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Faith and the workplace

 
“I get most of the questions about my faith at work”
“I get most of the questions about my faith at work”

Slavik Lytvynenko is an Ukranian research professor in Prague. “Athanasius taught me that work has meaning only when done with the divine perspective in mind”.

 
 
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Summer

 
Speaking about Jesus in Mallorca’s beaches
Speaking about Jesus in Mallorca’s beaches

German Christian ministry Gospel Tribe reaches out to young tourists through worship services, prayer and personal testimonies. “Jesus would have been here, He cared about people”.

 
 
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Media

 
Spanish tv channel presents Hillsong as a “hipster cult”
Spanish tv channel presents Hillsong as a “hipster cult”

The La Sexta news service compares Hillsong in Spain to Scientology. No evidence is offered in two journalistic pieces full of misconceptions.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Iranian Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran released from prison
Iranian Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran released from prison

She was arrested in January 2013. Since 2016, a dozen Christians have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms on charges related to house-church activities.

 
 
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World championships

 
Christian swimmer Caeleb Dressel matches Phelps record with 7 gold medals
Christian swimmer Caeleb Dressel matches Phelps record with 7 gold medals

He is the first swimmer to win three golds in one night. “I learn to trust what God is doing[...] God gave me the talent”, he said.

 
 
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Interview

 
Spanish evangelical NGOs gave more than 64 million euros to social action in 2016
Spanish evangelical NGOs gave more than 64 million euros to social action in 2016

“We would be the 5th NGO in Spain, after the Catholic Church, the Red Cross, MSF and Aid in Action”, says Joan Grimá, author of the study "Social Action of Protestant NGOs and Churches in Spain."

 
 
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Life at work

 
“When I am under pressure at work, I try to keep calm and pray silently”
“When I am under pressure at work, I try to keep calm and pray silently”

“My colleagues perceive Christianity as one of many possible spiritual journeys that someone could take, but not the only one”, explains Šárka, who became a Christian while doing her PhD in the Czech Republic.

 
 
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Bern

 
Kids celebrate Christian youth movements in front of Swiss parliament
Kids celebrate Christian youth movements in front of Swiss parliament

About 1,400 children and teenagers (with parents and youth leaders) asked the Swiss government to readmit nine Christian youth organisations that have been expelled from the national “Youth + Sport” programme.

 
 
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Women

 
Female genital mutilations widely practiced in the UK
Female genital mutilations widely practiced in the UK

More than 5,000 new cases were reported last year, many in London. “FGM is not related to religion”, World Vision activist Susana Oliver says.

 
 
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Entertainment

 
More than 5,000 pictures to produce a gospel-filled Luther Playmobil video
More than 5,000 pictures to produce a gospel-filled Luther Playmobil video

“We wanted to create something that not only told the story of Luther and the Reformation but also the good news of Jesus”, says Jonathan Carswell. 

 
 
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Survey

 
The generosity of Millennials
The generosity of Millennials

Honesty is the most important ministry quality for Millennials, who are optimistic about their giving, self-motivated, and expect ministries to show the love of Jesus.

 
 
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Abortion

 
British Medical Association supports decriminalisation of abortion
British Medical Association supports decriminalisation of abortion

“The decision defies common sense”, says Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship in the UK, because it “backs abortion on demand.” 1,000 doctors signed letter rejecting the BMA’s stance. 

 
 
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Refugees

 
‘How do we touch their hearts from their touchscreens?’
‘How do we touch their hearts from their touchscreens?’

Over 80% of asylum seekers have smartphones. A Trans World Radio app offers over 300 audio programs to “address trauma and other difficulties refugees face in Europe.”

 
 
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Brazil

 
Two million people march for Jesus in Sao Paulo
Two million people march for Jesus in Sao Paulo

Under the slogan #IfoundmyKing, Brazilian evangelical churches celebrated the 25th anniversary of the country's biggest religious gathering. Politicians and football players support the march.

 
 
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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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Interview

 
“The public arena is a mission field”
“The public arena is a mission field”

Gerardo Amarilla, Uruguayan MP and former President of the parliament, was one of the first evangelical Christians in his country in such a high political position. He speaks about the challenges and opportunities for Christians in politics.

 
 
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Barcelona

 
Spanish nurses presented a paper on the Reformation at international congress
Spanish nurses presented a paper on the Reformation at international congress

“Nursing Theses: 500 years after Luther’s 95 theses” was the paper presented by evangelical professionals at a congress with 8,200 nurses from 135 countries.

