Thom S Rainer – Nine Traits of Mean Churches

We all have our scars, and, if we are Christian, some of these we have earned in the churches where we worship(ed). There is no doubt there are ‘mean churches’ around.

In this text, Thom Rainer tries to list a few characteristics that make a church to be mean. As a Southern Baptist, he has a lot of exoertise on this matter.

Look in this mirror and ask yourself if you worship in such a church, or not. And, if you do, try to change things, or leave. Otherwise, you will get your scars too.

Here are the nine characteristics of mean churches, according to Rainer: Continue reading “Thom S Rainer – Nine Traits of Mean Churches”

David Gushee’s Rules of Political Engagement for Clergy

Kiril & Putin

Us elections are drawing near, and such events are good opportunities for clerics to either get some advantages by getting ‘in bed with power’, or, alternatively, to examine their hearts and play the prophetic role to which God called them.

In a recent article published on his blog hosted by Religious News Service, American ethics theologian David Gushee suggests some rules for political engagement by clergy, in order to avoid being used as mere instruments in a dirty political game. Here they are: Continue reading “David Gushee’s Rules of Political Engagement for Clergy”

Prietenul Cristi Tepes a plecat fulgerator la Domnul – UPDATE

Cristi Tepes

Dragi prieteni,

In aceasta dupa-amiaza, prietenul si fratele nostru Cristi Tepes, care se indrepta singur cu masina spre Iasi, la o reuniune de familie largita, unde se aflau deja membrii familiei sale, a avut un accident la volan (posibil datorat unui stop cardiac) si si-a pierdut viata.

Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca in pace!

Rugati-va pentru mingierea familiei, care se afla inca sub impresia puternica a acestei vesti naucitoare.

NOTA: Tocmai am aflat, prin intermediar, de la Ligia, sora lui Cristi, ca in aceasta noapte trupul neinsufletit al lui Cristi va fi depus in sala de cult a Bisericii baptiste din str Sarariei 32. Luni 14 decembrie si marti 15 decembrie va fi priveghi la aceeasi biserica, la ora 18. Slujba de inmormintare va incepe la aceeasi adresa, miercuri 16 decembrie, la ora 12, continuind apoi la cimitir.

Stephen Holmes – Mr Graham, you ain’t no Baptist, bruv – An open letter to Franklin Graham

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Franklin Graham

ear Mr Graham,

This week someone who has put himself forward as a candidate for the presidency of your great nation made a number of hate-filled and inaccurate comments about Muslims, and proposed some extreme policies on the back of those comments. This came to our attention here in the UK because one of the things he claimed, entirely erroneously, was that parts of London were so radicalised that they had become no-go areas for our police and security services.

Our national response was, as our national responses so often are, as mocking as it was derisive. The mayor of London led the way, but on social media many of us joined in with the humour. I know London well; I trained for ministry there, took my PhD there, pastored my first church there, made, with my wife, our first home there, and saw two of our three daughters come into the world there. My home has been elsewhere for eleven years now, but it is a city I still visit several times a year, a city that still has a significant place in my heart. For all these reasons, I know that the truth about London was expressed far better by a young Muslim Londoner caught on camera as our police arrested someone who had attempted violence, pretending to represent Islam. In a pure London accent he called out to the attacker, ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv!’

London is an exhilarating and sometimes disorientating coming together of people of different national backgrounds and of different faiths; London is also a city that is passionate that people come together, without denying who they are. London Muslims are truly Muslim, and devoted the the peace of the city also; London Baptists the same, as I know well. In London, the person who believes the two are impossible to hold together will be told, straightforwardly, ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv.’ Continue reading “Stephen Holmes – Mr Graham, you ain’t no Baptist, bruv – An open letter to Franklin Graham”

A Call for American Evangelical Leaders to Confront Evangelicalism’s Lunatic Fringe

Source: A Call for American Evangelical Leaders to Confront Evangelicalism’s Lunatic Fringe

A stern call to theological sobriety from Bapotist theologian Roger Olson.

The Relevance of God’s Word in a Postmodern Society – Press Release

Fr Tofana & D. Druhora
Fr. Stelian Tofana and Rev. Ovidiu Druhora
at the first ever conference of the Society For
Interdenominational Dialogue (SID)

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – On August 29, 2015, Christians from at least three denominations met at what used to be a Jewish temple, Temple Beth Emet, now home to Emanuel Romanian Church of God, marking the first ever conference of the Society For Interdenominational Dialogue (SID).

