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Controversy

 
Jerusalem US embassy opens amid violent clashes

At least 55 Palestinian protesters die in clashes with Israeli troops in Gaza. The “alliance between the US and Israel is stronger than ever”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says at the opening ceremony.

 
 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Seven Coptic Christian women and girls kidnapped in Egypt in one month
Seven Coptic Christian women and girls kidnapped in Egypt in one month

The families of the victims say they were abducted by Muslims who wanted to convert them to Islam and marry them. These abductions have become a recurring phenomenon in Egypt.

 
 
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Textile industry

 
Who made your clothes?
Who made your clothes?

Businesses like Purnaa, Made in Freedom and Roam Living are helping to change the textile industry by offering good jobs in a context dominated by exploitation.

 
 
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Asia

 
Top South and North Korean leaders meet to discuss “peace treaty”
Top South and North Korean leaders meet to discuss “peace treaty”

Kim Jong Un crosses the militarised border and holds talks with President Moon Jae In, that could set the foundation for the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

 
 
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Survey

 
What God do Americans believe in?
What God do Americans believe in?

According to a new Pew Research survey, 80% of Americans believe in God, but only 56% say they believe in the God of the Bible.

 
 
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Interview

 
Sex trafficking: “We should meet victimised women where they are”
Sex trafficking: “We should meet victimised women where they are”

“Being raped for money several times a day is not safe, no matter where it happens”, says expert Kathy Bryan of Elevate Academy. She mentors women who want to leave prostitution.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Nicaraguans hope dialogue will put an end to clashes between police and protesters
Nicaraguans hope dialogue will put an end to clashes between police and protesters

President Ortega revokes controversial pensions reform. At least 28 people died in five days. Evangelicals ask to be included in the dialogue to find solutions to the national crisis.

 
 
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Religious freedom

 
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins
Pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges as trial in Turkey begins

“I have never done anything against Turkey. I want the truth to come out”, Andrew Brunson told the court in Izmir on Monday. His lawyer says “there is evidence that shows Brunson was detained due to his faith”.

 
 
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Africa

 
Military plane crash in Algeria: 257 dead
Military plane crash in Algeria: 257 dead

More than 100 military personnel were on board the plane. It crashed in the province of Blida, near capital Algiers.

 
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United Nations

 
Governments should not “police the mind of its citizens”, WEA tells the UN Human Rights Council
Governments should not “police the mind of its citizens”, WEA tells the UN Human Rights Council

The World Evangelical Alliance Advocacy Officer Albert Hengelaar defended the rights of the religious minorities to live their faith without restrictions.

 
 
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Tension

 
Western countries expel Russian diplomats to send a “coordinated message”
Western countries expel Russian diplomats to send a “coordinated message”

Several EU countries and the USA show their opposition to Vladimir Putin. “We will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to undermine our values”, says UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

 
 
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Nigeria

 
Kidnapped girl’s church calls on Buhari to win her release from Boko Haram
Kidnapped girl’s church calls on Buhari to win her release from Boko Haram

Leah Nathan Sharibu remains hostage for refusing to renounce Christ.

 
 
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Juan Francisco Martinez

 
Young people are walking out – how will churches react?
Young people are walking out – how will churches react?

If pastors and church leaders don’t work to find a solution, they lose the right for their condolences to be taken seriously.

 
 
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Environment

 
“The ocean is the last frontier”
“The ocean is the last frontier”

A report warns that ocean plastic will triple in a decade. “We invest a lot of money for missions to space, but there’s nothing living out there. The sea bed is teeming with life”, experts say.

 
 
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Nigeria

 
Kidnapped Nigerian girls freed by Boko Haram
Kidnapped Nigerian girls freed by Boko Haram

The Nigerian Information Minister says that 101 of the 110 girls abducted have been freed. Reports say that a Christian girl is still in captivity because she refused to convert to Islam.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Christians denounce the upsurge of religious persecution in Cuba
Christians denounce the upsurge of religious persecution in Cuba

“The sustained growth of the churches unnerves the government”, Cuban Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart, says. Several evangelical leaders have been interrogated and arrested in the last months.

 
 
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Reactions

 
Political and religious leaders react to Billy Graham’s death
Political and religious leaders react to  Billy Graham’s death

All the last presidents of United States, and Protestant figures such as Justin Welby or Efraim Tendero pay tribute to the American evangelist and highlight his influence worldwide.

 
 
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Coalition for Happiness

 
A ‘Brave New World’?
A ‘Brave New World’?

Six countries sign an agreement to create the “Coalition for Happiness”. Among its members, there are countries where Christians are increasingly persecuted: the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Kazakhstan.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica exemplify the growing evangelical influence in Latin America
Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica exemplify the growing evangelical influence in Latin America

Official statistics confirm the rapid growth in Peru and Brazil. In Costa Rica, evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado leads the polls to win the presidency. The II Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family took place in Mexico.

 
 
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Corruption Perception Index

 
Two-thirds of countries face high levels of corruption
Two-thirds of countries face high levels of corruption

For the first time,Transparency International has also examined the relationship between corruption levels and the degree of freedom enjoyed by media and civil society groups.