 
 
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Christians in sports

 
Keylor Navas: “My faith is the most important thing”
Keylor Navas: “My faith is the most important thing”

The Real Madrid goalkeeper talks openly about his faith in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. “Having God with us is the success of our marriage”, he says.

 
 
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Students and the Gospel

 
“I just could not imagine that there would be this much diversity in the body of Christ”
“I just could not imagine that there would be this much diversity in the body of Christ”

A Cameroonian studying in a French university and a Serbian High School student share their impressions after the European Student Evangelism conference “Presence 2017”.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Belgian Walloon region bans kosher and halal slaughter
Belgian Walloon region bans kosher and halal slaughter

The European Jewish Congress says it is “the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation.” Denmark and Switzerland already prohibit this kind of slaughter.

 
 
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Work, technology and Bible

 
“God wants to give us freedom from the curse of toil”
“God wants to give us freedom from the curse of toil”

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi explains how Europe developed technology after understanding “the very important difference that the Bible made between work and toil.”

 
 
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“Relationships should be at the centre of our economic system”
“Relationships should be at the centre of our economic system”

“The Christian teaching is that we need to control the power of central governments”, says economist Michael Schluter, co-author of manifesto ‘Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union’.

 
 
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International Worker’s Day

 
The European unemployment rate dropped in 2016
The European unemployment rate dropped in 2016

Unemployment in the EU regions ranged from 2% to 31%. Greece and Spain are still struggling. According to the Bible, “all work is worthy and full of meaning”, Jaume Llenas, General Secretary of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance, says.

 
 
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Religion and philosophy

 
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize

“His writings made theism a serious option within academic philosophy”, the John Templeton Foundation says. Plantinga hopes “the Prize will encourage young philosophers.”

 
 
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Social media

 
‘Mosaico’: YouTubers against the flow
‘Mosaico’: YouTubers against the flow

Twelve young Christians from across Spain create common platform to share videos faith and daily life. 

 
 
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Sexual exploitation

 
Child pornography network used Whatsapp groups
Child pornography network used Whatsapp groups

The Spanish police and Europol coordinate a “pioneer” action through the European Technical Research Unit. At least 39 people arrested in 18 countries.

 
 
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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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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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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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Theology and psychology

 
Who is pastoring the pastors?
Who is pastoring the pastors?

Church leaders are usually “at the limit of their emotional and spiritual resources”, says José Hutter, theologian and pastor in Spain. A national seminar will address the challenges of Christian leadership. 

 
 
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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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Interview

 
“A Christian community models what our Creator designed for us”
“A Christian community models what our Creator designed for us”

“You are never going to be a healthy community if you think of the church as a place”, says pastor Connie Duarte in an interview about how to live in community as the Body of Christ.

 
 
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Metal

 
Brian ‘Head’ Welch: “I just tried Jesus and found the answer for life”
Brian ‘Head’ Welch: “I just tried Jesus and found the answer for life”

After the Madrid show of ‘Nu Metal’ band, Korn, the guitar player met a group of fans and told them how Christ changed his life. Watch the video.

 
 
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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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Evangelism

 
Welby: “We exist to show the world that Jesus is the Son of God”

The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched the “Thy Kingdom Come” campaign, which aims to encourage believers to intercede for their communities and evangelise.

 
 
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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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Faith and sports

 
Basketball in prison, six years of witness
Basketball in prison, six years of witness

Young volunteers organise basketball games in a prison of Barcelona, sharing time and Christian values with the inmates.

 
 
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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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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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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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Church planting
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“God wants to see his church grow”

“You need unity in leadership, a clear vision, and people to see a church growing”, says church planter Oivind Augland, in an interview about church planting and growth.

 
 
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Sports

 
Wesley So: “I am not foolish enough to think I can do this by myself”
Wesley So: “I am not foolish enough to think I can do this by myself”

World chess #2 shares with Evangelical Focus his Christian convictions and the central role faith plays in his day-to-day life, which he defines as “simple and quiet”.

 
 
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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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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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Corruption Perceptions Index

 
Corruption continues to be a significant problem worldwide
Corruption continues to be a significant problem worldwide

More than 60% of the 176 countries analysed have serious corruption problems. This year, the index highlights the connection between corruption and inequality.

 
 
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Dave Deuel

 
Developing Young Leaders with Disabilities
Developing Young Leaders with Disabilities

Today, we might comfortably discuss ministry by, even under, but especially from leaders with disabilities.

 
 
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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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Jeff Fountain

 
Was Luther a populist?
Was Luther a populist?

While his powerful use of the new technology of printing, his appeal to the masses and opposition to the ‘corrupt elites’ certainly resonate with the populist image, his goal was to reform, not overthrow, the established order.

