Articles 2018

Articles 2018 · 30. December 2018
A Church Fellowship with an Endangered Future ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Regarding the present state of the “Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession” K a l i n i n g r a d – After the departure of five of approximately eight total bishops during the past 20 months, Moscow’s “Evangelical-Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession” (ELTsAI in Russian) appears to be on its last legs. The nearly 40 congregations of yore...
Articles 2018 · 30. December 2018
39,7 Million – not 200 Million ----------------------------------------------- Report on a visit of Chinese journalists to Moscow M o s c o w -- Evangelicals in the USA and in Russia have something in common: Both view the Christian church of China as persecuted but growing rapidly. Yet according to two young Chinese journalists who visited Moscow in mid-December at the invitation of the Russian Evangelical Alliance, both perceptions are essentially false. Westerners speak of as many as 200...
Articles 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...
Articles 2018 · 13. November 2018
Articles 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...
Articles 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...
Articles 2018 · 19. July 2018
Articles 2018 · 14. June 2018
“Wonderful things are happening in our country at present.” --------------------------------------------------------------------- An Economic Miracle in Siberia Reportage G v a r d e y s k – An economic miracle is afoot in a western Siberian village founded by Mennonite settlers from Ukraine in 1911. Two men around the age of 40, Jacob Dirksen und David Epp, have created a farm there with 14.826 acres of land and 40 employees. Their village was originally called “Waldheim” and was...
Articles 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...
Articles 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...

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