Ortodoxie si protestantism

Clipul de mai sus cuprinde prima parte a prelegerii mele de joi 27 aprilie, la Universitatea Aurel Vlaicu din Arad, cu ocazia conferintei internationale dedicate Reformei.

Multumesc lui Alin Cristea pentru inregistrare.

The Holy and Great Council: Separating Fact from Fiction

A necessary response to Orthodox fanatics who sacrifice the truth for the sake of their schismatic sectarianism.

Public Orthodoxy

by Evagelos Sotiropoulos

fact or fiction

As someone who traveled to Crete for the Holy and Great Council, who attended both Synodal Divine Liturgies (for Pentecost and the Sunday of All Saints) and who spoke with and heard from dozens of bishops, I am disturbed by the “malicious words” (cf. 3 John) that some are spewing against it. Having had the remarkable opportunity to see the deep faithfulness and reverence bishops have for holy Orthodoxy, I was motivated to write a few observations, responses, and questions, calling into serious question the credibility of the Council’s detractors.

  • Those who condemn the number of participants fail to acknowledge that aside from the First, Fourth, and Seventh Ecumenical Councils (which each had significantly more bishops), the average participation of the other four Ecumenical Councils only slightly exceeds the number of bishops at the Orthodox Academy of Crete last year. Quoting Georges Florovsky: “The sacred dignity of…

View original post 994 more words

Cînd îți trece glonțul pe la ureche…

Alex scrie despre blestematiile guvernului criminal al PSD/ALDE. Bravos, natiune de votanti cu ochii inchisi si fara creier. Ne meritam soarta.

Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co

Să fiu sincer, nu mi-a trecut un glonț pe la ureche. Vedeam trasoarele cum vin, mă aplecam instinctiv, dar nici măcar nu cădeau prin preajmă. Era decembrie 89.

Dar rămîne expresia. Înseamnă că ai fost aproape de moarte. Sau că cineva sau ceva a ratat ținta. Glonțul a șuierat pe la ureche, dar s-a dus mai departe. Și totuși un glonț mare mi-a șuierat pe la ureche. Am aflat azi.

În noiembrie 2016 am terminat tratamentul de întreținere cu Mabthera/Retuximab. Un medicament scump, de import. L-am încasat de opt ori în chimioterapie, la interval de vreo 3 săptămîni, timp în care mă mai echilibram. Devenisem un zombi autohton, mi căzuse aproape tot părul. Îmi pierdusem cheful de viață. Mîncarea nu mai avea gust. Mirosurile deveniseră ciudate. Auzul prea sensibil. Eram nervos și în același timp apatic. La o tentativă de a prinde tramvaiul am renunțat după două zeci de metri…

View original post 504 more words

Doru Costache – Christianity at the Crossroads


Fr. Doru Costache

Note: This short text, on the perseccution of Christians in general, and the maartyrdom of the Coptic Church in particular comes from one of my favourite Orthodox theologians, the Romanian Fr. Doru Costache, who serves now in Australia. In the context of the present hysteria, especially in the US, on how they, poor good Christians (who brough foolish Trump to power), are persecuted by the secular world, which does not understad how precious they are, I believe the common sense gospel words in this text have to be heard more largely than on the academic website where they were published. Of course, I do this with the kind permission of Fr. Costache, to whom goes my gratitude.

* * *

14 April 2017 © AIOCS Doru Costache

No, you do not have to expect me to say that the current circumstances are new and that these days Christians must take some unprecedented action or to abolish their past. Neither should you expect me to say something like Christianity being in need of a radical reform today more than yesterday. My interest is in pointing out the need to retrieve something that we seem to have lost in history: our capacity to discern the times and assess our circumstances in a genuinely traditional manner. But let me be more specific.

Just recently, on Palm Sunday, our sisters and brothers of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt have been once again the object of hate attacks on the part of their non-Christian neighbours. And the day before more Christians have been put to death in Syria. And the day before that more Christians have been put to death elsewhere. And days before that a Catholic priest was slaughtered during the celebration of the eucharist in France. And I hear of cases of Christians harassed by their non-Christian neighbours in some parts of Sydney. All this because they, indeed we, are Christian.Read More »

Rachel Elizabeth Asproth – Things Christian Women Hear about Women


Rachel Elizabeth Asproth

April 19, 2017

Last night, Sarah Bessey (we’re fans!) began a conversation about the strange, sexist, abusive, and toxic things Christian women are told on a regular basis. We’ve been leaning into the conversation and doing our best to keep a record of the profound and heartbreaking stories women and male allies are sharing. We’ve collected some of the most powerful tweets so far in a list, and we’re inviting our audience to follow the ongoing conversation happening on Twitter under #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear.