 
 
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France, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Italy…

 
Evangelicals in Europe reflect on Billy Graham’s life
Evangelicals in Europe reflect on Billy Graham’s life

Leaders of Christian organisations in Europe remember the evangelist’s confidence in the Gospel, his personal integrity, and how he helped start mission movements.

 
 
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Billy Graham has died
Billy Graham has died

The evangelist was a key leader of the 20th century. Hundreds of thousands made a decision to follow Jesus after hearing him preaching the Gospel. Graham worked to unite evangelical Christians around mission movements.

 
 
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United States

 
Churches in Florida join to pray after the shooting
Churches in Florida join to pray after the shooting

Several churches in the area call to pray for “school teachers and administrators, parents teens, victims and families”.

 
 
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Charities

 
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices
Charities react as Oxfam prostitution scandal reveals abusive practices

Christian Aid took action after two sexual misconduct cases were reported in 2017. Organisations under suspicion could lose European Union funds.

 
 
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United States

 
At least 17 killed in mass shooting at Florida high school
At least 17 killed in mass shooting at Florida high school

A 19-year-old fired his former classmates with a semi-automatic rifle. It was the 18th shooting in a US school so far this year.

 
 
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Latin America

 
Evangelical candidate wins first round of Costa Rica election
Evangelical candidate wins first round of Costa Rica election

Journalist and singer Fabricio Alvarado gets 24% of the vote and is now the favourite for the second round. Never an engaged evangelical Christian won a presidential vote in the country.

 
 
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Interview

 
“The movement to stop Evo Morales’ Penal Code was civic, not political”
“The movement to stop Evo Morales’ Penal Code was civic, not political”

Journalist Mireya Elizabeth Garrón speaks of the socio-political crisis in Bolivia and analyses the role of evangelical churches in the marches that helped revoke the new Penal Code.

 
 
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Analysis

 
Costa Rica’s political campaign opens debate about the role of churches
Costa Rica’s political campaign opens debate about the role of churches

Evangelical preacher and musician Fabricio Alvarado leads the polls. His defence of traditional marriage clashes with a recent resolution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

 
 
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German aid worker killed in Kabul attack was an evangelical Christian
German aid worker killed in Kabul attack was an evangelical Christian

A Taliban terrorist group murdered twenty-four people in the attack against the Intercontinental hotel in Afghanistan.

 
 
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Inequalities

 
More than 80% of the wealth created in 2017 went to the richest 1%
More than 80% of the wealth created in 2017 went to the richest 1%

The World Economic Forum in Davos gathers around 3,000 to tackle the issue of inequality. According to Oxfam, “2017 saw the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history, one more every two days”.

 
 
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Interview

 
“As consumers we need to shop like we care”
“As consumers we need to shop like we care”

“It is still easy to succumb to the powerful marketing and cheap prices of fast fashion”, says Corban Bryant, founder of a fair trade garment company in Nepal.

 
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Latin America

 
‘Evangélico Digital’, a new media project for Latin America
‘Evangélico Digital’, a new media project for Latin America

The website will be launched before summer, offering opinion and information from a Latin American context. ‘Evangélico Digital’ is linked to ‘Evangelical Focus’ through the ‘Areópago Protestante’ media group.

 
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Mission

 
European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries
European Baptist Mission International: 300 projects in 15 countries

About 160 representatives from four continents met for the EBM International Mission Council. “We are servants of God, his disciples and his ambassadors”.

 
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Archaeology

 
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria
Ancient “secret church” survives Daesh in Syria

The ruins are located in Manbij, one of Syria’s most ancient towns. Among the artifacts found, there were several versions of crosses etched into columns and walls, which indicate this was a significant site for Christians.

 
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United States

 
Willow Creek Church opens investigation into Bill Hybels after new allegations against pastor
Willow Creek Church opens investigation into Bill Hybels after new allegations against pastor

“We will examine allegations that have not been previously investigated” the church’s elders say in a lette. “Each woman willing to speak with us will be heard”.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Christians in Quetta grieve after attack that killed two Christians
Christians in Quetta grieve after attack that killed two Christians

Many attend the funeral in the Pakistani city. The Christian community there is “afraid and feeling insecure” after three attacks in five months.

 
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José de Segovia

 
Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala
Ríos Montt, Morales and faith in Guatemala

Guatemala is the country with the highest percentage of evangelicals in Latin America. However, it has one of the highest rates of inequality, violence and corruption.

 
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‘Fight Online Sex Trafficking’ law enables victims to pursue websites
‘Fight Online Sex Trafficking’ law enables victims to pursue websites

The FBI shuts down major prostitution websites and prosecutes owners. Christian activists celebrate move and hope it will help fight sex trafficking in the US and abroad.

 
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Christians in Algeria

 
Algerian Christians denounce growing pressure on churches
Algerian Christians denounce growing pressure on churches

Christians are humiliated at airports, body-searched as if they were criminals or traffickers, compared to terrorists.