The event, held under the banner “The Relevance of God’s Word in a Postmodern Society,” was also co-organized by Ekklesia Bible College, a practice-based theological seminary founded by several Romanian pastors from the U.S. that now has branches in Romania, Uganda, and Rwanda. Continue reading “The Relevance of God’s Word in a Postmodern Society – Press Release”

Centrul de cercetare: Credinta si cultura – Conferinta pe teme de etnografie si eclesiologie

Stimati colegi,
Sper ca aveti o vara linistita si ca inceputul anului universitar va va gasi cu resurse noi. Va scriu din partea Centrului de Cercetare: Credinta si Cultura, ca sa va anunt ca am reusit sa organizam la Bucuresti o conferinta pe tema Etnografiei si Eccesiologiei. Acest mesaj nu este anuntul oficial ci este doare un mesaj preliminar pentru informarea dumneavoastra. 
Conferinta va avea loc intre 2-5 Decembrie 2015 la Bucuresti.
Au fost invitati sa conferentieze:
– Professor Paul Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford, Director of Research, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
– Professor Pete Ward, Research Professor in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, University of Durham (UK) and Professor of Practical Theology at The Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo and NLA University College, Bergen. 
– Dr. Sune Fahlgren, University Lecturer at the Theological Institute of Higher Education, Stockholm

Continue reading “Centrul de cercetare: Credinta si cultura – Conferinta pe teme de etnografie si eclesiologie”

The Gospel As Story – Sermon at Tbilisi Baptist Cathedral

Here is an outline of my sermon, which I have delivered at the invitation of Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili.. Continue reading “The Gospel As Story – Sermon at Tbilisi Baptist Cathedral”

Mihaela Bucin despre comunitatea românească din Ungaria

Mihaela Bucin despre comunitatea românească din Ungaria.

Un interviu interesant.

William Yoder – Report on A Visit in Slaviansk and Kiev

Smolensk – The express train from Kiev to Konstantinovka storms toward the front lines at up to 100 mph – Konstantinovka, located to the west of Donetsk, is the present end station. War-damaged Croatia left a different impression two decades ago. Back then, I experienced aged busses on detours chugging slowly up mountain passes.
In Slaviansk, Eastern Ukraine looks remarkably robust. Since the “rebels” departed on 5 July of last year, the city has been busy hammering and sawing. War damage is now only apparent on the fringes of the city; schools, hospitals and municipal offices are working full steam. Innumerable street potholes still point to the events that transpired a year ago.
The city’s three large Charismatic-Pentecostal churches have been major players in the rebuilding process. These are the churches now up on top in Slaviansk. Peter Dudnik reported on 1 April that helpers associated with his congregation had repaired 112 of the 1.500 damaged private dwellings and built four new ones from the ground up.
The humanitarian efforts of Dudnik, the second head pastor of the large „Good News“ congregation, have made him a household name throughout Ukraine. His congregation has major connections and sports a constant steam of construction and humanitarian workers arriving from western Ukraine, Germany and the US. In the office of his congregation, representatives from the local government and military are frequent guests. Continue reading “William Yoder – Report on A Visit in Slaviansk and Kiev”

Baptist Pastor in Ohio Baptises Infant

infant baptism

Unlike Catholics and Orthodox, or Anglicans for that matter, usually Baptists baptise adults, or at least teenagers. It is, for most of them, a mere external sign, kind of a a semiotic devise pointing to the much more important spiritual reality of conversion and new birth.

Because of this conviction, for Baptists, the proper ordo salutis is first new birth, then baptism. That is why most baptists re-baptise as adults people who have been baptised as infants, even if this was done in the name of the Holy Trinity. At the same time, it is true that many Orthodox priests, for instance, re-baptise Baptists and other evangelicals, if they convert to Orthodoxy, although, according to the principles established from Patristic times, baptism performed in the name of the Trinity should be considered as perfectly valid. But, of course, that is not sufficient enough for fundamentalists.

Being a former Baptist, turned Anglican, I am fully comfortable with the covenantal, and sacramental, theology of infant baptism, although I am aware of its limitations, which made, for instance, one of the greatest theologians of the 2oth century, Karl Barth, to prefer adult baptism, in spite of him being a member of the Reformed Church, which practices paedobaptism. At the same time, adult baptism has its own problems, both theologically and practically. No form, however perfect that might be, is safe when touched by human hands.

