Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses


Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.

CHR Comment: Russian legal process typically distinguishes between traditional religions, such as Baptists and Lutherans, and non-traditional groups that are new to the country.

Source: Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

United Lutheran Seminary

CHR Comment: A Press release announcing the merging of Gettysburg Seminary and Philadelphia Seminary. The new school will be located on the Gettysburg campus. The release explains why.

Source: Uniting Pennsylvania Seminaries Choose Name, Launch Presidential Search – New Venture in Theological Education

Some U.S. Lutherans Approve Historic Agreement With Catholic Church

Blink and you’ll miss this incredible moment of unity.

CHR Comment: The agreement was approved by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the liberal/progressive branch of Lutherans in America. The agreement may prepare the way toward greater cooperation between the two church bodies but significant barriers to full fellowship exist, such as the ordination of women and of actively homosexual clergy.

Source: U.S. Lutherans Approve Historic Agreement With Catholic Church

Catholics, Lutherans Preparing Joint Reformation Anniversary Event

CHR Comment: The Pope recently visited a Lutheran congregation in Rome. According to Rev. Martin Junge, president of the Lutheran World Federation, the last three popes have made such visits and relations are mending between Lutherans and Catholics, working toward intercommunion. Expect significant develops around the time of the 2017 anniversary of the Reformation.

Source: Catholics, Lutherans preparing joint Reformation anniversary event

Boko Haram Attack in Yola, Nigeria

A blast killed in Nigeria killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria, an emergency official said.

CHR Comment: Yola is a regional capital and a community with many Christians since, for example, it is the location of Concordia College, a school founded by the Lutheran Church. This latest bombing, however, targeted a mosque since Boko Haram also attacks Muslims who do not support their movement.

Source: 32 dead in Nigeria blast blamed on Boko Haram