Article 2012

Article 2012 · 19. December 2012
One-Hundred-Percent-Placement --------------------------------------------------------- Moscow Theological Seminary is counting on the old for the future M o s c o w -- “Moscow Theological Seminary”, the educational flagship of the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” (RUECB), has returned to its original format. Begun as a Baptist correspondence programme in 1968, the school soon became known as “Moscow Theological Institute” (MTI). Apparently because Western...
Article 2012 · 08. December 2012
No Longer a Fringe Group -------------------------------------------- The movement of Alexander Men today M o s c o w – Following the murder of Alexander Men, the great Orthodox reformer, in the Moscow suburb of Novaya Derevnya on 9 September 1990, Western Christendom placed great hopes in his leading followers. One of them was Alexander Ilyich Borisov (born 1939), a Ph.D. in genetics not able to be ordained prior to 1989 because of suspect, undercover activities (including samizdat). The...
Article 2012 · 17. November 2012
Exceeding Permissible Levels of Ecumenical Pain ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Regarding the support of Germany’s evangelical Christians for P*Riot Commentary M o s c o w – A decision has been made contrary to the wishes of leading representatives of the “Evangelical Church in Germany” (EKD). Germany’s 16 “Luther cities” decided on 11 November to refrain from awarding its “Luther Prize”, called “The Fearless Word”, to the...
Article 2012 · 08. November 2012
The Start Has Been Made ------------------------------------------------ Russia finally has a Presbyterian General Assembly M o s c o w -- “Our numbers are smaller than we had anticipated, but the start has been made!” That was the opinion of Dr. Vladimir Li, Pastor of “Moscow Presbyterian Church”, following the founding of Russia’s first Presbyterian General Assembly in Moscow on 4 October. Twenty-nine delegates from Presbyterian congregations stretching from Moscow to Sakhalin...
Article 2012 · 04. November 2012
“We cannot believe the charges” ------------------------------------------------- Dmitry Lotov and the organ in a Moscow cathedral M o s c o w – On the evening of 4 September a group of independent Lutherans headed by Dmitry Lotov shoved their way into Moscow’s St. Peter- and-Paul-Cathedral. A cohort of Lotov shinnied up into the balcony. After removing the foot pedals (“foot keyboard”) from the organ, videos show the person jumping back down and returning to the entrance of the...
Article 2012 · 13. October 2012
Moscow’s “Russian-American Institute” is Up for Sale ------------------------------------------------------------------- Negotiations with the buyer are in their final stages M o s c o w -- After a stressful construction period lasting nearly a decade, „Russian-American Institute’s” (RAI) new edifice in northeastern Moscow is up for sale. A buyer has been found and President John Bernbaum (Wheaton/USA) predicted on 5 October that the sale would be finalized “in two or three...
Article 2012 · 04. September 2012
A Patrol for Protecting Church Property ---------------------------------------------------------- Joint Orthodox-Pentecostal patrols proposed M o s c o w – On 27 August, Russia’s largest and busiest Protestant union, the 400.000-member-strong “Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith” (ROSKhVE), lofted the unusual proposal that inter-confessional patrols guard church property. In mid-August, radical leftists, rightists and feminists had sawed down or...
Article 2012 · 28. August 2012
A New Icon to Whom Liberals Can Pray --------------------------------------------------------- The Russian Protestant response to P*Riot Commentary M o s c o w – Russian Protestants are united in condemning the two-year prison sentence dished out to the punk group “P*Riot”. Yet the church fathers are motivated not only by humanitarian concerns – they also have no desire to supply the group with a global stage. (It is incidentally permissible to reject the vulgar name the world’s most...
Article 2012 · 11. July 2012
April 20 – An Ideal Time for Relaxing at Home ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy reports on incidents of racial hatred M o s c o w – After a break of a year-and-a-half, “Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy’s" 11-year-old “Racial Task Force” (RTF) is back in business. Its first two quarterly reports for 2012 listing incidents of racially-based, physical and verbal abuse in Moscow were released on 5 July. These reports...
Article 2012 · 11. July 2012
Will New Language Legislation Destroy Ukraine? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ukrainian churches send a protest letter to the State President M o s c o w – Following a shoving match between members of the Ukrainian parliament on 3 July, the heads of nine religious communities responded with a letter to President Viktor Yanukovich the next day. It was signed by two Pentecostals as well as Baptist Vyacheslav Nesteruk, President of the largest...

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