The world was shocked when Russia announced the death of Alexey Navalny. Lesser known is that the “dissident” was a Christian.
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Christmas seems to be just over. Yet, the ecclesiastical year has started a new period: Lent. What is that about? And what are the different styles of the Christian denominations?
Criticism is not strange in response to Gospel adverts or pro-life billboards. Protests against it are not uncommon. But what is the legal state of affairs?
Should the church worship be on Sunday? Or could we move that to a more convenient moment? A moderator of a regional church in Germany has provoked a debate about this question.
Hundreds of seats are arranged around a large stage. On Sundays, the church in the heart of Jönköping in southern Sweden is well-filled. The head pastor of the conservative Pentecostal church is Marcus Ardenfors, a man without fuss but very passionate.
The Swedish Biblebelt around Jönköping emerged in the nineteenth century, says Ulrik Josefsson, rector of the Swedish Academy of Leadership and Theology (ALT). "There were many pietistic groups here."
Jönköping has been called the "Jerusalem of Sweden". The city and the surrounding area counted many churches. And still, some churches receive hundreds of visitors per service every Sunday in otherwise mostly secular Sweden.
There is a big need for digital Evangelists, three Christian influencers from Europe notice. But as the number of followers increases, another danger lurks in the corner. "You should be careful that you don't start seeing yourself as this special person."
Most of the 100,000 refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh have no house but live in shelters. Armenia is still in shock. But at the same time, miracles are happening.
Churches in Belarus have to submit to stricter requirements of the state. Law amendments make it easier for the authorities to liquidate a religious community.