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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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Guy Brandon

 
The medium is the message
The medium is the message

The internet, smartphones, social media, instant messaging and other related technologies have had a dramatic impact on the way we communicate over the last 20 years, and therefore fundamentally how we relate to one another.

 
 
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Cities

 
Flashmobs denounce persecution of Christians
Flashmobs denounce persecution of Christians

About 400 Christians publicly showed their solidarity with the Persecuted Church in three Swiss cities on Human Rights Day.

 
 
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Interview

 
“I shared the Gospel with the terrorists that almost killed my son”
“I shared  the Gospel with the terrorists that almost killed my son”

The story of pastor David Ortiz is a message of hope in the midst of barbarism. The power of God works in a way that is both real and supernatural.

 
 
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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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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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Surf and faith

 
“God is the creator of the world and, therefore, of the waves”
“God is the creator of the world and, therefore, of the waves”

Christian Surfers seeks to make the practice and culture of surfing consistent with the values of Jesus Christ. “This is about loving our neighbor and serving others”.

 
 
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Movement Day Global Cities

 
Being a Christian in a big city
Being a Christian in a big city

In New York, 3,500 people from over ninety countries were challenged to have an impact in urban areas in the spheres of action, social involvement and culture. Bill Hybels, Timothy Keller and Mac Pier among more than 50 speakers.

 
 
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Málaga 

 
Mission at the workplace
Mission at the workplace

The Business Ministry Training took place in Málaga, to connect European ministries focused on the business world.

 
 
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Reformation 2017

 
Half a million ‘little Luthers’ sold
Half a million ‘little Luthers’ sold

It’s the biggest success in Playmobil’s history. Orders come from across the world, they sold 34,000 in the first 3 days.

 
 
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Cinema

 
Disney film portrays the work of a Christian humanitarian association
Disney film portrays the work of a Christian humanitarian association

“Queen of Katwe” is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, an Ugandan girl who became a professional chess player, with the help of a Christian ministry which works with children in Africa.

 
 
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Sports and faith

 
Baseball player Ben Zobrist: “We all need Christ”
Baseball player Ben Zobrist: “We all need Christ”

The MVP of the “World Series” champions Chicago Cubs defines himself as a “follower of Jesus Christ”. Teammate Dexter Fowler is also a committed Christian.

 
 
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End of life

 
Belgium debates euthanasia for psychological pain
Belgium debates euthanasia for psychological pain

One in fifty Belgians dies euthanised. In 2015, there were more than 2,000 euthanasia cases, an average of six per day.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Freedom of religion is not just an ideal for believers, but a core value of our democracies”
“Freedom of religion is not just an ideal for believers, but a core value of our democracies”

The Evangelical Alliance United Kingdom has launched the Speak Up campaign to provide a clearer picture of the legal basis to talk about Jesus. Jurist Nancy Lefèvre (France) helped to start the initiative. 

 
 
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Reactions Ashers ruling

 
Secular newspapers, LGBT activists and Christians defend freedom of conscience
Secular newspapers, LGBT activists and Christians defend freedom of conscience

The Guardian, The Telegraph and LGBT activist Peter Tatchell defend freedom of conscience. The EAUK: “We have all lost some our freedom”.

 
 
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Reformation 2017

 
Influential evangelical leaders issue manifesto: “Is the Reformation over?”
Influential evangelical leaders issue manifesto: “Is the Reformation over?”

“The issues that gave birth to the Reformation five hundred years ago are still very much alive in the twenty-first century for the whole church”, says a document published ahead of the 500th anniversary. More than 50 evangelical leaders have signed it.  

 
 
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EU Anti-Trafficking Day

 
Don’t shut your eyes!
Don’t shut your eyes!

509,980 is the number of people forced into labour in the EU. That’s more people than those living in Toulouse. Or Liverpool. Or Gdansk. Or Antwerp.

 
 
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EEA General Assembly

 
Greek Evangelical Alliance is awarded with the Hope award
Greek Evangelical Alliance is awarded with the Hope award

The European Evangelical Alliance highlights the role of Greek evangelicals in their service to refugees. Portuguese political representatives and church leaders participated in a special event in Sintra (Portugal). 

