Article 2015

Article 2015 · 28. December 2015
Tough Love is Needed --------------------------------- Striving for a happier 2016 Commentary Smolensk -- One indeed can speak of a new spirit of inter-confessional relations between the Christian denominations within Russia and Ukraine. Ukrainian thinkers such as the Baptist Mikhail Cherenkov have long celebrated this development. But that “spirit” is driven at least in part by the presence of a common enemy – not necessarily by the Holy Spirit. Recent examples: On 7 December, Gennady...
Article 2015 · 09. November 2015
God: Big Enough to Stomach Us Both --------------------------------------------------------------- A commentary on evangelist Franklin Graham in Moscow M o s c o w -- Rev. Franklin Graham’s visit to Moscow from 28 October to 1 November was surely the most “politically incorrect” visit of a Western church leader to Eastern Europe in decades. A foreboding of things to come had arisen when Graham assured at the outset that he was praying for Vladimir Putin. Franklin Graham, chairman of the...
Article 2015 · 07. October 2015
Donbass in Late September ------------------------------------ Report on a fizzled visit S m o l e n s k – On 19 September, I tried to enter the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) via two different crossing points. Matters were finally resolved early in the morning of 20 September: My companion, a Russian Quaker from Moscow, would be allowed to continue on to Donetsk – not me. The reason given was that I possessed neither a press card nor accreditation from the press office in Donetsk....
Article 2015 · 16. September 2015
Only the West is still Marxist ------------------------------------------- On Russia’s conservative revival S m o l e n s k -- In a series of reports on Denmark’s national public radio, the journalist and theologian Iben Thranholm raised eyebrows by praising the emergence of a conservative movement in Russia (see: “http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-and-west-have-swapped-spiritual-and-cultural-roles/ri9514”). One of Thranholm’s typical statements: “While the West is deriding and...
Article 2015 · 18. August 2015
The Love of Christ will Reign Victorious in Crimea and Donbass ---------------------------------------------------------------- The Problem of Selective Grief M o s c o w -- Since 7 July, the registered Evangelical Christians-Baptists of the Crimean peninsula are legally split. On that date, delegates from 28 congregations gathered in Simferopol to transfer their membership from Kiev’s “All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” to Moscow’s “Russian Union of...
Article 2015 · 02. July 2015
Denying Parity Ruins Much -------------------------------------------------- News from the Russian-language Facebook front Commentary M o s c o w -- The Charismatic and Pentecostal cause took a hit when Gennady (or Gennadiy) Mokhnenko declared on Ukrainian television that, if given the chance, he would personally liquidate Vladimir Putin. See it for yourself under: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ2qaLqsjzs&sns=fb. Mokhnenko is a Pentecostal pastor and leading figure in his country’s...
Article 2015 · 27. June 2015
Things will Turn Out OK ---------------------------------------------------- Report on a hardworking Pentecostal congregation in Penza M o s c o w – The photo of two Pentecostal clergymen from Penza’s “Living Faith” congregation (Bishop Oleg Serov and Pastor Sergey Kireyev) with Igor Plotnitsky, Minister-President of the Lugansk People’s Republic, caused major waves in Great-Ukraine. One Ukrainian in USA compared the gathering to a hypothetical meeting with Chechen terrorists after...
Article 2015 · 31. May 2015
Ukraine is Not Our War --------------------------------------------------------- Interview with the President of Russia’s Baptist Union M o s c o w -- In an interview published by Moscow’s “Protestant” on 17 March, Aleksey Smirnov, President of the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christian-Baptists”, assured that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has caused intolerable pain within Baptist circles. Like a knife, it has “cut and severed family and civil relations while forcing...
Article 2015 · 21. April 2015
Cutting the Power Chord in Two ------------------------------------------------- Report on a visit in Slaviansk und Kiev Report Smolensk – The express train from Kiev to Konstantinovka storms toward the front lines at up to 100 mph – Konstantinovka, located to the west of Donetsk, is the present end station. War-damaged Croatia left a different impression two decades ago. Back then, I experienced aged busses on detours chugging slowly up mountain passes. In Slaviansk, Eastern Ukraine looks...
Article 2015 · 09. March 2015
Not Getting Over My Fears ------------------------------------------------------- The Protestants of Ukraine and Russia have a spiritual problem Commentary M o s c o w – The Mennonite Harley Wagler, a US-American who has spent the last 21 years in Nizhny Novgorod/Russia, describes the difference between Ukrainian and Russian Baptists as a theological one. He writes: “Many Russian evangelicals are now being pilloried by the Ukrainian ones, who say they are 'stooges' of Putin. But the...

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