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West & East · 06. March 2020
TAZ "Klaus-Helge Donath" Zeitzeichen Putin Chekist "William Yoder" China "extremely critical" Russia
West & East · 01. October 2017
"Baptist emigration" "Yarovaya Laws" "religious persecution" "normal country" "William Yoder"
West & East · 17. August 2013
Practice is the Decisive Issue -------------------------------------------------------- The Baptists of Ulyanovsk understand hospitality M o s c o w – From 8 to 11 June, German and Russian Baptists – along with other Christians – celebrated the 20th birthday of a partnership between the Baptist congregations of Krefeld and Ulyanovsk. This occurred in connection with the 12th German-Russian City Partnership Conference as well as the 20th anniversary of the city partnership between Krefeld...
West & East · 17. November 2012
Exceeding Permissible Levels of Ecumenical Pain ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Regarding the support of Germany’s evangelical Christians for P*Riot Commentary M o s c o w – A decision has been made contrary to the wishes of leading representatives of the “Evangelical Church in Germany” (EKD). Germany’s 16 “Luther cities” decided on 11 November to refrain from awarding its “Luther Prize”, called “The Fearless Word”, to the...
West & East · 28. August 2012
A New Icon to Whom Liberals Can Pray --------------------------------------------------------- The Russian Protestant response to P*Riot Commentary M o s c o w – Russian Protestants are united in condemning the two-year prison sentence dished out to the punk group “P*Riot”. Yet the church fathers are motivated not only by humanitarian concerns – they also have no desire to supply the group with a global stage. (It is incidentally permissible to reject the vulgar name the world’s most...
West & East · 16. March 2011
"Our Hands are Tied“ ----------------------------------------------------------- Conditions for youth among the unregistered Baptists and Pentecostals Commentary M o s c o w – The government is still the adversary for the unregistered Baptists and Pentecostals of the former Soviet Union – but other governments are now involved. Thanks to the 30-year-old emigration wave, most of the government adversaries are now located in Germany and in the USA’s Pacific Northwest. Russia still has...
West & East · 14. May 2010
A Trusting Relationship is in the Offing --------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian-German gives a hopeful word of greeting at this year’s conference of the German „Federation of Evangelical-Free Churches“ K a s s e l – Delegates at the German „Federation of Evangelical-Free Churches’“ (BEFG) annual conference in Kassel on 6 June heartily embraced a word of greeting given by Pastor Heinrich Derksen. Derksen is Rector of “Bibelseminar Bonn”, a...
West & East · 23. March 2009
A Renewed Division of Europe? ------------------------------------------------------- An appeal for church congresses on Ukrainian soil A Commentary M o s c o w – European Baptists want to be together. One clear indication is the fact that the Russian “Logos”-Choir hopes to send 40 singers to the festive conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the European Baptist movement in Amsterdam this summer. But a certain parallelisation is occurring. Following the Baptist World...
West & East · 08. November 2008
Russian-German Baptists Cannot be Bought --------------------------------------------------------------- A Conversation with Pastor Hermann Hartfeld M o s c o w – The ethnic-German Baptist Hermann Hartfeld from Brühl/Germany grew up in Omsk/Siberia. He was arrested for his missionary efforts in 1962 at the age of 20 and sentenced to five years in a labor camp. During that period he got the “privilege” of doing sanitation work without protective gear on the atomic testgrounds at...
West & East · 24. October 2008
Turn off the TV and Start Talking ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Protestant leader attends parliamentary sessions in Strasbourg Commentary M o s c o w -- Sergey Ryakhovsky (Moscow), Bishop of the Charismatic, loosely-structured, 2.000-congregation “Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evange­lical-Pentecostal Faith”, has voiced strong support in the past for the Russian administrations of Putin and Medvedev. He has on that basis defended...

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