Doug Birdsall & Lindsay Brown – John Stott, Home with the Lord

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

For all of us who were together in Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, we will remember the moving tributes given to the two giants of The Lausanne Movement, Billy Graham and John Stott. They were personal friends who loved and admired one another, and they were the defining figures of global evangelicalism for the last sixty years.

Today (27 July 2011) “Uncle John” went home to be with the Lord. (Read more) He is now with the One who he served all his life and in whom he had total confidence.

John Stott impacted the church around the world in many ways. Perhaps his greatest contribution was to articulate clearly and to defend robustly the evangelical faith which he always understood to be biblical faith, grounded in the New Testament. Evangelicalism was to Stott an expression of historic, orthodox Christianity. Continue reading “Doug Birdsall & Lindsay Brown – John Stott, Home with the Lord”

Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action

The Lausanne Movement has published today the final document of the Lausanne II Congress in Cape Town. Here is the message I have received from Doug Birdsall, the executive leader of this movement:

Dear Danut,

I’m pleased to let you know that the completed ‘Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action’ is now available online at www.lausanne.org/ctcommitment.

Our thanks to Dr. Chris Wright and the Statement Working Group for their tremendous work in drawing together what was said at Cape Town 2010 so this document could be a true reflection of the Congress voices. Continue reading “Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action”

Cecil Robeck on Fuller’s Ecumenical Vision

Cecil M. Robeck jr. is Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Director of the David J. DuPlessis Center for Christian Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary.

We have traveled together by plane from Cape Town to Amsterdam, after the last Lausanne Congress, where he was invited by Doug Birdsall to be in charge of the Catholic and Orthodox delegates. We had lots of fun on the way, especially as I had with me my colleague Fr. Mihai Pavel, who has a deep sense of humour.

Together with Doug and Cecil, we are trying to strengthen and nurture theological dialogue with Catholics and the Orthodox post Lausanne III. I will keep you posted on the evolution on this front. Recently, Cecil sent us a very interesting overview of the relations between Evangelicals and especially the Catholics (unfortunately, this is an internal document and I cannot make it known on a larger basis without proper permission). In this message, he mentioned a recent text of his that was published in Theology. News & Notes, on Fuller’s ecumenical vision. Here is part of it, for your interest:

Continue reading “Cecil Robeck on Fuller’s Ecumenical Vision”

Cape Town 2010 – Reflections from Doug Birdsall, Lausanne Movement Executive Chair

Greetings from Boston.  Jeanie and I are now home after being with family, friends and Lausanne colleagues in South Africa, Sri Lanka and India following Cape Town 2010 (CT2010).  We are home in time to celebrate my favorite American holiday, Thanksgiving.  I have much to be thankful for this year, especially in light of the recently completed CT2010.

It is far too soon to fully assess the significance of CT2010.  Indeed only the Lord truly knows how CT2010 will impact his church and the world in the years to come.  As I reflect on the Congress, read blogs, emails and articles from participants, I am in awe of God’s blessings on this gathering.  Please join me in praising the Lord for the following: Continue reading “Cape Town 2010 – Reflections from Doug Birdsall, Lausanne Movement Executive Chair”

Second Day of Lausanne III Congress

Most of the music in the congress verges on the charismatic choruses for which I lost all taste lately. I long for the more reflective, creative and complex music in my church. Continue reading “Second Day of Lausanne III Congress”