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Switzerland – awakening interest in Apologetics and Reformed Theology
June 2005

Switzerland – awakening interest in Apologetics and Reformed Theology

As pastor of the Action Biblique church in Basel, Switzerland, I was recently able to organise two seminars led by Dr Martin Erdmann - whose apologetics approach is founded on Reformed theology. I was grateful for this opportunity for several reasons. Firstly, Christian apologetics is not talked about much in Evangelical churches these days. Even…

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Missionary Spotlight-Italian Switzerland
April 2003

Missionary Spotlight-Italian Switzerland

Italian Switzerland includes the canton of Ticino. The Protestant Reformed Church was established here in the nineteenth century and today has churches in towns like Muralto, Ascona, Locarno-Monti, Bellin-zona and Mesolcina. This denomination is like Reformed Churches in other parts of Switzerland. It enjoys media slots and teaching opportunities on radio and television, as…

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Missionary Spotlight-God at work in French-speaking Switzerland
December 2002

Missionary Spotlight-God at work in French-speaking Switzerland

Nearly 500 years ago, between 1528 and 1536, the Reformation took root in the French-speaking cantons of Neuchâtel, Vaud, Geneva and Bernese Jura.This occurred largely through the influence of William Farel, Pierre Viret and John Calvin.But during the eighteenth century, their biblical teaching was rapidly replaced by a heresy called Socianism, which denies the…

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Missionary Spotlight-Where could I find God?
December 2002

Missionary Spotlight-Where could I find God?

I was born in Switzerland in December 1963. My parents, two sisters and I lived in a ski resort in the Valais areaof the Swiss Alps. In 1968 my father died suddenly of a brain embolism.His death, and the restless adolescence of my two sisters, upset me very much. I left home when I…

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November 2002

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area:15,940 square miles. Switzerland is landlocked. Neighbouring countries:France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy.Environment:Switzerland is very mountainous. More than 70% is covered by the majestic Alps and their valleys. The Jura mountains are lower and popular with skiers. Between these two mountain systems there is a central plateau of hills, plains and large lakes. The climate…

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in German Switzerland
November 2002

Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in German Switzerland

Just five minutes' drive from my apartment lies the village of Zollikon, well known for its early Anabaptist history. Further along Lake Zurich is the city of Zurich — today one of the economic lungs of the nation, but once a major centre for the Reformation. The Zurich canton, like those of Basel, Bern and…

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Missionary Spotlight : German-speaking Switzerland
November 2002

Missionary Spotlight : German-speaking Switzerland

Switzerland has had some bad headlines of late. Its ambivalent attitude towards Europe and, until recently, the United Nations, and its secretive banking system (not always funded by reputable sources), have attracted negative comment. Then there was Swissair's bankruptcy. Maybe it is not all chocolate, yodelling and Alpine mountain scenes!Spiritually, Switzerland's past is well known,…

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November 2002

Missionary Spotlight – Signs of hope

Switzerland needs a new Reformation. Only 12% of its Protestant state church members attend even one church service a month. At the same time, there is great emptiness in the lives of most people. Switzerland has the highest suicide rate in the world. Bible-believing Christians are viewed as cultic and dangerous. Videos from the Swiss-based…

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