 
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Europe

 
Thousands of Christians marched against slavery
Thousands of Christians marched against slavery

Walk for Freedom in many European cities dennounced that “every 30 seconds, someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery”. Churches had Freedom Sunday special worship services.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Life brings more defeats than victories but we can put our trust in Jesus”
“Life brings more defeats than victories but we can put our trust in Jesus”

Tim Stewart has been the guide of the Spanish paralympian Martin Parejo, in Rio 2016. He explains how his faith helped him overcome the disappointment of not reaching the expected results.

 
 
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Faith and politics

 
‘Evangelical cuacuses’ and their influence in Brazilian politics
‘Evangelical cuacuses’ and their influence in Brazilian politics

Candidates supported by megachurches had good results in the local elections. But “many evangelical politicians have been more corrupt than the average”, sociologist Paul Freston explains in an interview.

 
 
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Students and young graduates

 
“The Bible and the Gospel have something to say about modern economy”
“The Bible and the Gospel have something to say about modern economy”

Students and young graduates will participate in the Biblenomics conference in Berlin (Germany), October 21-23. Economist Arttu Makipaa shares the vision behind this European network. 

 
 
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Canary Islands

 
“Guaguaseo”, a bus to serve the homeless
“Guaguaseo”, a bus to serve the homeless

Hairdressing and other services will be offered in a bus driving through the streets of Fuerteventura (Spain). A project of a local evangelical church.

 
 
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Freedom of speech

 
French pastors will not be labelled as “lobbyists”
French pastors will not be labelled as “lobbyists”

A controversial amendment to the ‘Loi Sapin II’ was withdrawn this week. “Some ideological groups attempt to reduce the voice of religions in the public space”, explains evangelical representative.

 
 
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Cities

 
Thousands joined “March for Life” in Germany and Switzerland
Thousands joined “March for Life” in Germany and Switzerland

About 7,500 said “yes to life” in Berlin, 1,700 gathered in Bern. Pro-abortion radicals organised counter-demonstrations and threatened Christian organisations.

 
 
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Madrid

 
Spanish youth leaders reflect on the mission of the church
Spanish youth leaders reflect on the mission of the church

Hundreds gathered to learn, celebrate Jesus and share experiences during the Youth Specialities Europe summit. Local churches should be “communities of forgiveness” for everyone.

 
 
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Action 

 
“Exploitation happens under our noses”
“Exploitation happens under our noses”

‘Don’t shut your eyes’ is the new initiative of the European Freedom Network. “When we see a child begging at a time when the child should be in school, why do we walk by?”

 
 
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Since 2014

 
At least 3,500 refugees get baptised in Germany
At least 3,500 refugees get baptised in Germany

Free evangelical denominations and Protestant state churches speak of “increasing interest in the Christian faith among people coming from Islamic countries.”

 
 
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Media

 
‘El País’ withdraws controversial article about evangelicals
‘El País’ withdraws controversial article about evangelicals

Many readers and the Spanish Evangelical Alliance denounced a column that was based on a parody website. The Ombudswoman writes an apology on the newspaper’s website.

 
 
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Media and minorities

 
Spanish newspaper believes hoax and calls evangelicals “medieval”
Spanish newspaper believes hoax and calls evangelicals “medieval”

A column at El Pais says evangelicals have an “obsession with homosexuality” after lending credibility to a fake Pentecostal website. The article causes hundreds of anti-evangelical comments on Facebook. Ombudswoman answers to complaint of Evangelical Alliance.

 
 
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Spain
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A personal coach is reported for offering conversion therapy

A lobby uses the new regional law against LGTBI discrimination approved this month in Madrid to report the case. The bill “only supports those who accept their own sexual orientation”, the coach believes.

 
 
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Environment

 
Creation Care conference: Bible and science to promote action in Europe
Creation Care conference: Bible and science to promote action in Europe

“Is the gospel about human salvation from a condemned world or does it include hope for creation’s good future in Christ?” Lausanne Movement and World Evangelical Alliance sponsor the regional gathering.

 
 
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Study

 
USA: Are teens still interested in the Bible?
USA: Are teens still interested in the Bible?

Do American teenagers still have reverence and interest for the Bible? That's a central question that guided a study conducted by Barna Group and the American Bible Society.

