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A feast for God’s Word and God’s World
A feast for God’s Word and God’s World

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”.

 
 
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Science and faith

 
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse
Book of Joshua may record oldest known solar eclipse

According to researchers, the solar eclipse took place on 30 October 1207 BC. If the words in Joshua “are describing a real observation, then a major astronomical event was taking place”.

 
 
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Women, science and faith

 
Maria Sibylla Merian, a great scientist with a strong faith
Maria Sibylla Merian, a great scientist with a strong faith

The German-born Protestant scientist was the precursor of modern entomology. This year is the 300th anniversary of her death.

 
 
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Environment

 
A trillion-ton iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf
A trillion-ton iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has changed the outline of the Antarctic Peninsula forever. Experts say this will not result in sea level rises.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Those who seek short-term wealth do not see that their own existence is threatened”
“Those who seek short-term wealth do not see that their own existence is threatened”

Miguel Wickham comments on the United States decision to leave the Paris Agreement and encourages Christians to commit themselves to the biblical mandate of stewardship.

 
 
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Climate change

 
Christians campaign and pray for climate justice
Christians campaign and pray for climate justice

The Renew Our World campaign is “calling on Christians worldwide to join in prayer and action to respond to the negative consequences of climate change.”

 
 
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Environment

 
EU sends “final warning” to five countries over air pollution breaches
EU sends “final warning”  to five countries over air pollution breaches

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK will face court action if they don't set out plans to cut NO2 emissions.NO2 caused almost 70,000 premature deaths in Europe in 2013.

 
 
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Martin Hodson
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Climate change in Europe
Climate change in Europe

The response of the European Churches to climate change, as with all environmental issues, has been patchy, but there are signs that this is beginning to change.

 
 
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Environment

 
World’s largest marine reserve will be established in Antarctica
World’s largest marine reserve will be established in Antarctica

The Southern Ocean will be sheltered from fishing in the next 35 years. The agreement comes after five years of negotiations. Russia was the last one to accept it.

 
 
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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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Archaeology

 
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea
King Darius I inscriptions found near Black Sea

A team of Russian archaeologists announces “a discovery of international significance” in the ancient Greek site of Phanagoria (Crimea). Darius I is mentioned in the book of Ezra.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”
“Europe is in crisis because we do not know anymore where morality comes from”

“Many atheists are beginning to see that their loud, aggressive attitude is not working”, says Mathematics Prof. John Lennox in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “We need to spend time to get to know Scripture at beyond a kind of Sunday school class level”.

 
 
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Antonio Cruz

 
Little bugs standing up to God?
Little bugs standing up to God?

What mysterious properties do the Oikopleura dioica have to challenge God and cause such religious tremors?

 
 
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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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Israel

 
A 3,500 year-old Egyptian seal found in biblical city
A 3,500 year-old Egyptian seal found in biblical city

The seal must have belonged to a senior Egyptian official, who “filled a similar position to that held by Joseph in Egypt”, archaeologist says.

 
 
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Alister McGrath
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McGrath: “New Atheism is falling from grace”
McGrath: “New Atheism is falling from grace”

The scientist and theologian believes that Galileo’s story has been distorted, and accuses Dawkins of “staining science.” An interview published in Spain’s El País. 

 
 
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Bioethics

 
“Research with human embryos opens door to ‘designer babies’”
“Research with human embryos opens door to ‘designer babies’”

UK scientists allowed to genetically modify embryos. Christian scientists Antonio Cruz and John Wyatt warn against this kind of research.

 
 
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Gavin Matthews
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Challenging the dominant narrative
Challenging the dominant narrative

“Here is a narrative which has been suppressed, here is a way of thinking that people are trying to drown out.” An interview with acclaimed Christian apologist Alister McGrath about his new book, Inventing the Universe.

 
 
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Universe

 
Most powerful supernova ever seen ‘challenges all known theories’
Most powerful supernova ever seen ‘challenges all known theories’

“The honest answer is at this point that we do not know what could be the power source for ASASSN-15lh”, scientist says on Nature magazine. It is some 20 times as luminous as the entire output of the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy.

 
 
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David Bookless

 
Why we need the wisdom of Solomon
Why we need the wisdom of Solomon

Studying nature cannot be left to scientists alone. What is required for wisdom is not only the detached rational enquiry of science but also the immersed, meditative contemplation of artists and poets.

 
 
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Michael Wickham

 
The environmental causes of the Syrian crisis
The environmental causes of the Syrian crisis

The huge investment in agriculture transformed  the semi-arid Al Badia region into fields of maize and cotton, by means of subsidies to farmers and the drilling of thousands of wells. This added to the pressure on water resources. 

 
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Environment

 
New Zealand to create one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries
New Zealand to create one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries

Government announced the creation of an ocean sanctuary the size of France, to preserve marine life in the South Pacific. It is expected to be in place by October 2016.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Christianity has a coherent explanation of why nature has value”
“Christianity has a coherent explanation of why nature has value”

“Accepting what the scientists are saying about climate change and understanding that other species have value to God, is a threat to our greedy lifestyles”, thinks David Bookless, member of environmental care NGO A Rocha.

 
 
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Interview

 
‘God has given worth to Creation, but we have not taken it seriously’
‘God has given worth to Creation, but we have not taken it seriously’

Following the publication of Pope Francis´ encyclical “Laudato Si”, Christian experts Miguel Wickham and Antonio Cruz analyse the current debate from an evangelical perspective.

 
 
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Interview

 
“Science and faith are both journeys of inspiration”
“Science and faith are both journeys of inspiration”

Palaeontologist Simon Conway-Morris to Evangelical Focus: “There is absolutely no problem in combining a scientific career with being a person of faith.”

