May 8, 2018

2018 National Prayer Breakfast: Believe, Serve, Lead

The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual ecumenical event held in Ottawa inviting leaders to come together for an inspirational message, music and the opportunity to pray together. The breakfast is offered under the auspices of the speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and is organized by a group of volunteers.

Special guest Humboldt Broncos‘ chaplain Sean Brandow begins his message at the 10:22 mark.

Dr. Os Guinness, author and social critic, and this year’s keynote speaker, begins his presentation at the 43:08 mark.

Dr. Os Guinness, author and social critic

Os Guinness is an author, a social critic, and member of the RZIM speaking team. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his DPhil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The CallUnspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of EvilA Free People’s Suicide, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the TimesFool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion and The Global Public Square. His latest book is Last Call for Liberty, which will be published this summer.

Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. He was the lead drafter of “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012.

Guinness has lectured in many of the leading universities across the world, and in other major venues addressing political and business leaders on various issues, including religious freedom. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and lives with his wife, Jenny, in the Washington, DC area.