Zondervan and the 2007 National Pastor’s Convention – Pulling Out All the Stops

The 2007 National Pastors Convention (presented by Zondervan publishers) carries a heavy-weight line up of speakers. From Ruth Haley Barton to Brian McLaren, next year’s convention will not be lacking in New Age sympathizing, meditation promoting speakers. John Burke, president of Emerging Leadership Initiative, was recently a speaker at the Ancient-Wisdom Conference, and says this … [Read more…]

The Man Who Would Be King

By Paul Proctor  Used with permission. He was born in an out-of-the-way place, the son of a poor mother and father whom the world would one day call blessed. He arrived challenging the establishment and literally shook the world with things that eyes and ears had never before witnessed. He offered a joy and freedom … [Read more…]

Does Southern Baptist Lifeway Stores Promote Contemplative Spirituality & the Emerging Church

Yesterday we received the following question: “You make mention that LifeWay Christian Resources and/or stores (Southern Baptist) is also behind the emergent church movement. Where are you getting that from?” So we can set the record straight, we are providing the following documentation that shows Lifeway’s promotion of both contemplative and emerging: Perhaps the most … [Read more…]

Back to School

Are Christian High Schools Promoting Contemplative Spirituality?  In a few weeks, high schoolers will be returning to school, and many of them will be going to Christian high schools. Are Christian schools falling into the snare of contemplative/emerging spirituality as are Christian colleges and seminaries? And how many unknowing, devoted parents are placing their teens … [Read more…]

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…]