Leipzig Missionswerk and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia #1 Teutonic Livonia, Russian civil war and poverty

Looking at what became the course of Lutheranism and the stand to religion in the Soviet Union

Our brothers in Kyiv’s northwest suburb Irpin

Kyiv’s northwest suburb Irpin Over the past decade, the population of Kyiv’s northwest suburb Irpin swelled to 90,000, and with it some churches, like the Irpin Bible Church (IBC) grew with it. The city is known in evangelical circles as the “Wheaton of Ukraine” or Bible Belt because there are so many people over there […]

Passing of Rashab

Posting, concerning our articles series on the Messianic and spiritual movements in Judaism, which had to be published on March 29 March 29 The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn (“Rashab”), also known as “the Rebbe nishmosei eiden” (whose soul is in Eden), was born in the White Russian town of Lubavitch in 1860. […]

Soviet Witnesses

Originally posted on And the Words became Books:
Emily B. Baran. Dissent on the Margins: How Soviet Jehovah’s Witnesses Defied Communism and Lived to Preach about It. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. There is something deeply satisfying about stories of people stubbornly defying a repressive regime that denies them basic religious freedoms. In this fascinating history of Jehovah’s…