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All articles in category Finland

December 2016

From blasphemer to preacher

I was not brought up in a Christian home, although my mum and dad were in certain ways quite religious and members of the Russian Orthodox Church in Finland, where I was baptised as a baby. My mum and dad divorced when I was about seven years old, leaving me and my younger brother…

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December 2016

God’s perfect plan

For the first 18 years of my life, if anyone had asked me if I believed in God, my response would have been a firm, ‘No!’ I had no religious upbringing, having only attended a church a few times in my life. What I knew about Christianity, I had been taught at school and,…

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October 2016

The progress of Christianity in Finland

As a Protestant Christian from Finland, I trace my spiritual heritage back to the Finnish Reformation, when the country turned from Roman Catholicism to Protestant Lutheranism. Although not a Lutheran myself, I am thankful for how God used this period to bless my home country with the Word of God in the Finnish language,…

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October 2016

The Republic of Finland

Finland gained independence from Russia in 1917. During World War II, it defended its independence through cooperation with Germany and resisted subsequent invasions by the Soviet Union. In the late twentieth century, Finland transformed from a farm/forest economy to a diversified industrial economy. It has been a member of the EU since 1995. Neighbours: Norway,…

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October 2016

Finishing the Finnish Reformation

Being an international seminary student in America, and studying the Protestant Reformation in Germany, as well as more recent church history in England and America, made me realise how little I know about the Reformation in my own country of Finland. This led me on a quest to study my own Reformation heritage and…

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