How should we report about Justin Bieber, Kanye West and other cases of well-known personalities who are considering the Christian faith?
Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen shares her thoughts about the police investigation opened against her for quoting the Bible on homosexuality. She is “amazed” that “so many are praying for me and my country”.
The Spanish Evangelical Alliance sends a letter to the Human Rights Secretary of Uruguay after the latter said that “the new phenomenon of evangelical fundamentalism” is a threat to “democratic foundations”.
The politician had criticised the Lutheran Church’s participation in the Helsinki LGBT Pride events. “I hope this won't lead to self-censorship among Christians”, she says.
Christian leader Sandy Cancino analyses the situation of Cuban evangelicals. “The only way to prevail is to be united”.
Evangelical Focus contributor Yoe Suárez was conducting a series of interviews in the city of Guantánamo, and was freed after being questioned and threatened with “legal action”.
A report of the ‘Observatory of Laicité’ says the right to express one’s beliefs in public is protected by “internal and international laws”. Evangelicals are the faith group with the highest percentage of practicing believers.
Representatives of the National Day of Prayer, the Evangelical Alliance and CARE express the need for churches to pray for the new leadership of a country divided by Brexit and other issues.
Pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi had his Bible taken away and was arrested. Over 45,000 have signed a petition, asking authorities to protect freedom of speech for preachers.
“What I have lost will be so much gain to Christians today and in the future, as a result of this important ruling for freedom”, Felix Ngole said.
“The solution for Latin America is strengthening the family”, Pastor Mercedes Aguayo told the assembly in the ‘Dialogues with Civil Society’ session. Some evangelical representatives were denied access on the second day of talks in Colombia.
Richard Page lost his post for publicly stating that it would be best for a child to be adopted by a man and a woman. “This shows that we are now living in a deeply intolerant society”, Page said.
Seven big evangelical denominations take a step forward to create their own association as they don’t feel represented by the officially approved Council of Churches of Cuba (CIC).
Far East Broadcasting Company radio signal will be “unblockable by North Korean regime and reach the entire country with the message of Jesus Christ”.
The resolution, approved by consensus, hopes to “help combat hate crimes and acts of violence related to religion or belief, and further strengthen inter-religious dialogue”.
A well-functioning Parliament is an important guarantor of a well-functioning European Union that knows its role and place.
Baptist minister Rev Chu Yiu-ming, along with the other two founders of the pro-democracy ‘Occupy Central’ movement could be jailed for up to seven years. 200 supporters gathered to pray and sing songs.
Politicians and organisations say freedom of speech and religious freedom could be restricted if “sexual orientation” is given a special protection in the Penal Code.
“Moving away from God’s pattern for family life is not an option for evangelical Christians”, the European Evangelical Alliance says.
“Dear Bigots, you can’t spread your religious hate here. End of sermon”, read government-paid posters on public transport.
Most administrative prosecutions end in punishment. Many are prosecuted for sharing their faith on the street. “Believers go out to share their faith less often, and give out publications or invitations less openly”.
“After the European election, we will work hard to identify the MEPs who have a heart for human dignity, human rights, and Freedom of Religion or Belief”, says the European Evangelical Alliance Brussels officer Arie de Pater.
An interview with Julia Doxat-Purser, the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance. “Our main working style in Brussels is behind the scenes and face to face influence, in personal conversations with the people who are shaping the ideas”.
Jan Wolsheimer (Director of Missie Nederland) analyses the controversy surrounding a document on homosexuality signed by many evangelical pastors. “Dutch Christians are not very keen to import culture wars from the US”.
Around 250 Protestant leaders of the Netherlands, including pastors and politicians, signed the document on marriage and sexuality. Pro-LGBT groups denounced it.
The Director General for Prison Affairs announced that ‘Ahok’ will be released on January 24, four months ahead of schedule, by virtue of good conduct.