 
 
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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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Basel

 
End-of-year youth camp challenged 6,500 to rediscover ‘The Book’
End-of-year youth camp challenged 6,500 to rediscover ‘The Book’

The youth event in Switzerland had live music, international speakers and time to study Scripture in small groups. “We love the #Bible and we are fascinated by it”.

 
 
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Media

 
Swiss tabloid likens evangelical churches to cults
Swiss tabloid likens evangelical churches to cults

The Swiss Evangelical Alliance responds to a report published by tabloid ‘Blick’ because it “slanders” the work and leadership of three Christian churches.

 
 
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#YLG2016

 
17 ideas heard at YLG 2016
17 ideas heard at YLG 2016

Michael Oh, Os Guiness, René Breuel, Rebecca Manley Pippert, Mutua Mahiani, Anne Zaki, Ravi Zacharias and others shared their views at the Lausanne Movement Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta (Indonesia).

 
 
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“Remember you are dust”
“Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
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Racism

 
“Racism should not only be addressed after tragic events, but regularly in our communities of faith”
“Racism should not only be addressed after tragic events, but regularly in our communities of faith”

The World Evangelical Alliance supports the USA National Association of Evangelicals in condemning white supremacy. “Jesus Christ has the power to break down racial barriers.”

 
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Walk
Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
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Discipleship

 
“God works in both the shepherds and the sheep”
“God works in both the shepherds and the sheep”

Jay Eastman talks about the foundation of disciple-making leadership in an interview. “Out of the identity of being one with Christ, we are able to feed other fellow sheep.”

 
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Living without your favourite things
Living without your favourite things

A video by Open Doors UK & Ireland explains to children what it means to be a refugee. 

 
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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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Mobile phones

 
Mobile roaming charges end in Europe
Mobile roaming charges end in Europe

Users can call, text and use data at the same price they pay at home. “It is one of our greatest and most tangible successes”, the EU says in a statement.

 
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Society

 
Swiss evangelicals distribute 500,000 copies of ‘Reformation newspaper’
Swiss evangelicals distribute 500,000 copies of ‘Reformation newspaper’

Under the title “Change”, the project shares personal faith stories of citizens, intersting figures about the 500th anniversary, and introduces “the greatest Reformer, Jesus.”

 
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Italy

 
A blacksmith of the faith in Trento
A blacksmith of the faith in Trento

Evangelical pastor Hector Peñafiel, a welding master, uses his skills to teach his profession and share the gospel with asylum seekers. “They can plan their future now”, he says.

 
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Jayson Georges

 
Restoring honor and removing shame: Core aspects of God’s mission
Restoring honor and removing shame: Core aspects of God’s mission

Honor and shame are prominent in Majority World cultures, where these moral values form the ‘operating system’ of everyday life. People avoid disgrace and seek status in the eyes of the community.

 
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Reformation 2017

 
Creation care and education, among “causes that impacted the world”
Creation care and education, among “causes that impacted the world”

Spanish evangelicals launch a series of videos explaining how the Reformation has impacted society. In July, Madrid will host the “15J”, a week with a Congress, evangelism and concerts to commemorate the 500th anniversary.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Ripe under our noses
Ripe under our noses

Notice how many buddha statues or wall hangings are for sale in local garden centres, or in home improvement centres, or cosmetic shops.

 
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Pew Research

 
US evangelical millennials disapprove abortion, favour environmental care
US evangelical millennials disapprove abortion, favour environmental care

Believers born after 1981 are less supportive of the Republican Party and partially believe homosexuality should be accepted in society, says a survey.

 
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Social Media

 
Facebook hires 3,000 to monitor violent content
Facebook hires 3,000 to monitor violent content

“We’re going to make it simpler to report problems”, Mark Zuckerberg says. Since 2016, at least 50 criminal or violent incidents have been broadcast over Facebook Live.

 
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Growing interest in religion

 
Europeans open to more spirituality in daily life
Europeans open to more spirituality in daily life

People in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Sweden are more interested in “spirituality” than in “religion”. A global survey shows that China and Indonesia have a great interest in religion.

 
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Mangalwadi: Work, technology and the Bible
Mangalwadi: Work, technology and the Bible

Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Bible shaped how we see work and technology. 

 
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Calum Samuelson

 
Empathy in the information age
Empathy in the information age

We should recognise that breadth of awareness is not evidence of the depth of our engagement.

 
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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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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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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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International Women’s Day

 
“God made men and women with equal dignity, freedom and intellectual capacity”
“God made men and women with equal dignity, freedom and intellectual capacity”

“Church members should be active in society to defend and give refuge to the battered women”, says a group of evangelical professionals and church leaders.

