Church planted beside melting glacier
The first Baptist church has been planted in Ilulissat, Greenland, a town located about 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Ilulissat is home to around 4,600 people, roughly the same number of sled dogs, and a glacier that sheds about 11 cubic miles of iceberg into the ocean every year due to climate change. Thousands of tourists come annually to witness the destruction, and one family came to start an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church. “I asked God to send me somewhere where there weren’t too many Baptist missionaries,” Chris Shull said. The church has about 17 adults in regular attendance. Shull preaches in Greenlandic.
Bishop faces hate speech charges
An Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland bishop will go on trial in January for publishing a politician’s booklet. Prosecutors allege that the publication of “As Man and Woman He Created Them” violates the equality and dignity of LGBT people. Päivi Räsänen, a leader in the small, center-right Christian Democrats, will also go on trial for a tweet that quoted Romans 1:24–27 and an interview she gave on public radio. Bishop Juhana Pohjola told CT he is not concerned about the legal outcome but worries people will be silenced.
Churches upset over election chief
The appointment of a new election commissioner has roiled religious controversy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The nation’s Protestant and Catholic leaders are tasked with selecting the independent commissioner, who plans and guarantees free and fair elections. The leading candidate, Denis Kadima, is a recognized expert with decades of experience, but backroom support from President Felix Tshisekedi ...1
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