For many theological and hermeneutic reasons, and in spite of the strong convictions of Baptists, and others, the issue of the proper age for baptism cannot be decided by quoting Bible verses. Nor could such quotations decide the proper form of baptism: by immersion –  a simbol of death to sin, and rebirth for new life in God (strongly advocated by many evangelicals and by the Orthodox), by pouring – symbol of the coming of the Spirit over the disciples at Pentecost, or by sprinkling – symbol of the later rain of the same Spirit over believers.

The Bible simply does not prescribe explicitly a certain age or form of baptism. There are biblical differences even concerning the liturgical formula used for baptism: ‘in the name of Jesus’ (the earlier practice) or ‘in the name of the Trinity’ (as the established later formula in virtually all fully Christian traditions).

These may have been the reasons why, in spite of his own established denominational practice,  a Baptist pastor in Ohio decided to respond positively to the request of a family to baptise their infant.

You may read below this unusual story, as reported by Jeff Brumley for Baptist News Global. Continue reading “Baptist Pastor in Ohio Baptises Infant”

Mykhailo Cherenkov – ‘Orthodox Terrorism’

Building of Donetsk Christian University,
occupied now by pro-Russian terrorists

Long before Russia’s annexation of Crimea and unproclaimed war in the Donbass, Ukraine had become a religious battleground. Despite the warning of Yurii Chernomorets, Cyril Hovorun, and other observers, none of the leading Ukrainian and Western politicians foresaw the threat posed by an increasingly aggressive form of Orthodox Christianity being promoted by Moscow. As events in Ukraine have now shown, Orthodox fundamentalism is no less aggressive than Islamic fundamentalism, and the “Russian Spring” is no less bloody than its Arab counterpart.

The facts speak for themselves: Greek Catholics and Kiev-patriarchate Ukrainian Orthodox churches have become de facto ­il­legal entities in the annexed Crimea; in the Donbass region, an “Orthodox army” is active; dozens of Protestant ­churches have been seized; there have been cases of kidnapping, torture, and killing of pastors; ­Moscow-patriarchate priests openly bless terrorists and refuse to pray over deceased Ukrainian soldiers; Patriarch Kirill of Moscow predicts the downfall of Ukraine as a “kingdom divided against itself.”

Russia’s war against Ukraine has exacerbated a series of international, interethnic, and interconfessional conflicts. It is the religious aspect of the conflict that may prove to be the most significant, because Moscow Orthodoxy has been presented as the thing holding the “Russian world” together, and thereby as the main actor in the bloody Russian Spring.

Putin has justified the annexation of Crimea by saying that it has “sacred meaning for Russia, like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for Jews and Muslims.” He calls it “the ­spiritual source of the formation of the ­multifaced but monolithic Russian nation. . . . It was on this spiritual soil that our ancestors first and forever recognized their nationhood.”

Continue reading “Mykhailo Cherenkov – ‘Orthodox Terrorism’”

William Yoder – The Protestants of Ukraine and Russia Have A Spiritual Problem

NOTE: American Baptist correspondent William Yoder continues to manifest in his newsletters a definite pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian position, concerning the Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine. He should know better.

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M o s c o w – The Mennonite Harley Wagler, a US-American who has spent the last 21 years in Nizhny Novgorod/Russia, describes the difference between Ukrainian and Russian Baptists as a theological one. He writes: “Many Russian evangelicals are now being pilloried by the Ukrainian ones, who say they are ‘stooges’ of Putin. But the difference is theological. The Russians, generally speaking, say the church should honour the government, even if it is imperfect, since the church represents another kingdom. Even in the worst Stalin years, Baptist leaders never directly criticized the government, simply asserting that they followed a higher calling. One should recall the Baptist Alyosha in Solzhenitsyn’s ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’. That remains the Baptist position.”

“In Ukraine however, many evangelicals have taken the opposite position. They now say they must support the new government, that this is their patriotic duty. Even the president of Ukraine, for several months, was a Baptist lay minister (Oleksandr Turchynov). He has gained notoriety as the ‘bloody pastor’ because of his thundering and militaristic, anti-Russian pronouncements. Which position is closer to the Biblical one?”

