The Music and the Mystical

by Larry DeBruyn   Music engenders mystical experiences. This can be discerned from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and lyrics from The Music of the Night: “Night time sharpens heightens each sensation / Darkness wakes and stirs imagination / Silently the senses abandon their defenses / Helpless to resist the notes I write … [Read more…]

CAUTION: 2006 National Youth Workers Convention

This year’s Youth Specialties-hosted National Youth Workers Convention will include a labyrinth(Meditative words and music guide you on a one-hour reflective journey), and a huge speakers list that includes several contemplative/emerging promoting authors including Dan Kimball (The Emerging Church), Fil Anderson (Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers), Lauren Winner (Girl Meets God),and Mark Oestreicher … [Read more…]

Grace Be Unto You

“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope … [Read more…]

COLLEGE WATCH: John Brown University Says Yes to Emerging and Contemplative

According to the Articles of Faith at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the university believes the Bible is the “inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God” and that Jesus Christ is God. But their Bachelor of Science Degree with Major in Youth Ministries may send out a conflicting message. According to the … [Read more…]

The Ant Bully – A Movie for Kids?

by Kjos Ministries   Mocked and humiliated by the neighborhood bully, ten-year-old Lucas stomps on the first ants he spots in his yard. Then he squirts their anthill with water. The falling drops — as seen from an ant’s perspective — look like a sky-full of huge shimmering canon balls. Inside the anthill, revenge is brewing. … [Read more…]

Mixing New Age with Christianity

According to Christianity Today, author Anne Lamott is a “funny, nutty, fast-talking, born-again author.” ChristianBook.com would probably consider Lamott a “born-again Christian” as well as they carry two of her books. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale carries one of Lamott’s books in their online bookstore, and Lamott wrote the foreword for Zondervan author, Mark Yaconelli’s new … [Read more…]

Rick Warren and the Emerging Church

by Ray Yungen  The emerging church movement has gained the support of many Christian leaders. Rick Warren is one of those leaders who has actually helped to launch the movement. In Dan Kimball’spopular book, The Emerging Church, Rick Warren wrote the foreword and said: This book is a wonderful, detailed example of what a purpose-driven … [Read more…]

The Real Problem – The Real Answer

by Paul Proctor   MEL GIBSON’S PROBLEM IS NOT ALCOHOL I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines and the mug shot of Mel Gibson being booked for DUI. It is one of those human-interest stories that generate an enormous amount of media attention and website traffic, not so much because it involves alcohol abuse but because it … [Read more…]

ALERT: Downpour Conference Features Contemplative-Promoting Author

This November, in both Minneapolis and Miami, the Downpour conference will take place, featuring Beth Moore as one of the speakers. Moore was one of the main commentators on the recently released Be Still DVD. The DVD, presented by Fox Home Entertainment, was an infomercial for contemplative prayer and included comments by Richard Foster, Dallas … [Read more…]

The World Has Become “Purpose-Driven”

In an interview between Rick Warren and a Philippine newspaper (published today, July 30th, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer), Warren said: “For the stability of a nation, you must have strong healthy government, strong healthy businesses, and strong healthy churches. A three-legged stool will have stability. So I’m going from country to country teaching business … [Read more…]

American Bible Society Removes Emerging/Contemplative Links

Links have been posted for over 2 years – removed this week. Earlier this week (see 07/24/06 post), Lighthouse Trails posted a news brief about American Bible Society’s promotion of contemplative and emerging spiritualities through their online ministry forministry.com. Since then, we have been in some correspondence with ABS Senior Manager of Media Relations, Roy … [Read more…]

Israel in the News

Red: Israel Green: Arab Countries The following links are provided to give you up-to-date news and commentary on the current crisis in Israel. Olive Tree Ministries (Ministry of Jewish believer, Jan Markell) Moriel Ministries (Ministry of Jewish believer, Jacob Prasch) Prophezine (Ministry of Ray and Tracye Gano) Online Live News from Jerusalem

Salvation Army Joins the Contemplative/Emerging Ranks

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…]

American Bible Society Goes Emergent

  The American Bible Society, an organization that has been around for nearly 200 years, has been respected and trusted by millions. However, it has just been brought to our attention that ABS’ online ministry For Ministry is promoting the emerging church and contemplative spirituality, and in no small way. Under the heading authentic_church, For … [Read more…]