 
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Geneva

 
Fake human sacrifice filmed at Cern
Fake human sacrifice filmed at Cern

Spokeswoman at high temple of particle physics suggests ‘scientific users’ of the Geneva facility ‘let their humour go too far’ with staging of occult rite.

 
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Interview

 
“In religious services, the differences with London 2012 are huge”
“In religious services, the differences with London 2012 are huge”

Ruben Fernandez, an evangelical chaplain in London 2012, criticizes the drastic reduction of licenses to meet the religious needs of athletes during the Olympic Games.

 
 
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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About 1,000 young leaders from across the world will reflect on mission at YLG 2016
About 1,000 young leaders from across the world will reflect on mission at YLG 2016

“I see a generation that is humble to build on the wisdom of previous generations, but also bold enough to contextualize it and come up with new initiatives for global mission”, says Sarah Breuel, Chair of the Lausanne Movement Younger Leaders Gathering 2016. 

 
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Rio 2016

 
Olympic Village houses a multi-faith center to serve athletes´spiritual needs
Olympic Village houses a multi-faith center to serve athletes´spiritual needs

The center has chaplains and prayer spaces, representing Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.

 
 
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Report

 
Mental health disorders increase among refugees
Mental health disorders increase among refugees

A MSF study warns about the high number of refugees in Italy who suffer mental health disorders due to the situation in their countries, the trauma of the journey and the inadequate reception conditions.

 
 
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Students

 
Talking about suicide
Talking about suicide

800,000 people a year commit suicide. It is the second leading cause of death among people 15-29 years of age. Students in Brazil received training on how to respond from a Biblical perspective.

 
 
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United Kingdom

 
Pokémon Go: Church of England becomes PokeStop
Pokémon Go: Church of England becomes PokeStop

The Church has said the game was "a good way to start a conversation that may lead on to other things".

 
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Refugees and trafficking

 
Fighting against the exploitation of refugees
Fighting against the exploitation of refugees

“Factors that increase the risk for refugees in Europe are denial of asylum, criminal activity inside the camps, unsafe living situation, minority status and isolation”, the European Freedom Network explained in a webinar.

 
 
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Media

 
Protestantism is badly represented in French media, expert says
Protestantism is badly represented in French media, expert says

“Islam is by far the most publicised religion by the largest French daily newspaper, Le Monde", specialist in Evangelical Protestantism Sebastien Fath says.

 
 
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Surprising growth

 
Amish population grows 18% in five years
Amish population grows 18% in five years

Amish's total current population is about 308,000, and it doubles every 22 years. New settlements were created in Bolivia, Argentina and Canada last year.

 
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Interview

 
Together 2016, “a millennial-led effort to point people to Jesus”
Together 2016, “a millennial-led effort to point people to Jesus”

“In no way are we trying to minimize the large doctrinal differences of times past”, organiser Nick Hall tells Evangelical Focus. 1 million Christians from diverse Christian backgrounds are expected to participate.

 
 
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Sexuality

 
Sex change regret, a reality
Sex change regret, a reality

Is gender reassignment surgery clinically effective? What makes people regret the sex change they once decided? Walt Heyer is the author of a website that tackles these issues from a Christian perspective.

 
 
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Culture

 
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely a fake
Harvard discoverer of “Gospel of Jesus’ wife” admits it is likely  a fake

Karen L. King’s announcement got much media attention in 2012. After and in-depth research of The Atlantic magazine, she admits she probably was deluded by “fabrications.”

 
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Luther's Bible translation

 
Joachim Gauck: ‘Without Reformation, Germany would have become a different country’
Joachim Gauck: ‘Without Reformation, Germany would have become a different country’

In Wittenberg, the German President highlighted the importance of Luther’s Bible translation and spoke of how the “priesthood of all believers” brought sense of individual freedom.

 
 
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Francisco Sánchez

 
A tolerated world
A tolerated world

Who wouldn’t want to be tolerant? Raise your hand, please! But what does it mean exactly?

 
 
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Biggest US massacre since 9/11

 
Christian leaders respond to Orlando tragedy
Christian leaders respond to Orlando tragedy

“We must respond with love and truth”, Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi said after the tragedy. Russell Moore, Samuel Rodriguez, Justin Welby, and many others have asked to pray and respect LGBT communities.

