Article 2016

Article 2016 · 04. November 2016
Brothers and Sisters in All Camps --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Pentecostals hold their annual Moscow conference M o s c o w – The big-time events produced by the “Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith” (ROSKhVE) are memorable. Among Russia´s Protestants, no one demonstrates greater talent in holding them. On 18 October, roughly 50 guests of honour from church and politics showed up for its annual...
Article 2016 · 22. October 2016
Russia’s Evangelical Alliance has Joined the European Family ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ News from the EEA’s Annual Conference in Portugal M o s c o w – The Russian Evangelical Alliance has achieved a significant milestone. At its annual conference in Colares/Portugal on 12 October, the REA was accepted as a full member of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA). According to REA-General-Secretary Sergey Vdovin, the goal was only...
Article 2016 · 27. September 2016
This piece covers the following topics: a climate of uncertainty among Russia’s Protestants, a Russian-German bus driver and the European Baptist Federation on the topic of Ukraine, Yuri Sipko calls on the separatists in Donbass to lay down their arms, Yoder muses: Does it do any good to list the sins of the other side? The Continuing Journey in Opposing Directions ---------------------------------------------------------------------- On the present climate among Russia’s Protestant S m o l...
Article 2016 · 15. July 2016
Ukrainians pity Russians - Russians pity Ukrainians ------------------------------------------------------------------- On the sad feud between next-door neighbours M o s c o w -- Wading through Internet responses to the new Russian legislation on religion - the “Yarovaya Laws” of 7 July - one is struck by the divide between the profoundly cross-fertilized and interconnected evangelicals of Russia and Ukraine. One reaction could be described as scorn. A photo of Vladimir Putin conversing...
Article 2016 · 15. July 2016
Keep Cool and Carry On ------------------------------------------ A Commentary on Russia’s new anti-terror legislation M o s c o w -- Despite massive lobbying by Russian Protestants, President Vladimir Putin signed off on a package of anti-terror legislation usually called the “Yarovaya Laws” on 7 July. Highly significant for evangelicals are stipulations forbidding evangelistic efforts in public areas and restricting the practice of religion to officially-designated, registered places of...
Article 2016 · 20. June 2016
Russia and Ukraine Confront the Same Problems ------------------------------------------------------- An interview with Roman Lunkin S m o l e n s k – According to Moscow's Roman Lunkin, a research fellow for Britain's “Keston College”, legislation directed at Russia’s religious communities was significantly sharpened during the summer of 2015. This refers above all to the law on “undesirable organisations” of 23 May 2015. In an interview with the author on 18 May, Lunkin reported...
Article 2016 · 25. May 2016
Franklin Graham’s Moscow Summit Cancelled ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Orthodoxy busy planning for June synod in Crete M o s c o w -- It was unofficially announced in Moscow on 19 May that the “World Summit in Defence of Persecuted Christians”, planned by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in conjunction with the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, has been cancelled or at least postponed. The summit intended to...
Article 2016 · 03. April 2016
The Changing Face of Church and Mission in Eurasia Mykhailo Cherenkov Up until now, post-Soviet space has been a blank spot from the perspective of the universal Church. Everyone knows about Mr. Putin. Some know about his friend, Patriarch Kirill. But no one sees beyond these political symphonies of Christianity, much like those who cannot see the forest for the trees. When the talk is about Christianity, then the focus is on the gilded domes, photos of well-fed priests, recollections of...
Article 2016 · 03. April 2016
Ukraine: Lenin Goes, Others Arrive --------------------------------------------- Monuments come and go Commentary M o s c o w – After years of controversy, a major statue of Lenin in the East Ukrainian, Kiev-controlled city of Zaporozhye was pulled down on 19 March. The Facebook page of Sergey Rakhuba, head of the Chicago-based “Mission Eurasia”, was one of those praising God for the demise of this symbol of bygone times. My comment: I don't like Lenin monuments either; the public squares...
Article 2016 · 03. April 2016
John MacArthur: Pope Francis is a Servant of Satan ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Report on a Shepherd's Conference in California M o s c o w – Russians too were shocked when the fundamentalist Californian church leader John MacArthur described Pope Francis as a “servant of Satan”. The setting was a side session at the annual, all-male “Shepherds’ Conference”, held from 9 to 13 March at MacArthur’s “Grace Community Church” in Sun...

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