Time Magazine Names Rick Warren One of 100 Most Influencial People in THE WORLD

The May 11th issue of Time magazine has posted their The 2009 Time 100 (“The Most Influential People in the World”), which has named Rick Warren as one of the world’s top 100 most influential people. Listing Warren under “Heroes and Icons,” the article is accompanied by an unusual drawing of Warren framed in a stained-glass looking border, done by illustrator Anita Kunz. Click here to read Time article.

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1st Novel to Expose Contemplative Spirituality – Gone to Press

Castles in the Sand by Carolyn A. GreeneA compelling and thought-provoking look at the true nature behind contemplative spirituality, which has impacted Christian churches, colleges, seminaries, and universities across the globe.

Castles in the Sand, the first 2009 release by Lighthouse Trails Publishing, has gone to press. This is Carolyn Greene’s debut book, and to our knowledge, it is the first novel ever written that is specifically focused on exposing contemplative spirituality. Below is a chapter-by-chapter synopsis as well as other information about this book. If you have loved ones being exposed to the contemplative prayer or the emerging church movement, this book may help them in a powerful but non-threatening way because of its fictional format.

Description: When the horse-loving, day-dreaming Tessa Dawson enters a Christian college, she is introduced to the writings of 16th century Teresa of Avila by her spiritual formation professor. Soon Tessa’s life is dramatically affected as she delves into “Christian mysticism.” As she ventures deeper into this form of spirituality, God prepares her concerned grandfather and a mysterious young man as they set out to reach her. But will they be able to help her before it’s too late?

Two lives are changed forever through spiritual practices they each encounter–lectio divina . . . contemplative prayer . . . visualization . . . centering . . . sacred space . . . desert fathers . . . kundalini . . . labyrinths . . . spiritual formation . . . the silence

Book Information:
ISBN 978-0-9791315-4-7
Retail – $12.95
Softbound 224 Pages
Illustrated/Photos
Click here to see large cover.
Table of Contents and Chapter One

More information or TO ORDER
Street Date: May 28, 2009

Chapter by Chapter Synopsis:

1/Run
March 2009: College freshman, Tessa Dawson, is in trouble. The book begins at the end of the story, where Tessa is running to escape the darkness that has finally caught up with her. The slightly-built girl got more than she bargained for, and now she is fleeing the scene.

2/ Another Teresa
Spain, circa 1533: Teresa of Avila was born in 1515. When she was eighteen, she laid ill in a convent boarding house. Her father comes to take her home. Delirious, her mind drifts back to a troubled youth and a scene where she is trying to escape with her younger brother.

3/ Bus Ride
Early September 2008: The story backtracks now to Tessa Dawson’s bus ride to the college she has promised her foster grandparents to attend, much to her chagrin. Tessa has been living in a daydream world, hoping to find relief from the pain she bears deep inside. She resents the old couple for talking her into going, but now that she has waved good-bye to them, she misses them and feels guilty for her attitude. She daydreams of her horse on the farm, recalls some of her troubled past, and ponders on her future at Flat Plains Bible College. Her faith is shaky, and she asks whether God is even there?

4/A Book from Uncle
Castellanos, Spain, 1538: Teresa of Avila, still ill and in her late teens, has been given a book called The Third Spiritual Alphabet from her uncle. Sick, with little else to do, the once vivacious, beautiful Teresa turns to this book of contemplative prayer practices.

5/First Day of College
September 2008: It is only the first day of college, and Tessa Dawson is ready to call it quits. She learns that her roommate is a highly talkative, bubbly homeschool girl, who also happens to have lost her birth parents as Tessa has. All Tessa wants is some peace and quiet, and she realizes that isn’t going to happen while rooming with Katy (Katrina) Buckler. “I’d rather be back home mucking out Sassy’s stall, she muses,” as she follows the campus map and finally finds her way to her next class, Spiritual Formation 101.

