During the Olympics, Russian Christians Work for Reform and Revival

The Sochi Games were mired in controversy before they even began.It wasn’t supposed to be that way. The first Russian Games since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sochi was supposed to show the world just how far Russia has come in the last 23 years. It was supposed to change the perception of Russia held by those whose international sympathies were forged during the Cold War. Yet, as reports of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s exorbitant spending came to light (at $51 billion, the Sochi G … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Road (Much, Much) Less Traveled by the Russian Old Believers

The Old Believers is one of the most fascinating, persecuted sects of Christianity in the past century. Literally chased out of Russia, the Old Believers now live in remote Alaska, having made their way all around the globe looking to preserve their way of life in an ever-changing world. Read this beautifully written article and keep your eyes open for the upcoming documentary on the Old Believers. … [Read more...]

Does Russia Truly Care for the Fatherless?

Russia is one of the primary sources for international adoptions for U.S. families. In the past two decades, over 60,000 Russian children have been adopted into American homes, and a significant portion of these children suffered from developmental issues that almost certainly wouldn't have been treated well in their birth country. However, the Russian government has now passed a law that could endanger the lives of many such children, by banning all adoptions to the United States.Russia has … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Christians take on Apple’s “Blasphemous” Logo

When I was in high school, we had a flyer on our refrigerator that listed products associated with Procter & Gamble. We were supposed to boycott them because Procter & Gamble's president had announced on a talk show that he supported the Church of Satan. As it turns out, this case of satanic allegiance was completely false. It seems laughable now that this rumor was able to gain any traction whatsoever, but it arrived during the "Satanic Panic" during which experts and religious leaders ( … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Picking Sides in the Putin vs. Pussy Riot Case

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.The idea of using music as a legitimate tool of protest or political resistance seems to have been abandoned in contemporary Western culture. When we think of music rebellion, we think of Dylan, Baez, and maybe The Clash—these were musicians that governments just did not like having around. However, in our emotionally detached 21st century po … [Read more...]