If you have a relevant story or experience, please join the conversation yourself or share in the comments below.

1. “You can teach the women and children, you just can’t teach the men.” –Charlie Grantham

2. “You are an amazing leader! You’d make an excellent pastor’s wife someday!” –Sarah Bessey

3. “Women are too emotional to be leaders and pastors. It would never work.” –Jesse HarpRead More »

ROCOR Commentary on the February Revolution: Blame the West and Link Putin to the Tsars

Russian Orthodox politics aat its worst. Thee are sad times for the Russian Orthodox Church, for which she is fully responsible..

Public Orthodoxy

by Lena Zezulin

february revolution

It is sad, if understandable, that the Russian state and society remained almost mute on the anniversary of the February/March 1917 Revolution. There is no consensus on those events.

It should therefore be welcome that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which has existed independently outside the Soviet state, professed anti-communism, glorified the New Martyrs, and defended the human rights of clergy and other dissidents, raised its voice to mark the event. It was welcome that the Church reminded us of the persecutions against the faithful, the glorification of the New Martyrs, and of the need to bury the carcass of Lenin.

Unfortunately, what ROCOR provided was little more than pro-Putin rhetoric.

Historians attribute the causes of the Russian Revolution to many factors: the stress of World War I, the assassination of Stolypin, the lack of economic development, famine, poor governance by the Tsar, and other…

View original post 849 more words

Social Capital: Seeds of Friendship Growing into a National Symbol for Reconciliation

Humans are fundamentally symbolic beings. And nowhere is this seen better than in the so much needed reconciliation that our world need at this moment in hiistory.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Manal el-Tayar

Her voice quivered as she started speaking. One could sense how intimidating it must have felt for a twenty-year-old to address a crowd of religious leaders, politicians, ambassadors, civil society leaders, academicians and other notable delegates about her vision for a united Lebanon. As Alaa spoke, she glimpsed back a couple of times at Jennifer who stood by her. Jennifer’s beaming smile reassured her friend. Slowly, Alaa grew more confident in her speech and her words resonated with the audience.

The contribution of Alaa and Jennifer to the Celebration of the Annunciation[i] in downtown Beirut on Sunday 26th of March 2017 seemed to be the highlight for many in attendance. “You are the hope of the future,” said one ex- combatant in the civil war:

View original post 1,392 more words

27 aprilie – Conferinta internationala: Impactul Reformei asupra societatii

Read More »

La 63 de ani

Alex trece in revista, in stilul lui inimitabil ‘primii’ lui 63 de ani de viata. Ii implinesc si eu mai in toamna (saru-mina, nenea Alex), dar nu stiu daca o sa fac un asemenea bilant. Cred ca ar fi prea trist, scris acum, asa ca probabil il las pe cind voi implini 65. E mai… omagial.

Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co

N-am avut curiozitatea și nici mama mea n-a avut ințiativa să-mi spună la ce oră m-am născut. Nici cum. M-am născut și gata.

Acum e cu totul altcumva. Le-am spus băieților noștri cam totul.

Nu țin minte să îmi fi spus cineva din familie vreodată că mă iubește. Deloc. A trebuit să deduc.

Eram tăcut, timid și slăbuț. Într-un exces de sinceritate tatăl meu ne-a spus la un moment dat că n-ar fi vrut să fiu tocmai un luptător de greco-romane, dar…

M-am mai scos cu școala. Dar și acolo n-am corespuns întrutotul așteptărilor masculine. N-am fost niciodată primul în clasă. Ar fi ajutat și stimei mele de sine? Probabil.

N-am excelat nici la sport. Dimpotrivă. Cum eram cam bolnăvicios în unii ani eram scutit la educația fizică. Cu unele mențiuni că prin clasa a 7-8-a la oră, în ciuda faptului că nu eram cel mai înalt, eu conduceam clasa…

View original post 659 more words

Christ Is Risen! Rejoice!

My Easter ikon this year comes from Egypt, in commemoration of the Coptic martyrs who died there at the hand of religious fanatics on Palm Sunday. May the Lord bless them and rest them with the saints!