6/Teresa Meets Teresa
In Tessa Dawson’s spiritual formation class, she is introduced to the writings of 16th century Teresa of Avila, and instantly she takes an interest in this young woman of another time period. Tessa’s new spiritual director at Flat Plains, a woman who goes by the name of Ms. Jasmine, sees Tessa’s interest in the ancient nun, and she takes an interest in Tessa. It turns out that Teresa and Tessa have something in common–their hope to escape the pain within. When Tessa and Katy have a disagreement, Tessa is drawn into finding “the sacred space” she was told about in class.

7/The Fall Retreat at Quiet Waters Lodge
November 2008: Tessa and her spiritual formation class are at a retreat at the contemplative Quiet Waters Lodge. While there, on a walk in a nearby woods alone, Tessa meets a mysterious stranger on a bridge near the lodge. Later at the retreat, she manages to do a listening/imagination exercise in which she has a conversation with “Jesus” on the beach. She is excited to tell Ms. Jasmine about her success with the exercise, but her excitement is somewhat dampened as she remembers the woodsman’s words to her.

8/ Gift of Tears
Spain, mid-16th Century: Teresa of Avila is in agony. She recalls, with tears, when she was on trial for six years and was judged severely by people because of her visions. “Oh! My soul is plunged into darkness!” she cries out. “How I long to be alone . . . oh, when will this life ever become more than a never-ending dark night for my soul! I hear them coming even now demanding answers to unanswerable questions.”

9/The Lecture
Winter Term 2008: During a lecture in Ms. Jasmine’s class, just before Christmas break, the students at Flat Plains learn some unusual things about the ancient mystics. Ms. Jasmine also warns the class that now that they are coming into an understanding of the “deeper” spiritual matters and have experienced God in a new way, their parents and family members back at home may look at them negatively and oddly. She assures them it is those with traditional views who have the problem, not them.

10/The Farmhouse
January 2009: Back on the farm, Tessa’s foster grandfather, Jacob Brown, begins to worry about Tessa after he receives some peculiar text messages from her. Tessa keeps mentioning a name that “Gramps” had heard before. In an old wooden chest, he stumbles upon a biography by an ancient mystic, Teresa of Avila. The book had been left at the farm many years ago by another troubled foster girl. Gramps and Gran (Margaret) pray for Teresa.

11/Mortifications
Spain, circa 1555: A glimpse into the life (mortifications and self-abuse) of an older St. Teresa of Avila through the eyes of her sisters at the convent. “Teresa had taken to inflicting tortures and mortifications upon herself. She was just one of many nuns who drew blood in self-flagellation.”

12/Spiritual Direction Session
January 9, 2009: The relationship between Tessa and Ms. Jasmine deepens as Tessa comes to see her professor as her spiritual mentor, but Tessa is feeling some apprehension regarding some of the experiences she is having during her contemplative sessions. Yet she trusts her professor and continues on this path. After all, it is a unique opportunity to be mentored by someone of Ms. Jasmine’s caliber.

13/Angels and Voices
Spain, 1565: Teresa of Avila has been ordered to write down her experiences and visions. Her inquisitioners are reviewing her case for possible heresy. But there were some things she could never tell them. They would never understand.

14/Jacob Searches for Answers
February 2009-One Evening: Back at the farmhouse, Jacob has a heated phone confrontation with the president, Frank Johnson, of Flat Plains Bible College regarding the spiritual formation practices being taught at the school. Later that evening, Jacob researches into the late hours of the night. The more he reads, the more he realizes Tessa is in trouble. And while he can’t pinpoint it, he feels certain that Frank Johnson is hiding something.

15/Symptoms
March 12: In a conversation with the knowledgeable Katy, Tessa is shocked to discover that the strange symptoms she has been having sound exactly like the rising of kundalini serpent power. Katy tells Tessa about an acquaintance named Nathan, who had gotten involved with New Age mysticism. After a frightening experience, Nathan repented and turned to the Lord. But Tessa grows angry at Katy and storms out of the room. Later that night, she has a terrible nightmare about a serpent that is strangling her.

16/Teresa Writes The Interior Castle
Spain, 1577: Through much difficulty due to physical symptoms and head noise, St. Teresa has written The Interior Castle as ordered by her superiors. She writes about the seven interior castles of the soul, which can be accessed, she says through contemplative prayer.