 
 
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Global survey

 
The world becomes less peaceful
The world becomes less peaceful

Institute for Economics and Peace says global deterioration “was driven by increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability.” Europe is the most peaceful region in the world, but Ukraine is the second country whith a bigger deterioration.

 
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Religions

 
Ramadan begins for 1,700 million Muslims
Ramadan begins for 1,700 million Muslims

It is the most sacred month for Muslims, in which they fast daily. They must abstain from eating, drinking, and having sexual relations from dawn to sunset. In some countries, it is obligatory.

 
 
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‘I am no cannon fodder’
‘I am no cannon fodder’

Youth of Torrent (Spain) use their musical skills in a song about values and hope for the future. The project is propelled by “Association New Life”, the social arm of the local evangelical church. 

 
 
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Sweden

 
Pope to attend ecumenical prayer service to commemorate Reformation
Pope to attend ecumenical prayer service to commemorate Reformation

Aim is “to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for division perpetuated by the two traditions.” “It doesn’t make any sense”, says President of the Theology Comission of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance, Jose Hutter.

 
 
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Conversions

 
Muslims turn to Christianity in Finland
Muslims turn to Christianity in Finland

Christian weekly newspaper Uusi Tie (Finland) made a survey of the number of Christian baptisms among the new immigrants in the country. At least 235 baptisms of new Christians are documented.

 
 
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#2016ELF

 
The Media and the Gospel
The Media and the Gospel

We love new technologies and we use them passionately. But we also know God’s mission is done through and for real people. The ELF conference in Wisla (Poland) reinforces our aim to analyse the big challenges of today through the Christian worldview.

 
 
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UK

 
British buses will carry ‘praise Allah’ adverts during Ramadan
British buses will carry ‘praise Allah’ adverts during Ramadan

The campaign is “about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions” during Ramadan (6 June- 6 July), Islamic Relief said. In November, a Church of England video featuring the Lord’s prayer was banned from cinemas.

 
 
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The Bible in church

 
Biblical exposition is the key element in a sermon
Biblical exposition is the key element in a sermon

According to a survey in the UK, the majority of Christians wish sermons were shorter. Half of the surveyed feel that “young people are not given enough of a chance to preach in church.”

 
 
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Faith, sport and politics

 
Manny Pacquiao will become Senator in the Philippines
Manny Pacquiao will become Senator in the Philippines

With 94 % of the vote counted, the Filipino boxer is in the seventh place among the candidates for 12 Senate seats. It was known he had becme  target of jihadist group. 

 
 
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Northern Ireland

 
‘God will sustain us whether we win or lose’
‘God will sustain us whether we win or lose’

Ahead of their appearance at the Court of Appeal, the Baking Company’s General Manager, Daniel MacArthur, said: “The gospel says that we are all sinners, and God is the great judge.”

 
 
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Exclusive interview

 
Efraim Tendero: “We need to be sensitive towards evangelicals from the Latin side”
Efraim Tendero: “We need to be sensitive towards evangelicals from the Latin side”

The Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance believes the views of evangelical minorities in Catholic countries should be “heared” before relating to the Vatican. In an interview with Evangelical Focus, he also highlighted the role of the churches in the refugee crisis.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Images are a universal language everyone can understand”
“Images are a universal language everyone can understand”

Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset on how his ‘Willy Grunch’ animation video went viral on Facebook. His new project, a “book without words” to share the gospel.

 
 
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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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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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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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Northern Ireland

 
Ashers bakery owners lose appeal
Ashers bakery owners lose appeal

“We have always said it was never about the customer, it was about the message”, the McArthur family said. Judges state that refusing the order “was direct discrimination”. 9 out of 10 evangelical Christians support the family, says survey.

 
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Sexual abuse

 
The devastating effects of pornography
The devastating effects of pornography

“Some of the most traumatised people I have met are trafficked women whose customers have insisted –sometimes forcefully– on replicating acts from porn films”, explains lawyer expert on pornography Dr. Ann Olivarius.

 
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Ecumenism

 
Pope Francis promotes “ecumenism of blood”
Pope Francis promotes “ecumenism of blood”

In an audience with members of Christian World Communions, the biggest ecumenical international organisation, the Pope talked about “the ecumenism of prayer, work, and blood.”

