INTERSPIRITUALITY ALERT: Faith, science find common ground on planet Earth

Movement to fight global warming pushes divisions aside News article from Houston Chronicle: By ERIC BERGER “An unlikely evangelist showed up in more than 20 Houston churches last week — former Vice President Al Gore. “Gore didn’t preach the gospel, he preached green. As part of a nationwide campaign involving more than 1,000 churches, including … [Read more…]

Franklin Graham Joins Rick Warren and John Ortberg at AIDS Conference

In a time when the church desperately needs leaders who are willing to take a stand against New Age teachings coming into Christendom, it is with sadness to report on an upcoming AIDS conference in which Franklin Graham (president and C.E.O. of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) will join contemplative-promoting leaders John … [Read more…]

NOTICE TO PARENTS: Christian Schools Introducing Teens to Mysticism Proponent

THIS IS A SPECIAL ALERT! The following Audio clip is a sermon by Rob Bell. In this audio, Bell leads the audience through a meditation exercise and talks about various aspects of contemplative spirituality. Please use caution when listening to this audio file (not suitable for children). Click here for audio file. Lighthouse Trails has … [Read more…]

NOTICE TO PARENTS: Christian Schools Introducing Teens to Mysticism Proponent

THIS IS A SPECIAL ALERT! The following Audio clip is a sermon by Rob Bell. In this audio, Bell leads the audience through a meditation exercise and talks about various aspects of contemplative spirituality. Please use caution when listening to this audio file (not suitable for children). Click here for audio file. Lighthouse Trails has … [Read more…]

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INTERSPIRITUAL ALERT: Pentecost 2006

This summer’s Pentecost 2006 conference, titled “Building a Covenant for a New America,” is another example of how a move towards interspirituality (the coming together of all religions) is quickly taking place. Speakers included mysticism-promoting Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo as well as Hilary Clinton and other political and religious figures. According to a Wall … [Read more…]

Foursquare Church, The Lake, Promoting Contemplative and the Emerging Church

Contemplative spirituality has been influencing many evangelical denominations, and the Foursquare denomination is one of those that has been affected. The Lake is a Foursquare Church and according to their Mission Statement, they are helping “wanderers … restore and rebuild their lives around Jesus.” But The Lake is also introducing these “wanderers” to contemplative spirituality … [Read more…]

Rob Bell’s Upcoming Book – Sex God:Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality

Zondervan Publishing will be releasing a new book by emergent leader, Rob Bell, next spring. The book is called Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality. Of the book, on Zondervan’s site it says: “God and sex go together. You can’t separate the two, says Rob Bell, because this physical world is … [Read more…]

Can LifeWay Stores Really Change Direction?

LifeWay Stores, a division of the Southern Baptist Convention, is selling numerous books that would come under the classification of New Age sympathizing. Some of these titles are written by professing Christians who are proponents of New Age teachings, thus the term New Age sympathizing. As discussed in Tuesday’s report, Lifeway Stores Says OK to … [Read more…]

Rick Warren and Leonard Sweet Riding the “Tides of Change” on the Heels of Mysticism

While many Christians are beginning to see the unbiblical nature of the teachings of certain emerging church leaders, countless churches and church leaders are inadvertently following the emerging church through their participation of Purpose Driven Life. Rick Warren has and continues to show support for even the most avid emergent leaders. In this week’s edition … [Read more…]

Lifeway Stores Says OK to New Age Sympathizing Authors

Keating, Sweet, Blanchard and Nouwen “consistent with basic tenets of the Christian faith?” The infiltration of New Age books in online Christian bookstores is a growing concern for many discerning Christians. American Family Association and LifeWay Stores have two of the more popular online stores for Christians, and both stores contain some of the most … [Read more…]

Dan Kimball Writes to Lighthouse Trails Over Labyrinth Issue – Book Should Be Pulled From the Market

On Sunday night, Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations, wrote to Lighthouse Trails regarding an article that Kimball wrote on labyrinths in 2001. Kimball stated to us that his article is no longer posted on his website, and he wondered why we still had a link to it. The … [Read more…]

Ancient Wisdom for Babies

In our recent article, Jesus Camp, Film Reveals the Mystical and the Militant, Not Biblical Christianity, it was clear to see that children have become victims to contemplative spirituality and the New Age. As we mentioned in the article, kids are being led into dangerous meditative trances. Another example of this is an upcoming conference … [Read more…]

Who Are the Desert Fathers?

“In the early Middle Ages, there lived a group of hermits in the wilderness areas of the Middle East. They were known to history as the desert fathers. “They dwelt in small isolated communities for the purpose of devoting their lives completely to God without distraction. The contemplative movement traces its roots back to these … [Read more…]

Jesus Camp Film Reveals the Mystical and the Militant, Not Biblical Christianity

Jesus Camp, a new film about Christian camps for kids (released this month September 2006), is already stirring up a lot of controversy. Concerns and criticisms are coming from both secular and evangelical sides. New Age website Spirituality and Practice), while saying the film is important because of what it reveals, calls the movie “scary” … [Read more…]

Liz Babbs – Teaches Meditation/Her Books Promoted and Sold by Christian Bookstores and Ministries

According to her website, Liz Babbs is an “award-winning author, performer, broadcaster and spiritual mentor [who] travels extensively raising awareness of issues of health and spirituality.” Her book, Into God’s Presence, can be found in Christian bookstores and through various Christian ministries. Organizations like American Family Association (AFA), Christianbook.com, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, and Lifeway … [Read more…]

BREATH PRAYERS and Rick Warren

by Larry DeBruyn  Are “breath prayers” a method by which we can become best friends with God? To direct people on a spiritual journey for 40 days, Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life. The bestselling book has impacted millions of persons. Some of Pastor Warren’s purpose involves his recommendations for “Becoming Best Friends with … [Read more…]

Dallas Willard Going Down the Contemplative Road, and Taking Others With Him

Is Dallas Willard a proponent of contemplative spirituality? It seems to be a question that many ask. The UCLA professor and long time working companion of Richard Foster really doesn’t deny it, but yet the question still keeps getting asked. But it is a question that needn’t be asked, for Willard has made it clear … [Read more…]

Rick Warren Responds to Wall Street Journal Article

Today, Get Religion posted an article titled “Purpose-Driven Response.” The writer stated that Rick Warren has written a response to the Wall Street Journal article, which recently came out talking about what happens to those who resist Purpose Driven. In today’s Get Religion article, Warren stated that the WSJ article was filled with errors and … [Read more…]