give migrants “the opportunity to integrate into the community and establish relationships”. It calls the political authorities to use these opportunities better.
Martin Durham is one of the leaders organising Behold Europe, a conference for evangelists aged 18-35. “Our vision is clear – an evangelist in every local church”.
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.
The Nigerian football player, Odion Ighalo, shares his faith publicly very often.“Everything I have achieved today is because of the grace of God”, he says.
What if young people were on church committees? asks David Hilborn, Principal of St John's College (UK).
Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.
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”.
Adrian Petrice, coordinator of IFES Graduate Impact, talks about the challenges for university graduates who start their work life. “Pray that they will give reason for the hope they have in Jesus”.
The Christian organisation sends “floating hospitals” to countries with no access to safe surgery. They also train local doctors and help to improve healthcare infrastructures.
The legal attempt to take the Christian phrase off bills and coins has been rejected by the Supreme Court. Atheist activists have lost other similar appeals in the last years.
Embracing our mission of holistic transformation.
The environmental crisis of the current age is symptomatic of a deeper relational crisis.
It is heartening to see Christians take a robust, positive and directive stance on artificial intelligence.
One million species are threatened with extinction, a UN report warns. Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund, shares ideas about how to care for creation through everyday actions.
Around 70 participants from all over Spain joined to work and pray together, reflecting about how the Bible gives answers to questions of the new generations.
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.
“Since 1992, civil marriages have increasingly outnumbered religious marriages”, the Office for National Statistics says. Religious ceremonies now account for less than a quarter of all weddings.
In the early stages there is the trigger for relationship breakdown as we are struggling with understanding what is going on with our child.
Tony Watkins, Coordinator of the Lausanne Media Engagement Network.
Spanish evangelicals are preparing the first ever national Infancy Congress. Javier Martín talks about the need to give space and importance to children, as Jesus did.
Public proclamation and “attractive Christian communities” should go hand in hand. Missiologist Lindsay Brown illustrates it with practical examples.
Loida Muñoz, Director of A21 Spain: ‘We need to both be pioneers and actively support what is already working’.
More than 40.000 signatures support an online petition in favour of a law that fights against mafias, penalises the customer of prostitution and protects women. “Spain is the third country of the world in consumption of prostitution”.
Athletes in Action film “Struggle and Triumph” shows how the faith of Olympians Lauryn Williams, Daniel Dias, Li Yan and Wilson Kipsang helps them to overcome the struggles and find their true identity in Christ.
Instead of pushing for tolerance, norm critical pedagogy tries to influence people (even small children) to distance themselves from the two-sex norm.
More than 100,000 spectators have seen the movie about the Reformer of Zurich in its first two weeks.
Atheists hope non-belief will be included in the curriculum.
Wealth is increasingly and unfairly concentrated among a privileged few. Jesus said: “Watch out! Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions”.
Europe is going through major changes. Our aim is to look at the key issues in our continent from a biblical perspective.
Evangelical Focus ended 2018 with 309,000 visits, the best year so far.
European and US experts address the sexual revolution in a new free curriculum offered by the Forum of Christian Leaders.
Harnessing the power of social media for Christ.
The Evangelical Alliance UK calls churches to be “a place of welcome and compassion for those who are transgender” while countering “the culture narrative of individualism and deconstruction”.
Let’s use the opportunity of #GivingTuesday to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive – be it today or at any other time of the year.
The media frequently relate the theory of a flat Earth to “fundamentalist Christianity”. Scientists Antoine Bret and Antonio Cruz explain the lack of credibility of a theory that has no scientific or theological support.
A bookshop in Barcelona hosted the event to celebrate the trajectory of the Spanish online magazine. It was a time of reunions, emotion and fresh commitment to the vision of building bridges between evangelical churches and society.
A series of short video documentaries provide cutting-edge information about missiological issues defined in the Cape Town Commitment. The evangelical movement aims to spark thoughtful discussion and action.
A private company says it will freeze and preserve human bodies for at least 100 years. In the United States, 350 people have already given their body to cryopreservation.
As with any addiction, the brain always wants more, harder, more intense. Saying that one can actually change the likings of the enormous mass of consumers towards a kind of porn that is non-violent and non-sexist, is a lie.
The European Parliament voted to ban replaceable products such as plates, straws and cotton buds, by 2021.
The regional government of Navarre (Spain) implements a controversial plan for children between 0 and 18 years old. Gender ideology is promoted with new LGBT laws.
“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.
“If we are Christ’s, we have no choice but to be alongside the weak”, Mukwege, who was also a member of IFES, said in a recent conference.
“For many people, religion is a defining part of their life and should therefore be given greater focus”, Ofcom’s report on Equal Opportunities in Television says.
Sweden is the country with the highest language proficiency. On the lower end is the United Kingdom.
Tony Britten, the composer, wrote the football anthem based on Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, whose lyrics are taken from the passage of 1 Kings 1:38-40.
A free week-long skate, music, bible and family festival held in Wadebridge, took its 2018 theme from John 10:10.
Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.
When citizens who have an evangelical faith engage in social life, they have the same rights as others who are agnostic, atheists or of any other belief.
We are first and foremost relational beings and the quality of our relationships matters to God.
Pyschiatrists Pablo Martínez and Andrew Sims analyze the mind of Jesus in a new book. “His character traits shined powerfully as he approached death”, says Martínez in an interview.
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