This Russian assessment of Turchynov is harsh, and the Russian Baptist Union did briefly stick its head above the trenches and into politics when its statement from 30 May 2014 questioned the theological justification for support of the Maidan revolt. (See our article from 24 July.) Continue reading “William Yoder – The Protestants of Ukraine and Russia Have A Spiritual Problem”

Again on Al Mohler’s Comments – History, Evangelicals, and Protestantism | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

History, Evangelicals, and Protestantism | Carl R. Trueman | First Things.

Here is another comment on Mohler’s pathetic discussion about the two Baptists who ‘left the fold’ to be one a Catholic priest and the other an Anglican bishop.

This time the comment comes from Carl Trueman, from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Reformed school.

Trueman argues that Mohler’s position on the Bible, which is implicit in his comments is unfaithful to Reformation teaching. he writes:

‘A Protestantism which fails to acknowledge those historical roots and indeed to teach them to its young people leaves itself vulnerable to Canterbury and Rome. There is an historical dimension to Christianity which is important and which needs to be an integral part of pedagogy and discipleship. McKnight is correct to point to the weakness of strands of evangelical Protestantism in this area and we do well to take his criticism to heart.’

Bob Allen – Al Mohler: Baptists, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Catholics (or Anglicans)

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Brad & Chad Jones in their family garden (WSJ)

A Southern Baptist seminary president says churches are to blame when young people leave the fold to follow another faith tradition.

A recent Wall Street Journal story profiling twin brothers who followed separate spiritual paths — one to become an Anglican bishop, the other a Catholic priest — represents failure by the Southern Baptist church in which they were raised, according to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler.

Mohler, who posts a daily podcast commenting on current events on his personal website, said March 6 he has no firsthand knowledge of First Baptist Church in Elkin, N.C., home church of the men now in their 40s featured in a March 3 article headlined “When We Leave One Religion for Another: How two brothers, raised Baptist, found their way to two different faiths.” But the story of young seeking answers outside their evangelical upbringing is all too common.

“We are losing far too many evangelical young people as they reach older ages because they are simply not adequately grounded theologically in the Christian faith,” Mohler said. “They may go to vacation Bible school, and they may go to Sunday school, but the question is, are they really grounded in the Christian faith? Are they well-grounded in the beauty of Scripture? Are they well-grounded in a knowledge of the deep theological convictions that define us as Christians?”

Continue reading “Bob Allen – Al Mohler: Baptists, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Catholics (or Anglicans)”

Roger Olson Asks CBF Liberals to Drop ‘Moderate’ Label


An article by Bob Allen, from Baptist News Global.

A quarter century after forming to resist fundamentalism in the Southern Baptist Convention, theology professor Roger Olson says the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is increasingly polarizing over liberal views gaining ground in the originally moderate group.

A professor at a moderate Baptist seminary says some individuals within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are starting to sound more liberal than moderate, prompting others to worry the quasi-denomination is drifting leftward and away from its evangelical roots.

Roger Olson, professor of theology and Christian ethics at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, said in a Patheos blog Feb. 22 that a division is developing in the 1,800-church network founded in 1990.

On one hand, he said, there are those who want to elevate the Baptist concept of “soul competency” to question traditional orthodoxy. Others “want to hold to basic Christian orthodox and evangelical commitments while avoiding rigid, narrow dogmatism over secondary matters.”

Olson said Cecil Sherman, the founding coordinator of the CBF who died in 2010, was by all accounts the figurehead leader of the moderate Baptist party that left the Southern Baptist Convention to establish a truly moderate — neither liberal nor fundamentalist — Baptist group in the South. Continue reading “Roger Olson Asks CBF Liberals to Drop ‘Moderate’ Label”

Pălăria înflorată, cămașa de nailon și credința strămoșilor mei | Chibzuieli

Pălăria înflorată, cămașa de nailon și credința strămoșilor mei | Chibzuieli.

In aceasta postare oarecum autobiografica, Eugen Matei ne impartaseste cite ceva din ‘profunzimile teologice’ care ii preocupa pe evanghelicii romani. Si ne da un exemplu stralucit, in persoana sefului actual al scolii teologice a penticostalilor romani. Iata la ce le foloseste romanilor evanghelici sa adune doctorate in teologie. Go, figure!

(Si vorbim aici despre ‘profunzimile’ noastre, lasindu-i pe ortodocsi si pe catolici sa se ocupe de propriile lor ‘profunzimi’. 😦 )

EBF Response to Russian Baptist Union Statement on Ukraine


Baptist Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Russia

Peace be with you!

