Foursquare Church Promoting Emerging/Contemplative Leaders

The Foursquare Church main website is recommending a number of pro-contemplative/emerging church authors. The list includes books by Brian Mclaren, Robert Webber (Ancient-Future Worship), business guru John Maxwell, New Age sympathizers Ken Blanchard and Leonard Sweet, Dan Kimball, Rick Warren, and C. Peter Wagner. (see our research site for information on the teachings of these … [Read more…]

Fox News: Megachurch Pastor’s Trip Draws Criticism

By BRIAN MURPHY, AP Religion Writer ATHENS, Greece – “A trip to Syria that U.S. megachurch pastor Rick Warren says was inspired by a backyard chat with a Muslim neighbor has triggered criticism and questions that highlight the potential risks when preaching meets international politics. “But Warren’s visit – which included a meeting with Syrian … [Read more…]

WorldNet Daily: The Purpose Driven Lie

From WorldNet Daily: Joseph Farah “For a long time I’ve held off criticizing mega-church leader Rick Warren, author of the best-selling “The Purpose Driven Life,” even though I have been sorely tempted. When he joined up with now-disgraced National Association of Evangelicals leader Ted Haggard to suggest man-induced global warming represented an impending calamity, I … [Read more…]

Rick Warren Denies Praising Syria

From WorldNet Daily: WASHINGTON — “Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren is adamantly denying he praised Syria on his recent trip, which he describes as a favor to his Muslim next-door neighbor. “Warren, author of the best-selling “The Purpose-Driven Life,” visited Syria this week and was quoted by official Syrian news agencies as saying the U.S. should … [Read more…]

Video Clip Removed

The You Tube video clip (that we linked to in the previous posting) was removed from the Internet this morning. However, the truth remains, Rick Warren has gone to a country who is and has been very hostile towards Israel, and he praised Syria. No matter what he says to deny it (as he did … [Read more…]

Taking Spiritual Formation (i.e., Purpose Driven) to the World

President al-Assad discusses with American Pastor Warren relations between Syria and the USA DAMASCUS, (SANA) _ “The meeting between President Bashar al-Assad and Pastor Rick Warren, a famous Protestant clergyman in the USA and an accompanying delegation on Sunday focused on the Syrian-American relations. “The American delegation stressed that the American administration is mistaken not … [Read more…]

Phyllis Tickle Joins Brian McLaren: On Direction of Christianity

“The conference, “Going Forward Together: Third Millennium Christianity,” will be held Thursday through next Sunday. Sessions will focus on how American churches can engage with the world and how effective ministry will depend on better understanding of and collaboration with Christians, as well as followers of other faiths. Speakers will include authors Phyllis Tickle, Brian … [Read more…]

COLLEGE WATCH: Patrick Henry Bringing in Contemplative Through Spiritual Formation

July 2008 Update: Lighthouse Trails has been in contact with Patrick Henry, and the school no longer has spiritual formation groups. Their new president has stated that the school will not be going in that direction. In addition, they are not using contemplative and/or emerging books in their classes. Thus we have removed them from … [Read more…]

What Are They Saying?

“With practice, you can develop the habit of praying silent ‘breath prayers’” Rick Warren, from his web site, “[U]se ‘breath prayers’throughout the day, as many Christians have done for centuries. You choose a brief sentence or a simple phrase that can be repeated to Jesus in one breath.” Rick Warren, Purpose-Driven Life, p. 89. … [Read more…]

A Plea to Christian Leaders

Are Christian leaders responsible for whom they quote, endorse and promote? We believe this is a valid question that deserves an answer to the body of Christ. With publishers like Zondervan, InterVarsity Press, Baker Books and Thomas Nelson releasing one book after the next on contemplative and emerging spiritualities, the church is being put in … [Read more…]

What is Meditation?

by Ray Yungen  See Part I of this paper on the New Age by Ray Yungen. Part II What is meditation? What exactly is meditation? The meditation many of us are familiar with involves a deep, continuous thinking about something. But New Age meditation does just the opposite. It involves ridding oneself of all thoughts … [Read more…]


by Paul Proctor  America is absolutely awash in “Christian” leaders, pious politicians and pro-family groups whose apparent goal is to save it from self-destruction. Many seem to believe this can be accomplished by Christianizing the culture – by rallying people of pride, principle, patriotism and perseverance to shake their collective fists at the enemies of … [Read more…]


by Understand the Times with Roger Oakland The Roman Catholic Church’s belief that the “presence” of Jesus Christ becomes manifest by the mystical process of transubstantiation during Mass has been foundational to their faith for centuries. According to the Roman Catholic Church, a Roman Catholic priest supposedly has the authority and the power to conjure … [Read more…]

MARCUS BORG: “Biblical literalism has become a major intellectual stumbling block for millions of people . . . .”

The following article, from the Miami Herald is about New Age sympathizer and meditation promoting Marcus Borg. While Borg makes no apology, or secret, about his non-biblical views, his books are sold in Christian bookstores, and he is admired and promoted by popular Christians such as Brennan Manning (in Ragamuffin Gospel) and Brian McLaren. Online … [Read more…]