What a cover! Initially, all I saw was darkness pushing against the light. The feathers covering the earth gave some comfort, but it wasn’t until I turned to page 5 that I got it. Then I saw the future glorious upgrade on page 3.
I grew up in Germany and lived through all the turmoil and rebuilding of Germany in the 1940s and 1950s. I had become a Christian in 1958 and began attending the Free Evangelical church in Hamburg. Our pastor was not afraid to preach about the Holocaust and to speak of confessions for the sins that we Germans had committed. When the author of this news article quotes Dirk Sager saying talk about the Holocaust did not come up in churches after WWII, then his study was not comprehensive enough.
Thank you so much for highlighting Ghanaian Pentecostals’ work to respond to this real, complex crisis. I have seen the godly character as well as deep research and loving response of five of the people quoted in your article as we have organized conferences and written together. In two decades living in East Africa, I also worked with Pentecostals to understand and respond biblically to accusations that people had caused misfortune through invisible means. Such witchcraft accusations have led to the murder of thousands of older single women in northwestern Tanzania. Since 2013, we have taught a Christian response to this to over 5,000 in 48 seminars, and the rate of murders has declined each year. The other thing that I have noticed is how much the USA during this pandemic has switched to a similar witchcraft-accusation mentality. As our research in Africa has shown, this ...1
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