Two Cape Town Prophets
Prophets. We may not like them. But we surely need them. Two fresh prophetic voices emerged at the Lausanne Cape Town Congress.
In a major plenary, Chris Wright, International Director of Langham Partnership International, named the church’s idolatry “as the single biggest obstacle to world mission.” Evangelicals, he said, “attack the world and ignore our own failures.” Wright named three idols: power and praise, popularity and success, and wealth and greed. He described a church often obsessed with statistics and ended with a powerful call to humility, integrity, and simplicity. Watch Wright’s address here …
Rainner Chu a Filipino lawyer (who slept on Cape Town’s streets the night before), spoke of the challenge of finding people representing the urban poor at Lausanne. He provocatively engaged three global trends—globalization, urbanization, and marginalization, and two kinds of people engaging the cities—“pyramid builders and relationship builders.” Watch Chu’s presentation here …
Admist a bit too much inspiration, these were voices of profound analysis. Watch, comment, and forward to others.
About the Author: Chris Rice is co-director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. He is author of Reconciling All Things, Grace Matters, and More Than Equals. He writes regularly at the blog Reconcilers.
Also See: Official Lausanne Congress site
See Previous Reconcilers Posts from Lausanne Cape Town:
- Apartheid Legacy Lament
- Gifts and Laments from Lausanne Cape Town
- Stunning Beauty of Land and Lives
- Fish, Loaves, and the Five Thousand at the Cape Town Lausanne Congress