21.06.2016

Not Finished Off Yet

Conversation with a Baptist pastor in Moscow

S m o l e n s k – „It’s gotten lonely among us.“ That was the conclusion of a conversation punctuated by air hammers and howling motorcycles at the Moscow subway station “Okhotny Ryad” near the entrance to Red Square on 2 June. My Russian partner was a Baptist pastor involved in the dealings of his church and country over the past 40 years.  According to him, developments on Kiev’s Maidan in February 2014 have ushered in a new era; contacts with the West have gone into...

20.06.2016

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 that this legislation is vague and offers space for a wide range of interpretations. Already, according to him, “foreign missionaries attempting...

25.05.2016

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 gather 1.000 Christian leaders from as many as 150 countries in Moscow from 28 to 30 October 2016. Vitaly Vlasenko, Director of...

06.04.2016

The Changing Face of Church and Mission in Eurasia

A Debate between Mykhailo Cherenkov and William Yoder

This article by Cherenkov and my response appeared in the Vol. 24, No. 2 issue of the  “East-West Church and Ministry Report” edited by Prof. Mark Elliott in Kentucky. I have changed a big and small mistake in my response as published by Elliott. These two corrections are in bold. The article may be reprinted, but one must cite the...

05.04.2016

The Fellow with His Finger in the Dike

Sergey Ryakhovsky turns 60

Commentary

M o s c o w – On 18 March, Moscow's Sergey Vasilevich Ryakhovsky, Senior Bishop of ROSKhVE, the “Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith”, turned 60. Despite his many detractors in Ukraine and the West, Russian evangelicals have reason enough to thank Ryakhovsky for his efforts in the public and political realm. Russian nationalists have long wanted to prove that evangelicals are foreign, pro-Western...

04.04.2016

John MacArthur Reports on his View of the Pope

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 Valley/California. In his sermon at the opening of the conference, the ever-combative MacArthur claimed that “Allah is not the same as God. Allah is a form of the devil.”

03.04.2016

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 of Eastern European look better without...

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