Ukraine, Moldova

Ukraine, Moldova · 04. December 2019
Is the New Ukrainian President a Cause for Hope? --------------------------------------------------------------- Evangelicals are Divided on Zelensky M o s c o w -- Since the inauguration of the youthful Volodymyr Zelensky as Ukraine´s president on 20 May, the icy relationship between the evangelicals of Russia and Ukraine is melting slightly at the edges. In a significant breakthrough, Sergey Ryakhovsky, head bishop of Russia’s “Associated Russian Union of Christians of...
Ukraine, Moldova · 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...
Ukraine, Moldova · 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...
Ukraine, Moldova · 07. March 2018
Not Everyone wants Reconciliation ----------------------------------------------- Would Jesus have been a „Monist“? Commentary M o s c o w – The elation in the South Korean city of Pyeongchong reached the rafters on 9 February as the united Korean team entered the arena under an all-Korean flag. Any of us who had suffered through the division of Germany could not help but be moved. How much hate and aversion had rained down on Koreans during the past 70 years! And the Korean division has...
Ukraine, Moldova · 01. October 2017
The Position of Ukraine’s Protestants is Different ------------------------------------------------------------------ Thoughts regarding a long-term confrontation Commentary G w a r d e y s k – There are similar concerns among the Protestants of Russia and Ukraine. Both express aversions regarding the liberal, Western world and its defence of women’s and gay rights. Together with the Orthodox, both support the retention of traditional family values. Let us therefore list their...
Ukraine, Moldova · 30. March 2017
A Conflict Crying for Compromise --------------------------------------------------- A Commentary on Gennady Mokhnenko M o s c o w -- On his Facebook page and even on California-based Russian TV, Mariupol/Ukraine’s Gennady Mokhnenko repeats the political positions typical for Ukrainian evangelicals. A cultural Russian and non-speaker of Ukrainian, this Pentecostal leader is the legal father of 30+ orphans and a military chaplain. He decries pacifism and regularly portrays himself in...
Ukraine, Moldova · 15. July 2016
Ukrainians pity Russians - Russians pity Ukrainians ------------------------------------------------------------------- On the sad feud between next-door neighbours M o s c o w -- Wading through Internet responses to the new Russian legislation on religion - the “Yarovaya Laws” of 7 July - one is struck by the divide between the profoundly cross-fertilized and interconnected evangelicals of Russia and Ukraine. One reaction could be described as scorn. A photo of Vladimir Putin conversing...
Ukraine, Moldova · 20. June 2016
Russia and Ukraine Confront the Same Problems ------------------------------------------------------- An interview with Roman Lunkin S m o l e n s k – According to Moscow's Roman Lunkin, a research fellow for Britain's “Keston College”, legislation directed at Russia’s religious communities was significantly sharpened during the summer of 2015. This refers above all to the law on “undesirable organisations” of 23 May 2015. In an interview with the author on 18 May, Lunkin reported...
Ukraine, Moldova · 03. April 2016
The Changing Face of Church and Mission in Eurasia Mykhailo Cherenkov Up until now, post-Soviet space has been a blank spot from the perspective of the universal Church. Everyone knows about Mr. Putin. Some know about his friend, Patriarch Kirill. But no one sees beyond these political symphonies of Christianity, much like those who cannot see the forest for the trees. When the talk is about Christianity, then the focus is on the gilded domes, photos of well-fed priests, recollections of...
Ukraine, Moldova · 03. April 2016
Ukraine: Lenin Goes, Others Arrive --------------------------------------------- Monuments come and go Commentary M o s c o w – After years of controversy, a major statue of Lenin in the East Ukrainian, Kiev-controlled city of Zaporozhye was pulled down on 19 March. The Facebook page of Sergey Rakhuba, head of the Chicago-based “Mission Eurasia”, was one of those praising God for the demise of this symbol of bygone times. My comment: I don't like Lenin monuments either; the public squares...

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