Russian Publications


Holy Rus’: The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017)

Encounters with Orthodoxy: How Protestant Churches Can Reform Themselves Again (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013).


Holy Belogorie: History and Modern Life (Belgorod: Belgorod Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2013).

Book Chapters

“The Orthodox Liturgy as Political Resistance,” in The Dangerous God: Christianity and the Soviet Experiment, ed. Dominic Erdozain (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, forthcoming).


“Borderland Churches: Faith and Identity in Ukraine,” The Christian Century (March 30, 2016): 3-34.

“The Theological Politics of the Icon of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia,” Journal of Church and State 58/3 (Summer 2016): 483-507.

“Retrieving the Martyrs in Order to Rethink the Political Order: The Russian Orthodox Case,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34/2 (Fall / Winter 2014): 177-201.

“Christian Witness in Ukraine,” First Things, no. 246 (Oct. 2014): 33-39.

“In-Churching Russia,” First Things, no. 243 (May 2014): 37-44.

“Minority Report: Lutherans and Methodists in Russia,” The Christian Century 130/20 (Oct. 2, 2013): 28-30.

“Church, State and Punk: The Pussy Riot Protest,” The Christian Century 129/20 (October 3, 2012): 26-29.

“Experiencing Orthodoxy in the New Russia,” Newsletter of the Fulbright Program in Russia (electronic edition) 11 (Summer 2012): 10-11.

“Holy Places, Holy Things, and the Holy Spirit: Lessons from Eastern Orthodox Religious Practice,” Call to Worship 45/3 (2011): 9-14.

“Monasticism as a Force for Religious and Cultural Renewal in Post-Communist Russia,” Journal of Religion in Europe 4 (2011) 225–244.

“Christ and Culture Revisited: Contributions from the Recent Russian Orthodox Debate,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 31/2 (Fall/Winter 2011): 55-74.

“Learning from the Orthodox about Eucharist,” in Theology in Service of the Church, ed. Charles A. Wiley et al. (Louisville: Geneva Press, 2008), 68-79

“A Protestant Family’s Journey into Russia and Orthodoxy,” Occasional Paper (Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 2006).

“Orthodox Resurgence,” The Christian Century 126 (June 16, 2009): 25-28 [an expanded version appeared in Religion in Eastern Europe 29 (May 2009): 1-14; a summary appeared in The Wilson Quarterly (Autumn 2009): 77-78]

“Community of Prayer, Historical Museum, or Recreational Playground? Challenges to the Revival of the Monastic Community at Solovki, Russia,” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 7/3 (August 2007): 194-209

“A Lenten Journey through Russia,” Panorama 46 (Spring 2007): 16-18.

“A Year with the Orthodox: A Presbyterian Encounter with the Russian Church,” Presbyterians Today 96 (April 2006): 12-16.

“Greetings from Russia,” Panorama 44 (Winter 2004): 11-12.

“Ripples from Glasnost: Truth out of Hiding,” Christianity and Crisis 47 (September 28, 1987): 306-307.