Society

Social media and its proper use

A tough question right out of the cement mixer: Is the Chief Apostle against social media? No, it is a great thing, he says. The danger lies in usage. His keywords: virtual world, ego, dumbing down, injury. More


The centenary of the communion wafer – when the substance changes

Whether it is sprinkled with wine or not, the communion wafer is not an end in itself, but it plays an essential role in Holy Communion. It has to do with the presence of Jesus Christ. How does that work? More


The centenary of the communion wafer: the various forms over time

All Jesus said was to use bread and wine to celebrate His memory. But what about the bread? With or without leaven? Red wine or white wine or even grape juice? Christianity has many answers when it comes to the question of how Holy Communion should be celebrated. More


“All I want is a life” – Thoughts on World Refugee Day

“There is no home without a house and a stove,” Abu says. He is a refugee and lives in a foreign country, far away from his homeland, his culture, and his family. Similar things occur around the world every day. What can Abu expect, and what will his life be like? More


Broadening one’s outlook across borders

Day of the youth in Suriname, Vacation Bible School on the Philippinesa, and a marathon for a more peaceful world—all that and more is happening in God’s beautiful world. More


The community of believers joins hands

“Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Based loosely on Ephesians 5: 19, religions and various denominations are moving closing together to promote a common cause, and right in there is the New Apostolic Church. More


The long road to truth and reconciliation

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. Sufficient reason for Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider to address the issue of peace and reconciliation with the country’s indigenous peoples. A look at a special gathering … More


On the road to a new understanding

Together they were strong. But conflicts and a resulting dispute led to a split: Chief Apostle Hermann Niehaus and Apostle Carl August Brückner, who was born 145 years ago today. More


A new chance: Masakhe gets children off the street

Love your neighbour as yourself! Gladly. But how do you do that in a place that is ruled by drugs and violence? A project in our Leiden Central church in South Africa shows how. It not only offers children a safe haven but also helps them with their education. More


Making the gospel heard together

Standing up for the values of the gospel together with other Christians: that is not only a daily mission, but also the approach required to work together in official bodies—right up to the national level. More


A trip that changed numerous lives

A new start shortly before retirement. In the Philippines, a Priest from Germany hears about an aid project. First, he helps to set up a foundation for it and then to build a village. His aim: giving street children a future. More


Reformation means change — thoughts for Reformation Day

It was on 31 October 1517 that Martin Luther is said to have nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. In them he called for a discussion concerning the failings and shortcomings of the church at the time. This act sparked the Reformation of the church in Germany, which soon found adherents in many other European countries. More


People who have enough to eat do not read!

Some 800 million people around the world are suffering from hunger at this very minute! Eight hundred million people are sick on account of chronic malnutrition—primarily children. Today, 24,000 people will die because they do not have enough to eat. Today is World Food Day. Here is some food for thought. More


Third step to reconciliation: the date is set

The apostolic churches are continuing their policy of reconciliation: at the beginning of the coming year, they want to close another chapter in their shared history. A ceremony has been planned at which a third statement will be signed. More


Historical meeting in Hilversum

The rapprochement of apostolic denominations is continuing: after declarations of reconciliation in Germany and Switzerland, as well as an initial meeting in South Africa, there has now also been a meeting in the Netherlands—and this one was in a much larger context. More


From cleaner to master chef

With trust in God, hard work, and determination, a person can change his life for the better. That has been the experience of Charles De Kock. But the South African has more than this experience to share with unemployed adults and youth when he meets with them every Saturday. More


“Being open to all people, to all nations”

He is at home in two countries, works for the Church on three continents, and speaks six languages: Bishop Aramik Fesdjian has been accustomed to internationality right from the cradle. In this interview he talks about his life between the worlds. More


Church offers more than just school on Sundays

“The Church gave me a chance,” says Mohamad Agub. He attended both primary and secondary school in Kherwara (India). This is one of the schools that the New Apostolic Church supports or even operates around the globe. More


Heading into the monsoon season with new hope

Emergency aid was quick, but the reconstruction process is taking its time. More than a year after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the situation in the country is still far from normal. Following is a look at a small village in the foothills of the Himalayas. More


“You are not alone!” Fighting depression together

Thoughts going round and round in circles and unable to feel the slightest thing—depression is a disorder that can affect anybody, and yet it meets with little understanding. How can the ministers and the members help those suffering from depression? More


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