Are Angela Merkel’s words about receiving 500 000 refugees per year in Germany to be perceived as a true evangelical, act of faith ? Then surely this “campaign poster” could be appropriate.

Yarmouk Refugee Camp x


John’s Gospel, chapter 6:7  “Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.


The Guardian: “Mama Merkel has consigned the ‘ugly German’ to history”





Presidents Putin and Poroshenko “discussed” Grand Prince Vladimir’s role in history – in their respective absences – when two historical  dates was commemorated: one thousand years since Prince Vladimir’s death in 1015,  and the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization 987/88.

Storfursten Vladimir

Monument over Prince Vladimir

Thus it has recently (15/7) passed a thousand years since the Great Prince of Kievan Rus, Vladimir (or Volodymyr) , died. Both Russia’s and Ukraine’s leaders have spoken about it. Vladimir I was the grand grandson of the Viking chieftain Rurik, according to the old Nestor’s chronicle. “Vladimir Putin spoke about the sources of the unique Russian civilization, and Petro Poroshenko spoke about the monarch’s European choice.

On Tuesday,  the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization, President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko, in public appearances, went apart in their dealing with Grand Prince Vladimir’s role in history.

Grand Prince Vladimir’s choice was  perceptive, and ultimately responsible, and served as a starting point to establish Russia as a unique country within the bounds of civilization … Rus was thus strengthened, and it was growing in power and authority in the eyes of near as well as distant neighbors’, and held talks on equal terms with countries in both East and West … These spiritual roots still today nourish the Slav brother nations of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus‘, said Putin during a solemn reception in the Kremlin on the occasion of  one thousand years since Grand Prince Vladimir’s death. At the end of his appearance  Putin also greeted his guests with the anniversary of Rus’ Christianization.

Vladimir – over a thousand years ago – made not only a religious, but a civilized and truly European choice … Bulgaria and Georgia, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Serbia have an independent, autocephalous church. In what way does  Ukraine differ from them? Why must we be an exception to the rule? ‘- wrote Petro Poroshenko on his Facebook page, where he greeted his followers  with the ‘day of Ukraine-Rus’s baptism!’.

In the Ukrainian historical science, the terms ‘Rus-Ukraine’ and ‘Ukraine-Rus’ are accepted as much as the term ‘Kyiv-Rus’ is to the Russian historians  “.



Skovoroda, Hryhorii (Gregory)  1722 12 03  – 1794 09 11











..studied quite a long time in Kiev, between 1734 – 53 – first music and finally theology..  After his dismissal from the college he abandoned any hope of securing a regular position and spent the rest of his life wandering about eastern Ukraine, particularly Slobodska Ukraine. Material support from friends enabled him to devote himself to reflection and writing. Most of his works were dedicated to his friends and circulated among them in manuscript copies..

Jesus spoke in parables in the three so-called synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – sometimes he really seems to think aloud:

Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?” – Mark.4:30

But in the Gospel of John, he sort of abandoned the “liken-unto” kind of talk, and start to express “being” more frequently. He does not say “I am likened unto a wine”, but he says:

I am ..the wine” – John 15: 1

This kind of mysterious transitions between what something or someone is compared to, and what something or someone is, one may find examples of also in the Song of Solomon:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” – Song of Solomon 2:1


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