I was reading through some of the documents for the Lausanne Conference 2010 today, and had to stop.
It’s not because I disagreed. Far from it. I wish I could go! The things they will discuss this year will direct world evangelism for several decades to come.
No, the reason I had to stop is because I ran across several articles that were almost word for word what I have already written for the book I’m working on. It was spooky.
You know the posts I made a few weeks ago about what would happen if your church closed? They are here and here. I found a post on the Lausanne Movement website and it contained almost the exact questions I have in those posts. The article on the website also talks about how the church has failed to be salt and light, which I have already written about for my book (but have not posted it yet).
I promise, I did not read these articles before writing this section of the book! I am not plagiarizing!
So anyway, I stopped reading because I didn’t want it to color what was in my mind but not yet written. Once it is written, I will go back and read some more.
I did, however, download and print several articles from the 1974 Lausanne Conference for reading.