Thank you for sending a copy of your Statement to ‘friends in Christ primarily in North America’, on the day of US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s visit to Kiev.  Of course these issues regarding a political stance towards Ukraine are also there for western European nations and the European Union, as the presence this week in Kiev and Moscow of the German Chancellor and the French President confirms.

You graciously invite us to respond to the Statement, and as President and General Secretary of the EBF we take this opportunity to do so.

We are sure that all in the European Baptist Federation would share with Russian Baptists the overwhelming strong desire for a peaceful, negotiated settlement to end the violence, bloodshed and driving out of people from their homes in Eastern Ukraine.  Together we believe in Christ who ‘came to bring peace’ (Ephesians Ch 2) between those who are estranged from one another.   Continue reading “EBF Response to Russian Baptist Union Statement on Ukraine”

EBF appeals to Russian/Ukraine Baptists

News | European Baptist Federation (EBF).

The European Baptist Federation reminds Russian Baptists that they are called to play a prophetic role in their country and not just blindly endorse the militaristic policy of the Kremlin.

Russian Baptists Continue to Let Themselves Used by Putin’s War Propaganda in the West

Russian Baptist

05 February 2015
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:14-16
Dear friends in Christ primarily in North America:
We Baptists of Russia are deeply concerned about recent developments on Ukraine. Stakes and possible costs are soaring; the military struggle is intensifying. The USA’s “Freedom Support Act” signed on 18 December can bring with it a serious military escalation. It appears to give hardline-thinkers a green light. The general US-elections of 4 November leave the impression that the US-American populace is becoming more aggressive. It pains us that many of these voters are Christian. Continue reading “Russian Baptists Continue to Let Themselves Used by Putin’s War Propaganda in the West”

Dumitru Lungu – Marturie despre descoperirea unui depozit ilegal de Biblii

În mărturia sa, Dumitru Lungu, membru în Biserica Baptistă Nădejdea, fost secretar al bisericii și persoana care se ocupă de cateheza noilor veniți, vorbește despre câteva aspecte importante din perioada comunistă. primul dintre ele este biserica din case, iar al doilea transportul ilegal de Biblii și literatură religioasă.

Bisericile Evanghelice din Romania in secolul XX: aspecte istorice si identitare

Afis Conferinta ITBB - martie 2015

Mai jos gasiti atasata initatia la acest eveniment stiintific.

Invitatie la Conferinta stiintifica Bisericile evanghelice din Romania in secolul XX

David Gushee – Reflecting on the contributions of Martin Luther King

Reflecting on the contributions of Martin Luther King.

Baptist ethics theologian David Gushee explains why he admires Martin Luther King jr.

Rick Warren at Humanum 2014, at the Vatican

Rev Rick Warren was one of the non-Catholic leaders invited by Pope Francis to address the Humanum 2014 gathering at the Vatican, following the Catholic Synod on the family, last month. Here is the recording of his address.

HERE you can find out more about this gathering.

Bucharest, 2 December – Paul Fiddes – The Spirit and the Letter

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Profesorul Paul Fiddes de la Universtiatea din Oxford (Regent’s Park College) va sustine o sesiune de comunicari stiintifice la Facultatea de Teologie Baptista. Continue reading “Bucharest, 2 December – Paul Fiddes – The Spirit and the Letter”

My Ukrainian Friend’s Comment on My Text About Russian Baptists

Russia invaded Eastern Ukraine

You may find HERE the article on my blog to which my Ukrainian friend responds.
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Dear Dr. Manastireanu!
Thank you for your article on Russia-USA Christian Leaders Forum. I totally agree with your evaluation of the situation. We also had a number of critical articles and posts of Ukrainian church leaders about this “forum”. Here we have been involved in informational war with Russia (including Russian Christians) for already a year. But it seems that many “Christians” in Russia believe more in “Holy Russia” than in Holy Trinity.
By the way, one interesting fact. One of quite influential pastors in Ukraine just before this forum wrote in FB about a dream he had in which Hilarion with a group of Russian protestant leaders came to the US Congress meeting with US senators trying to persuade them that Putin is the last and only hope against moral decay of the world. Famous US Christian media (i.e. CT) were broadcasting this event and all believed them. Later he saw as all the members of the group had small portfolios on which it was written: “unblessed peacemakers” and Ezek. 13:9-14. Then he woke up…

