Articles 2020

Articles 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...
Articles 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...
Articles 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...
Articles 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”....
Articles 2020 · 14. February 2020
A Congregation with Much to Offer ---------------------------------------------------------------- The Baptist „Church of Peace“ in Kaliningrad B e r l i n – On festive occasions at Kaliningrad/Russia’s Baptist church, one is reminded of the best of times back in the former USSR. Then, as many as 600 persons crowd into the “Church of Peace”; a four-part choir hails forth; children and women recite poetry and sing. Two or three sermons are to be expected; adult males and children are...
Articles 2020 · 13. February 2020
Combining the Old and the New ---------------------------------------------------- A New and Youthful Congregation in Kaliningrad Kaliningrad -- Kaliningrad Pastor Vitaly Alexandrovich Gut wants to combine the old with the new. That’s why he regards his congregation as both Lutheran and charismatic. His services include lifted hands, a praise team and modern music. Yet his 25-member congregation is not overly-loud in a negative sense and anyone not choosing to lift their hands during worship...