The bi-annual Lausanne International Leadership Meeting got underway Monday in Budapest, Hungary, bringing together nearly 400 delegates from across 60 nations to explore new ways of bringing about world evangelization as well as the many challenges for mission.
The new Executive Chair of Lausanne, Douglas Birdsall, set the tone for the week as he outlined the vision of Lausanne for the future in an address on Monday evening.
“We are here to think of ways in which we can … powerfully, compellingly articulate the changeless truth about God in a radically, rapidly changing world,” he said. “Global challenges require global conversations to find global solutions.” more >>
LONDON - World renowned theologian and evangelist the Rev. Dr. John Stott has made the decision to retire from public ministry at the age of 86.
Stott, who has been called by the Rev. Billy Graham as the most respected clergyman in the world today, will speak at one last event in July before moving to a retirement community for Anglican clergy, according to an announcement made by Langham Partnership International, the ministry that Stott founded to grow and equip churches around the world.
The decision was made with the strong belief that it is Gods provision for him at this stage. more >>
Christianity Today, the evangelical magazine founded by the Rev. Billy Graham, presented a list of The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals in the past century, producing a list that touches on a mixed bag of topics including evangelism, prayer, end times, pluralism, poverty, and marriage.
These are books that have shaped evangelicalism as we see it todaynot an evangelicalism we wish and hope for, the Oct. 6 list explained. [These are] books that over the last 50 years have altered the way American evangelicals pray, gather, talk, and reach outnot books that merely entertained.
Compilations of influential Christian books have been made before. In a May 2005 update, the Barna Group produced a specific list of books and authors that influenced everyday pastors most. Barnas list consisted mostly of titles related to discipleship, spirituality, and church growth topics most directly related to hands-on ministry. more >>
The Rev. Dr. John R. W. Stott, who many regard as one of the most significant leaders in the evangelical movement, was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen of England's New Year Honors List for services to Christian scholarship and the Christian world.
The leading British evangelical Anglican and honorary chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization received his CBE from the Queen after an illustrious life-long service to Christ. The news was released at midnight on Dec. 31, 2005. more >>
Dr. Sinclair Ferguson was the featured speaker for Taylor University's recently-concluded Second Annual Charles Simeon Sermons. The series began in 2004 with John Stott as the inaugurating expositor, and seeks to reflect Charles Simeon's legacy of excellence in Bible teaching.
"This is the kind of event for which students come to Taylor," Campus Pastor Randy Gruendyke said. "The Simeon sermons are not happening at State U. this week or any other week for that matter."
Gruendyke said offering the Simeon Sermons helps the community recognize and appreciate Bible exegesis, and the shortage of good Bible exposition is a problem in theological education and pulpits across America. more >>
A conference hosted by Wheaton College brought together leaders and members of the Christian community to discuss and explore how the Sermon on the Mount has spoken to our world throughout history and today.
On Nov. 3-5, Christian scholars gathered at Wheaton College in Illinois for Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Classic Christian Resources for Moral Formation. Sponsored by Wheatons Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE) and Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, the conference provided an opportunity to revisit Jesus famous sermon in Matthew 5-7 and relate Jesus teachings to contemporary issues.
In particular, we wanted to create a forum for discussion about how Matthew 5-7 have shaped the churchs ministry of forming men and women of moral character, said Dr. Jeffrey P. Greenman, one of the speakers and organizers of the event. more >>