Article 2011

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 · 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 · 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...
Article 2011 · 08. July 2011
Russia’s Evangelical Alliance: Only an Eight-Year-Old Lad --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A conversation with its President: Dr. Vladimir Ryaguzov (Krasnodar) The questions were posed by Marina Tschernyavskaya from the Russian edition of the news service “Christian Today”. The Russian Evangelical Alliance was formed eight years ago. How would you describe the years since then? The Russian Evangelical Alliance indeed does remind me of...
Article 2011 · 15. June 2011
Putting an End to Orphanages ----------------------------------------------------- Regarding the efforts of Ukrainian pastor Gennady Mokhnenko M o s c o w – Eastern European people of good will usually support the retention and improvement of orphanages. But the Ukrainian pastor Gennady Mokhnenko expects the exact opposite: He wants them eliminated. In a recent interview this Charismatic pastor described his “mega-dream”: “The ceremonial closure of the last orphanage on the terrain of...
Article 2011 · 30. May 2011
Supporting All in Their Search for God------------------------------------------------------------------ “Liberal secular humanist” holds riveting speech on Orthodox turf M o s c o w – On 25 May, the Russian Orthodox Church caused a sensation when it invited one of its long-time critics, a “liberal, secular humanist”, to speak at the “World Russian People's Council”’s annual session in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Describing himself as an atheist of Jewish...

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