 
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Noa Alarcón

 
Love is something else
Love is something else

In the world we live in, love is always presented exclusively in relation to romanticism.

 
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Sexual slavery

 
Spanish youth considers normal to pay for sex, says study
Spanish youth considers normal to pay for sex, says study

Several studies show a “scandalous fall” of the age of those who pay for sex in Spain. “They see it as fun, and prefer not to know if the women are victims of trafficking.”

 
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Peace in Syria

 
“Peace in Syria requires the involvement of each one of us”
“Peace in Syria requires the involvement of each one of us”

“We must start by making peace where we are”, Harutiun Selimian, president of the Evangelical Armenian community in Syria told French newspaper La Croix.

 
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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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Training

 
New season of FOCL webinars starts
New season of FOCL webinars starts

Experienced Christian leaders will lead free online sessions on topics like discipleship, science or reliability of the Bible. The Forum of Christian Leaders hopes many will “join the global conversation”.

 
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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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Sports and faith

 
NBA player takes leave to care for his pregnant wife with brain tumour
NBA player takes leave to care for his pregnant wife with brain tumour

“There is nothing in life my wife can't conquer with Jesus Christ in her corner", Holiday tweeted. His team, the New Orleans Pelicans, fully supports him.

 
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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

 
10 pointers for “untrained” preachers
10 pointers for “untrained” preachers

Is there a Bible school where you could take a single course? Diligently hunt the best books to read, as well as well-informed people to engage with in conversation.

 
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ELF 2017

 
Registration open for 2017 European Leadership Forum
Registration open for 2017 European Leadership Forum

Hundreds of participants will participate in specialised networks. The morning Bible teacher will be Prof. John Lennox and evening plenary speakers include Lindsay Brown, Leonardo De Chirico, Hans Bayer and Michael Reeves.

 
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#TopSummer

 
“Abuse is a detour to one self, to our own benefit”
“Abuse is a detour to one self, to our own benefit”

Dr Pablo Martinez explains the causes of spiritual abuse from a biblical perspective and recommends steps to take action.

 
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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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France

 
Why burkinis are banned in some French cities
Why burkinis are banned in some French cities

French authorities in several cities in towns have banned the burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women.

 
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Rio 2016

 
Phelps found help in “Purpose Driven Life”
Phelps found help in “Purpose Driven Life”

After a big depression, the 25- time medal winner swimmer says pastor Rick Warren's book Purpose driven life, saved him from suicide.

 
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Rio 2016

 
Testifying of Christ at the Olympic pool
Testifying of Christ at the Olympic pool

“Our identity is in Christ”, said synchronized diving medallists Boudia and Johnson. “I'm in the sport to show people I find my happiness with what God's given me”, gold medal swimmer Caeleb Dressel declared.

 
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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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Safari Children’s Choir
Safari Children’s Choir

28 boys and girls from Uganda sing songs of hope in a tour through Spain. Photos of a concert at an evangelical church in Terrassa.

 
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Touristic attraction

 
Biblical proportions Noah’s Ark replica opens in Kentucky
Biblical proportions Noah’s Ark replica opens in Kentucky

Amid a flood of skepticism, a 155-meter-long copy of Noah’s Ark was opened in Williamstown, Kentucky (USA). The weighty construction involved $100 million, and six years of work.

 
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Gospel and society

 
European Evangelical Alliance becomes a partner of Evangelical Focus
European Evangelical Alliance becomes a partner of Evangelical Focus

Thomas Bucher believes the website “offers a much needed voice, having a certain independence and yet committed to Evangelical values.”

 
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Sports

 
Football and faith at Euro 2016
Football and faith at Euro 2016

In France, some football players not only fight to lift the tournament trophy for their national teams but also bear testimony of their faith in Jesus.

 
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Environment

 
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution
Around 48,000 die in France each year because of air pollution

Air pollution is responsible for 9% of mortality in France, according to a study made public this week. The only things that are more deadly to the French are tobacco and alcohol.

 
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Survey

 
More than half of British children are exposed to pornography by 14
More than half of British children are exposed to pornography by 14

53% of the boys surveyed think “online pornography is realistic.” P-Word conference will be held in London to explore a practical Christian response to the issue of pornography.

