Article 2011

Article 2011 · 14. December 2011
If Your Brother Sins Against You ---------------------------------------------------------------- Yuri Sipko at a Charismatic conference in the Russian Far East M o s c o w -- On 14 October Yuri Kirillovich Sipko, President of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (RUECB) until 2010, paid a large “New Generation”-Charismatic congregation in the Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk a surprise visit. Video reports of the conference in the city bordering China followed on...
Article 2011 · 27. November 2011
Launching into the Mainstream ------------------------------------------------- “Forum 20” was held in Ukraine M o s c o w / I r p e n – At church conferences in Eastern Europe two decades ago, foreign guests and their interpreters did most of the speaking – locals listened. But the tables were turned at “Forum 20”, which convened in Irpen near Kiev on 18 and 19 November. All of the approximately 28 speakers were native to the former USSR; only of few of them were older than 40....
Article 2011 · 08. November 2011
Another Kind of Liberation --------------------------------------------------------- A German intends to help liberate Ukraine from hand-outs M o s c o w – Sometimes a choice exists between good and better. On the issue of humanitarian aid, Dieter Staudt, an agricultural advisor in Lebedin (Sumy region of north-eastern Ukraine) writes: “It is of course laudable when clothes and other daily needs are gathered and sent off to the post-Soviet countries. But this has been going on for 20 years...
Article 2011 · 31. October 2011
A Voice from the Wilderness and a Voice from the Kremlin? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On the debate between the Evangelical Christian-Baptists Yuri Sipko und Alexander Semchenko M o s c o w – The businessman Alexander Semchenko and the leadership of the „Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists“ parted ways in February 2008. The RUECB is still coming to terms with that development. After Semchenko mobilised the...
Article 2011 · 10. October 2011
Down but Not Out ------------------------------------------------------------ Hopes for Kobrin’s “Baptist House of Mercy” are far from dea Commentary M o s c o w / K o b r i n – Sixteen months after its official opening, Eastern Europe’s largest Protestant-run home for the aged is still waiting on its first resident. On 26 June 2010, the “Baptist House of Mercy” had been officially dedicated in the village of Imenin near Kobrin/Belarus. Supporters of a network of Baptist...
Article 2011 · 30. September 2011
Pastors Need Personal Counselling Too ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Seminar on counselling for Russia’s Baptist pastors M o s c o w – Pastors versed in counselling are themselves also in need of counselling. They too can become mired in conflicts and be subjected to serious temptation. They too need to be built up and encouraged. Pastor Olaf Kormannshaus noted this at a seminar held by the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists’ (RUECB)...
Article 2011 · 20. September 2011
Following Your Ears to Church -------------------------------------------------------------- Comparing three of Moscow’s newest Baptist congregations Report M o s c o w -- Russia is famous for doing without signs or route pointers. That’s especially true (voluntarily or otherwise) of Protestant meeting places. 1. One very young Moscow congregation has solved the problem in a unique fashion. All it takes to locate “Moscow City Church” (MCC) is to follow one’s ears into Hotel Milan in...
Article 2011 · 31. August 2011
13 August – A Day of Multiple Commemorations ------------------------------------------------------------- Regarding the Russian “Initiativniki’s” anniversary Commentary M o s c o w -- Two separations significant for World Christendom commemorated their 50th birthdays on 13 August: the construction of the Berlin Wall and the splitting up of the “All-Union Council of Evangelical Christians-Baptists”. On 18 August, in one of two major Russian-language commentaries on the second event,...
Article 2011 · 23. August 2011
Searching for a Peaceful Graveyard ---------------------------------------------------------------------- For Kyrgyz Protestants, the future remains full of questions Bad Blankenburg/Germany – No ethnic-Kyrgyz Christian has been a believer for more than two decades, yet already 20% of the country’s Baptists are Kyrgyz. But where are these new believers in Christ to be buried? The nation’s customs dictate that the deceased be buried in the vicinity of their relatives. Yet those confessing...
Article 2011 · 25. July 2011
Penicillin or Cyanide? ------------------------------------------------------------------ A commentary on Slavic, anti-gay activities in the USA and Russia M o s c o w -- Russia's Christians are up in arms about the European Union's demand of equal rights for sexual minorities. In a statement on 22 June, the ever-vocal Sergey Ryakhovsky, Senior Bishop of the Charismatic "Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith (ROSKhVE), asserted that the rights of sexual...

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