Emotional Healthy Spirituality and Willow Creek Partner to Spread Contemplative Spirituality

  by Mike Stanwood Free-lance writer and researcher for the Gospel of Jesus Christ This September 15th, Willow Creek Association began to distribute the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Church-wide study, as recently announced on Peter Scazzero’s website. (EHS and Willow Creek Partner to Spread the Journey A link from Scazzero’s website to Willow Creek’s website shows … [Read more…]

Individual Salvation Rejected by “New Spirituality”

by Larry DeBruyn  LTRP Note: The following comments made by Larry DeBruyn help to point out the emerging church teaching that God is more concerned about (and desirous of) community or cultural salvation as opposed to individual salvation. This is a classic earmark of emerging/contemplative spirituality. This is the message conveyed in books such as … [Read more…]

Emergent Leader, Doug Pagitt, Postponing Political Campaign

COMMENTARY Doug Pagitt, one of the original “Emergent” leaders from Leadership Network, announced last fall that he would be running for office in the Minnesota State Legislature, but has now announced that he will be postponing his political campaign until 2012 because of lack of financial support.1 Pagitt is the author of several books, all … [Read more…]

Youth Specialties Promises Big Changes But Reality Proves Otherwise

According to a June 23rdChristianity Today article titled, “Less Edgy Conferences,” the Zondervan-owned organization Youth Specialties is going to make “dramatic shifts” this fall at their National Youth Workers Conventions. The CT article, which is based on a pod-cast by Youth Specialties president, Mark Oestreicher, suggests that these changes being brought about could be because … [Read more…]

Mysticism on the March Again — Mantra-Based Book Offered to Calvary Chapel Pastors

At the recent Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference in Murrieta, California, attending pastors were each given gift bags that contained an assortment of books, teaching CDs, and other items. At least some of the bags contained a copy of a book written by David Timms, a professor at Hope International University who puts an emphasis … [Read more…]

“Emergent” or “Emerging”? Makes No Difference – Going in the Same Direction – Away from Truth toward Deception

It was Shakespeare who said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In the case of the “new spirituality” that has pervaded so much of Christianity, emergent church by any other name is just as harmful. While some are saying they are not “emergent” but are emerging, the overall beliefs (and mission) … [Read more…]

LifeWay Stores Erroneously Tells Customers Lighthouse Trails Books “Out of Print”

Lighthouse Trails would like to alert its readers that LifeWay Christian Stores has been informing interested customers that Lighthouse Trails books are “discontinued” or “out of print.” LifeWay Stores is the bookstore arm of the Southern Baptist Convention and has over 150 walk-in stores and a popular online store. Concerned customers have contacted Lighthouse Trails … [Read more…]

Concerned Family Asks Legitimate Questions of Church Leaders

Note: The following article is based on actual facts, but the name has been changed to protect the innocent. In September of 2008, a Christian woman (a wife and mother) stumbled across Lighthouse Trails Research website when she and her husband became concerned about certain things happening in the large church they had been attending … [Read more…]

Concerns Over “Lord Save Us From Your Followers” Author Speaking at Corban College

Dan Merchant is the author of a new book titled Lord Save Us From Your Followers. Merchant’s book, published by Thomas Nelson, is similar in nature to Dan Kimball’s They Like Jesus But Not the Church. The message in Merchant’s book is basically that since the world doesn’t like Christians, it must be the fault … [Read more…]

Brian McLaren’s Hope for the Future – The Minds of Your Grandchildren

Brian McLaren’s newest book, Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices, is the first in a series of eight books by Thomas Nelson publishers. The General Editor of the series, which is titled The Ancient Practices Series, is emerging church proponent Phyllis Tickle. Other authors in the series include Dan Allender, Scot … [Read more…]

Billy and Franklin Graham Join Emerging Church Leaders and The Shack Author for Catalyst Conference

Billy Graham, and his son Franklin, will be speaking at the upcoming Catalyst Conference on October 8-9. Possibly, the father/son Grahams are not aware of the teachings and the spirituality that the Catalyst Conference represents. Unfortunately, Catalyst will gain respect and audience by many trusting and unaware admirers of the Grahams for including them on … [Read more…]

Contemplative Spirituality and the Emerging Church Come to Kansas Through YouthFront and MNU

Contemplative spirituality and the emerging church have come to Kansas and in no small way. First of all, the Christian university in Olathe, Kansas, MidAmerica Nazarene University, is introducing students to the writings of Brian McLaren, Shane Claiborne, Henri Nouwen, and Rob Bell, four of the strongest voices for contemplative emerging spirituality.1 In the required … [Read more…]

New Age Sympathizer Leonard Sweet to Speak at Seventh Day Adventist Conference

The 4th Annual National Conference on Innovation, sponsored by the Ohio Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, will take place in October in Columbus, Ohio and will feature New Age sympathizer/emerging futurist Leonard Sweet. On the conference website, it states: Partners in Innovation is a convergence of people and organizations committed to providing the environment, encouragement, … [Read more…]

Obama: Grew up with “the Bible and the Koran” – Believes Many Paths Lead to God

The Faith of Barack Obama written by New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield was released in August by Thomas Nelson publishers. The book carries the endorsement of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the front cover. Tutu, one of the global “Elders,” calls the book “perceptive and well-written.” The publisher’s description of the book reads: . … [Read more…]

Pepperdine University “Bible Lectures” Go Contemplative!

    Pepperdine University is a Christian school located in California. Since the 1940s, Pepperdine University has been presenting their “Bible Lectures” series. This year the university presented the “65th Annual Bible Lectures,” a four-day event. On three of the four days, a session titled “An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer” was given.1 The three workshops … [Read more…]

BOOK REVIEW: Brian McLaren’s New Book: Finding Our Way Again

McLaren’s Future – Your Grandchildren Brian McLaren’s newest book, Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices, is the first in a series of eight books by Thomas Nelson publishers. The General Editor of the series, which is titled The Ancient Practices Series, is emerging church proponent Phyllis Tickle. Other authors in the … [Read more…]

Emergent Road Show Receives Sponsorship From Major Organizations

Three “of the most outspoken” leaders of the emerging church (Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Mark Scandrette) will be going on a national road tour this summer and are receiving sponsorship from several large organizations. Some of those sponsors are Christianbook.com, Jossey-Bass, Compassion International, International Bible Society, and Zondervan. The three men will hit 32 … [Read more…]

Kay Warren Joins Heavy-Weight Emergents at Envision 08

Kay Warren, wife of Purpose Driven pastor Rick Warren, will join several heavy-weight emergent leaders at the upcoming Envision 08 event this June. Kay Warren will share a platform with Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis (Sojourners magazine), Shane Claiborne, Jay Bakker (son of PTL Jim Bakker), Doug Pagitt, and several other speakers who share emerging church … [Read more…]