Continue reading “My Ukrainian Friend’s Comment on My Text About Russian Baptists”

Russian Baptists Fail to Assume Responsibility for Their Shameful Support of Putin Invasion in Ukraine

Orthodox Metr. Hilarion addressing the forum

Relationships between Russia and the US are deteriorating rapidly because of the aggressive neo-Soviet imperialism promoted by Putin, primarily in Ukraine, but, in fact everywhere in the world where he has interests. This unavoidably affects Russia’s image in the world. Not that Putin cares very much about that – it was not care for the world that made him a KGB spy and then president of Russia. However, such image deterioration has economic consequences, and that really hurts (not so much the Russian people, who really do not count, but the interests of the oligarch’s who support the Russian dictator). Thus, the new Russian ‘tsar’ started sending around his ‘slaves’ to try saving what they can.

This is the context for the so-called ‘Russia-USA Forum of Christian Leaders’, in which a delegation of Russian Orthodox, led by Metr. Hilarion Alfeyev, in charge of foreign affairs for the Moscow Patriarchate, and of Russian Evangelical leaders, mostly Baptists and Pentecostal/charismatics (nota bene, there were no Catholic leaders involved), have met with a number of Protestant/Evangelical American leaders, in an attempt to clean up the tarnished face of ‘mother Russia’. The convenor of this religiously dubious and politically misguied meeting was the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, more precisely, its constantly embarassing president, Franklin Graham. Continue reading “Russian Baptists Fail to Assume Responsibility for Their Shameful Support of Putin Invasion in Ukraine”

World Evangelical Alliance Presents Pope Francis with Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award

Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award to Pope Francis

9 Nov 2014, Vatican City

(Vatican Radio) Meeting this week in the Vatican with a delegation from the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and its partner “First Step Forum”, Pope Francis has been awarded the annual Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award for his tireless commitment to build a more peaceful and reconciled world.

Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni spoke to WEA President, Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, who explained the main reason for the meeting was to talk about areas of potential collaboration, to address global issues of common concerns to both the evangelical community and the Catholic Church.

Tunnicliffe begins by explaining exactly what he means when speaking of a “New Era in Evangelical and Roman Catholic Relations” – which by the way, happens to be the very title of the speech with which he addressed Pope Francis… Continue reading “World Evangelical Alliance Presents Pope Francis with Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award”

Interviu cu Monica Cure -1

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Dr. Monica Cure este Assistant professor la Torrey Honors Institute de la Biola University, in Los Angeles, California.

Iata o scurta prezentare a ei asa cum o gasim pe situl universitatii.

Monica Cure was born in Romania and grew up bicultural in Detroit, learning Spanish along the way. She studied Comparative Literature and from the Torrey great books curriculum, she loves both Fyodor Dostoyevsky and T.S. Eliot. Her specialty is late 19th/early 20th British and American literature. She received her doctorate from the University of Southern California and wrote her dissertation on the invention of the postcard as a new form of communication technology and its representation in the turn-of-the-century novel.  Her dissertation allowed her to explore her interests in popular culture and media, travel, art history, visual and material culture, and postcolonial studies. It also legitimized her antiquing habit and ever-growing old postcard collection. On her days off campus, you will likely find her in a cafe in LA with a good friend or a good book.

Am intrat in contact cu ea la indemnul prietenului meu virtual Doru Radu. Fiind nepoata unuia dintre mentorii mei din tinerete, pastorul Simion Cure, am fost foarte interesat s-o cunosc si am decis impreuna sa fac un interviu cu ea. In urma cu aproape jumatate de an am pus pe acest blog (vezi AICI) o prelegere a Monicai pe teme de poezie.

Ea cunoaste bine limba romana, desi a plecat din Romania pe cind era foarte mica, dar pentruca limba pe care o foloseste curent este engleza, eu voi pune intrenarile in romaneste, iar ea va raspunde in limba engleza.

Monica este unul dintre cei citiva straluciti academici cu care se pot mindri evanghelicii romani din Statele Unite. Sper ca dupa acest interviu cu ea, voi reusi sa fac asemenea interviuri si cu alti intelectuali academici din diaspora. Continue reading “Interviu cu Monica Cure -1”

Going Where Angels Fear to Tread: Christianity and Freemasonry

Going where angels fear to tread: Christianity and Freemasonry.

Roger Olson talks openly about the shameful domination of the Southern Baptists by Freemasonry.