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Article 2020 · 03. June 2020
Can Faith without Facts be Genuine? -------------------------------------------------------------------- Caroline Walker Pallis researched Sergey Kourdakov in Russia L a d u s h k I n - - A US-American friend long active in Russia and I have wondered for decades about the percentage of truth contained in the book “The Persecutor”. It was first published by the erstwhile “Underground Evangelism” in 1973. Indeed, we both dreamt of some day visiting Siberia and the Russian Far East in...
Article 2020 · 23. April 2020
Corona Does not Aid Inter-Confessional Peace ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Responses to a Wave of Infections in Bryansk L a d u s h k I n -- On 2 April, the governor of Bryansk region, Alexander Bogomaz, announced on Russia’s leading “Channel One” that Baptists arriving in Russia from Spain had brought the Corona virus to that city. Bryansk is a major centre of Protestant life located near the border with Belarus 360 km southwest of Moscow....
Article 2020 · 12. April 2020
The Stronger the Pressure, the Higher the Steeple ----------------------------------------------------------------------- How should Protestants relate to an obstinate state? The two photos were taken on 15 March 2020: 1. The new Orthodox church on Prospekt Mira viewed from the east. 2. “Resurrection Church” in the foreground, the Orthodox one on the other side of the street. L a d u s h k i n – Following a visit in Moscow in late February, a German-Russian pastor and journalist from...
Article 2020 · 11. April 2020
The Russian Evangelical Alliance is still on the Move ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inter-confessional bodies in Russia and Ukraine L a d u s h k i n – The status of the “Russian Evangelical Alliance” is clearly improving. Its 17th annual convention was held on 11 March at the Moscow headquarters of the “Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith” (ROSKhVE). For the first time in years, its Senior Bishop, Sergey...
Article 2020 · 10. April 2020
Russian Seminaries Remain in Limbo ------------------------------------------------- The future remains uncertain L a d u s h k i n – “Carry on as best you can.” That seemed to be consensus after the Baptist “Moscow Theological Seminary” (MTS) lost its appeal for re-registration on 27 February. The court cited formal, bureaucratic reasons for the rejection, leaving observers in the dark regarding the actual reasons. Only two Protestant theological institutes in Moscow region can...
Article 2020 · 03. April 2020
Diversity is the Word ------------------------------------------ Protestantism in Contemporary Russia L a d u s h k i n – The biological reaper has not yet completed his task: At Moscow’s Central Baptist Church, which is located only a few kilometres from the Kremlin, one can still experience Soviet-era worship live. Male preachers in white shirts and black suits celebrate the pious and industrious life; the women rule the roost when it comes to spontaneous, public prayer. The rows are...
Article 2020 · 06. March 2020
The Greens and Their Church ---------------------------------------------- Who is still capable of saving us? L a d u s h k i n – At a gathering of Berlin’s “Gustav-Adolf Werk” (a Lutheran East mission) hosting church guests from Siberia on 10 February, the participants were encouraged to take along the January 2020 issue of the evangelical magazine “Zeitzeichen”. I did as suggested and was quickly jolted by a heading reading “A Chekist with Body and Soul”. The text contained...
Article 2020 · 17. February 2020
“Combat the Beginnings” – of Weimar -------------------------------------------------------- Regarding the serious church debates about the radical right Commentary B e r l i n – How should one define the inflationary term „fascism“? It‘s a cause for concern that many in Germany‘s far-right „Alternative für Deutschland“ (AfD) party don‘t know either. Recently a Protestant pastor and AfD-member, let‘s call him „Pastor A“, claimed that he would never vote for a...
Article 2020 · 16. February 2020
More (on-line) Dialogue than Ever -------------------------------- Report on China V i r g i n i a / U S A -- The current media images of empty streets and sidewalks are an eerie reminder that life as usual has come to an abrupt halt for 1.4 billion people. It seems impossible that this could happen on such a large scale, but conversations with friends and colleagues across the country confirm that people are in their apartments, going out only to buy necessities. Food stores and markets and...
Article 2020 · 15. February 2020
The Demise of Moscow’s “Russian-American Christian University” ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thoughts on a recent book by John Bernbaum Commentary L a d u s h k I n -- I’m still struck with sadness when recalling the makeshift monument erected in 2007 about 40 metres from the entrance to Moscow’s “Russian-American-Institute”. Its plaque stated that the monument was dedicated to “protection from the enemies of the Russian soil”....

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