What are the views of Evangelical Focus readers on the refugee crisis, marriage, ecumenism, sexual exploitation and the reliability of the Bible? We have selected the answers to some of the questions asked on our website.
The World Cup champion says: “Father, it was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I’m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus’ name, Amen”.
Christians in Europe are “finally taking the challenge of climate change seriously”, says Dave Bookless of A Rocha.
The document launched by Spanish evangelicals aims to develop a positive vision of marriage and sexuality. “The invisibility of Christians must come to an end, we must position ourselves”.
The meausre applies to all pupils up to age of 15. Teachers are tired of the “unending war” against these devices.
The Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) roundtable brings together people from across Europe every year. “Christians can guide refugees and help them meet the Prince of Peace and the Real Comforter which is Jesus”.
“There are 3 things why Muslims are coming to Christ: meeting authentic Christians; reading the Bible in their own language; and seeing a vision of Jesus”, says Fouad Masri, President of Crescent Project.
Mattel posts pictures on Instagram of dolls wearing “Love wins” t-shirts.
A rehabilitated Spanish pimp explains how prostitution rings pay only €1,200 for an enslaved woman. “They become a blank cheque, the benefit of their exploitation could exceed €200,000”.
A Spanish TV documentary will tell the story of Jose Rabadan, who murdered his parents and sister. He is rehabilitated now, and is a member of an evangelical church. “Showing that there is hope is part of the reintegration”.
Dave Patty encourages parents and leaders to have ongoing conversations with teenagers, because “young people are under tremendous pressure”.
The use of these devices at an early age “causes lack of interaction and impairs the healthy development of their senses”, pediatricians around the world are saying.
Sundays 5th and 12th of November have been set apart to advocate and pray for the Persecuted Church. This year’s motto is “From ashes to glory”.
Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled that lawmakers must create new legislation by the end of 2018.
Speaking in Wittenberg on 31 October, the German Chancellor said the Reformation anniversary is “a great opportunity to strengthen the awareness about the Christian roots in our society”.
The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.
The European Freedom Network, formed by more than 200 partner organisations, becomes a legal entity. Experts, campaigners and Christian workers shared resources at the 2017 “Bridge” conference.
According to a Save The Children report, 100 million minors are vulnerable in countries where child marriage is legal.
On October, 15, churches celebrate #FreedomSunday to raise awareness of world’s fastest growing global crime. Other initiatives all around the world include conferences and marches for freedom.
Glynn Harrison speaks on the beauty of God's plan for sex and analyses the impacts of the Sexual Revolution.
The German-born Protestant scientist was the precursor of modern entomology. This year is the 300th anniversary of her death.
“Ask the artist to help you design the service”, says Charles David Kelley in an interview about the role of artists and how their approach to culture can add much to churches.
Rebeca, a Nigerian Christian, was kidnapped for 2 years, raped and got pregnant with the son of a terrorist. Her faith made her strong to endure the terror.
The majority of the political parties voted in favour of the Bill that could endanger religious freedom. The ruling Conservatives (PP) confirmed their abstention.
“It is very important to communicate with those we are going to defend, otherwise, we can hurt them, or put them in jeopardy”, says Hans Gravaas of the Stefanus Alliance International.
About 90 people will attend the European creation care conference near Nice (France). “Churches have been lacking a vision that puts creation care at the heart of daily discipleship, worship and mission”, says Dave Bookless.
The Nashville Statement says the approval of homosexual practice and transgenderism is “an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness”.
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”.
The first 5 countries of the list are all Muslim-majority lands. Italy ranks 7. “Religious freedom includes the right to express a full range of beliefs”, USCIRF report says.
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”.
According to the US State Department annual report, "almost 80% of the global population live with restrictions to limit their freedom of religion.”
The La Sexta news service compares Hillsong in Spain to Scientology. No evidence is offered in two journalistic pieces full of misconceptions.
The world record holder wins at the IAAF World Championships. The South African frequently speaks about his Christian faith.
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.
Jaume Llenas on the aims and motivations of the statement released by Spanish Evangelical Alliance regarding the LGBT bill that will be discussed in September in the Spanish Parliament.
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.
“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."
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“Firmness, gentleness and humility” are needed, says Etienne Lhermenault, President of the National Council of Evangelicals in France.
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.
“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.
One third of the world now faces seasons of extreme heat. “For heat waves, our options are now between bad or terrible”, study says.
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.”
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.
Churches and Christians are called to participate in the Refugee Sunday on June 25. The EEA has joined 18 other NGOs to oppose the current EU discourse on migrations.
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.
