Article 2017

Article 2017 · 01. October 2017
The Desire to Live in a Normal Country ---------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Protestants invited to emigrate to the USA G w a r d e y s k – Apparently, the „Yarovaya Laws“ of July 2016, which are intended to hinder proselytization, also have positive consequences for the Protestants of Russia. The Protestant advertisement forum „Khristianski Megafon“ (formerly „Maxima-News“) carries the advert of an “American Visa Center” inviting the...
Article 2017 · 01. October 2017
Waiting on Santa Claus ------------------------------------------------------- A comparison between the Orthodox and Lutherans in Russia Commentary Gvardeysk/Tapiau, Kaliningrad Region – Sometimes I sit on one of the benches still retaining a seat in front of Kaliningrad/Königberg’s aging, 1999-built Evangelical-Lutheran “Church of the Resurrection” (Auferstehungskirche) and gaze skyward at its impressive façade. That awakens both happy and sad memories. At the turn of the new...
Article 2017 · 01. October 2017
The Position of Ukraine’s Protestants is Different ------------------------------------------------------------------ Thoughts regarding a long-term confrontation Commentary G w a r d e y s k – There are similar concerns among the Protestants of Russia and Ukraine. Both express aversions regarding the liberal, Western world and its defence of women’s and gay rights. Together with the Orthodox, both support the retention of traditional family values. Let us therefore list their...
Article 2017 · 17. August 2017
What Should Christians Call God in Mongolian? -------------------------------------------------------------------- Something significant has happened in Mongolia M o s c o w -- At least in terms of percentages, Protestant mission in what may be the world’s coldest and sunniest country qualifies as an incredible success story. Starting with between four and 40 believers in 1990 (numbers vary), Protestants in Mongolia now number at least 50.000 in 500 local congregations. Four years ago the...
Article 2017 · 29. July 2017
Half of the Story, Honestly Told ---------------------------------------------------- Review of Benjamin Goossen’s book, “Chosen Nation” M o s c o w -- The “invention” of a Mennonite nation is one outstanding theme in Benjamin Goossen’s dissertation, “Chosen Nation. Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era”, published by Princeton University Press in June 2017. This Mennonite from Kansas with Russian-Ukrainian roots points to the fact that the theory of a Mennonite “nation”...
Article 2017 · 14. July 2017
“Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump Will Yet Become Friends” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Moscow Hosts an Alternative Form of Prayer Breakfast M o s c o w – On 16 May, an alternative form of National Prayer Breakfast was held in Moscow’s expansive “Ukraine Radisson Royal Hotel”. The more than 200 participants came from a total of 14 countries and – according to its organisers – “all corners of Russia”. Called in Russian the...
Article 2017 · 14. July 2017
A Start has been Made ----------------------------------------------- On a Visit to China and the Russian Far East Reportage M o s c o w -- Conventional wisdom would have us believe it’s the USA that deals in grand sizes and massive projects. But only in Asia can one see a railway station three avenues wide, three stories high and 420 meters long. (Not including the attached airport terminal next door.) That’s Shanghai’s Hongqiao station. The futuristic, oval-shaped Beijing station may be...
Article 2017 · 07. July 2017
Why a Single Protestant Needs Two Chapels ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Report on a Visit of the Russian Evangelical Alliance to the Far East Reportage M o s c o w -- During a visit of the Russian Evangelical Alliance (REA) to the Russian Far East in mid-June, a Pentecostal pastor in Khabarovsk repeated a sad joke supposedly describing the state of Protestantism in Russia: A believer shipwrecked on an uninhabited island decided to build himself two...
Article 2017 · 11. May 2017
Russia’s Lutheran Pietists are not Alone ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Alexander Scheiermann consecrated as bishop of Siberia and the Far East M o s c o w -- Elected on 16 October, Alexander Scheiermann was consecrated as bishop of the “Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Urals, Siberia and Far East” (ELCUSFE) in Omsk on 23 April. Looks can be deceiving: Though representatives of the “Evangelical Church of Germany’s” (EKD) Department...
Article 2017 · 11. May 2017
Baptist Developments in Moscow ------------------------------------------------------------- Vitaly Vlasenko Resigns as “Foreign Minister” of Russia’s Baptist Union M o s c o w -- In mid-March, Rev. Vitaly Vlasenko resigned as the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists’ “Director for External Church Affairs”. He had held this position since 2006. One issue of controversy was financial practice, but insiders claim the reasons for his resignation are more complex than that....

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