Salvation Army Joins the Contemplative/Emerging Ranks

Salvation Army is now offering a full line of Spiritual Formation. Books “relevant to Spiritual Formation” include Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus, Spiritual Classics and Devotional Classics by Richard Foster and Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. Also being offered is a men’s retreat called Wild at Heart: Through … [Read more…]

American Bible Society Goes Emergent

  The American Bible Society, an organization that has been around for nearly 200 years, has been respected and trusted by millions. However, it has just been brought to our attention that ABS’ online ministry For Ministry is promoting the emerging church and contemplative spirituality, and in no small way. Under the heading authentic_church, For … [Read more…]

The New Age in Religion

As the world watches on in fear and anxiousness over what is currently taking place in the Middle East, let us pray that the body of Christ throughout the world will continue to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are spiritually lost. Perhaps more now than any time in history, the purity … [Read more…]

Biola University … and Emerging Spirituality

For some time now, Biola University has been promoting contemplative spirituality. Biola’s Institute for Spiritual Formation teaches contemplative prayer, and Biola has a seat on the Board of Directors with the very contemplative Spiritual Formation forum. As is so often the case with those who follow after contemplative, emerging spirituality goes hand in hand. In … [Read more…]

BOOK NEWS … From Lighthouse Trails

“The rise of centering prayer is causing many churches to become agents of transformation. Those who practice it tend to embrace this one-world-religion idea.” – Ray Yungen, 1991, 1st Ed. For Many Shall Come in My Name As you may already know, Lighthouse Trails Publishing has been carrying Ray Yungen’s first book, For Many Shall … [Read more…]

Oprah Winfrey’s Spirituality

Ray Yungen Without question, the most influential practical mystic today is talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Her predominantly female audience, numbering in the tens of millions, looks to her as the source of spiritual inspiration?even more so than church, in many cases. I realize speaking critically of someone as warm and caring as Oprah might … [Read more…]

Brennan Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel: A Distortion of Grace

Brennan Manning, popular writer and speaker, is considered by many to be a kind of expert on the topic of God’s grace. Philip Yancey, editor for Christianity Today magazine, says “Brennan Manning [is] my spiritual director in the school of grace.” On the back cover of Manning’s book, Ragamuffin Gospel, Max Lucado states: “Brennan does … [Read more…]

Forum for Authentic Transformation Quite Revealing

Conversations Journal (a “Forum for Authentic Transformation”) is an offshoot of Psychological Studies Institute. The Journal’s target audience “is purposefully broad — all thoughtful, seeking followers of Christ who long for a complete transformation of soul and full restoration of His image within.” Of the journal, Wheaton College calls it “penetrating” and “high-quality” and carries … [Read more…]