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.
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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.
Estonia was the first country to open marriage to people of the same sex. Since January 1st, homosexuals can tie the knot and even adopt children.
Celebrating Christmas and winter holidays could lead us to forget that there is no peace on earth yet. Conflicts are quite heavy, both in Ukraine and in Palestine-Israel. Jack Nassar, a Palestinian Christian, urges his European brothers and sisters to reflect on this reality from his Middle Eastern perspective.
The Christian Democratic Union in Germany has presented a new values document. The outcome is surprising, seeing the discussion about the Christian character of the party.
Working hard exists; the Biblebelt in Finland is famous for it. People there also have reverence for God and respect for parents. Those are some fruits of God’s work in various revivals in the coastal region on the Gulf of Bothnia.
In the Danish marriage form, “husband” and “wife” can be taken out, some bishops think. Instead, “spouse” would be theologically better and more contemporary.
Although the Danish Day of Prayer has been cancelled, people still remember. Bishops met last weekend to discuss a possible revitalisation.