In February of 2006, Lighthouse Trails issued a report titled “Awana: Are They Heading Toward Contemplative/Emergent?” The concerns were over the organization’s connection with Willow Creek, with Awana’s interest in Spiritual Formation and with a recommended ministry list that included a number of contemplative/emergent organizations, including Youth Specialties.1 A year and a half later, Awana … [Read more…]
Last year’s film release, The Secret, makes no secret about it’s intentions: to let the world know that humanity is on the brink of a new era. This new era will open up to humanity unleashed power, riches, creativity and all that we ever dreamed of. A “secret” that has been locked away for centuries … [Read more…]
According to the Assemblies of God USA mission statement, they are committed “to personal spiritual growth and discipleship,” saying “Spiritual formation brings glory to our Creator and Savior and validates our witness to the world. We will use every effective means to spiritually develop believers in our churches and to prepare continuing generations for service.” … [Read more…]
by Ray Yungen Biola University, the traditional virtual bedrock of conservative Christian higher education, has opened itself to influences that would have its founders turning over in their graves. This Fall, at Biola’s Christian Spirituality Soul Care series, contemporary Protestant mystic Ruth Haley Barton will be a featured speaker. Ms. Barton is a graduate of … [Read more…]
Richard Foster (on his Renovare website) has his own list of Spiritual Formation programs. We thought you might want to take a look at this. The list includes several Christian colleges and seminaries, including Bethel, Fuller, George Fox and Biola as well as many Christian organizations and ministries. See the list.
The Walk to Emmaus, an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949, is a program put on by Upper Room Ministries (an organization that promotes Spiritual Formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality)). If you want to understand the dynamics of Walk to Emmaus, then understanding the spirituality of Upper Room will … [Read more…]
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…]
by Let Us Reason Ministries (Mike Oppenheimer) Walking the labyrinth has become a popular spiritual exercise across the country and around the world. I first read of it in Leadership Magazine, a Christian publication and became a bit concerned, since looking into it further Iâ€™m definitely concerned. Labyrinths are said to been used for over … [Read more…]