Evangelical Christians have been especially attentive to worship in recent years, sparking a renaissance of thought and conversation on what worship really is and how it should be done. Even if this renewed interest has unfortunately resulted in what some have called the "worship wars" in some churches, it seems that what A. W. Tozer once called the "missing jewel" of evangelical worship is being recovered.
Nevertheless, if most evangelicals would quickly agree that worship is central to the life of the church, there would be no consensus to an unavoidable question: What is central to Christian worship? Historically, the more liturgical churches argued that the sacraments form the heart of Christian worship. These churches argue that the elements of the Lord's Supper and the water of baptism most powerfully present the gospel. Among evangelicals, some present a call for evangelism as the heart of worship, planning every facet of the service--songs, prayers, sermon--with the evangelistic invitation in mind.
Though most evangelicals mention the preaching of the word as a necessary or customary part of worship, the prevailing model of worship in evangelical churches is increasingly defined by music, along with innovations such as drama and video presentations. When preaching retreats, a host of entertaining innovations will take its place. more >>
The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization has named the Rev. Dr. John R. W. Stott as Honorary Chair, according to an announcement made Wednesday.
In announcing Stott’s new connection with Lausanne, the Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall, Executive Chair of Lausanne, said Stott’s name is synonymous with Lausanne in many ways because of the key role he has played in the development of the movement.
As an exemplary churchman, scholar and preacher committed to the full counsel of God, Stott has “a heart and a vision for the world,” Birdsall said in the June 28 announcement released by Lausanne. “Thus, he models the catchwords of Lausanne – the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.” more >>
What does Brad Pitt, Jars of Clay, U2, The Dave Matthews Band and Rick Warren have in common?
All have joined and have lent their support to ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History.
The campaign, founded by a diverse group of faith-based and humanitarian organizations such as World Vision and Mercy Corps, is an effort to rally Americans one by one to fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty. more >>
The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism is the premier global network of evangelical leaders.” The movement grew out of a 1974 International Congress in Lausanne Switzerland, which produced the Lausanne Covenant that called on the world “to be more intentional about world evangelization.” The Covenant, agreed upon by 2,300 people from 150 nations from all branches of the Christian church in the space of ten days, is considered by many Christian leaders to be one of the most important missions document in Protestant history.
Lausanne has begun to plan the Second Younger Leader’s Gathering in Malaysia in 2006. Some 500 people between the ages of 25-35, all leaders of their ministry, will be invited to attend an international forum along with older generations to celebrate God’s work and plan strategies for the future.
The Executive Chairman of Lausanne, The Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall explained the motive for the Younger Leader’s Gathering, the preparation for the June 2005 meeting in Hong Kong, and some of the core issues in the Church today in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
The opening Kick-off gathering of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana '03 was full of the Holy Spirit and some unexpected news. The event was held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the theme 'Your Kingdom Come, Your will Be Done" with the 20,000 in attendance.
The unfortunate news was about the evening's speaker and urbana fixture Doctor John Stott. Scott couldn't be present at the event because of his bad health condition. Stott had a minor stroke.
Alex Hill of Intervarsity Fellowship delivered the news to the students who gathered for the conference and told them Stott is expected to recover soon. more >>
Ethiopia Thousands of Christians celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The three-day festival, which began with praise and prayer on Nov. 10, featured speakers from around the world, including J-L Williams from the U-S and John Stott from England.
The President of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde Giorgis, attended the gathering as the guest of honor. Giorgis, who expressed gratitude for the positive works of the Church, encouraged the attendants to continue their ministry throughout the nation.
Two members of Serving in Missions (SIM) traveled to Ethiopia to honor the event, including the new International Director, Malcolm McGregor. McGregor commended the church for developing interdependence, noting that it now serves as an autonomous organization that enjoys fruitful cooperation with other churches, NGOs and ministry groups. more >>