17/A Growing Concern
March 14: The Browns grow more concerned as they begin to put some pieces of the puzzle together. Margaret (Gran) has seen Jacob troubled before, such as when someone had stolen ten head of his prized cattle. But she had never seen him like this.

18/New York
March 23: On her way back from a missions trip to Argentina, Katy e-mails her parents from New York due to a flight mix up.

19/Bad Counsel
March 23: Without telling Ms. Jasmine, Tessa makes an appointment with one of the school’s counselors. But she is shocked to learn that he is part of the effort to change the school into a contemplative college. In fact, his advice to her leaves her shaken. She leaves his office even more confused.

20/Teresa’s Travels
Spain 1579: During one of St. Teresa’s last difficult journeys to start another new convent, we learn more about her trances and her levitation experiences.

21/A Difficult Phone Call
March 23-Monday Night: Tessa arranges to meet a contact of Katy’s, Nathan, who can explain more to her about kundalini and the symptoms she and her friends in the spiritual formation class have been having.

22/The Light That Was Dark
March 24-Tuesday Afternoon: During a conversation between Frank Johnson (the college president) and Ms. Jasmine, their plans to further develop the spiritual formation program at the school are discussed. However, Frank is unnerved at his colleague’s brazen approach. Her role of usurper becomes evident to him. Meanwhile Tessa meets Nathan. He helps her into his jeep and speeds off. After buying her some hot chocolate (for it was a cold and blustery day in this northern region), Nathan takes Tessa to the local library. There he shows her some books and tells her that the practices she has become involved with are dangerous. Still, she is not convinced.

23/Seattle
March 24: Flat Plains missions team stops over in Seattle, and by chance Katy happens to see Ms. Jasmine being interviewed on television. Her New Age leanings are revealed not only to Katy, but to Jacob and Margaret who happen to see the same show at the farm. The truth is plain to see . . . But that’s not the only thing Jacob and Margaret learn that day . . . suddenly they realize they have met Ms. Jasmine before, a long time ago.

24/Deja vu
March 24: Just before their spiritual direction session, Ms. Jasmine prevents Tessa from learning the truth by secretly tampering with her cell phone in a rage. Tessa attempts to share the concerns she has since her meeting Nathan earlier that afternoon, but Ms. Jasmine tries to convince her otherwise and calm her fears. Tessa tries to find her imaginary castle in the silence, but this time it isn’t working.

25/The Debriefing
March 26-Thursday Evening: At their debriefing evening with other mission groups, Katy and her mission’s team are shocked to find that they are about to be led in a contemplative prayer exercise. Katy and her teacher, Sam Goldsmith, boldly speak out before they are threatened with arrest and forced to leave. But the reaction of the students is not what the leaders had expected or wanted.

Later that evening, Sam Goldsmith has a very important question for Katy–if he can get her to stop talking long enough to ask it. When he does ask, for the first time in Katrina Buckler’s life, she is left speechless.

26/Friday Morning
March 27:Margaret and her ladies group pray for Jacob who has just left for Flat Plains Bible College. He has two purposes for the trip: first to confront Frank Johnson and Ms. Jasmine head-on, second, to rescue Tessa and bring her home.

27/The Woodsman
March 27-Late Afternoon: The story briefly returns to the woodsman whom Tessa met months earlier at the Quiet Waters retreat. He thinks about the pretty, but confused girl he met in the woods and wonders if she recognized him when he met her for a second time.

28/Ekstasis Night
March 27-Friday Evening: While Margaret is praying back at the farm house, it is the night of the climactic Ekstasis worship night where Tessa fights her biggest spiritual storm and realizes her “castle” is crumbling. She has been dabbling with mystical practices that have brought a terrible darkness and oppression upon her. It is this night that she realizes she must escape its grip, but will she be able to do it with Ms. Jasmine watching her every move?

