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2015 YEAR IN REVIEW – PART 6 – TOP 10 ARTICLES FROM LIKE-MINDED MINISTRIES & WRITERS

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1/“Thinking of giving Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling to friends and family for Christmas? – ‘Merry Christmas’ from Sarah Young’s False Christ!” by Herescope

Thinking of giving Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling to friends and family for Christmas?  You might think twice . . . . Author Warren B. Smith elaborates on the strange December 25th “message” that is presented as the Christmas Day “devotion” in Jesus Calling. In his book “Another Jesus” Calling: How False Christs are Entering the Church Through Contemplative Prayer, Smith suggests that Young’s “Jesus” sounds more like the Grinch who stole Christmas than the man from Galilee; more like a stranger than a savior.

2/Eye Witness Account at Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015 Reveals Growing Animosity Toward Biblical Christians by Lynette Irwin

The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held October 15-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They estimated over fourteen thousand people attended this New Age (now called “interfaith”) convention at the cost of $500/person. This convention was well advertised for over a year. Many booths from differing faiths, political interfaith organizations, and seminaries were anxiously handing out their free literature and books to attendee’s as they walked through.

3/Fox News Contributor Kirsten Powers Exits Evangelicalism to Embrace Catholicism – Timothy Keller & Other Evangelical Leaders Partly to Blame by L. Putnam

Kirsten Powers, Fox News’ pundit, happily announced on October 9, 2015 to “The Five” on “One More Thing” that the next day she would become Catholic.  Immediately, Powers was “high fived” by Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Eric Bolling.

4/Singing for Pope Francis in an Ecumenical Setting  by The Berean Call

CHRISTIAN SONGWRITER DARLENE ZSCHECH IS SINGING FOR POPE FRANCIS IN ST PETER’S SQUARE – PART She will appear alongside fellow worship leader Don Moen and classical tenor Andrea Bocelli at the “Voices in Prayer” event held by Catholic charismatic group ‘Renewal in the Spirit.’ Thousands are expected to gather in St Peter’s Square for the event, which will include prayer for persecuted Christians. . . . “This is a celebration of unity and peace in the Renewal of the Holy Spirit. Amazing days for the Body of Christ”, she wrote.

5/Pope Francis: An Apocalyptic Figure? by Jan Markell

I am cautious about “pinning the tail” on the Antichrist and the False Prophet.  We cannot know ahead of time who these personalities are; however, Pope Francis comes close to “filling the bill” on the False Prophet. Or he may be but a “type” of that man just like there are many “types” of the Antichrist throughout history. I think the devil has always had a candidate for the Antichrist waiting in the wings as he doesn’t know when the final generation is.

6/U.S. Supreme Court Ruling—Zivitovsky vs Kerry—Another Turn Against Israel by Bill Randles

The US Supreme Court recently gave a ruling (Zivotovsky vs. Kerry), which would prevent any U.S. passport holder born in Jerusalem to declare they were also born in Israel. This, in spite of a 2002 law passed by the Congress of the United States allowing Jerusalem born U.S. passport holders to declare Israel as their nation of origin. The 2002 Passport law has never been implemented because U.S. politicians have been afraid to be seen taking sides against the “Palestinians” on the issue.

7/BOOK REVIEW ON ANDY STANLEY’S BOOK, DEEP AND WIDE by Gary Gilley

Endorsed by everyone from Rick Warren and Bill Hybels to Dave Ramsey, Steven Furtick and Jeff Foxworthy, Deep and Wide reveals Andy Stanley’s “secret sauce” (p. 17) which he believes makes his church not only great but a model others should adopt. Stanley’s goal has been to create a church that unchurched men, women and children love to attend (p. 11) and by all accounts he has succeeded. The first of five sections tells the story of the birth of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, first as an extension of his father’s (Charles) church, then as a split, in which several thousand people eventually left the mother church to join Andy’s. Andy knows this is not the best way to start a church, but is honest and transparent enough to admit that this is what happened. Conflicts with his famous father were inevitable and Andy chronicles those as well.

8/A Response to “Red Letter Christians” and Tony Campolo’s “Going the Jesus Way” by Erik

I saw the article, on Tony Campolo:Christians Should Vote for Hilary.” It was quite revealing. Well on his website (redletterchristians.org), he wrote a short article called, “Going the Jesus Way” (http://www.redletterchristians.org/going-the-jesus-way/). He describes what the “Red Letter Christians” are all about. It’s off the mark to say the least. So I sent a response to this article and was wondering if you would be willing to look it over and consider it for a potential posting.

