Orthodoxy

Orthodoxy · 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...
Orthodoxy · 01. October 2017
Waiting on Santa Claus ------------------------------------------------------- A comparison between the Orthodox and Lutherans in Russia Commentary Gvardeysk/Tapiau, Kaliningrad Region – Sometimes I sit on one of the benches still retaining a seat in front of Kaliningrad/Königberg’s aging, 1999-built Evangelical-Lutheran “Church of the Resurrection” (Auferstehungskirche) and gaze skyward at its impressive façade. That awakens both happy and sad memories. At the turn of the new...
Orthodoxy · 04. November 2016
Brothers and Sisters in All Camps --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Pentecostals hold their annual Moscow conference M o s c o w – The big-time events produced by the “Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith” (ROSKhVE) are memorable. Among Russia´s Protestants, no one demonstrates greater talent in holding them. On 18 October, roughly 50 guests of honour from church and politics showed up for its annual...
Orthodoxy · 30. January 2016
No Orthodoxy without Christ ------------------------------------------------- A dismissed Orthodox editor warns of future dangers S m o l e n s k -- Both the Russian state and church are caught in a state of transition. That’s the position of the Russian Orthodox publicist Sergey Chapnin. He was fired in December along with the outspoken Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, perhaps the best-known Russian Orthodox personality after the Patriarch himself. (See our report from 28 Dec.) Thanks to falling...
Orthodoxy · 16. September 2015
Only the West is still Marxist ------------------------------------------- On Russia’s conservative revival S m o l e n s k -- In a series of reports on Denmark’s national public radio, the journalist and theologian Iben Thranholm raised eyebrows by praising the emergence of a conservative movement in Russia (see: “http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-and-west-have-swapped-spiritual-and-cultural-roles/ri9514”). One of Thranholm’s typical statements: “While the West is deriding and...
Orthodoxy · 31. January 2015
Does Ukraine Harbour „Small Fascisms“? -------------------------------------------------------------------- News item: Motorola interprets evangelical mission work Commentary M o s c o w – Fascism is being rehabilitated in Eastern Europe. The process got serious when the new Croatian state began to rehabilitate the “Ustasha” movement after 1991. A rediscovery of the anti-Soviet “Forest brother” partisans in the three Baltic countries followed. The trend reached a new peak when the...
Orthodoxy · 14. June 2013
Different but Prominent - the Offspring of Ivan Prokhanov „Word for You“, an evangelical news service in Moscow, is publishing segments of an amiable, non-threatening interview with Alexander Andreyevich Prokhanov. Prokhanov is a prominent rightest, nationalist journalist and author similar in conviction to Eduard Limonov, founder of the National Bolshevik Party. Repressed by the Yeltsin government, Prokhanov overcame censure in 1993 by founding a new national weekly, “Zavtra”. He...
Orthodoxy · 14. June 2013
Vitaly Vlasenko: Entering through Open Doors “Many Orthodox doors are open to Baptists and it is very important that we locate those doors and pass through them.“ That was one comment made by Rev. Vitaly Vlasenko, Director of External Church Relations for the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” (RUECB), following a hearty reception by Alexy (Kutepov) , the Metropolitan of Tula and Yefremov, in Tula on 31 May. Much to the surprise of Vlasenko and the two local Baptist...
Orthodoxy · 23. April 2013
New legislation On 9 April, Russia’s Duma passed the initial reading of a hotly-contested, new law on protecting persons of religious conviction from insult. The legislation has strong Orthodox support. According to one Orthodox activist, the Moscow journalist Alexander Shchipkov, anti-religious sentiment is “snowballing” and can only still be stopped by drastic new laws. What began with relatively harmless caricatures on national television has ballooned into physical assaults on clergy...
Orthodoxy · 20. February 2013
Two Old Denominations in Need of Adaptation ---------------------------------------------------------------- A Baptist reports on Baptist-Orthodox dialogue M o s c o w -- “People who claim that friendship and cooperation between Orthodox and Baptists are impossible are profoundly mistaken. Yet those who regard cooperation as possible but unnecessary are even more mistaken.” These are the opening lines of a remarkable press release from 1 June 2012 reporting on a two-time meeting between a...

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