29/In Like a Lion, Out Like A . . .
March 27-Evening: Unbeknownst to Tessa, Gramps is in Frank Johnson’s office during a violent thunder storm the evening of Ekstasis Night. He is demanding Frank to tell him where his granddaughter is. When Gramps gets an urgent text message from Tessa, he reminds her about the mysterious package he gave her the day she left for college. Open the package, he tells her–it is your lifeline.

30/The Elders
The elders from Flat Plains church show up (as pre-arranged by Jacob) and are shocked to see what is going on at the Ekstasis Night. They had no idea. Jacob was right! But Ms. Jasmine is determined to protect her project.

31/Rescued
Tessa is hiding in her dorm room, terrified at the presence she senses is in there with her. She feels she is going crazy. She realizes what she has been doing is wrong, so very wrong, but is it too late? And then–a frantic knock on the door.

32/Soaked
Frank Johnson and Ms. Jasmine go on a tirade to find Tessa, blaming her for what has turned out to be a disastrous Ekstasis Night. When Ms. Jasmine finally finds her, and tries to physically stop her, she is in for the surprise of her life. Just when she is about to flail in on Tessa, someone from behind grabs her arm and stops her. She turns and looks up into steel-blue eyes she had never expected to see again.

33/Finding Home
Conclusion

Book Information:
ISBN 978-0-9791315-4-7
Retail – $12.95
Softbound 224 Pages
Illustrated/Photos
Click here to see large cover.
Table of Contents and Chapter One

More information or TO ORDER
Street Date: May 28, 2009

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Hate Crimes Bill Passes House – Christian Leaders Partly to Blame

Special Note From Lighthouse Trails:We do not believe any person should be treated with hateful or cruel behavior. However, we also do not believe that hate crime legislation is necessary or legitimate because there are already laws prohibiting the abuse and/or violence against any person.

Hate Crimes Bill Passes House – Christian Leaders Partly to Blame

On Wednesday, HR 1913 (“Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009″) passed in the US House of Representatives with a vote of 249-175. According to one report, “The bill is now headed for the Senate, which Obama urged to work with his administration to ‘finalize this bill and to take swift action.'”1

If this legislation is passed by the Senate (and then signed by Obama into law, which he has promised to do quickly), this broadened hate-crime law could ultimately affect Christians who preach, teach, or report that the homosexual lifestyle is prohibited according to Scripture. One report states: “Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the U.S. and abroad.2 In a WorldNetDaily report, it says that even pedophiles could receive special protection if this bill becomes law.3 According to the text in HR1913, penalties for breaking this law would be severe–from 10 years up to life in prison. While wording in HR1913 is somewhat vague, amendments could be added to strengthen and further define how this law is implemented. Plus, because of its vagueness, Supreme Court judges may be able to further broaden the scope of the law through their own interpretations of it.

Keep in mind that this bill will not only give special rights to homosexuals, it has the potential to bring restrictions to Christians who reject the idea that other religions are valid ways to God.

Ironically, and in an indirect manner, many Christian organizations who are concerned about hate crime legislation have been partly responsible for this current legislation passing. How so? The legislation is passing because of the new administration and a supportive Congress. And as we have stated in previous articles, Lighthouse Trails believes it was the emerging church segment of voters who helped bring in this present White House administration. Now, Christian organizations and leaders who have helped to propel contemplative spirituality (i.e. spiritual formation) have, inadvertently helped to propel the emerging church. When people begin to incorporate mantra-type prayer and other contemplative spiritual disciplines, over time their spiritual affinities change and many become interspiritual, which is what the emerging church is all about. Thus, if someone is promoting contemplative spirituality, they are promoting the emerging model. The two terms are virtually synonymous. So while Christian organizations are alarmed about the hate crime law (which they should be because it is indeed disturbing), they have and continue to fuel the momentum merely by their promotion of contemplative spirituality.

When it comes to the emerging church, Christian leaders seem to lack understanding and discernment. Some books and many articles have now been written about the emerging church, and interestingly, the majority of them lack the most important element–the emerging church is a conduit for mysticism and is heading right into the arms of a universal interfaith church that is panentheistic (God in all) by its very nature.