 
 
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Peter Saunders

 
Three-parent embryos: 5 big questions MPs failed to answer
Three-parent embryos: 5 big questions MPs failed to answer

The stance of scientists created huge pressure for MPs who risked being labelled ‘ignorant’ or uncaring for objecting. But the question is not nearly as simple as it looks on first appearance. These new regulations are dangerous.

 
 
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Faith and science

 
“Atheism is loud and noisy, but does not have good answers”
“Atheism is loud and noisy, but does not have good answers”

Alister McGrath thinks "people are realizing that New Atheism is very empty, shallow and aggressive".

 
 
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AI

 
A new religion to worship Artificial Intelligence
A new religion to worship Artificial Intelligence

Former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski, founds Way of the Future, which aims “to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of society”.

 
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Creation Care and the Gospel, in France
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
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Health

 
The ink for tattoos affects the immune system
The ink for tattoos affects the immune system

Scientific research  warns that some of the dyes used in tattoos contain contaminants that could harm the lymph nodes.

 
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Christopher Townsend

 
Gender: where next?
Gender: where next?

Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.

 
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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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Climate change

 
2016 was the warmest year on record
2016 was the warmest year on record

Scientists say human emissions of CO2, the warming of the Arctic, and El Nino were the main factors of the new high. “God has called us to be responsible stewards of creation”, Christian activists say.

 
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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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Archaeology
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Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus
Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew may confirm Biblical exodus

According to archaeologist Douglas Petrovich, inscriptions in stone slabs from Egypt contain an early form of Hebrew, with references to figures from the Bible.

 
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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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Science and medicine

 
Are neurosurgeons ready to ‘walk’ through brain with 3D holograms?
Are neurosurgeons ready to ‘walk’ through brain with 3D holograms?

Developers claim this is the first ever 3D digital hologram of the human brain fibre connections. The tecnique is called “Fibre Tractography”.

 
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Archaeology

 
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace
American archaeologists discover King Solomon-era palace

They have also found Philistine pottery, lending credence to the biblical account of them living in the city until being vanquished by King David.

 
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Archaeology

 
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed
First-ever Philistine cemetery unearthed

The cemetery has been found outside the walls of the Israelite port city of Ashkelon. The discovery of more than 200 bodies will reveal many details about how the Philistines lived.

 
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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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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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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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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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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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Nature

 
Impressive northern lights in UK, Ireland and Germany
Impressive northern lights in UK, Ireland and Germany

Social media users share great ‘Aurora Borealis’ pictures.

 
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Israel

 
Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement in Jerusalem
Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement in Jerusalem

Authorities in Israel called it the oldest discovery of its kind in the area. The historic site was found while authorities were doing roadwork.

 
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Richard Carhart

 
Einstein’s Relativity and Relativism
Einstein’s Relativity and Relativism

Why Einstein’s theory of relativity is actually a powerful argument for absolute truth.

 
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Creation care
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Fighting climate change is “caring for others who are being harmed by our actions”
Fighting climate change is “caring for others who are being harmed by our actions”

“We’ve confused our politics with our faith”, the respected evangelical atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe thinks. “If we really believed what the Bible says, we would be on the forefront of this issue.”

 
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‘Praise Him, sun and moon...’
‘Praise Him, sun and moon...’

The moon, seen from the Earth and from space. Images captured by the NASA in 2015.

 
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Warfare technology

 
“Starting a military Artificial Intelligence arms race is a bad idea”
“Starting a military Artificial Intelligence arms race is a bad idea”

Autonomous weapons will “appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists”, warn prominent researchers like Stuart Russell, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking.

 
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Israel

 
Scientists find small farming 23,000 years ago in Galilee
Scientists find small farming 23,000 years ago in Galilee

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed evidence of early small-scale agricultural cultivation at Ohalo II, a 23,000-year-old hunter-gatherers’ sedentary camp on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

 
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Biotechnology

 
“We will know which genes make us more intelligent”
“We will know which genes make us more intelligent”

Raymond McCauley, an expert in biotechnology, analyses the advances he sees in genetics: “In a short period of time, everybody will have chips implanted in their bodies.”

 
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Poverty and health issues

 
Socioeconomic inequalities raise mortality in Europe
Socioeconomic inequalities raise mortality in Europe

A study in 15 European cities confirmed the existence of socioeconomic inequalities in many of the main causes of mortality.

 
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Science and Fiction

 
“Death is just a technological problem”, says historian
“Death is just a technological problem”, says historian

Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Yuval Noah Harari, fabricates a future with no Creator: “Humans will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years.”

 
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Interview

 
“Working for the betterment of Earth is an integral part of our mission”
“Working for the betterment of Earth is an integral part of our mission”

The theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer can tell us much about how Christians should care for the environment, says Dutch researcher Steven Van den Heuvel in his doctoral thesis.

 
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Wildlife
Wildlife

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition offers some of the best nature photography. See the 10 finalists from last year's competition.

 
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Rodney Holder: Faith and Science
Rodney Holder: Faith and Science

Scientist Dr Holder analyzes the relationship between Faith and Science, the Big Bang Theory, the scientific and theological debate about the design of the universe, and the role that the New Atheism plays in our society.

 
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'Cyborg rats'

 
Spinal implant breakthrough helps paralysed walk again
Spinal implant breakthrough helps paralysed walk again

Paralysed rats have regained the ability to walk after using a new implant and undergoing several weeks of training.

 
 

 
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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.

 
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Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
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. 

 
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.

 
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Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
“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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