Walter Brueggemann – Holy Saturday: Expecting to be Interrupted

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark . . . —John 20:1a

Nobody knew how long Saturday would last. Nobody knew if Saturday would ever end. So it is now as well. Nobody knows how long Saturday will last or if it will ever end. Saturday is that in-between day of stillness and doubt and despair when time stands still in lethal flatness. The old Saturday was about abandonment and disappointment at the far edge of the crucifixion. And then came all the Saturdays of fear and abusiveness, of the Crusades and the ovens and genocides in too many places. And then came our particular Saturdays of Katrina and 9/11 and economic collapse, Saturdays of overwhelming failure with no adequate resources.Read More »

Walter Brueggemann – Maundy Thursday: Belonging and Washing

“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” —John 13:14–15

The disciples watched with indignation and astonishment, this Lord become a servant. As they watched, their anxiety ebbed some. And he said to them: “Do you know what I have done to you?”

The disciples are always concrete operational. They said, “Yes, you washed our feet.”

More than that, he said. “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” Read More »

Fr. Boules George – A Message to Those Who Kill Us

Father Boules George gives a sermon during the Eve of Monday Pascha following the two bombings on Palm Sunday that took place at Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church in Tanta and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria.

Find below the transcription of this powerful sermon.

* * *

What will we say to them?

THANK YOU

The first thing we will say is “Thank you very, very much,” and you won’t believe us when we say it.

You know why we thank you? I’ll tell you. You won’t get it, but please believe us.

You gave us to die the same death as Christ–and this is the biggest honor we could have. Christ was crucified–and this is our faith. He died and was slaughtered–and this is our faith. You gave us, and you gave them to die.

We thank you because you shortened for us the journey. When someone is headed home to a particular city, he keeps looking at the time. “When will I get home? Are we there yet?” Can you imagine if in an instant he finds himself on a rocket ship straight to his destination? You shortened the journey! Thank you for shortening the journey.

We thank you because you gave to us to fulfill what Christ said to us: “Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3). We were lambs; our only weapons: our faith and the church we pray in. I carry no weapon in my hand. We are so grateful that you helped us fulfill this saying of Christ.Read More »

Publicitate. Iepurașul pascal vă aduce un „Jurnal” | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

Source: Publicitate. Iepurașul pascal vă aduce un „Jurnal” | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

O carte de cautat, neaparat. Multumim, Parinte Florescu; multumim, Polirom.

Teodor Baconschi la Forumul Dialogos – Crestinismul ca sursa a unui viitor uman

 

Christine Mangala Frost – The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs

The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs
By Christine Mangala Frost
Paperback ISBN: 9780227176351
RRP: £25.00
Publication Date: 27/04/2017
Also available in ebook formats.
The Book: Despite the history that divides them, Hinduism and Orthodox Christianity have much in common. In The Human Icon, Christine Mangala Frost explores how both religions seek to realise the divine potential of every human being, and the differences in their approach. Frost, who has experienced both the extraordinary riches and the all-too-human failings of Hinduism and Orthodox Christianity from the inside, is perfectly placed to examine the convergences and divergences between the two faiths.
Inspired by a desire to clear up the misunderstandings that exist between the two, The Human Icon is a study in how two faiths, superficially dissimilar, can nevertheless find meeting points everywhere. The powerful intellectual and spiritual patristic traditions of Orthodox Christianity offer a rare tool for revitalising too-often stalled dialogue with Hinduism and present the chance for a broader and more diverse understanding of the oldest religion in the world.
Tracing the long history of Orthodox Christianity in India, from the Thomas Christians of ancient times to the distinctive theology of Paulos Mar Gregorios and the Kottayam School, Frost explores the impact of Hindu thought on Indian Christianity and considers the potential for confluence.
With a breadth of interest that spans Hindu bhakti, Orthodox devotional theology, Vedānta and theosis, as well as meditational Yoga and hesychastic prayer, Frost offers a fresh perspective on how the devotees of both faiths approach the ideal of divinisation, and presents a thoughtful, modern methodology for a dialogue of life.
The Author: Christine Mangala Frost is a Guest Lecturer and Research Associate at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, where she edits and presents their outreach programme, The Way. Born in India and raised Hindu, she converted first to Anglicanism and then, in 1997, to Orthodox Christianity. She is the author of several journal articles on interfaith issues, as well as three novels, including The Firewalkers (1991), which was shortlisted for both the Deo Gloria Award and the Commonwealth First Book Prize.
* * *
Find below a PDF flyer for this new publication.
The book will be out on 31 May. HERE is the Amazon link where it could be pre-ordered.