Many feel that the real problems with the emerging church are centered around methodology (e.g., how much lighting to have, where to hold church services, and what to wear while attending them, etc.). Such distraction from the true concerns is like telling a neighbor that his dog is tearing up the garden when his house is burning down and his children are inside.

The emerging church is fundamentally mystical as can easily be seen by the leaders who feed the emerging movement a steady diet of contemplative spirituality. Leonard Sweet, one of the emerging church movement’s most prolific leaders (and a co-worker in ministry with Rick Warren) explains the role of mysticism in the emerging church:

Mysticism, once cast to the sidelines of the Christian tradition, is now situated in postmodernist culture near the center…. In the words of one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, Jesuit philosopher of religion/dogmatist Karl Rahner, “The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, one who has experienced something, or he will be nothing.” [Mysticism] is metaphysics arrived at through mindbody experiences. Mysticism begins in experience; it ends in theology. (p. 160, A Time of Departing–*see reference below)

If indeed the present administration came into power by picking up the large emerging church sector of voters, then a lot of Christian leaders are responsible for what is taking place today. For instance, Rick Warren, perhaps the most influential Christian leader today, has been and continues to be one of the strongest proponents of the emerging church movement and the contemplative prayer movement as well (see our research site for documentation).

What is needed here is for Christian leaders of ministries, churches, organizations, and schools, to repent for misleading many toward a deceptive spirituality that will not lead them into a relationship with the God of the Bible through faith in Jesus Christ by grace but will instead fulfill Karl Rahner’s words that they will be mystics or they will be nothing at all.

For those who are skeptical of the ramifications, consider the words of prolific contemplative author Marcus Borg. At a seminar in which Borg was speaking, he told the audience of a time when he and his wife attended what he thought was an emerging church and in the end of the service the pastor talked about Christ dying on the Cross for man’s sins. Borg told the audience that that statement showed him that church was not an emerging church after all.* This is the reason why Brian McLaren (who openly resonates with Borg) loves Alan Jones’ book, Reimagining Christianity so much because its not based on the Gospel but based on panentheism and contemplative prayer.

These are serious and spiritually perilous times in which we live. It would be wise for Christian leaders to reconsider the path on which many of them are now treading.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3

* Quote by Leonard Sweet from Quantum Spirituality, p. 76.
* Ray Yungen and a colleague were attending this seminar by Borg and relayed this story to Lighthouse Trails.

Related Information:

Track HR1913

Time Magazine on Rick Warren’s New Global Reformation and His PEACE Coalition

Rick Warren Plays “Catch Me if You Can” While Promoting Mysticism

The End of the Word . . . As We Know It

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Hate Crimes Bill Passes House – Christian Leaders Partly to Blame

Special Note From Lighthouse Trails:We do not believe any person should be treated with hateful or cruel behavior. However, we also do not believe that hate crime legislation is necessary or legitimate because there are already laws prohibiting the abuse and/or violence against any person.

Hate Crimes Bill Passes House – Christian Leaders Partly to Blame

On Wednesday, HR 1913 (“Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009″) passed in the US House of Representatives with a vote of 249-175. According to one report, “The bill is now headed for the Senate, which Obama urged to work with his administration to ‘finalize this bill and to take swift action.'”1

If this legislation is passed by the Senate (and then signed by Obama into law, which he has promised to do quickly), this broadened hate-crime law could ultimately affect Christians who preach, teach, or report that the homosexual lifestyle is prohibited according to Scripture. One report states: “Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the U.S. and abroad.2 In a WorldNetDaily report, it says that even pedophiles could receive special protection if this bill becomes law.3 According to the text in HR1913, penalties for breaking this law would be severe–from 10 years up to life in prison. While wording in HR1913 is somewhat vague, amendments could be added to strengthen and further define how this law is implemented. Plus, because of its vagueness, Supreme Court judges may be able to further broaden the scope of the law through their own interpretations of it.

Keep in mind that this bill will not only give special rights to homosexuals, it has the potential to bring restrictions to Christians who reject the idea that other religions are valid ways to God.