9/Crisis in the Church: “The New Inclusive Mennonites and the “Same Sex Conversation”by Menno-Lite

Why has the same sex conversation come to the forefront in so many Mennonite churches? Is there an organized force at work? Will your church and college soon be joining the new inclusive Mennonites? The following information may be a surprise for many Bible believing Mennonites. Please read carefully and prayerfully. The Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests, Minneapolis, MN (www.bmclgbt.org) are Brethren and Mennonites who say they “do not subscribe to formal creeds or doctrines developed by a church hierarchy: our only written authority is the Bible.

10/ From a Former Young Life Leader: Watered-Down Gospel, Contemplative Authors, & Emergent Leanings (Anonymous)

It has been nearly five years since I resigned from working for a popular, global youth ministry. Because of its popularity, it has been difficult for me to discuss my experience and found few who want to hear the reality. I want to share my story in hope of helping someone else who might be struggling, as I did. My husband and I discovered Young Life in our late twenties when we moved to a smaller town. After going through the “40 Days of Purpose” book with our church, we were determined to find a place of service where our gifts could be used for God.

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Fox News Contributor Kirsten Powers Exits Evangelicalism to Embrace Catholicism – Timothy Keller & Other Evangelical Leaders Partly to Blame

Kirsten Powers

By L. Putnam

Kirsten Powers, Fox News’ pundit, happily announced on October 9, 2015 to “The Five” on “One More Thing” that the next day she would become Catholic.  Immediately, Powers was “high fived” by Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Eric Bolling.

Exactly why was this announcement so news worthy?  Well, for starters Kirsten, once an Episcopalian and later an atheist, had shared a “conversion story” about nine years ago.  At the time well-known Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Church in New York City had played a role in unveiling her eyes to the truth that God existed.  Further time at Redeemer had her calling herself an “orthodox Christian,” and sharing her story with Christianity Today.  One wonders was there anything Keller shared about his own affinity with Catholicism as found, for example, in his book Reason for God  that gave Kirsten the impression Catholics are surely true Christians?

In an article, “Fox News’s* Kirsten Powers Announces: ‘I’m Becoming Catholic,'” Catholic Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn writes that during a 2006 trip to Taiwan Powers felt she had had a visitation from Jesus.  Kandra further writes, “She has called her conversion a ‘a bit of a mind bender’ due to her political beliefs and former atheism, and prefers the term ‘orthodox Christian’ over ‘evangelical’ to describe herself due to the ‘cultural baggage’ around the word ‘evangelical.’  She has said that the biggest impact her new found faith had on her political beliefs was that she came to ‘view everyone as God’s child and that means everyone deserves grace and respect.'”  However, I would point out, that the Bible does not say everyone is God’s child.  One Christian source puts it this way, “The Bible is clear that all people are God’s creation (Colossians 1:16) and that God loves the entire world (John 3:16), but only those who are born again are children of God (John 1:12, 11:52, Romans 8:16; I John 3:1-10).”
* Kandra’s error.

In another piece, “Kirsten Powers Awakens to the Beauty and Depth and Riches of the Catholic Faith,” Rick Rice wrote of Msgr. Charles Pope’s* article that told of Kirsten’s beautiful conversion story to Evangelicalism.  Rice noted that Msgr. Pope, at the time, prayed that Kirsten would to know that Jesus is Lord and the lover of her soul.  Of the Msgr. Pope piece, Rice quotes, “But Father, but Father… ‘She did not become Catholic.'”  However,  Msgr. Pope wrote, “Well, all I know is that she is on a journey.  And the Lord has surely led some of the best Catholics through the Evangelical denominations to the Catholic Church.**  … In fact some of the greatest converts to the Catholic Church bring many gifts from their time as Evangelicals …  At a personal level, I would love for Ms. Powers to find herself in full union with the Catholic Church. …”  Rice went on, “Well Msgr. Pope, that one day has apparently arrived: Welcome Ms. Powers to the faith that challenges and enriches.”  Rice ended by saying to Powers, “May God use you ma’am to bring others to His embrace.”
http://wizbangblog.com/2015/10/09/kirsten-powers-awakens-to-the-beauty-and-depth-and-riches-of-the-catholic-faith/

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Alliance Theological Seminary/Nyack College – Seminarian’s Ecstatic Encounter at the Resting Place: House of Prayer and Revival Center

By L. Putnam
Learn to Discern

In this article you will meet Maddy, a twenty-seven-year old ATS [Alliance Theological Seminary] seminarian, who genuinely desires a deeper walk with the Lord.  Now, as Maddy goes after these experiences, she describes them in the Nyack “New York’s Christian College” official blog called “Life at Nyack.”  It is here one can read her astounding story of her encounter with the man with the piercing sword as well as other stories of her spiritual quests.

