2009 YEAR IN REVIEW: TOP 10 LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS STORIES

ONE –  New Age Department of Peace Bill Introduced to Congress One Week After Inauguration: On February 3, 2009, the Department of Peace bill HR 808 was updated and introduced to Congress by Congressman Dennis Kucinich. For those who are not familiar with the efforts by prolific New Age leaders to bring to reality a … [Read more…]

Why Rick Warren Should Not Tell Rob Bell: “Just wanted to encourage you to ignore critics.”

On August 4th, it was reported by Transplant Ministries (a radio ministry that “follows,” but is opposed to, Rick Warren on Twitter) that Rick Warren sent the following message to emergent leader, Rob Bell: @RickWarren: “thenoomaguy Hey Rob, Just wanted to encourage you to ignore critics. If you weren’t impacting & making a difference, they’d … [Read more…]

Youth Specialties Promises Big Changes But Reality Proves Otherwise

According to a June 23rdChristianity Today article titled, “Less Edgy Conferences,” the Zondervan-owned organization Youth Specialties is going to make “dramatic shifts” this fall at their National Youth Workers Conventions. The CT article, which is based on a pod-cast by Youth Specialties president, Mark Oestreicher, suggests that these changes being brought about could be because … [Read more…]

Mysticism on the March Again — Mantra-Based Book Offered to Calvary Chapel Pastors

At the recent Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference in Murrieta, California, attending pastors were each given gift bags that contained an assortment of books, teaching CDs, and other items. At least some of the bags contained a copy of a book written by David Timms, a professor at Hope International University who puts an emphasis … [Read more…]

The Depths of Our Concerns for Calvary Chapel and Other Christian Organizations

Some of our readers have asked us for an update on the Calvary Chapel articles we recently released. At this time, we do not have any updates. The information on both articles was accurately reported and documented. We ask you to pray for Calvary Chapel and its pastors. The recent (May 29th) Calvary Chapel event … [Read more…]

The Shack’s Wayne Jacobsen Resonates with Contemplative and Emerging Writers

William Paul Young is the official author of The Shack, but Wayne Jacobsen is one of its editors. According to a New York Times article, Jacobsen spent 16 months helping to rewrite the first draft. This would leave the logical conclusion that Jacobsen had some significant influence on the final outcome of the book. And … [Read more…]

“Emergent” or “Emerging”? Makes No Difference – Going in the Same Direction – Away from Truth toward Deception

It was Shakespeare who said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In the case of the “new spirituality” that has pervaded so much of Christianity, emergent church by any other name is just as harmful. While some are saying they are not “emergent” but are emerging, the overall beliefs (and mission) … [Read more…]

An Emerging (Emergent) Reformation – What Should We Expect?

by Understand the Times with Roger Oakland The emerging church movement has the potential to reshape or redefine Christianity, as many of its leaders claim it will. While some say these changes are comparable to those that took place during the 16th century reformation, the emerging church reformation is actually a reversal of what occurred … [Read more…]

“Death by Church” – Emergent New Paradigm Pastor to Speak at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

Emerging/emergent spirituality is making serious inroads into Christianity. Churches and Christian colleges, unaware of the subtle undermining of such spirituality, are embracing teachers and leaders of this movement and pointing others to them. Often they are unaware of what these teachers really believe and teach. In light of an event (Movement 2009) scheduled to take … [Read more…]

Concerned Family Asks Legitimate Questions of Church Leaders

Note: The following article is based on actual facts, but the name has been changed to protect the innocent. In September of 2008, a Christian woman (a wife and mother) stumbled across Lighthouse Trails Research website when she and her husband became concerned about certain things happening in the large church they had been attending … [Read more…]

The Shack Heralded by Christian Figures, including Michael W. Smith and Wynonna Judd

The New York Times best seller Christian fiction, The Shack, is enjoying the endorsements and ravings of top Christian figures. Contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith says: The Shack is the most absorbing work of fiction I’ve read in many years. My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith … [Read more…]

Warren Smith DVD: Standing Fast in the Last Days

Silverton, Oregon October 2, 2008 Lighthouse Trails Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Standing Fast in the Last Days DVD by Warren Smith. On June 5th, 2008, former New Age follower Warren Smith spoke to 800 pastors at the 2008 Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors’ Conference in Murrieta, California. Warren, integrating his compelling testimony … [Read more…]

Billy and Franklin Graham Join Emerging Church Leaders and The Shack Author for Catalyst Conference

Billy Graham, and his son Franklin, will be speaking at the upcoming Catalyst Conference on October 8-9. Possibly, the father/son Grahams are not aware of the teachings and the spirituality that the Catalyst Conference represents. Unfortunately, Catalyst will gain respect and audience by many trusting and unaware admirers of the Grahams for including them on … [Read more…]

New Age Similarities, Popularity Continues, and Calvary Chapel Gives Official Statement

The Shack by William P. Young has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 15 weeks, currently in the number one position for Fiction books. The book has been promoted by popular Christian figures such as Eugene Peterson and Gayle Erwin (The Jesus Style). What’s more, numerous Christian ministries such as Probe … [Read more…]