 

Auras

Valeriu Nicolae scrie iarasi, cu umorul si talentul lui nemaipomenit, care mi-a mers direct la suflet.
Mi-e dor de tine, Val. Ca nu ne-am mai vazut de un veac. Fii binecuvintat!

Valeriu Nicolae

Am inteles ce inseamna sa fiu tigan atunci cand Auras, frumoasa blocului de varsta mea, mi-a spus ca nu are voie sa se joace cu mine pentru ca tiganii sunt plini de paduchi si o bate maica-sa. Sa fiu rom era binisor, caci eram rom in sat la bunica. „ Tigan” insa era o nenoricire care mi se intampla in orasul asta mare si plin de straini.

Am plans rau, cel mai rau, din cate imi amintesc. Stiu ca tot atunci mi-am dat seama ca emotiile le simt in inima mult mai tare decat in cap.

Mama a incercat sa ma impace si mi-a cantat povestea cu ursul brun care in cele din urma, dupa ce se chinuie indeajuns, e acceptat de ursii albi. Mama a fost destul de dura pe partea asta si nu a vrut nicicand sa imi auda scuzele pentru esec. Mi-a repetat in nestire ca, daca…

View original post 796 more words

Cum citim 1 Petru?

Perfectio in Spiritu

Prietenul meu,Luci, ne-a propus sã poposim pe primaepistolã petrinã întru studiu biblic. Eu aveam de gând Evanghelia dupã Ioan, din considerente cã-i mai soft, universalist, literaturã narativã, etc. E bine, chiar foarte bine cu Petru, sigur gãsim ceva de primatul papal prin epistolã, îmi zic, iar toți pãcãtoșii se vor pocãi…:)

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, în ghidul ei pe 1 Petru, face un tur hermeneutic general care, cred, cã ne v-a fi de folos fiecãruia ce se apleacã pe un text biblic.

Limbajul.Informaticienii înțeleg mai lesne cum funcționeazã limbajul: emițãtor, receptor, mesajul criptat, înțeles de amândoi. O persoanã își transmite mesajul, gândurile,etc, altei persoane, oral, scris,etc.

Discursurile autoritative, precum textele biblice, bule papale, etc, se cred cã odatã ce au fost enunțate au autoritate pe veci, în orice context și pentru oricine. Acest mod de a înțelege limbajul se numește modelul literalist.

Multe confesiuni creștine și mulți credincioși…

View original post 356 more words

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Were the Culmination of His Life and Teaching: An Easter Reflection

In the context of Lent, Maryin talks about Jessus as seen through the eyes of Muslim scholars. A most interesting reading.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

In the gospel of John, chapter 12 (1-8), we read the story of a woman called Mary, who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume. But who was this enigmatic Mary character, and what was the significance of her act?

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

View original post 1,491 more words

It’s That Time of the Year Again: In Tone Four, “The murderers of God, the lawless nation of the Jews…”

Bogdan Bucur is building here a strong case for exorcising Orthodoxy of the resilient anti-Semitism that permiates it from the early centuries until today. With the resurgence of neofascist movements in the so-called ‘Orthodox lands’, as well as in the west, this is really an urgent task, which the characteristic staunch conservatism of Orthodoxy makes even more difficult that in other communities. Lord, have mercy!

Public Orthodoxy

by Bogdan G. Bucur

byz-hymn-e1491498366215.pngDisturbing Words, Disturbed Emotions

The words in the title are from one of the stichera at the Beatitudes chanted on Holy Thursday evening (Triodion, 589). Similar references to “arrogant Israel, people guilty of blood,”  “bloodthirsty people, jealous and vengeful,” and “the perverse and crooked people of the Hebrews” occur in the unabbreviated English translation of the Lamentations service printed in the Lenten Triodion.

It is true that this kind of language appears less strident when considered within the context of Byzantine rhetoric; it is also true that the pattern is set by the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible (e.g., Micah 6:1-5; Amos 2:9-12); and it is, yet again, true that we must also take into consideration the larger context of the Church’s growth from a charismatic, egalitarian, theologically innovative, and administratively schismatic group within first-century Judaism into the increasingly Gentile reality of…

View original post 1,313 more words

Northumbria Community – Kyrie Eleison

Here are the lyrics of this very special Celtic spirit song from the Northumbria Community, around the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, in the north-east of England, at the border with Scotland.

