Wall Street Journal on Purpose Driven Resisters Tells Just Part of the Story

Today’s Wall Street Journal article, “Veneration Gap – A Popular Strategy For Church Growth Splits Congregants,” written by WSJ reporter Suzanne Sataline, was based on interviews that Ms. Sataline had with many people, including an editor at Lighthouse Trails and several of the researchers we know. The interviews extended over many weeks and equaled hours … [Read more…]

New Term – Same Ol’ Thing

  Contemplative terms always seem to be changing. What is called one thing today may be exchanged for a new term tomorrow. A new term for “Spiritual Direction” is “Soul Care.” In Biola University’s Masters program, Spiritual Formation and Soul Care , the program “trains leaders in soul care to be spiritual mentors, directors and … [Read more…]

Evangelical Covenant Church – Denomination Gone Contemplative

The Evangelical Covenant Church began in the late 1880s “in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran State Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth century.” The denomination has ministries on five continents and claims that it “values the Bible as the Word of God.” Therefore it is with sadness to … [Read more…]

New Age Practices Escalating

  At Lighthouse Trails Research Project, we have watched various New Age Practices grow in popularity. We have tracked many of these practices through the Google search engine. While this is not a scientific method of study, it does reveal that the New Age is alive and interest continues to grow. Here are a few … [Read more…]

Overlake Church and Revolution Conference

Recently we were contacted by a member of Overlake Church in Redmond, Washington who shared with us concerns about Overlake’s affinity with contemplative and emerging spiritualities. Overlake Church is a non-denominational church that states it “believes the Bible to be divinely inspired and inerrant.” However, this November they will be hosting the Revolution Conference, which … [Read more…]

BACK TO SCHOOL – Is Your College Student Safe?

  Pretty soon, it is back to school, and thousands of teens and young adults will be flooding the doors of Christian colleges and seminaries. For nearly five years now, we have been researching Christian colleges and seminaries, have spoken to countless professors and several presidents and have found that most of these higher education … [Read more…]

Rick Warren Distorts the Instructions of Jesus to Fit His Global Peace Plan

On August 17th, acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist, Charlie Rose, interviewed Rick Warren. You may listen to this broadcast by clicking here. (You will have to let this file load.) In the interview, Rose and Warren discuss the Purpose Driven Life paradigm and its relation to Christianity in North America and around the world. Here … [Read more…]

Random House Buys Multnomah Publishers

This month, Random House publishers purchased the Oregon-based Multnomah Publishers. See Multnomah press release. Multnomah isn’t the first Christian publisher that is owned by a secular corporation. Random House also owns Waterbrook Press while Zondervan has been owned by Harper Collins since the late 80s. While the purchase of Multnomah by a secular company will … [Read more…]

Fox News: “Can Rick Warren Save the World?”

Every week I receive a copy of Rick Warren’s e-newsletter that goes out to pastors and other church and ministry leaders around the world. And every week, I watch as this newsletter endorses, promotes, and exalts the names of people, books and organizations whose spirituality opposes biblical Christianity. In essence, this newsletter is like a … [Read more…]

Rick Warren – Seeking Unity to Reach “Critical Mass”

According to news reports about Rick Warren’s participation at the Ecumenical and Interfaith Pre-Conferences (for the International AIDS Conference), Warren stated: “We are here at these conferences to say to fellow Christians that we believe the Church needs to take the lead in the greatest health concern on the planet.” He said that Christians need … [Read more…]

Zondervan and the 2007 National Pastor’s Convention – Pulling Out All the Stops

The 2007 National Pastors Convention (presented by Zondervan publishers) carries a heavy-weight line up of speakers. From Ruth Haley Barton to Brian McLaren, next year’s convention will not be lacking in New Age sympathizing, meditation promoting speakers. John Burke, president of Emerging Leadership Initiative, was recently a speaker at the Ancient-Wisdom Conference, and says this … [Read more…]

Does Southern Baptist Lifeway Stores Promote Contemplative Spirituality & the Emerging Church

Yesterday we received the following question: “You make mention that LifeWay Christian Resources and/or stores (Southern Baptist) is also behind the emergent church movement. Where are you getting that from?” So we can set the record straight, we are providing the following documentation that shows Lifeway’s promotion of both contemplative and emerging: Perhaps the most … [Read more…]

Back to School

Are Christian High Schools Promoting Contemplative Spirituality?  In a few weeks, high schoolers will be returning to school, and many of them will be going to Christian high schools. Are Christian schools falling into the snare of contemplative/emerging spirituality as are Christian colleges and seminaries? And how many unknowing, devoted parents are placing their teens … [Read more…]