Maddy Recruits for ATS

Who is Maddy?  Maddy is a third year seminary student who, up to this past summer, was the Admissions Associate for ATS.  In “Why ATS?!”, Maddy records just who she is, “I am that enthusiastic face found behind a table, a banner, and a whole lot of ATS and Nyack College material at an event or church.  And I am that woman who prays, encourages, and answers the tough questions and lends a listening ear to … prospective students of the Alliance Theological Seminary.”

Maddy further writes, ” … for me recruiting … isn’t something I do out of obligation.  I recruit for ATS because I strongly believe in everything the … seminary has to offer.”  Maddy continues, “As a student of the Master’s of Divinity program God has literally shaken and is in the process of shaking everything that can be shaken within me.”  A bit later, she reveals two of the places where this “shaking” has been going on.  She says, “… through lecture after lecture in courses like ‘PPTF’ and in ‘Initiation to Spiritual Formation,’ I truly began to understand who it is that God says I am.”
http://life.nyack.edu/why-ats/

Maddy Retreats to the Resting Place

In Maddy’s blog “Fearless” one finds Maddy at the Resting Place: House of Prayer and Revival Center which she writes is, “… a house of prayer where many Nyack and ATS students frequent.”
http://life.nyack.edu/fearless/  And just where is this House of Prayer that Maddy frequents, and what is it all about? . . .

Its Friends: Bethel Church, Redding;  Bill Johnson; Bob Jones; Che An; John and Carol Arnott; Kansas City IHOP; Lou Engle; Mike Bickle; Heidi Baker; Rick Joyner; Randy Clark; and other NAR stalwarts.  Its Teaching and Podcast Suggestions: Bethel Church podcast, YWAM Fire and Fragrance DTS Podcasts, Weekend Teaching KC IHOP, IHOP Atlanta Podcast, IHOP Atlanta Awakening, and Personal Spiritual Formation by Ron Walborn. To read this entire article, click here.

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Pay Attention to Leighton Ford’s The Attentive Life (A Book Review)

By L. Putnam

“Pay attention” is the watchword of this book.  And “pay attention” is what I would like to challenge the reader to do.  Pay attention and awaken to who Ford once was.  Pay attention and awaken to who Ford now is.  In addition, pay attention to “the hours of our lives, ” and to the “ones who pay attention.”  Finally, pay attention to the poets, authors, priests, and contemplatives Ford champions.

Pay Attention to Who Ford Once Was

Many of you, as did I, recall Billy Graham’s familiar radio program “The Hour of Decision.”  As a  child part of our Sunday afternoon ritual consisted of listening to Billy.  I can still hear the ending of the program, “That’s all the address you need, ‘Billy Graham, Minneapolis, Minnesota.'”  I can further remember that, now and then, rather than Billy preaching, a young evangelist named Leighton Ford ably proclaimed the gospel in Billy’s place.

Pay Attention to Who Ford Now Is

So imagine my complete shock, when reviewing the Ruth Haley Barton book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership I read Leighton Ford’s foreword which he was writing, from a Roman Catholic oratory garden, while seated beside a pagan labyrinth.

How did Ford get to such a place as an oratory?  Ford tells us, in this book, in his own words.  Ford begins, “My work has largely focused on evangelism- ‘making friends for God.’ … But a shift has taken place.”  “But now,” Ford relates, “is a time to pay more attention to my own heart, to deepen my own friendship with God, and to walk with others who want to do the same.”  Ford also shares, “The deepest longing I have is to come home to my own heart …”  (p.10-11)

Ford goes on, “If the first part of my own journey involved longing, the second has encompassed mainly looking –coming to important parts of my soul, bring my real self before the real God, and discovering prayer, as Simone Weil put it, as ‘absolute attention.'” (p.12)  To achieve these goals Ford writes, “It has meant exploring other ways: silence, stillness, art and poetry, reading Scripture not by going through great chunks but by meditating on smaller portions, listening carefully to God and my own heart, having a trusted spiritual companion as a friend on the journey.” (p.14)

Pay Attention to the Benedictine Hours

Ford introduces us to “The Benedictine Hours” and to Benedict who became, according to Ford, “a shepherd of souls.”  This soul shepherd became “St. Benedict” to whom Catholics now pray and worship.  Consider this “Novena to St. Benedict” which begins “Glorious St. Benedict, sublime model of virtue, pure vessel of God’s grace!  Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet.  I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. … I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, confident in the hope that you will hear my prayer and obtain for me the special grace and favor I earnestly implore (name it). …” (p.20) https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/benedict.htm

Pay Attention to David Steindl-Rast’s Connection to The Benedictine Hours

Ford tells us that his first experience of the hours came at a retreat at the lovely monastery–Mepkin Abbey in the low country of South Carolina.  But, it wasn’t just from Mepkin that Ford learned about the hours.  It was from a book– The Music of Silence:  A Sacred Journey through the Hours of the Day by David Steindl-Rast and Sharon Lebell. Click here to read this entire book review.

