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More reflections of an urban missiologist

The course that I mentioned to you last week on Christian Faith, the City and the Arts ended this week. We spent considerable time in the conclusion to the class exploring New Testament texts and God’s project in human history seeking to discern both the place of city and the arts. Rather than hidden themes…

Reflections of an urban missiologist

I thoroughly enjoy my role as the Senior Associate for urban mission for The Lausanne Movement. (As I like to tell people, it is one of the few things I do in life that is a true role rather than a function! I get to celebrate what fine urban ministry practitioners are doing around the…

Failure

“Hi, I’m Michael Oh, and I’m a failure.” Not exactly the kind of introduction you’d expect at a gathering of 4000 global leaders at Cape Town 2010.  But what if?  And what if not? The truth of the matter is that we’re all failures.  We’ve all fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). …

Jetlag

Jetlag.  Surely jetlag was a product of the Fall of mankind.  And surely jetlag won’t exist when we enjoy the new heavens and the new earth.  Maybe we’ll just close our eyes, think of a place, and be there.  Fully there – not just in body but in mind and spirit.  No waking up at…

Earth Shaking News

Last week my wife Pearl and I were enjoying a quiet evening until the very ground beneath us began to shake.  Checking the seismic activity website I saw that there were actually four earthquakes in different parts of Japan in the last 12 hours. Unnerving for those of us who live in the Tokai region…

Be Still

I’m the proud mother of a 22-year-old who just graduated from university.  Yes I know I don’t look old enough to have a son that’s 22.  (Okay, who just rolled their eyes and laughed?) In those 22 years, my husband and I have found that being parents can be a challenging, rewarding, frustrating, fun, incredible…

Suffering

Last month, my friend Dora at the Chinese Coordination Centre for World Evangelization sent out a link to an article by Peter Lin. The article was intended as thoughts for the Lenten season but I found the subject especially meaningful and thought you might too. The article, entitled “Suffering and Glory”, chronicles Mr. Lin’s experiences…

Doing Or Being?

I have just seen the movie ‘The Devil Wore Prada’ – probably two years after everyone else! What a character Miranda is: a highly successful CEO of a large fashion house; exceedingly elegant; driven by ambition; super efficient; focused on reaching deadlines and getting everyone else to do the same; busy to the point of…

How Well Do You Juggle?

Robyn is the vice-chair of the Lausanne Movement and is blogging this month for the Towards 2010 blog. A few years ago I watched as my ten year old grandson adroitly juggled five or six balls in the air.  I thought it looked quite easy so I asked: ‘Could I have a try?’  I started…

We’re in this Together!

On the wall of my office is a large “clock of clocks” – with nine different clocks within it, you know the type – with different time zones from around the world.  My sister gave it for me for my birthday (thanks Ruth!).The clock and other resources help me know what time it is when…

Standing on the Brink

Naomi Frizzell is Director of Communications for The Lausanne Movement and also serves as the Managing Editor for www.LausanneWorldPulse.com.    March represents a transition for the Cape Town 2010 blog.  This month and through the rest of the year, we’ll feature many different Lausanne voices – sharing their thoughts, ideas, encouragement and challenges.  I invite you…

Christmas Greetings from Doug Birdsall

As we come to the end of this year, which has passed all too quickly, I look back on the twelve months of 2008 with a sense of profound gratitude to God.  I am particularly grateful for His hand of blessing upon the work of the Lausanne Movement.Here at my office in Boston, I have…

Reflecting the Global Body of Christ

Four years ago, when I became the Chairman of the Lausanne Movement, we made the commitment that the leadership for Lausanne would reflect the demographic, theological, and cultural realities of the global church.  In order to accomplish this, it was obvious that we needed to be intentional about making appointments to the Lausanne leadership that…

Report on Jeanie’s Surgery

Following are two messages from Tammy Wise, Doug's assistant and long-time friend of the Birdsall family, sent Friday afternoon, 30 May.   (#1, sent at 4:00 p.m. Eastern) Dear Friends:   Doug called from the hospital; the surgery got started later in the day than anticipated.  The surgery began at 2:30 p.m. and is expected…

Jeanie Birdsall – Please Be Praying

Thank you for your encouraging notes and expressions of support and love for my wife Jeanie and me. This week Jeanie and I met with a cardiothoracic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He has determined that she must have heart surgery next Thursday (29 May) to remove the tumor that is in the pulmonary artery…

Prayer Update on Jeanie Birdsall

Thank you so much for your prayers on behalf of my wife, Jeanie. We are grateful for the many expressions of love that have been a source of strength and encouragement. Let me bring you up to date.  After a wonderful ten-day trip to Jerusalem and Cairo in April, we returned home in good spirits…

An Exchange of Joy

Recently our Lausanne III: Cape Town 2010 Programme Committee Chairman, Ramez Atallah from Cairo, and our Program Director, Joshua Wathanga from Nairobi, convened a consultation in Oxford, England.  That same week our Lausanne International Director, Lindsay Brown, gathered together the International Deputy Directors from twelve regions around the world.Two things struck me during the days…

A Visit “Home” to Asia

Greetings from Boston.  Earlier this month I had the privilege of visiting church and ministry leaders in Asia.  This trip to Asia came just after a week of meetings in Oxford, UK in preparation for Lausanne III: Cape Town 2010.During my time in Asia, I met with pastors and church planters in Karuizawa, Japan and…

Connecting With Leaders Worldwide

Greetings! These days have been busy with travel and wonderful times of connecting with brothers and sisters from around the world. Last month, I was in Oxford for a very fruitful and enjoyable week of meetings in preparation for Lausanne III: Cape Town 2010.  Ramez Atallah did a masterful job of facilitating a team of…

Update on the Movement

These are very exciting days for Lausanne. The Lausanne Theology Working Group has just completed its consultation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and recently the first meeting of the Resource Mobilization Working Group convened in Washington, DC.  Also, a meeting of Lausanne younger leaders was held this month in South Africa.Additionally, Robyn Claydon convened a conference…