It is amazing that a doctor and member of the parliament is now one of the most visible evangelists in Finland.
Judges to give a verdict by November 30th. Prosecutors asked a 120-day fine for Räsänen and argued her interpretation and post of Bible verses was “criminal”.
Only two weeks before the general elections, the Spanish government uses the European Union Presidency to promote gender self-identification across the continent.
“Young people have lost hope and the meaning of life […] The authority of the Bible must be restored”, says a Finnish Christian doctor and writer.
In Finland, the Christian Democrats are key to the negotiations for a new government. Päivi Räsänen (“thankful and happy” about her re-election) tells Evangelical Focus about the current socio-political moment.
Revival groups remain in the Lutheran Church but have their own dynamics. An explainer for those outside Finland.
A conversation with professional comedian Adam Yenser during his visit to Finland. He has worked for figures like Conan O'Brien and Ellen DeGeneres, and now hosts a podcast of the 'Babylon Bee'.
Despite 47% of residents in the capital of Finland being members of the mainline Lutheran Church, most Christians attend other congregations.
Christians in Finland are worried about the effects of the new transgender law: “Our legislators have sunken into the abyss of irrationality”.
It is the third European country to pass such a law in less than two months.
Watch a 12-minute-long in-depth report made by the Finnish National Television (with English subtitles).
Watch this 12-minute-long in-depth report made by the Finnish National Television.
Iceland and other Nordic countries are among the most dependent. Portugal, UK and Spain double the consumption in two decades.
The ILC is an association of Lutheran churches with “an unconditional commitment to the Bible”. Juhana Pojhola is part of the open case against Finish MP Päivi Räsänen.
A month-long campaign will reach most Finns through media, mail, events, and in-person witness.
Matti Korhonen and Pasi Turunen know their country well and have some doubts about the real happiness of their neighbours.
The Finnish Christian politician won her trial at the beginning of the year but the prosecutor appealed. The politician says such a long process discourages the exercise of freedom of expression.
The organisation is flexing its muscles after the Madrid summit and announces the expansion of its borders and greater militarisation. Voices from the Evangelical and Protestant spheres analyse the new scenario.
The 26-page complaint of the prosecutor has been accepted. The Christian parliamentarian sees it as an opportunity: “Acquittals in higher courts have broader significance”.
Three Christians in three European countries were acquitted this year of incitement of hatred against homosexuals. Separate issues? Yes, but there are strong similarities.
A Finnish journalist and a Swedish theologian say most Christians agree it is time to leave military neutrality. “But our ultimate trust is in the living, almighty God”.
In March, the Christian politician was acquitted of all charges of incitement against homosexuals. “I am ready to defend freedom of speech and religion, as far as the European court of Human Rights”.
The Lutheran bishop in Finland, after his acquittal: “I hope for wisdom but also for courage for us as Christians in our use of words”.
The Member of the Finnish Parliament reacts to her acquittal on 30 March 2022. “It is alarming that in a country that ranked third in the Rule of Law Index, I have been criminally charged for voicing my deeply held beliefs that are based on classical Christianity”.
The Christian politician, after the ruling is made public: “Why was there so much international interest? Because people understand that if questioning freedom of expression can happen in reputable Finland why not in any other country”.