A young Spanish film director documents the work of six Gospel choirs. The genre has grown far beyond evangelical churches.
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.
“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.
Answers to 5 of the most common questions.
The U2 singer talks about the Psalms in the Bible, music and life in a Fuller seminary video series. Artists “please God being brutally honest”, he says.
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.
A Cameroonian studying in a French university and a Serbian High School student share their impressions after the European Student Evangelism conference “Presence 2017”.
The Refugee Campaign offers prayer materials, advocacy resources and a Sunday service order to pray and engage with refugees on 18 and 25 June.
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.
Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi explains how Europe developed technology after understanding “the very important difference that the Bible made between work and toil.”
The President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Angus Menuge, explains what AI is, its limits and the enduring differences between artificial and human intelligence.
“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’.
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.
“His writings made theism a serious option within academic philosophy”, the John Templeton Foundation says. Plantinga hopes “the Prize will encourage young philosophers.”
Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about his father, the meaning and impact of the Protestant Reformation, and the key role that sound doctrine and the Holy Spirit should play in the church.
Twelve young Christians from across Spain create common platform to share videos faith and daily life.
The Spanish police and Europol coordinate a “pioneer” action through the European Technical Research Unit. At least 39 people arrested in 18 countries.
“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.
When the devil lies, Jesus said, he speaks his native language. As fallen human beings, it is our native language too. Lying is universal.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“Criminals may start with social networking platforms and then move to phone and video chat”, says Christian expert Ioana Humelnicu. “Being judged is the biggest fear of victims.”
A local church dedicates special service to honour the elderly in the community. “In Barcelona, there are 23,000 people over 85 living alone.”
At least 5% of men between 18 and 24 years old have some form of gambling addiction. “Technology makes gambling easier”, Christian expert says.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched the “Thy Kingdom Come” campaign, which aims to encourage believers to intercede for their communities and evangelise.
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.”
Young volunteers organise basketball games in a prison of Barcelona, sharing time and Christian values with the inmates.
Spanish evangelicals propose new theses in areas like politics or science.
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.”
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.
“If you’re in love, do not get married!” has reached around 20 million views on Facebook. It underlines the value of commitment beyond emotions.
The Farmers Conference showed how the Christian faith is lived out in the world of agriculture. New generations shared their views.
“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.
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”.
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.
Counselor Diane Langberg on how to listen to victims well.
“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.
A stamp to commemorate Cardinal Cisneros will be issued. Evangelicals had proposed a stamp on the first Spanish Bible translation, but it was denied.
More than 60% of the 176 countries analysed have serious corruption problems. This year, the index highlights the connection between corruption and inequality.
“We can really be a force for good”, says Leif Nummela, Editor-in-Chief for the Finnish Christian magazine Uusi Tie, in an interview about the importance of investigative journalism.
Today, we might comfortably discuss ministry by, even under, but especially from leaders with disabilities.
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.
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.
“It is known that a good part of the women who are recruited for prostitution are minors”, says sociologist Richard Poulin.
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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”.
Regional government of Valencia applies measures to “eradicate transphobia” in elementary schools. Other Spanish regions promote similar pro-LGBT laws.
Christel Lamère Ngnambi, Brussels Representative of the European Evangelical Alliance, talks about religious freedom and freedom of conscience.
The Swiss Evangelical Alliance responds to a report published by tabloid ‘Blick’ because it “slanders” the work and leadership of three Christian churches.
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).
It is time for us to say #wetoo if we are praying for a profound awakening in our churches, if we are willing our churches to have a renewed testimony in our society. We mustn’t fear.
One third of the users around the world are minors, the newest report of the agency for cihldren explains. “Many have a digital footprint before they can even walk or talk”.
Only 2 of every 10 churches registered to marry gay couples have actually officiated at least one of such weddings in England and Wales in the last four years.
Czech researcher David Vokoun shares about what it means to live out his faith in the workplace. “What makes a difference is my motivation for doing my work”.
About 90 delegates attended the European Creation Care and the Gospel conference in Nice (France). Chris Wright: “Whatever we do to God’s creation either points to, or diminishes, God’s glory”.
In those regions which embraced the Reformation, Halloween came to be seen as incompatible with Biblical teaching.
The northwestern German state has formally banned 2 Hells Angels groups. "Their everyday lives consist of forced prostitution, violence, weapons, and drugs", NRW state Interior Minister says.
What if, when a police chief or politician spoke about human trafficking, we were ready to respond with our stories and expertise?
“It is in our humanitarian tradition as evangelical Christians to extend human rights to all groups, including the unborn”, says Evangelical Alliance Ireland Executive Director Nick Park.
