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…]

New Term – Same Ol’ Thing

  Contemplative terms always seem to be changing. What is called one thing today may be exchanged for a new term tomorrow. A new term for “Spiritual Direction” is “Soul Care.” In Biola University’s Masters program, Spiritual Formation and Soul Care , the program “trains leaders in soul care to be spiritual mentors, directors and … [Read more…]

Alan Jones’ Reimagining Christianity: the Way Back to Rome

by Berean Beacon Ministries  Anglican Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, and author of Reimagining Christianity: Reconnect Your Spirit without Disconnecting Your Mind, lives deeply and unhappily awash in a world of particulars from which he has found no escape. He says his book “is a snapshot of the world in … [Read more…]

Evangelical Covenant Church – Denomination Gone Contemplative

The Evangelical Covenant Church began in the late 1880s “in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran State Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth century.” The denomination has ministries on five continents and claims that it “values the Bible as the Word of God.” Therefore it is with sadness to … [Read more…]

SIN MANAGEMENT IS BIG BUSINESS

by Paul Proctor  I caught an interesting article last week from LifeSiteNews.com that highlighted the frustrations of a disgruntled AIDS activist by the name of Martin Sempa, who was commenting on the absurdity of a recent international AIDS conference held in Toronto. As I read his rant I discovered some rather disturbing parallels between the … [Read more…]

New Age Practices Escalating

  At Lighthouse Trails Research Project, we have watched various New Age Practices grow in popularity. We have tracked many of these practices through the Google search engine. While this is not a scientific method of study, it does reveal that the New Age is alive and interest continues to grow. Here are a few … [Read more…]