* * *

Empty, broken here I stand – Kyrie eleison
Touch me with your healing hand – Kyrie eleison
Take my arrogance and pride – Kyrie eleison
Wash me in your mercies tide – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

When my faith has all but gone – Kyrie eleison
Give me strength to carry on – Kyrie eleison
When my dreams have turned to dust – Kyrie eleison
In you, Oh Lord, I put my trust – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

When my heart is cold as ice – Kyrie eleison
Your love speaks of sacrifice – Kyrie eleison
Love that sets the captives free – Kyrie eleison
Oh pour compassion down on me – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

You’re the voice that calms my fears – Kyrie eleison
You’re the laughter dries my tears – Kyrie eleison
You’re my music, my refrain – Kyrie eleison
Help me sing your song again – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

Humble heart of holiness – Kyrie eleison
Kiss me with your tenderness – Kyrie eleison
Jesus faithful friend and true – Kyrie eleison
All I am, I give to you – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

(Source, HERE)

Border Dwelling – A Fascinating and Uncomfortable Calling


Mexican boy at the border

One of the ways I tend to describe my challenged identity to those who want to know who I really am is to say that I am a ‘border dweller, negotiating traffic between opposing realities‘. It is a fascinating position, as you are able to look critically at both realities, and to be enriched  equally by both. It is, however, also a dangerous position, since those who are there are usually shot at from both sides. Yet, to be authemtic, one has to be what one is called to be, as unconfortable as that might sound.

Today I found a very interesting article, written by Robert Hunt, an American Methodist author I usually read with great interest (with a simple search, you may find a few of his texts on my blog, especially on topics related to Palestine and Israel). The article I mentioned here, titled ‘Privilege and Loss of Personnhood‘, ends with a fabulously rich poem in prose by Gloria Anzaldúa, which sumarises well my feelings about what it means to be a ‘border dweller’, be it in Mexican terms, in this case. Here it is:

* * *

To Live In The Borderlands
by  Gloria Anzaldúa

To live in the Borderlands means you
are neither hispana india negra espanola
ni gabacha, eres mestiza, mulata, half-breed
caught in the crossfire between camps
while carrying all five races on your back
not knowing which side to turn to, run from;

To live in the Borderlands means knowing
that the india in you, betrayed for 500 years,

is no longer speaking to you,
the mexicanas call you rajetas,
that denying the Anglo inside you

is as bad as having denied the Indian or Black;

Cuando vives en la frontera
people walk through you, the wind steals your voice,
you’re a burra, buey, scapegoat,
forerunner of a new race,
half and half-both woman and man, neither-a new gender;

To live in the Borderlands means to
put chile in the borscht,
eat whole wheat tortillas,
speak Tex-Mex with a Brooklyn accent;
be stopped by la migra at the border checkpoints;

Living in the Borderlands means you fight hard to
resist the gold elixir beckoning from the bottle,
the pull of the gun barrel,
the rope crushing the hollow of your throat;

In the Borderlands
you are the battleground
where enemies are kin to each other;
you are at home, a stranger,
the border disputes have been settled
the volley of shots have scattered the truce
you are wounded, lost in action
dead, fighting back;

To live in the Borderlands means
the mill with the razor white teeth wants to shred off
your olive-red skin, crush out the kernel, your heart
pound you pinch you roll you out
smelling like white bread but dead;

To survive the Borderlands
you must live sin fronteras.
be a crossroads.

Să presupunem că presupunem?

Alex, cu umor trist despre dezbaterile sterile, ca sa nu zic stupide, pe teme fara nicio importanta in lumea tulbure si trista a evanghelicilor romani.

Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co

Azi pe feisbuc a apărut postarea asta:

„Să presupunem că un bărbat și o femeie se căsătoresc conform ritului ortodox. Ea la un moment se convertește la baptism sau penticostalism și bărbatul ei nu acceptă asta și intentează divorțul. Divorțul se pronunță și ei se despart dar ea dorește să slujească lui Dumnezeu chiar și prin misionarism. Ce facem fratele meu în situația asta? Sigur că unele culturi în care va merge ca misionară s-ar putea să fie foarte împotrivitoare la starea ei civilă și astfel să nu aibe trecere dar dacă găsește o cultură care nu are o astfel de problemă și o acceptă ca misionară ce ne facem?
Este slujirea ei primită de Domnul?”

Ce se dă?

