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Legacies of Leadership

Jan 27, 2015 by Brian C. Stiller

Into dark halls of prison cells I saw grace spread its presence. Today in 128 countries, volunteers—Orthodox, Evangelicals and Catholics—weekly line up at prison gates to be checked in and then go in where some citizens can’t get out.  These 100,000 Christian volunteers enter worlds Jesus warned us

IIRF publishes the videos of the release of “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World,” Geneva, 28th of June, 2011

Jan 20, 2015 by Thomas Schirrmacher

The International Institute for Religious Freedom published the whole launch session plus several interviews with key players in its YouTube Channel. On June 28, 2011, in Geneva, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Ev

A beautiful moment in an awful place

Jan 13, 2015 by Brian C. Stiller

Prisons are scary, dreary, frightfully cold, smelling of disinfective, noisy and confusing. After signing in, giving up passports, frisked, and checked over, we walked through a maze of corridors, topped with rolls of razor sharp fencing. We would be in two places: the open block Section 8 and maxim

350,000 Christians also endangered – the Death Penalty for Blasphemy in Kuwait

Jan 10, 2015 by Thomas Schirrmacher

Even though it was published in my German already in 2012, I here offer an English translation of a comment relating to blasphemy – in the light of the terroristic attack in Paris. Secretly and quietly, and in the middle of the Arabellion, a law similar to that in Pakistan has been passed in State [

Before and After

Jan 7, 2015 by Brian C. Stiller

Nicaragua The Somoza family, a hereditary dictatorship, ruled Nicaragua for forty-three years. During the 1970s the Sandinistas, led by Daniel Ortega, rebelled against the Somozas and finally deposed them in 1979. The Contras then attempted to unseat the Sandinistas but lost; some 30,000 died during

About those we most likely forget

Dec 24, 2014 by Brian C. Stiller

Reclusoria Sur Prison, Mexico City It was one of those days I would remember with acuity. It was part of a four- country visit with Ron Nikkel, for 33 years he was president of Prison Fellowship International. I wanted to see life through the eyes of prisoners and observe this great ministry, which

My Experience as a Representative for the World Evangelical Alliance at the 2013 General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan

Dec 18, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

Cooperation It was obvious that the World Council of Churches went out of its way to respond to the Evangelical movement in a welcoming and friendly manner, to inquire about our points of views on issues, and to include them in the General Assembly in Busan. This was evident in that the representati

All People are Sinners, part 4

Nov 23, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

A foundation for democracy In the last blog we saw that the statement “all people are sinners” has eminent socio-political and political significance. The statement that all people are sinners also constitutes a significant foundation for democracy and is among the reasons why almost all countries w

All people are sinners, part 3

Nov 19, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

A Basis for fighting social and structural evil In my last two blog entries, I addressed the statement “all people are sinners.” This statement also has noteworthy sociopolitical and political significance. The statement means that we, as Christians, do not see all sorts of social problems only as s

All people are sinners, part 2

Nov 16, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

Judeo-Christian anthropology (the study of humankind) lives with a peculiar tension. On the one hand, humanity is created in “the image of God” and endowed with unbelievable abilities and complexity. On the other hand, humankind has turned away from God as a “sinner” and is capable of staggeringly e