A review of Nick Spencer’s The Evolution of The West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.
Scientific research warns that some of the dyes used in tattoos contain contaminants that could harm the lymph nodes.
The traditional terms are replaced by BCE – Before Common Era, and CE – Common Era. Using the traditional form does not offend Jews, says one of its leaders in the UK.
In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva.
The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media.
Nine top clubs in England are sponsored by gambling companies.
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.
See how possible future Conservative leader, Catholic Jacob Rees-Mogg, responds on faith and politics on tv channel ITV. “Abortion is morally indefensible”.
“Pastors who make time for sharing their faith with non-Christians and who teach church members to do the same can have a big impact”, LifeWay Research study says.
Steve Chalke and Jayne Ozanne among the signatories of the “Christians United” statement promoting LGBT+ inclusion in churches.
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.”
Christian MP Stephen Timms: “Carrying acid should be an offence like carrying a knife”. In 2017, more than 450 attacks were reported in London alone.
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.”
A video by Open Doors UK & Ireland explains to children what it means to be a refugee.
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.
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.
Under the title “Change”, the project shares personal faith stories of citizens, intersting figures about the 500th anniversary, and introduces “the greatest Reformer, Jesus.”
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.
The US may have left the Paris climate agreement, but Christians cannot avoid their responsibility in preserving God’s creation, says Antonio Cruz.
Robots are on the point of being used in areas as diverse as taxi driving, construction, manufacturing, journalism and medicine.
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.
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.
Notice how many buddha statues or wall hangings are for sale in local garden centres, or in home improvement centres, or cosmetic shops.
In the last three years, there have been 350 new disappearances in the Mexican State. On Mother’s Day, evangelicals prayed for the relatives of the missing persons.
Believers born after 1981 are less supportive of the Republican Party and partially believe homosexuality should be accepted in society, says a survey.
“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.
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.
Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Bible shaped how we see work and technology.
We should recognise that breadth of awareness is not evidence of the depth of our engagement.
Motherhood can sometimes be an idol to be worshiped - and as for all worship, it has its detractors and its fanatics.
By Jelena Sivulka, psychologist and Director of Hana's Hope.
Pope Francis focuses on the primacy of conscience rather than the prescriptive nature of law.
The problem with the ECJ ruling on religious clothing is that it seems to be working on the assumption that secularism is ‘neutral’. But this is a myth.
Insights by Scott Moreau, Associate Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School.
Fundamentalist Muslims, Reformed Muslims, Converted Muslims, Secular Muslims... There are at least 11 ways this faith is lived out in 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.
“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.
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.
Doctor Henryk Wieja defines stress and burnout, and gives a biblical perspective to cope with it when it is harmful.
The new guidance of the General Pharmaceutical Council puts pressure on Christian professionals, says CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship Peter J. Saunders.
Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.
Experts in migration Anita Delhaas and Noemi Mena have founded “a platform which helps refugees through building networks, education and employment opportunities.”
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.
A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.
Jan Dezort, of Generation 21, analyses the frustrations and success stories of a relocation programme for Middle Eastern Christian refugees in the Czech Republic.
When confronted with the dichotomy of ‘people’ or ‘elite’, Jesus refused to be cornered. His answers to trick questions introduced a new dimension.
What are the priorities that Christ incarnated with his life?
First and foremost, a Christian vote is a vote for others.
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.
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.
Our churches should be examples of institutions that serve the common good, that speak out against injustice, and that are led with integrity.
Any society that wants to survive must care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst.
All pregnant women in the Netherlands will have access to the Non Invasive Prenatal Testing to know if they have children with Down syndrome.
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!
Have I ever felt hated or rejected or made fun of? Yes, I have.
When asked on Facebook about his worldview, the founder of the social network responds: “Religion is very important to me”.
Some of the highlights of this past year and a ‘thank you’ to all of our readers.
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.
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”.
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.
Journalistic research is key to help Christians think about the implications of their faith, says Finnish journalist Leif Nummela.
There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, a study says.
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.
The evangelical theologian Juan Stam relates an unusual encounter that happened in 2002, in Havana, between a group of Protestant pastors and Fidel Castro.
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.
Refugees, politicians, and members of churches listened to each other in Bern. Local projects were awarded for their pioneer work with migrants.
Spanish Christians organised a short films contest about daily corruption. Members of the “#Breakupwithit” campaign were part of the jury.
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.
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.
A German television reports about the measures taken by the authorities to stop violence against refugees converting to Christianity.
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A suggestion on how to deal with Halloween and other popular festivals.
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