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The beguiling country of Ethiopia

Aug 17, 2014 by Brian C. Stiller

Traveling the ancient land of Ethiopia, one journeys through a people of many tribes and languages, landscapes, history and faiths. It is a country mystical, colorful, ancient, a land where empires of the both the ruthless and benevolent ruled. It too is the place where the earliest of church plants

There should only be suffering and vicarious Christians, not innocent Bystanders!

Jul 17, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

Devotion for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2014, http://www.idop.org “Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at ot

Lunch with the Pope

Jul 9, 2014 by Brian C. Stiller

The inevitable question I’m asked when one knows I’ve been with the Pope is, “And what is he like?” Here are some personal observations from a recent visit. Impressions in the first moments so frame how we see an individual.   This, my second meeting with Pope Francis, an almost three-hour conversat

It took a bishop

Jul 7, 2014 by Brian C. Stiller

As we drove with Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana north from Kigali, the undulating hills and lush green foliage and fields reminded me of a quaint and colorful Switzerland. Streets were clean; no garbage bags in sight, and no visual reminders of genocide. My question was how this idyllic land with th

Greeting of the World Evangelical Alliance in the Opening of the FIFA World Cup

Jun 18, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

How differently Evangelicals are perceived in other parts of the world one can see in the fact, that the President of Brazil, Dilma Roussef, asked the World Evangelical Alliance to provide a short word of greeting to be read in the opening ceremony of the world soccer championship. This in spite of

The demonic never travels solo

Jun 9, 2014 by Brian C. Stiller

I bit my upper lip and peered through misty eyes as I left the Genocide Museum in Kigali, Rwanda. That this post-card perfect central African nation could have experienced a holocaust seemed impossible.  Yet, there it was. People-dehumanizing. Culture-destroying. Soul-demonizing. Life-demolishing. A

Endorsement of “Thy Word Is Still Truth” by Westminster Theological Seminary

Jun 4, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

Westminster Theological Seminary published a massive volume on it’s own involvement in the discussion about the doctrine of Scripture: Peter A. Lillback, Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. (ed.) Thy Word Is Still Truth: Essential Writings on the Doctrine of Scripture from the Reformation to Today. 1392 pp. P &#

A Pastor with a Vision as big as his Heart

Jun 2, 2014 by Brian C. Stiller

An hour out of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, we pulled off the highway onto a trail which looked impassable. The local pastor, riding his All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), guided us through a maze of huts, open fields and bleating goats into a courtyard. We climbed out of the truck and came face to fa

German expert on human trafficking and freedom of religion elected as President of the International Society for Human Rights

May 26, 2014 by Thomas Schirrmacher

(Bonn, 25.04.2014) The International Council of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) elected Thomas Schirrmacher, the renowned German human rights activist specialising on human traffikcing and religious freedom, as its new president at its two-day session in Bonn, Germany. ISHR has act

An untold story behind Mandela

May 20, 2014 by Brian C. Stiller

I stood in the cell where Nelson Mandela spent eighteen of his twenty-seven imprisoned years.  While it now appeared unremarkable, it still seemed somewhat hallowed.  As we walked about Robben Island, just off the South African coast near Cape Town, I tried to imagine Mandela’s feelings and to hear