Richard Foster Keynote Speaker at International Christian Retail Show

LTRP Note: As a vast of number of the large and medium size Christian publishing houses continue releasing book after book on contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, the emerging church, and the new spirituality, it isn’t too surprising that the International Christian Retail Show would feature contemplative pioneer Richard Foster as the keynote speaker this year. … [Read more…]

Youthfront Teaches Contemplative Prayer to High School Students

  In September of 2008, Lighthouse Trails wrote an article titled Contemplative Spirituality and the Emerging Church Come to Kansas Through YouthFront and MNU . This article is about an organization in Kansas called Youthfront. Youthfront is having a major impact in youth and is presenting contemplative spirituality as a legitimate belief system. The article … [Read more…]

Nazarene General Assembly Welcomes Contemplative Spirituality–Nazarene Pastors WorldWide Invited

  Contemplative spirituality has been coming into the Nazarene denomination for some time through their seminaries and universities. But this summer, the mystical-based spirituality will be taking a giant step into the Nazarene Church at large. The Nazarene Theological Seminary will be presenting a contemplative retreat to pastors and leaders from around the world who … [Read more…]

ACSI Chooses New President

According to a February 25th press release by the Association of Christian Schools International, ACSI has chosen a new president. Dr. Brian Simmons will be replacing the current president, Dr. Kenneth Smitherman in August 2009.1 Brian Simmons is the vice president for university relations at Indiana Wesleyan University. ACSI Board Chair Beth Elder stated: “At … [Read more…]

Virginia Baptist’s Women’s Missionary Union Promotes Mysticism

from Watcher’s Lamp The Baptist General Association of Virginia partner organization, Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia is sponsoring the Woman’s Silence Retreat 2009 with the theme of Celtic prayer. According to the brochure, the goal of the retreat is for women to reconnect with God in a contemplative atmosphere. Rev. Judy Bailey, faciliator of previous … [Read more…]

Why Christian Pastors Should Not Attend the 2008 National Pastors Retreat

The Transforming Center is advertising this year’s pastors retreat as is Zondervan Publishing ( which hosts both the retreat and the annual National Pastor’s Convention. This year’s retreat is titled Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Retreat, and the featured speaker is Ruth Haley Barton, co-founder and president of the Transforming Center. The retreat will take … [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…]