Article 2013

Article 2013 · 06. November 2013
A Bicyclist in Car Town Russia ---------------------------------------------------- Protestant mayor Sergey Andreyev is hard at work M o s c o w -- Sergey Andreyev may have no driver’s license, but he is nevertheless the mayor of Tolyatti (or Togliatti), Russia’s largest centre for auto production. Tolyatti was recently listed as 6th on a list of Russia’s 20 most investor-friendly cities, and its auto industry is holding its own. “Auto production is one of our best chances on the export...
Article 2013 · 06. November 2013
The USA - the World’s Newest USSR? -------------------------------------------------------- Paul Cameron: Russia’s is the West’s last hope M o s c o w -- Will Russians and (right-wing) North Americans be joining forces to liberate the West anew from the monster of fascism? The anti-gay activist Scott Lively conjured up that scenario in an open letter to Vladimir Putin on 30 August: “Perhaps through the inspiration of your leadership, an alliance of the good people of our countries with...
Article 2013 · 25. October 2013
The Church after Rush Hour is Over ---------------------------------------------------------------- Lutherans in Russia's Kaliningrad enclave have a new concept M o s c o w – Things have settled down among the Lutherans in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad/Königsberg a quarter century after the political transformation of Europe. The throngs of tourists have shrivelled. Those aged, one-time residents from Germany who had planned to set up shop in the enclave have already done so. Due in...
Article 2013 · 25. October 2013
Will Ukraine be Evangelizing the West? ------------------------------------------------------------ Ukraine on the verge of a major geopolitical decision Commentary M o s c o w – For three days ending on 2 October, a Ukrainian religious delegation including Baptists and Pentecostals visited European Union headquarters in Brussels. The response was generally positive in Ukraine and all signs appear on «go» for the country to sign an «Associate Agreement» with the EU in Vilnius on 29...
Article 2013 · 15. October 2013
Setbacks are Not the Final Verdict ------------------------------------------------------ Szczecin Baptist congregation is working on its future Commentary M o s c o w – The Baptist congregation in the Polish border city of Szczecin (Stettin in German) has been through hard times. Even its building in Ulica Stoislawa 4 shows signs of duress. A programme to refurbish the building did not advance beyond the destructive phase: the chairs, flooring and a portion of the wall plaster were removed....
Article 2013 · 15. October 2013
Taking Our Kids out onto the Streets ------------------------------------------------------------------------- A debate involving Donetsk Christian University has its first birthday Commentary M o s c o w -- It's been a year since a tempest swept through Ukrainian evangelicalism. That minor storm was caused by the moderate position of Olena Panych (“Elena Panich” in Russian), then a vice rector at Donetsk Christian University (DCU), on the issue of homosexuality. It began when the...
Article 2013 · 17. August 2013
Not the Worst of Times ------------------------------------------ The future of Lutheranism in Central Asia M o s c o w -- The weak strains of aged female voices still waft through Omsk, Siberia’s Lutheran church during its German-language Sunday service. No organ is desired and the 20-or-so women sing from hymnals printed in the Gothic script and vernacular of imperial Germany. Elderly women remain significant players in Russia. Lutheran discussion on the role of women wanders all over the...
Article 2013 · 17. August 2013
Turbulent Times among Ukraine’s Charismatics --------------------------------------------------------------- Two more church divisions have occurred M o s c o w -- In a statement released on 17 June and signed by 12 bishops, 235 of the 345 congregations belonging to the 20.000-member “Ukrainian Christian Evangelical Church” (UKhETs) announced their withdrawal from the church. This occurred after the church’s senior bishop, Leonid Padun (born 1960), founder and senior pastor of a...
Article 2013 · 17. August 2013
Practice is the Decisive Issue -------------------------------------------------------- The Baptists of Ulyanovsk understand hospitality M o s c o w – From 8 to 11 June, German and Russian Baptists – along with other Christians – celebrated the 20th birthday of a partnership between the Baptist congregations of Krefeld and Ulyanovsk. This occurred in connection with the 12th German-Russian City Partnership Conference as well as the 20th anniversary of the city partnership between Krefeld...
Article 2013 · 20. June 2013
Alexander Semchenko Helped with a Whole Heart ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Protestant leader under house arrest M o s c o w -- On Russian national evening news on 13 June, viewers were treated to the spectacle of Alexander Trofimovich Semchenko, one of Russia’s best-known Protestants, opening the door of his house early that morning. The ailing businessman and bishop (he recently suffered a mild stroke) was unshaven and in a housecoat....

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