Ironically, and in an indirect manner, many Christian organizations who are concerned about hate crime legislation have been partly responsible for this current legislation passing. How so? The legislation is passing because of the new administration and a supportive Congress. And as we have stated in previous articles, Lighthouse Trails believes it was the emerging church segment of voters who helped bring in this present White House administration. Now, Christian organizations and leaders who have helped to propel contemplative spirituality (i.e. spiritual formation) have, inadvertently helped to propel the emerging church. When people begin to incorporate mantra-type prayer and other contemplative spiritual disciplines, over time their spiritual affinities change and many become interspiritual, which is what the emerging church is all about. Thus, if someone is promoting contemplative spirituality, they are promoting the emerging model. The two terms are virtually synonymous. So while Christian organizations are alarmed about the hate crime law (which they should be because it is indeed disturbing), they have and continue to fuel the momentum merely by their promotion of contemplative spirituality.

When it comes to the emerging church, Christian leaders seem to lack understanding and discernment. Some books and many articles have now been written about the emerging church, and interestingly, the majority of them lack the most important element–the emerging church is a conduit for mysticism and is heading right into the arms of a universal interfaith church that is panentheistic (God in all) by its very nature.

Many feel that the real problems with the emerging church are centered around methodology (e.g., how much lighting to have, where to hold church services, and what to wear while attending them, etc.). Such distraction from the true concerns is like telling a neighbor that his dog is tearing up the garden when his house is burning down and his children are inside.

The emerging church is fundamentally mystical as can easily be seen by the leaders who feed the emerging movement a steady diet of contemplative spirituality. Leonard Sweet, one of the emerging church movement’s most prolific leaders (and a co-worker in ministry with Rick Warren) explains the role of mysticism in the emerging church:

Mysticism, once cast to the sidelines of the Christian tradition, is now situated in postmodernist culture near the center…. In the words of one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, Jesuit philosopher of religion/dogmatist Karl Rahner, “The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, one who has experienced something, or he will be nothing.” [Mysticism] is metaphysics arrived at through mindbody experiences. Mysticism begins in experience; it ends in theology. (p. 160, A Time of Departing–*see reference below)

If indeed the present administration came into power by picking up the large emerging church sector of voters, then a lot of Christian leaders are responsible for what is taking place today. For instance, Rick Warren, perhaps the most influential Christian leader today, has been and continues to be one of the strongest proponents of the emerging church movement and the contemplative prayer movement as well (see our research site for documentation).

What is needed here is for Christian leaders of ministries, churches, organizations, and schools, to repent for misleading many toward a deceptive spirituality that will not lead them into a relationship with the God of the Bible through faith in Jesus Christ by grace but will instead fulfill Karl Rahner’s words that they will be mystics or they will be nothing at all.

For those who are skeptical of the ramifications, consider the words of prolific contemplative author Marcus Borg. At a seminar in which Borg was speaking, he told the audience of a time when he and his wife attended what he thought was an emerging church and in the end of the service the pastor talked about Christ dying on the Cross for man’s sins. Borg told the audience that that statement showed him that church was not an emerging church after all.* This is the reason why Brian McLaren (who openly resonates with Borg) loves Alan Jones’ book, Reimagining Christianity so much because its not based on the Gospel but based on panentheism and contemplative prayer.

These are serious and spiritually perilous times in which we live. It would be wise for Christian leaders to reconsider the path on which many of them are now treading.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3

* Quote by Leonard Sweet from Quantum Spirituality, p. 76.
* Ray Yungen and a colleague were attending this seminar by Borg and relayed this story to Lighthouse Trails.

Related Information:

Track HR1913

Time Magazine on Rick Warren’s New Global Reformation and His PEACE Coalition

The End of the Word . . . As We Know It

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Miss California: Hero or Cautionary Tale?

