Like Ripples on Water is, first of all, a book about Russian Baptists and their preaching. While this religious group has attracted significant amount of interest from the academic community, the majority of the existing research projects concentrate on the history of the movement, rather than its contemporary ecclesial realities.
Preaching? At present, this is the only work that offers an in-depth study of the practice, central to the life of Russian Baptist communities. As it is shown in the book, one has to take into consideration numerous historical, theological, and cultural peculiarities to appreciate and apprehend the way preaching is seen and practiced in Russia.
The inability to understand the practice of proclamation and its formative, as well as destructive potential bears long lasting and far reaching consequences for churches, preachers, and educational institutions, which aim at preparing pastors, missionaries, and church planters for Baptist churches in Russia and other countries that have shared history of Baptist presence.