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…]

Lest We Forget …Holocaust – Trapped in Hitler’s Hell

The following is an excerpt from Trapped in Hitler’s Hell. Lighthouse Trails Publishing released this true story of Holocaust survivor and Jewish believer, Anita Dittman, earlier this year. It’s a story every Christian should read. We must not forget what happened not too many years ago. People are so easily deceived. Many believed Hitler was … [Read more…]

Wooddale Church Starts “The Gathering”

Wooddale Church (Pastor Leith Anderson) of Minneapolis, MN is one of America’s largest evangelical churches with over 12,000 people attending. We post this information because so many Christians and churches around the world look up to these mega churches for leadership and direction. Starting October 1st, Wooddale Church will have a Sunday evening meeting called … [Read more…]

Zondervan’s Retreats for Pastors – Another Step Towards the Darkness of Mysticism

Zondervan Publishing, new owners of the National Pastors Convention (once owned by Youth Specialties), is now presenting National Pastors Retreats. Ruth Haley Barton, who has partnered with Zondervan, is the featured speaker at these upcoming retreats. The theme of the retreats is “Experiencing a Deeper Connection with God” will surely introduce pastors to contemplative spirituality. … [Read more…]

J. P. Moreland on Spiritual Disciplines

A four part article on the TrueU (Focus on the Family) website written by J. P. Moreland (professor at Talbot School of Theology), espouses the spiritual disciplines (i.e., contemplative spirituality). Moreland says, a “Christian spiritual discipline is a repeated bodily practice” and leaves one to view the Christian life as regimented rituals that just might … [Read more…]

Robert Harold Schuller Forum for Possibility Thinking Leadership

Last year, Crystal Cathedral announced that the Institute for Successful Church Leadership was over. The Institute had been in existence for 35 years and was influential in many Christian leaders’ ministries. In speaking of Rick Warren, Schuller stated: And there’s Rick Warren, a pastor who today is phenomenal. He came to our institute time after … [Read more…]

Rick Warren’s Weekly Newsletter – Another Week of Contemplative/Emerging Promotions

As we have reported in the past, Rick Warren’s weekly e-newsletter promotes both contemplative spirituality and the emerging church. Rarely a week passes when there isn’t a quote, an endorsement or/and a promotion for contemplatives and emerging church leaders. This week is no exception. Below is a list of those favorably mentioned in this week’s … [Read more…]

Brian McLaren a Progressive Christian?

by Eastern Regional Watch Ministries  I came across this article yesterday, Evangelical Author Puts Progressive Spin On Traditional Faith by Caryle Murphy of the Washington Post, which clearly reveals Brian McLaren’s heart and mind with regard to Evangelical Christianity. Please remember that this is a soft sell on Brian McLaren but it gives us more … [Read more…]

“WHEN YOU PRAY, SAY . . .” – Contemplative Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

by Larry DeBruyn   Between contemplative spirituality and biblical Christianity there reside watershed distinctions between first, the definition, and then, the practice of prayer. Simply stated, prayer is talking to God. In speaking to God, believers are free to disclose their hearts’ deepest longings and vexations to him, including their feelings, fears, secrets, sins, praises, petitions, … [Read more…]

Wall Street Journal on Purpose Driven Resisters Tells Just Part of the Story

Today’s Wall Street Journal article, “Veneration Gap – A Popular Strategy For Church Growth Splits Congregants,” written by WSJ reporter Suzanne Sataline, was based on interviews that Ms. Sataline had with many people, including an editor at Lighthouse Trails and several of the researchers we know. The interviews extended over many weeks and equaled hours … [Read more…]