 

LTRP Note: Last week, Lighthouse Trails posted an article about Miss California’s statement on national television at the Miss America beauty pageant. We posted the article because it showed that a young woman had more courage than “America’s Pastor” (Rick Warren), who recently reneged on his anti-homosexual marriage statements last year. Since posting the article, we have been contacted by some concerned Christian women who feel that, while Miss California certainly did right in defending the traditional view of marriage (between a man and a woman), we cannot point to her as a role model for young women because of the nature of the beauty pageant wherein women must walk in front of millions wearing almost nothing during bathing suit competition. In a day and age when pornography is wrecking havoc in the lives of men, women, and children, like never before, we cannot compromise–too many are getting hurt. Thus, we have removed the article and apologize if we have offended any women and stumbled any men. We are also linking to a commentary that Ingrid Schlueter of Slice of Laodicea has written today regarding this issue. What she has to say is worth considering. Please also note the link to a Herescope article (below) in which Pastor Larry DeBruyn discusses this situation.

Miss California: Hero or Cautionary Tale?
Ingrid Schlueter
Slice of Laodicea

The moral confusion among supposedly conservative Christians has been drawn out by, of all things, a beauty pageant. Conservative, “pro-family” activists, bloggers and pastors continue to swoon days later after Miss California responded in a politically incorrect fashion to a question posed her during the swimsuit competition. Christian bloggers and commentators, most of them male, continue to exalt Miss Prejean to the status of a Christian Woman for All Seasons. Rarely has there been this kind of uniform praise for any Christian woman taking a stand on the issue of homosexuality or anything else. Ordinarily, Christian women who take a stand for what is right are told to go home and shut up. Is there a connection between a great body and female credibility among Christian males today? But then that’s another post. Click here to read this entire commentary.

Related:

The Naked Slippery Slope by Herescope

Ted Haggard Story Will Raise Serious Questions For All

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New YouTube: Roger Oakland on the Emerging Church – Proclaiming the Gospel

 

Lighthouse Trails has posted another YouTube video clip with Roger Oakland from his 4 DVD series on the Emerging Church.

This one is about:

Bible prophecy indicates that the last days before Jesus Christ returns will be characterized by a time of great deception. Based on current trends, it appears that the one world government, the one world economy and the one world religion predicted could soon be here. However, in the midst of this scenario, God is calling Bible-believing Christians to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as our only hope to the whole world.

In Proclaiming the Gospel in the Midst of Last Days Apostasy, Roger provides the documentation to show we are living at the very time that the last days spiritual “strong delusion” is underway. While documenting the dangers and pitfalls of the purpose-driven, emerging, and contemplative Christianity, Roger encourages Bible believing Christians to boldly stand for the truth and to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

Topics Include:
* Last Days Spiritual Deception in the name of Christ
* Prophetic Warnings from Old Testament prophets for our day
* Jesus Christ warned about the day in which we live
* A global ecumenical social gospel is an enemy of the gospel
* A bloodless gospel is being promoted that denies the cross
* The timeless gospel according to the scriptures is our only hope
* Are you ready?

Click here to read more about Roger Oakland’s Emerging Church DVD series.

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Tibetan Monks Performing at United Methodist Church in Indianapolis

 
Note: This posting is not an endorsement of the following event but rather an example of how eastern mysticism has infiltrated Christianity-at-large. Lighthouse Trails believes that contemplative spirituality has the same basic elements, with regard to meditation, as eastern religions.

by the International Tibet Independence Movement, IUPUI Campus Community Life, and St. Lukes United Methodist Church

“Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India will be visiting Indianapolis from April 25th through May 3rd. They will be creating the Sacred Sand Medicine Mandala, representing the healing aspect of the Buddha. They will also perform two Cultural Pageant Programs, which provide a sampling of Sacred Music and Dance, a slide show, and a debate demonstration. The Monks are available for other public and private programs. See the website www.gomang.org for details of potential offerings for such private or public programs.

“The Mandala will be constructed at St. Lukes Methodist Church (100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis) beginning after the 11 am. service on Sunday April 26th until 4:30 pm. They will continue building the Mandala on Monday from 9 am to 4:30 pm; Tuesday 9 am to 7:30 pm; Wednesday 9 am to 4:30 pm; and Thursday 9 am to 3 pm at which time a closing ceremony will be performed. Click here for more information.

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