 
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Pray for Refugees

 
A guide to World Refugee Sunday
A guide to World Refugee Sunday

On June 19 and 26, many churches will spend a day to pray “for the welfare and protection of the world’s forcibly displaced peoples”. Ideas and resources are offered.

 
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Thomas K. Johnson

 
Loving the Persecuted Church (I)
Loving the Persecuted Church (I)

In Revelation 13, we have a description of what a state or a government can become when everything goes wrong. A state can become a devouring beast, destroying everything in its path, and especially attacking Christians with demonic hatred.

 
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Noa Alarcón

 
Joyful versus entertained
Joyful versus entertained

Our modern society  has evolved in such a way that the manner it has chosen to resolve the class struggle has been to try to implement the entertainment principle as a “need” for human beings.

 
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Youtube video

 
What saved the boy from the lion?
What saved the boy from the lion?

Footage shows the moment a lion attempted to pounce on little boy at a zoo in Chiba, Japan. What can we learn?

 
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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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Sports and faith

 
Christian Bethany Hamilton sets career-best
Christian Bethany Hamilton sets career-best

In Fiji, the surfer beats world number one Tyler Wright. Hamilton lost one arm after a shark attack when she was 13 years old. Her story and faith was explained in the film 'Soul Surfer'.

 
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“Scripture 4 Millennials”

 
The Bible translated into Emoji
The Bible translated into Emoji

An anonymous translator reworked the King James Version of the bible using Unicode emoji, as well as common internet abbreviations and slang.

 
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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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“The edification of the church is a vaccine against abuse”
“The edification of the church is a vaccine against abuse”

Dr Pablo Martinez is one of the authors of the ‘Pastoral Guide for the prevention of spiritual abuse’. In an interview, he explains the causes from a biblical perspective, and recommends steps to take action.

 
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Students and the gospel

 
Christian students in India reflect on faith and arts
Christian students in India reflect on faith and arts

Art For Change ten-day residency organised by UESI India (IFES). “A work of art is not Christian art because it carries with it any symbol of a cross or Jesus in it, but it should reveal the truth.”

 
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Virtual church?

 
Church of Scotland plans to offer “online baptisms”
Church of Scotland plans to offer “online baptisms”

Free Church of Scotland Moderator David Robertson: “If this is an attempt to state there is a church where one does not exist, then this is a foolish policy. The church is not a virtual organisation which one can join, opt out of, switch off and on as you please.”

 
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France will create regional ‘de-radicalization’ centres

“The radicalisation of part of our youth is the most serious challenge we have faced since World War II”, says French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

 
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Jeff Fountain

 
French adopt Nordic Model
French adopt Nordic Model

Kajsa Wahlberg: ‘Criminals are businessmen; they calculate profits, marketing factors and risks of getting caught before investing time and money into selling women in a particular place.’

 
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Spain

 
A guide against spiritual abuse published
A guide against spiritual abuse published

The “Guide for the prevention of spiritual abuse”, released by the AEE, “wants to analyse the situation and give tools to the church, so that they can prevent the abuse.”

 
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Sports and Faith

 
Boxer Manny Pacquiao runs for Senate and becomes jihadist target
Boxer Manny Pacquiao runs for Senate and becomes jihadist target

Filipino government informs about foiled Islamist plans to kill the Christian fighter. “God is with me”, he says.

 
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José de Segovia

 
The loneliness of the taxi driver
The loneliness of the taxi driver

Scorsese and Schrader’s film revolves around the search for redemption in figures such as Travis, who are buried in an urban inferno, constantly fighting to free themselves of their sins.

 
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Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms
Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms

U2 frontman talks about how the Psalms impacted his life and his music with theologian and author of ‘The Message’ Eugene Peterson. Interview with Fuller Seminary professor David Taylor.

 
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Alpha videos

 
Bear Grylls shares his faith in new Alpha film series
Bear Grylls shares his faith in new Alpha film series

The videos, released on April 14, also feature Chilean miner Jose Henriquez and author Alister McGrath, among other well-known Christians.

 
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Report

 
‘Europe-Eurasia Workplace Forum’: The gospel in our society
‘Europe-Eurasia Workplace Forum’: The gospel in our society

Participants from more than 20 countries shared plenaries, projects, resources and worked in groups. The meeting was organised by the Lausanne Movement and the WEA.

