31.12.2014

Churches too are Donating Munition

The Situation in Ukraine at Year’s End

M o s c o w – The Italian Paolo Pezzi, Archbishop and head of the Roman Catholic Church in Russia,  stated in an interview on 26 December: “Ukraine now has a wonderful opportunity to prove that Christian love overcomes hatred and evil. Its present situation is similar to Lebanon during the first half of the 20th century. During that period, the various religions coexisted in an atmosphere of peace and good neighbourliness. Christians and Muslims viewed...

22.12.2014

A Simple Definition of Wealth

Russian Baptists Visit the War Zones of Eastern Ukraine

M o s c o w -- A report on Eastern Ukraine published on the website of the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” on 16 December offers a simple definition of wealth: “Warm heaters, light, cold and hot water, food in the fridge”. A team of Baptists from the Kransnodar and Rostov regions, which just visited the war-torn region held by separatists for the third time, reports of villages which have been with electricity, water and phone contact for more than three...

22.12.2014

A word for our friends outside Russia

M o s c o w -- Hearty Christmas greetings and best wishes to friends of the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” around the world! We too are busy – busy binding up wounds, both the physical and the spiritual ones....

M o s c o w -- Hearty Christmas greetings and best wishes to friends of the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists” around the world! We too are busy – busy binding up wounds, both the physical and the spiritual ones. Despite the present financial crisis, we continue our work. This is not the first time since 1990 that our country has experienced serious monetary instability. We continue to strive for the spiritual and economic development of our church. Just now,...

20.11.2014

Lesser-Known, but Not Necessarily Smaller

Report on the Church of Ingria in Russia

S t.  P e t e r s b u r g – The „Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia“ may be less well-known than the “Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Russia”; but it is not necessarily smaller. Both are based in St. Petersburg. According to Ingria bishop Arri Kugappi; both churches possess 10-12.000 active, adult members. The 1996-elected Bishop made this statement at his church’s annual synod in St. Petersburg on 17 October. On its webpage, the ELCR (once known as ELCROS)...

15.11.2014

Down with Arms!

A Commentary on the Present Crisis in Ukraine

M o s c o w – The Protestant sisters and brothers in the large Ukraine claim that Russian soldiers are standing on their territory, and that it is time to defend the fatherland against Russia. Yet Ukrainians in the eastern region of Donbass assure that they are doing the very same: defending the fatherland. At a congress of “Novomedia” in Kiev on 8 November, journalist Jan Novoseltsev of Kiev’s „Canal 17” claimed that 90% of the fallen soldiers on both sides were Ukrainian...

07.11.2014

Sergey Vdovin: Biblical Evangelism in Contemporary Society

Message in North Carolina, 7 November 2014

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ from Russian Evangelical Alliance, a body related to European and World Evangelical Alliance! Praise God for this meeting, which I see as a next step in fulfilling Jesus' prayer for His Church in 17. Thanks to God for Billy Graham, his ministry and its worldwide impact for the glory of God! Thanks to God for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s efforts to help make this happen!

14.09.2014

Had We been Perfect, There would have been No War

About a visit to Ukraine

S m o l e n s k – Ukraine’s infrastructure remains on the slide. One popular joke states that only alcoholised drivers still drive in a straight line. The economy is on the brink. Many – including medical personnel near the front lines – are unemployed. But a bit of Western flair does surface: tattoos and male ear jewellery are on the rise. Jehovah’s Witnesses are becoming a part of regular street life. The latter indeed does please me: I may find their theology harmful, but...

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