October 16-25

CAPE TOWN LAUSANNE CONFERENCE – OCT. 16-25 – The final world gathering in the spirit of the 1910-2010 World Conference on Evangelism this year will mark much more than the beginning of a global movement. In reality it will signal the movement’s advance into the future with renewed determination to obey the mandate of the Church of Jesus Christ given to her by the King of Kings Himself. My friend John Armstrong has remarked about new generation that is taking the torch from those that led the advance in the last half of the twentieth century.

One of the unique things about the Third Lausanne Congress will be the diversity of participants. A large percentage of those in Cape Town will be young and ethnically diverse. The generation of Billy Graham and John Stott, who were the key leaders in the formation of the First Lausanne, is now retired or with the Lord. Leaders my age now realize that young leaders must be equipped and supported for a new age. To this end 4,000 church leaders from 200 nations will gather in October.

Lausanne will address things like the rise of rapid people movements, the advance of other faiths, political violence, techno-driven ethics and lifestyles, increasing preference for visual images and the spoken word and a parallel virtual universe. Twenty years ago none of these would have been high on an agenda regarding world evangelization. Make no mistake about this fact, we are living through a time of rapid change.

LAUSANNE movement  website – read and listen to the beginning by Billy Graham and other world leaders.

Best time to see with the eyes of faith and understand the “Church Letter”-Ephesians; which happens to be the Scripture passage chosen for the main addresses. Those attending the conference in Cape Town have been studying and praying through this letter for the last year.


Richard Dawkins and his battle for Truth.

We have all heard about Richard and also about those who offended by his writings. But perhaps we have never heard directly from the man himself. Where was he born and raised? What is he actually trying to accomplish? Here’s a brief interview that I found very enlightening to begin the new year- in his own words. Note the source of this interview, that also is very interesting.


I went to a concert at Berea College last evening.WOW! Let me try to explain in a few words what the New York Times calls an “incredible” musical group from Mail, West Africa. Habib Koite the lead singer and guitarist is a graduate of  the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, Mali.  The group made their first tour outside of Africa during the summer of 1994. Speaking of their most recent album, Afriki , Habib reveals a deeper passion: using his music to inspire his own people.

People here in Africa are willing to risk death by trying to leave for Europe or the USA, but they are not willing to take that risk staying to develop something here in Africa…Life can be really good or really bad wherever you live. People need to understand that. Even though Mali is poor, we still have good quality of life; you can walk outside and smile and someone will smile back.

The group, formed in 1988 with young Malian musicians who had been friends since childhood, now makes friends for Mali all over the world with their music. Mali has rich and diverse musical traditions, which have many regional variations and styles that are particular to the local cultures. This made the concert experience last night a brief encounter with another of the world’s proud heritages, thanks to six very talented ambassadors using music as diplomacy.

Listen to their music :Habib and Bamada on MySpace