This week about 120 European Baptist leaders are descending on an Atlantic coast hotel just north of Lisbon. Your advance guard reporter can inform you the sky is blue, the sun is hot, the swimming pool is just below my balcony (no Baptist leaders in at present, but then it is only 07.30am) and the sea and beach just metres beyond!
This is the annual Council of the EBF, full of Presidents, General Secretaries, National Directors, Seminary Rectors and all. With great flourish our Russian Baptist leaders proposed a reconciliation meeting with Archbishop Malkhaz and his Baptist bishops from Georgia. The Georgians are coming, but latest rumour is that at the last minute Russian President Sipko has pulled out. We hope even now Yuri Sipko will change his mind and follow the Christ-like way of seeking reconciliation.