Introducing the Larnaca Statement – Lausanne Movement

The roots of the Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine (LIRIP) go back to the Third Lausanne Congress, Cape Town, 2010. The second day was devoted, through a range of plenary speakers and seminars, to one of the six major congress themes “Reconciliation: Building the peace of Christ in our divided and broken world.” The…

Source: Introducing the Larnaca Statement – Lausanne Movement

Chris Wright on the recent Larnaca Statement signed by Messianic and Palestinian Christians in the conflict in Israel-Palestine.

Being Disciples of Truth in Europe Today

I have received recently, from Rev. Dr. Christopher Wright, International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership, the request to respond to a few questions as he prepares for a presentation at a coming Lausanne meeting. The general topic he will address is the one in the title of this post.

Since the questions are of general relevance for many of the readers of this blog, I have decided to post here my response to Chris Wright.

You are free to interact with my resp[onses, or the questions, if you are interested, whether you agree or disagree with me. So, here it is. Continue reading “Being Disciples of Truth in Europe Today”

Chris Wright – Nature of the Church – Lausanne Global Leadership Forum

This presentation was given at the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum in Bangalore, India in June 2013. Learn more at

Chris Wright: Pray for the peace of… Babylon?!

Rev. Dr. Chris Wright is one of the clearest prophetic voices in today’s evangelicalism, one that both Westerners and Easterners need to hear. May God bless him and keep him, for the good of his Church.

Rev. Dr. Chris Wright, Langham Partnership’s International Director, is an Irishman who lives in London, with his heart firmly planted in the Majority World! Chris, with his wonderful wife Liz alongside, has pastored a local parish church, taught at a top seminary in India, served as President of a key Christian college, and authored 20 books. Chris was Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005 – 2011, and Chair of the Statement Working Group at the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010, which produced The Cape Town Commitment. He is also Chair of the Theological Resource Team for Tearfund (UK).

I have had the privilege of serving for four years under Christ Wright’s leadership in the Lausanne Theology Task Force, and I have deep respect for his prophetic character and Biblical teaching, that makes the Old Testament alive in vivid Christological manner. A real gist for the Church. John Stott could have not chosen a better successor at the leadership of Langham Partnership.

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Note: Chris mentions in his speech my World Vision colleague Chawkat Moucarry, a leading Evangelical scholar in Islamic studies, who taught under his leadership at All Nations College in London.

Chris Wright – John Stott goes to be with the Lord

27 July 2011

Dear Langham Scholar,

We are sure that, as a Langham Scholar, you would wish to be among the first to know that today at 3.15pm (UK time), John Stott went to be with the Lord. Close family and friends were with him during the morning, and they listened together with him to selections from Handel’s Messiah, including “I know that my Redeemer liveth”, and read through 2 Timothy. He died very peacefully during the afternoon. He had become very weak and weary in recent months and we thank God for a merciful and peaceful ending to his earthly pilgrimage.

During his lifetime, John Stott became known worldwide for the clarity, faithfulness and relevance of his writing and preaching, combined with extraordinary integrity and humility. Countless people around the world can testify to the personal encouragement they have received from ‘Uncle John’. As a Langham Scholar you are among the 300 men and women around the world in the Fellowship of Langham Scholars who are indebted to his great vision and commitment to the cause of theological education and godly leadership. Continue reading “Chris Wright – John Stott goes to be with the Lord”

Integrity – Confronting Idols | The Lausanne Global Conversation

Integrity – Confronting Idols | The Lausanne Global Conversation.

Sixth Day of Lausanne III Congress

Chris Rive and some members of the Reconciliation Group

Today was one of the best days of the Congress, the same way as the day before was one of the worst, at competition with Wednesday, when Piper did his number.

The first plenary of the day was the sermon of Calisto Odede, pastor of a Pentecostal church in Nairobi. As I have said, it was more of a sermon than a Bible exposition. To be fair, I have very little patience with this kind of messages, high on emotions, but low on content. As a post-modern man, I do not believe very much in the adequacy of unidirectional communication at this time in history. But that is a matter of taste (or lack of it 😦 Continue reading “Sixth Day of Lausanne III Congress”

The Whole World – Preamble

Last month I had the privilege of participating, together with other over twenty Evangelical theologians in the last meeting of the Lausanne Theology Working Group (TWG), under the able leadership of Dr. Chris Wright, before the Third Lausanne Congress that will take place in October 2010 in Capetown, South Africa.

Here is the final statement of this important theological reunion. Continue reading “The Whole World – Preamble”

Lausanne Theology Working Group Report

Report of the last meeting of the working group, in Lebanon

by Chris Wright and Rosalee Velloso Ewell, Lausanne Theology Working Group

In February 2010 the Lausanne Theology Working Group (LTWG) met in Beirut, Lebanon for its third and final pre-Cape Town 2010 consultation. The topic, “The Whole World” was the third in a series of consultations on the theological significance of the three phrases of the Lausanne Covenant, “The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world”.  The first consultation was February 2008 in Chiang Mai on “The Whole Gospel”, and the second took place January 2009 in Panama on “The Whole Church”. Continue reading “Lausanne Theology Working Group Report”