Christianity Today International and the Lausanne Movement jointly published a special series called ‘The Global Conversation’ in the months leading up to Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization to help prepare the global church for the issues to be addressed at the Congress. Each lead article had several commissioned responses, and was published by dozens of publications around the world.
October 2009 – The whole gospel – What do we need to relearn from Scripture and from global theological reflection about the “whole gospel” that is the heart of evangelization?
- Lead Article: Whole Gospel, Whole Church, Whole World by Christopher J. H. Wright
- Response: The Lord of Public Life by Emily Choge
- Response: Filling in the Holes of Holism by Chris Heuertz
November 2009 – True prosperity and the true gospel – How does the “prosperity gospel” require us to articulate biblical truth more clearly and compellingly, and what are the promises of the gospel for the materially poor?
- Lead Article: Did Jesus Wear Designer Robes by J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
- Response: Redeeming Prosperity by Peter L. Berger
- Response: The Gospel of Greed by Ruth Padilla DeBorst
- Response: Joseph Wore Designer Robes, Too! by Amos Yong
December 2009 – Muslim-background believers and the nature of conversion – How do new models of Muslim conversion challenge our assumptions about mission and contextualization?
- Lead Article: Muslim Followers of Jesus? by Joseph Cumming
- Response: Away with Sterile Debates! by Martin Accad
- Response: The Main Question is Identity by John Azumah
- Response: A Muslim Follower of Jesus by Mazhar Mallouhi
- Response: God is Doing Something New by John Travis
- Response: The Bible is Our Guide by Phil Parshall
January 2010 – A word to the West from the global church – What do global church leaders most want those us in the “West” to hear and learn? What are the elements that make for fruitful and lasting partnerships across substantial differences of wealth and power?
- Lead Article: More Partners at the Family Table by Valdir Steuernagel
- Response: We Need to Rethink by David Zac Niringiye
- Response: What Makes a Partnership? by Jim Thomas
- Response: We Are Co-creators by Ruth Callanta
February 2010 – Claiming the truth in a world of relativism – What is the most effective Christian response to resurgent atheism and relativism in the West?
- Lead Article: Sowing Subversion in the Field of Relativism by Mark Chan
- Response: An Apologetics of Hope by Stuart McAllister
- Response: Positive Pluralism by Krish Kandiah
- Response: A Warm Invitation by Ivan Satyavrata
March 2010 – How Christians relate to Islam and Muslims – What are models for Christian–Muslim relationships?
- Lead Article: A Plea for Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims by Chawkat Moucarry
- Response: Experiencing Dialogue by David Shenk
- Response: Dialogue Shaping Mission Shaping Dialogue by Evelyne A. Reisacher
- Response: Building a Common Society by Ng Kam Weng
- Response: The Audacity of Dialogue by Sunday Agang
April 2010 – The power of the whole gospel – How can prison ministry amidst hardened gang members in Guatemala remind us of the true power of the gospel—and challenge churches that have become complacent about true evangelization?
- Lead Article: The Beautiful Question of the Incarnational Gospel by Joel Van Dyke and Kris Rocke
- Response: A Theology for the Strange Land by Jayakumar Christian
- Response: In a Strange Land by Emmanuel Ndikumana
- Response: The Holistic Mission of the Church by Andrea Zaki Stephanous
- Response: Incarnational Mission in Africa by Isaac Phiri
May 2010 – Migration and ethnic conflict – What may God be doing and teaching us in an age of unprecedented movement of peoples? What word of hope can the global church hear from Christians whose societies and communities have been wracked by genocidal violence?
- Lead Article: Migration and Ethnic Conflict by Samuel Escobar
- Response: The Heart of the Gospel by Sadiri Joy Tira
- Response: The Prophetic Migrant by Craig Greenfield
- Response: The Blessing of the Other by Athena Evelyn Gorospe
- Response: The Intertwining of Migration and Ethnic Conflict by Jehu J. Hanciles
June 2010 – Technology and humanity – How will the church respond to humanity’s accelerating ability to technologically reshape human bodies and human experience?
- Lead Article: The Face-to-Face Gospel and the Death of Distance by Al Erisman
- Response: Get Ready For Sci-Fi Reality by Nigel Cameron
- Response: Technologies Are Not Just Tools by Juan Rogers
- Response: Overcoming the Technological Divide by Wha-Chul Son
- Response: Blessings and Curses of Technology by Haron Wachira
July 2010 – Care for creation – What is our calling toward the non-human created world, and how does that play a part in world evangelization? Are there distinctively Christian contributions to the environmental movement (e.g., the reclamation of Sabbath)?
- Lead Article: Whole Earth Evangelism by Scott Sabin
- Response: This Groaning Eden by Lydia Robledo
- Response: The Deeper Problem by Darren Sleep
- Response: Ecology, the New Opium of the People? by Samuele Furfari
August 2010 – Christ and suffering – How does persistent suffering challenge and change our discipleship and evangelism?
- Lead Article: Embracing Suffering in Service by Ajith Fernando
- Response: A Small Version of the Grand Narrative by Libby Little
- Response: Suffering and Prosperity: Equal Challenges to Faith by Thomas Schirrmacher
- Response: Rejecting the Cross by Elizabeth Sendek
- Response: The Devil’s Mask on the Face of God by Miroslav Volf
September 2010 – The 21st-century reformation of the church – Who do evangelicals need to become in order to rise to the challenges of the coming decades?
- Article part 1: A 21st Century Reformation of the Church: A Wider Welcome by Femi B. Adeleye
- Article part 2: A 21st Century Reformation? A Modest Plea by Leighton Ford
- Article part 3: A 21st Century Reformation: Back to First Principles by Rene Padilla
- Article part 4: A 21st Century Reformation: Recovering the Supernatural by Hwa Yung