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The Georgi Vins’ Story: The Gospel in Bonds (A Book Review)

By L. Putnam
Learn to Discern Granny

The Gospel in Bonds by Georgi Vins is a riveting book that you won’t be able to put down. This astounding story tells how persecuted U.S.S.R Baptist pastor Georgi Vins survived eight years in Russian gulags. Now, if you’re supposing this to be a depressing tale, be ready to be uplifted and blessed by Vin’s vibrant faith which he demonstrated day after day.

Siberian Sparrows

Vins’ prison saga begins with a little chapter simply titled “The Birds” telling of some small Siberian sparrows to whom Vins fed a few crumbs. These “dear little birds” reminded Vins that even at a remote Siberian prison he was not forgotten for as the words of the Lord Jesus say, “… ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)

Mini-Gospel Stories

Of all the wonderful stories in this awesome book those about the treasured mini-Gospels touched me the most. For some “mini descriptions” of these episodes please read below.

Vins Meets Victor

In the course of his imprisonment Vins met Victor. Victor had a mini-Gospel. Victor hid it beneath his pillow, but not before Vins saw the mini-Gospel. How Vins rejoiced that a Gospel had made it into one of the darkest places in Russia. (c.4) . . .

What an amazing testimony!  How Vins loved his Bible.  How Vins loved his Gospel.  How Vins loved his Lord.  May we too, learn to treasure the precious holy word of God for as Psalm 19:10 says its words are, “More to be desired … than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Click here to continue reading this review.

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Mark This Book -Mansions of the Heart- As Deceptive! (A Book Review)

By L. Putnam

Filled with monks, monasteries, mystics, mentors, meditations, methods, and imaginations Mansions of the Heart  by R. Thomas Ashbrook is a dangerously deceptive work; for while its author mentions and discusses salvation, many scriptures, and maturing spiritual growth he mixes in mega doses of Catholic mystical prayer practices centered round the Teresian mansions and John’s dark night making this book a virtual gold mine of contemplative resources.
Mark the Foreword: Meet the Two Mystic Masters of Spiritual Life

From the get go the foreword endorser, author of the famed Message “Bible” Eugene Peterson, says we’ll be immersed in the idea that “that good thing” the Bible was just not enough and that we need something more . . .

And who can give us that something more?  Why it is two master mystics, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, who will introduce us, according to Peterson, to “matters of the soul,” and to the “sweet mysteries of prayer.”  So, says Peterson, just as I was introduced to Teresa and John by a long ago friend, so likewise today Thomas Ashbrook will immerse you in the holy wisdom that you too can learn from these mystics!

Mark the Preface: More in the Mansions

Frustrated and confused Ashbrook claims there has got to be something more!  And the place to go for this something more is through the many doors of the Teresian mansions which will lead you into a new and wonderful life with our Lord.  So, come explore!

Mark the Acknowledgments: Ashbrook Meets a Monk

It is in his “Acknowledgments” that Ashbrook mentions “Brother Bon” not only as the one who taught him to “be still and know God,” then simply to “be still,” and finally to just “be;” but “Monk Bon” as the one who had also introduced him to Teresa showing him what the seventh mansion looked like.  And says Ashbrook, “I will be eternally grateful to him for calling out the monk within me.”

Mark Chapter One: “Is This All There Is?”

Chapter One, “Is This All There Is?” is the crux of Ashrook’s theme tracing Ashbook’s mission to find more.  And where did Ashbrook find his answers.  Ashbrook found them in a monk, in the monastery, in the Renovare movement, in spiritual direction, in spiritual formation, in the Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, and in various contemplative practices.  Still this was not enough, until he
discovered that “ancient yet timeless roadmap” –Teresa of Avila’s “Seven Mansions!”

Mark Ashbrook’s Monastery Story

Ashbrook began his monastery getaways with visits to the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity* in Utah just to find a quiet place to work.  And, as Ashbrook described in his story, almost immediately he was worshipping with the monks in their two-story Quonset church.

*Note Ashbrook identifies the monastery this way “The Holy Trinity Abbey” rather than using its full name with “Our Lady” in it.   Click here to read this entire book review.

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