Christian Governor ‘Ahok’ Loses Jakarta Election

Christian Governor ‘Ahok’ Loses Jakarta Election

(Evangelical Focus) — Muslim candidate Anies Baswedan won the governmental election in Jakarta (capital city of Indonesia) on April 19. A rough and tense campaign had led to a blasphemy trial against the Christian candidate and Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama. With 100% of the votes counted, Baswedan got 58% of the votes, and Purnama, […]

Three in Ten Germans Believe in Life After Death

Three in Ten Germans Believe in Life After Death

(Evangelical Focus) — About 30% of Germans believe in the existence of a life after death. Women are more convinced about the existence of some kind of afterlife (35%) than men (26%), shows a survey conducted by opinion institute Inse-Consulere. Those who do not believe in a life after death are 35%. Another 28% is […]

Homosexual Professor Suggests ‘Fixed Term Marriage’ Preferable to Lifelong Commitment

Homosexual Professor Suggests ‘Fixed Term Marriage’ Preferable to Lifelong Commitment

(Christian Institute) — Traditional marriage vows would be better replaced by a fixed-term contract, an author and academic has claimed. Jeanette Winterson entered a same-sex “marriage” in 2015, despite previously being “unsure about gay marriage.” Writing in The Guardian, Professor Winterson claimed that a lifelong commitment is “too long for most of us” and “that […]

Pakistan University Mob Kills Fellow Student Over Blasphemy Allegations

Pakistan University Mob Kills Fellow Student Over Blasphemy Allegations

MARDAN, Pakistan (VOA News) — An angry mob killed a fellow student at a Pakistani university campus Thursday on accusations that he’d posted blasphemous content online. It was the latest in a series of vigilante attacks over the increasingly contentious issue in the predominantly Muslim country. Witnesses and local media reported angry students associated with the ruling […]

Chinese Christians Hospitalized Resisting Authorities’ Forced Surveillance Attempts

Chinese Christians Hospitalized Resisting Authorities’ Forced Surveillance Attempts

WENZHOU, Zhejiang (China Aid) — Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province carried out violent attacks against churches refusing to install surveillance cameras in late March. Local government departments began carrying out a missive from the Zhejiang provincial government to install cameras within churches that would assist authorities in monitoring religious activities. This command triggered an […]

Swedish Labor Court Rules Medical Facilities Had Right to Deny Midwife Job for Refusing to Assist in Abortions

Swedish Labor Court Rules Medical Facilities Had Right to Deny Midwife Job for Refusing to Assist in Abortions

JÖNKÖPING, Sweden – A Swedish labor court has upheld a ruling against a midwife who filed suit after being denied employment by several medical facilities because of her convictions not to assist with performing abortions. The court ruled on Wednesday that there is no reason to believe that Ellinor Grimmark’s “freedom of opinion and expression […]

Churches Evacuate, Shelter Migrants After Fire Devastates Dunkirk Camp

Churches Evacuate, Shelter Migrants After Fire Devastates Dunkirk Camp

DUNKIRK, France (World Watch Monitor) — Local churches in Dunkirk helped to evacuate terrified migrants on Monday as a devastating fire spread through their camp in northern France. La Linière camp in Grande-Synthe, just outside Dunkirk, housed an estimated 1,500 migrants, including a handful of Christian converts, but has now been reduced to “a heap of […]

European Evangelicals Urged to Pray for the French Election

European Evangelicals Urged to Pray for the French Election

(Evangelical Focus) — The role of religion in society and the rise of populist nationalism are two of the hot issues in the political campaign of the French presidential election. The French will vote in two rounds (April 23 and May 7). Christians should not be expecting a “good, just government,” the representative body of […]