Se dă la marea presupunere una bucată femeie și una bucată bărbat. Se mai dă o căsătorie și un rit ortodox. Se mai dă o convertire, nu contează la care, baptiști…

View original post 788 more words

Operatiunea Strainul – Povestea teribila a Casei Reale a Romaniei sub comunism

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

in hope for some common sense

Public Orthodoxy

by John Fotopoulos

Easter-EggNote: This essay was originally posted in 2016. While the Orthodox and Catholic/Protestant dates coincide this year, there is still widespread misunderstanding about the calendar differences between the Orthodox and Western churches.

There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and thus the Orthodox must wait for Passover to be celebrated by the Jewish community before Pascha can occur. Despite this view being held by so many Orthodox Christians as well as being promoted in popular essays written by some Orthodox priests, it is not accurate. The reason why Orthodox Pascha frequently occurs so much later than Easter celebrated by Roman Catholics and…

View original post 2,062 more words

Ready! Set! Go! – A Very Moving Video from Roma Education Fund

Find HERE the websote of Roma Education Fund Romania.

Kenneth Bailey on Foot Washing in Middle East Context

Ken Bailey illustrates brilliantly here how important it is for us to understand the original cultural context in order to understand the Bible.

William Yoder – Healthy Debate is Needed. A conversation on the Baptists of Georgia

 

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 position is now held by a more conservative colleague, Merab Gaprindshvili.

Even prior to the return from England, a grouping calling itself the „Evangelical Baptist Association of Georgia“ had broken off from the mother „Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia“ (EBCG) in October 2013. The Association has roughly 30 congregations and 800 members; the EBCG according to some reckonings may have as few as 2.000 adult members.

„I don’t notice any front between Merab and the other three bishops,“ Pastor Brandt maintains. (Brandt has visited Georgia frequently in the course of the past two decades.) “Merab was and remains a pupil of Malkhaz, who always has been a strong influence on him and Bishop Ilja (Osephashvili). It’s a kind of father-son dispute. I find it very laudable that the (stay-home) bishops did not attempt to resolve everything in Malkhaz’ absence. All sides are attempting to find a way back to each other – that’s my reason for being optimistic. The experiences they have gathered during the course of the controversy have been very challenging and formative.”Read More »

Amurgul liderilor (II)

Iata si a doua paarte a postarii lui Teo despree criza de leadership in lumea evanghelica.

Cu drezina

(continuare de aici)

Încălcarea propriilor standarde. S-a întâmplat uneori ca liderii sau apropiații (respectiv protejații) lor să nu-și poată respecta propriile standarde. Iar căderile lor fie au fost mușamalizate (dar au „sifonat” printre enoriașii descumpăniți), fie au iscat adevărate scandaluri soldate cu îndepărtarea „nelegiuitului”. Soarta lui ulterioară pare să nu mai fi prezentat interes pentru cei care au pus sentința în aplicare, nici pentru comunitățile rămase astfel mai „pure”. De unde și impresia – greu de contrazis – că răniții sunt „împușcați”, nu tratați.

Sistemul nu pare să dispună de o procedură de asumare a erorilor grave. Din păcate, liderii par să fie datori să nu-și asume greșeli, iar dacă-și asumă ceva, să fie mereu lucrui nesemnificative sau derivate dintr-o virtute care dă pe dinafară (excesiv de blânzi, de îngăduitori, de darnici, de sinceri, de încrezători). Poate că acesta e unul dintre motivele pentru care recuperările „căzuților” sunt lente…

View original post 2,278 more words

The Russian Church: Profiting by Silence

Of course, Patriarch Kirill, who has always been ‘in bed’ with Putin, is silent in the face of this disguting state sactioned violence. He could not care less. Yet, such guity and interested silence always has a price. This time, as Chapnin rightly says, it will probably the loss of the youth, and, thus, the mere future of the church. It seems, we never learn anything from history.

Public Orthodoxy

by Sergei Chapnin

Russia protest

Last Sunday Russia saw a wave of protests against corruption in the upper echelons of power. Masses took to the streets ignited by the investigation of the Anti-Corruption Foundation titled “He is Not Dimon for You,” which focused on the alleged corrupt affairs of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The outcome of these events surprised everybody, including the government, the organisers of the protests, and society at large.

Firstly and most importantly, Alexei Navalny, the author of the investigation who had previously announced his bid to seek the presidency in 2018, managed to lead tens of thousands of people out to the streets all over Russia, from Vladivostok to Voronezh. Nobody, the organisers included, expected the protests to achieve such scale. In many cities, the rallies remained unauthorized and led to people being arrested despite the peaceful nature of these demonstrations. 

Secondly, the state-run TV stations have…

View original post 1,245 more words