Article 2018

Article 2018 · 27. December 2018
Reasons for Hope in Eastern Ukraine ------------------------------------------------------- A Moscow pastor reports on his visit to Lugansk M o s c o w -- During a meeting with Moscow Baptist pastor Vitaly Vlasenko on 14 December, Lugansk Metropolitan Mitrofan stressed that “Evangelical-Christians, Baptists and Pentecostals belong to the traditional confessions within our region”. The Orthodox cleric promised to do everything in his power to normalize relations between Protestants and the...
Article 2018 · 13. November 2018
Baptist Umbrella Organisations Clarify their Geopolitical Preferences ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Also: Baptists from Russia and Ukraine meet Commentary G v a r d e i s k – A new Cold War is approaching and the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) with its European Baptist Federation (EBF) are making their geopolitical preferences clear. In his talk before the Parliament of Word Religions in Toronto on 3 November, the WBA’s General-Secretary, the...
Article 2018 · 17. September 2018
A Partisan Exit from the Cheese Dome ------------------------------------------------ Ukrainian Baptists since 2014 The following piece was written for a colleciton of artcles being published in book form by Prof. Erich Geldbach of Magdeburg. It repeats a number of points I had already attempted to make in previous articles. G v a r d e y s k – Russian-born Mikhail Cherenkov (also “Mykhailo Cherenkoff”), a leading theologian among Ukrainian Baptists, is among those calling for the...
Article 2018 · 19. July 2018
Article 2018 · 14. June 2018
The Threat of a Hole in the Mosaic ------------------------------------------------------- The World’s Largest Territorial Lutheran Church Must Make Do with Very Few People A report V l a d i v o s t o k – Even in the Russian Far East it can be the state that keeps a Protestant congregation from throwing in the towel. A Lutheran house church had already received a green light from church leadership to close its doors. Yet when the city informed them that deregistration would cost 60.000...
Article 2018 · 24. May 2018
No Longer in Limbo ---------------------------------------------------- The „Euro-Asian Federation of Unions of Evangelical Christians-Baptists“ is back in business M o s c o w -- After four years in limbo, the „Euro-Asian Federation of Unions of Evangelical Christians-Baptists“ (EAF) appears to have roared back into existence. Between 9 and 16 April it hosted a Jerusalem gathering of nearly 80 delegates from countries stretching all the way from the USA to Tadzhikistan. The Russian...
Article 2018 · 24. May 2018
Good for Surprises after All ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Peter Mitskevich New President of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists M o s c o w -- On 22 March, at the national, Moscow convention of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (RUECB), Peter Valterovich Mitskevich was elected its president. He succeeds Alexey Smirnov, who served as President for two terms beginning in 2010. Peter Mitskevich (born 1959)...
Article 2018 · 07. March 2018
Not Everyone wants Reconciliation ----------------------------------------------- Would Jesus have been a „Monist“? Commentary M o s c o w – The elation in the South Korean city of Pyeongchong reached the rafters on 9 February as the united Korean team entered the arena under an all-Korean flag. Any of us who had suffered through the division of Germany could not help but be moved. How much hate and aversion had rained down on Koreans during the past 70 years! And the Korean division has...
Article 2018 · 06. March 2018
Waiting on the White Smoke ------------------------------------------------------------------- The Russian Evangelical Alliance’s 15th annual convention in Moscow M o s c o w -- It took a while for the white smoke to climb up the chimney. That’s the Roman Catholic metaphor the 66-year-old Alexander Fedichkin, the Russian Evangelical Alliance’s president, used to describe the protracted internal negotiations leading up to his appointment for an additional three-year term. Consequently, the...
Article 2018 · 02. January 2018
Dividing the Christian Sheep from the Christian Goats ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Protestant Developments in Russia during 2017 M o s c o w -- In an interview with Moscow’s dissident “Portal-Credo” news service on 26 December, Yuri Sipko, the Russian Baptist Union’s one-time president, described the banning of Russia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses on 17 August as the country’s most significant religious development during 2017. “This measure...