 
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How faith in God affects everyday life
How faith in God affects everyday life

“Highly religious” USA citizens are happier and more involved with family and in their communities, a Pew Research survey says. When weighing major life decisions, 7 out of 10 evangelicals said they prayed.

 
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Jeremy Peckham

 
Relational Leadership
Relational Leadership

Jesus was able to command others to follow him, yet his approach to leading these followers was to build close relationships where he taught in small groups, challenged, mentored, and answered their questions. 

 
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Derby (UK)

 
Local churches offer ‘Welcome Box’ to refugees
Local churches offer ‘Welcome Box’ to refugees

The project aims to involve as many United Kingdom local churches as possible. The gift is a shoe box filled with toys and educational items for children, toiletries, confectionery, and information about the city.

 
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Games and books

 
A Bible for ‘Minecrafters’
A Bible for ‘Minecrafters’

“In the beginning there were only blocks, and God gathered resources, made a map, and saw that it was good.” Authors are Garrett Romines and Christopher Miko.

 
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“The New Testament teaches us that the cross was a triumph”
“The New Testament teaches us that the cross was a triumph”

Did Jesus know about his trial, death and resurrection? Did it take him by surprise? Will Graham answers some questions about a week that changed the world.

 
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‘Refugees feel the world is no longer a safe place’
‘Refugees feel the world is no longer a safe place’

What basic ideas do members of churches in Europe need to know when relating to refugees who have gone through traumatic experiences? Marion Knell (Global Member Care Network) gives some insights.

 
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Students

 
Spain: 7 Italian Erasmus students among 13 victims in bus crash
Spain: 7 Italian Erasmus students among 13 victims in bus crash

All of the students killed are women. They were coming back from an organised trip to Valencia’s Fallas regional festival.

 
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University

 
5 ways students reached students
5 ways students reached students

Over the last three months, more than 38,000 students have attended a university Christian Union mission week event in the United Kingdom.

 
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Archaeology

 
In Jerusalem, 2,600 year-old seal discovered
In Jerusalem, 2,600 year-old seal discovered

It reveals the high status of its owner and confirms the important role of some women during the First Temple period, as described in the book of Proverbs.

 
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Richard Carhart

 
On the Spiritual Meaning of the “God Particle” (the Higgs Boson)
On the Spiritual Meaning of the “God Particle” (the Higgs Boson)

The media’s interpretation of the significance of the discovery a few months before it was made reflects the need most humans feel to find ultimate spiritual reality.

 
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Media and the gospel

 
‘Phos’ contest: Short videos with a Christian perspective
‘Phos’ contest: Short videos with a Christian perspective

Amateur or professional videos can be sent before April 15. “Social media places opportunities into our hands every day to be ‘be light’ to millions of people.” Winner gets 1,000 Euros. 

 
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José de Segovia

 
The harsh truth
The harsh truth

“Spotlight” wins Oscar for Best Movie without falling into morbid sensationalism. The film makes us face up to a truth the religious audience does not want to hear.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’ ‘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.

 
Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability… Education, reconciliation, media, creation care, poverty, disability…

About 70 people from diverse evangelical backgrounds met for the Spanish annual Lausanne Movement gathering. They discussed how the church can respond to 10 social challenges in the country.

 
Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel Movement Day: Cities and the Gospel

Movement Day Global Cities brought together 3,500 participants from 90 countries. About 50 speakers reflected in New York on the impact of the gospel in the big metropolis.

 
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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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.

 
Jerusalem and the Messiah Jerusalem and the Messiah

‘This is the place where the Messiah chose to come, die and... return’. A video produced by Alto Concept.

 
The impact of investigative journalism on the Church The impact of investigative journalism on the Church

Journalistic research is key to help Christians think about the implications of their faith, says Finnish journalist Leif Nummela. 

 
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.

 
“If I died tomorrow…” “If I died tomorrow…”

The new song of Spanish folk band ‘Papel Maché’ is about the hope of life after death.

 
“Who can help me? I want to become a Christian” “Who can help me? I want to become a Christian”

Nikos Stefanidis of ‘Helping Hands’ in Athens (Greece) shares the story of an Afghan lady who decided to follow Jesus.

 
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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