 
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Freedom of worship

 
Arrests of Christians and restrictions against churches in Algeria
Arrests of Christians and restrictions against churches in Algeria

In recent months, authorities in Algeria have stepped up restrictions against Christian churches in the country, orchestrating what appears to be a “coordinated campaign of intensified action against churches”.

 
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Africa

 
Authorities in Sudan demolish church building in Khartoum
Authorities in Sudan demolish church building in Khartoum

Eyewitnesses said police confiscated chairs, tables and Bibles before the demolition. “These crazy actions will not stop us from praying and praising God”.

 
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Freedom

 
Amended religion law to ban home group meetings in Kazakhstan
Amended religion law to ban home group meetings in Kazakhstan

Prime Minister could soon sign a law that bans evangelism and religious materials of unregistered groups. Protestants in several European countries send letters to embassies demanding religious freedom.

 
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Persecuted Christians

 
Pastor found dead in southern India
Pastor found dead in southern India

“They threatened the pastor, ‘How dare you set up a church in our locality? This area is of upper castes. Stop running church here’”, a church leader in the region explains.

 
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Asia

 
Chinese Christians help growth of evangelical churches across Southeast Asia
Chinese Christians help growth of evangelical churches across Southeast Asia

A study shows that over 50% of mega-church-goers in Southeast Asia, have a university degree, are Chinese, and come from families which were not previously Christian.

 
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Survey

 
Fewer view Christmas as a religious holiday, US study says
Fewer view Christmas as a religious holiday, US study says

There is a decline in the number of adults in the US who believe the biblical Christmas story. Many say it does not matter if they are greeted with “merry Christmas” or “happy holidays”.

 
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Juan Francisco Martinez

 
‘#Wetoo’ in the Latino evangelical community
‘#Wetoo’ in the Latino evangelical community

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.

 
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Christmas, Trump and the gift of God’s love
Christmas, Trump and the gift of God’s love

You may not agree with the President of the USA in many things, but in this he is right - the gift of Christmas is offered to each one of us.

 
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Freedom of conscience

 
A Canadian couple loses adoption rights because of their faith
A Canadian couple loses adoption rights because of their faith

Alberta Child and Family Services considers “the couple’s religious beliefs regarding sexuality to be a rejection of children with LGBT sexual identities”.

 
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Bible translation

 
A Bible in Akwen for the Xavante indigenous community in Brazil
A Bible in Akwen for the Xavante indigenous community in Brazil

The translation will help to bring the gospel to more than 20,000 people. The New Testament is ready and the whole Bible will be finished around 2025.

 
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David Miller and Ron Anderson

 
5 truths for church planting today
5 truths for church planting today

How to be effective in disciple-making in the twenty-first century.

 
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 Kermanshah

 
Hundreds killed in Iran-Iraq earthquake
Hundreds killed in Iran-Iraq earthquake

Thousands injured and 70’000 need shelter in the predominantely Kurdish region. Tremors were felt as far away as Israel and Turkey.

 
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Samuel Escobar

 
Catholic exodus to the ranks of Protestant churches in Latin America
Catholic exodus to the ranks of Protestant churches in Latin America

The rapid growth of popular Protestantism has heightened the concerns of the Roman Catholic hierarchies in this region of the world.

 
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Latin America

 
Peru declares 31 October ‘Day Of Evangelical Churches’
Peru declares 31 October ‘Day Of Evangelical Churches’

The Congress voted to pass the motion to commemorate the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

 
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Messianic music in Israel
Messianic music in Israel

"Panai el-Adonai" (“My face towards the Lord” from Daniel 9:3) brought together the Messianic community to worship and intercede with songs from all over Israel. A video by Kehila News. 

 
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Violence

 
At least 59 killed in worst US mass shooting
At least 59 killed in worst US mass shooting

The gunman fired against a big crowd attending a Country festival in Las Vegas. 527 people have been hurt.

 
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Research

 
One in three Protestants in the US are now non-white
One in three Protestants in the US are now non-white

Large report shows that only 17% of Americans are white evangelical Protestant. Baptists are the largest denomination, and most of religiously unaffiliated citizens identify as secular.

 
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X. Manuel Suárez

 
The palm tree Irma broke
The palm tree Irma broke

A doctor visiting the Dominican Republic shares his thoughts after the storm.

 
 

 
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Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
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. 

 
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. 

 
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".

 
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Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
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.

 
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What are the cultural roots of the transgender movement? What are the cultural roots of the transgender movement?

Peter Saunders, CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship (UK) summarises>the philosophical framework that made the transgender movement so popular.

 
Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid Pitfalls that Christian artists should avoid

Delta David Gier, Conductor and Music Director, on some of the dangers for artists.

 
Why are Christian leaders particularly vulnerable to sexual temptation? Why are Christian leaders particularly vulnerable to sexual temptation?

“The reasons why somebody might have sex with a prostitute are very different from the reasons why somebody might want to have an affair with a member of their congregation”. An analysis by John Stevens, National Director of FIEC (UK).

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
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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