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West · 09. August 2020
Regarding the article “Defeating Trump will Not Solve Much” In mid-stream, I’ve stopped sending around my opinion on the upcoming US elections. I should stick to topics which relate more directly to the church in Eastern Europe and the Far East. It's still here on the webpage. Joe Biden and his DNC (Democratic National Committee) may indeed be the “less evil” option; my friend Mark Elliott’s preference is probably correct. As I write, there is only one significant arms agreement...
West · 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...
West · 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...
West · 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...
West · 01. October 2017
The Desire to Live in a Normal Country ---------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Protestants invited to emigrate to the USA G w a r d e y s k – Apparently, the „Yarovaya Laws“ of July 2016, which are intended to hinder proselytization, also have positive consequences for the Protestants of Russia. The Protestant advertisement forum „Khristianski Megafon“ (formerly „Maxima-News“) carries the advert of an “American Visa Center” inviting the...
West · 30. March 2017
Healthy Debate is Needed -------------------------------------------------- A conversation on the Baptists of Georgia M o s c o w – Despite controversies, Elimar Brandt of Berlin, a Baptist pastor and long-time director of Christian health-care facilities, see reasons for hope within the Baptist church of Georgia. After five years of post-graduate studies in Oxford/UK, its long-time head, Dr. Malkhaz Songulashvili, returned to Georgia in April 2014. Yet soon he was no longer archbishop: that...
West · 22. October 2016
Russia’s Evangelical Alliance has Joined the European Family ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ News from the EEA’s Annual Conference in Portugal M o s c o w – The Russian Evangelical Alliance has achieved a significant milestone. At its annual conference in Colares/Portugal on 12 October, the REA was accepted as a full member of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA). According to REA-General-Secretary Sergey Vdovin, the goal was only...
West · 25. May 2016
Franklin Graham’s Moscow Summit Cancelled ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Russian Orthodoxy busy planning for June synod in Crete M o s c o w -- It was unofficially announced in Moscow on 19 May that the “World Summit in Defence of Persecuted Christians”, planned by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in conjunction with the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, has been cancelled or at least postponed. The summit intended to...
West · 03. April 2016
John MacArthur: Pope Francis is a Servant of Satan ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Report on a Shepherd's Conference in California M o s c o w – Russians too were shocked when the fundamentalist Californian church leader John MacArthur described Pope Francis as a “servant of Satan”. The setting was a side session at the annual, all-male “Shepherds’ Conference”, held from 9 to 13 March at MacArthur’s “Grace Community Church” in Sun...
West · 09. November 2015
God: Big Enough to Stomach Us Both --------------------------------------------------------------- A commentary on evangelist Franklin Graham in Moscow M o s c o w -- Rev. Franklin Graham’s visit to Moscow from 28 October to 1 November was surely the most “politically incorrect” visit of a Western church leader to Eastern Europe in decades. A foreboding of things to come had arisen when Graham assured at the outset that he was praying for Vladimir Putin. Franklin Graham, chairman of the...

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