Articles 2014

Articles 2014 · 31. December 2014
Churches too are Donating Munition -------------------------------------------------- The Situation in Ukraine at Year’s End Commentary M o s c o w – The Italian Paolo Pezzi, Archbishop and head of the Roman Catholic Church in Russia, stated in an interview on 26 December: “Ukraine now has a wonderful opportunity to prove that Christian love overcomes hatred and evil. Its present situation is similar to Lebanon during the first half of the 20th century. During that period, the various...
Articles 2014 · 22. December 2014
A Simple Definition of Wealth ---------------------------------------------------------- Russian Baptists Visit the War Zones of Eastern Ukraine M o s c o w -- A report on Eastern Ukraine published on the website of the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” on 16 December offers a simple definition of wealth: “Warm heaters, light, cold and hot water, food in the fridge”. A team of Baptists from the Kransnodar and Rostov regions, which just visited the war-torn region held...
Articles 2014 · 15. November 2014
Down with Arms! ------------------------------------- A Commentary on the Present Crisis in Ukraine M o s c o w – The Protestant sisters and brothers in the large Ukraine claim that Russian soldiers are standing on their territory, and that it is time to defend the fatherland against Russia. Yet Ukrainians in the eastern region of Donbass assure that they are doing the very same: defending the fatherland. At a congress of “Novomedia” in Kiev on 8 November, journalist Jan Novoseltsev of...
Articles 2014 · 14. September 2014
Had We been Perfect, There would have been No War ------------------------------------------------ About a visit to Ukraine S m o l e n s k – Ukraine’s infrastructure remains on the slide. One popular joke states that only alcoholised drivers still drive in a straight line. The economy is on the brink. Many – including medical personnel near the front lines – are unemployed. But a bit of Western flair does surface: tattoos and male ear jewellery are on the rise. Jehovah’s Witnesses...
Articles 2014 · 14. September 2014
A Great Beginning ---------------------------------- Religious leaders from Ukraine and Russia meet in Oslo M o s c o w -- “A very good beginning, but not yet a breakthrough. We had gathered together and now we are together. We have stated clearly that we regard each other as brothers in Christ.” That’s how Rev. Vitaly Vlasenko (Moscow), Director of External Church Relations for the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists”, described the gathering of 60 religious leaders...
Articles 2014 · 02. September 2014
Guidelines for a Church Dialogue between Russia and Ukraine ----------------------------------------------------------- An American view from Moscow Commentary M o s c o w -- 1. We must refrain from drastic, exaggerated and unhistorical statements. The Baptist Alexander Turchinov is not Martin Luther King and Viktor Yanukovich is not Hitler. Unfortunately, there are fascist elements present within the Ukrainian government and also extremist Cossack elements active in Donbass. But Poroshenko is...
Articles 2014 · 24. July 2014
A Church within BRICS ------------------------------------------- Conclusions from the crisis in Ukraine M o s c o w -- Two resolutions released by the "Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists" (RUECB) on 30 May at its major congress in St. Petersburg have led to a storm of protest. The first letter called the Maidan uprising into question: “We proclaim commitment to Biblical teaching, which does not accept the violent overthrow of legitimate authority, nor nationalism, nor the...
Articles 2014 · 14. July 2014
Theology is Not Our Speciality ------------------------------------------------ A remnant of Moscow’s bygone Protestant university soldiers on M o s c o w -- Moscow does have Christian liberal-arts universities - but they are Orthodox. After nearly two decades of trying, Moscow's "Russian-American Christian University" (RACU) - known for its last two years as "Russian-American Institute" (RAI) - closed its doors in December 2010. But a remnant headed by Baptist pastor Dr. Ruslan Nadiuk and...
Articles 2014 · 04. June 2014
Russia’s Baptist Union has a New “Number Two” -------------------------------------------------------------------- 34th Russian Baptist congress held in St. Petersburg M o s c o w -- The Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists has a new senior vice-president: Sergey Sipko. At the every-fourth-year congress, which took place this time in St. Petersburg from 28 to 30 May, Alexey Smirnov was also elected for an additional four years as the Union’s president. According to the...