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.
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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.
Pentecostalism is not only about the gifts of the Spirit. It has brought about radical changes in relation to racial equality, women's emancipation, ecumenism, worship and mission, states Dutch theology professor Paul van der Laan in a recent article in online magazine Theologie.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) in Kyiv reported about seven churches in the Kherson Eparchy that were flooded after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in the Dnipro River.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, at least 494 religious buildings and places have been destroyed or damaged. Evangelical people are a particular target for the Russian army since they are seen as “American spies”.
The Ukrainian chaplain Yaroslav Pavenko was killed by shelling on Saturday. He died while preaching to Ukrainian soldiers.
Ukrainian President Zelensky has put sanctions on a group of 21 Christian leaders from Russia. Among them is the Pentecostal bishop Sergey Ryakhovsky.
A housing association complains about a Pentecostal Church in Norway about the level of noise of the church services. As the municipality rejected its claim, it is now taking the case to the National Ombudsman.
A 47-year-old Ukrainian pastor is helping his community amidst an ongoing war while expecting his tenth child. “We accept all the blessings that God offers us.”
The Bible does not explicitly state that homosexuality is a sin, says Niklas Piensoho, the pastor and leader of Sweden's largest Pentecostal church, the Philadelphia Church in Stockholm. Therefore, people living in same-sex relationships should be able to fulfil offices in the church, he argues.