 
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Compassion in India

 
“Pray that God will continue to equip the Church in India to care for the vulnerable”
“Pray that God will continue to equip the Church in India to care for the vulnerable”

Government restrictions force Compassion to leave the country. Hundreds of “churches that are passionate about caring for children will still be there” for the 145,000 sponsored children, says the NGO Director in Italy, Silvio Galvano.

 
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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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Christopher Townsend

 
Gender: where next?
Gender: where next?

Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.

 
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Sexual exploitation

 
“Pasarea”, a short film to denounce human trafficking
“Pasarea”, a short film to denounce human trafficking

Sexual slavery is “still taboo in our society”, says Mikaela Bruce, director of “Pasarea” (The Bird). It tells the story of a Romanian girl trafficked into Spain for prostitution.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
Was Jesus a populist?
Was Jesus a populist?

When confronted with the dichotomy of ‘people’ or ‘elite’, Jesus refused to be cornered. His answers to trick questions introduced a new dimension.

 
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Pablo Martínez

 
Being before doing (III)
Being before doing (III)

What are the priorities that Christ incarnated with his life?

 
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Interview

 
‘People with disabilities should be able to participate in every Christian community’
‘People with disabilities should be able to participate in every Christian community’

Only in the European Union, 70 million people live with some kind of disability. Churches should “get the issue onto the agenda”, says Thérèse Swinters, facilitator of the European Disability Network. 

 
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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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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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Down syndrome

 
Dutch Minister of Health says society should accept that less Down’s are born
Dutch Minister of Health says society should accept that less Down’s are born

All pregnant women in the Netherlands will have access to the Non Invasive Prenatal Testing to know if they have children with Down syndrome.

 
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Peter Mead

 
Deep Questions
Deep Questions

The fact of Jesus’ death for us is an objective truth that should grip us and reassure us. Was I wanted? Most definitely, yes. The cross has proven that!

 
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María Fe Zúñiga

 
I respect you
I respect you

Have I ever felt hated or rejected or made fun of? Yes, I have.

 
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2016: A year full of unexpected news
2016: A year full of unexpected news

Some of the highlights of this past year and a ‘thank you’ to all of our readers.

 
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Students

 
Protesting university fees – taking a Christian stand
Protesting university fees – taking a Christian stand

Over the past year, there have been protests about university fees in South Africa. Christian students are serving as mediators, engaging with both students and university management.

 
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Talent show

 
Winner of ‘The Voice of Germany’ is a Christian
Winner of ‘The Voice of Germany’ is a Christian

Tay Schmedtmann became a Christian six years ago: “I thank God that I do not have to do things in my own strength, He is behind me”.

 
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Sports and faith

 
Christian values kept Odegaard away from ‘Football Leaks’ scandal
Christian values kept Odegaard away from ‘Football Leaks’ scandal

The father of the Real Madrid player refused to manage his son’s image rights in a tax haven. Christian faith is “important” to the family.

 
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6 survivors, 75 dead

 
Three evangelical Christians among plane crash survivors: “Only God can give us strength now”
Three evangelical Christians among plane crash survivors: “Only God can give us strength now”

Two football players and the stewardess who survived the tragedy are evangelical Christians: “The situation is complicated, difficult”. Fans gathered to pray the Lord’s Prayer.

 
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Fidel Castro

 
The night that the gospel was preached to Fidel Castro
The night that the gospel was preached to Fidel Castro

The evangelical theologian Juan Stam relates an unusual encounter that happened in 2002, in Havana, between a group of Protestant pastors and Fidel Castro.

 
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Transparency International

 
European governments fail to fight against corruption, study says
European governments fail to fight against corruption, study says

One in three citizens think corruption is one of the biggest problems facing their country. Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Spain are the worst judged.

 
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Madrid

 
Short films to fight against corruption
Short films to fight against corruption

Spanish Christians organised a short films contest about daily corruption. Members of the “#Breakupwithit” campaign were part of the jury.

 
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Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god?

If we could all just affirm that everybody worships the same God, would there be much more peace in the world? Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity gives answers.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Bob Dylan’s faith
Bob Dylan’s faith

One of the last biographies published about the Nobel literature prize winner says that Dylan has never rejected his faith in Jesus. But the lyrics of some of his songs reveal a spiritual battle.

 
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Refugee centres

 
“Someone wants to kill me because of my faith”
“Someone wants to kill me because of my faith”

A German television reports about the measures taken by the authorities to stop violence against refugees converting to Christianity.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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.

 
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. 

 
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
 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
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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“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
“Remember you are dust” “Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
Walk Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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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