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…]

Overlake Church and Revolution Conference

Recently we were contacted by a member of Overlake Church in Redmond, Washington who shared with us concerns about Overlake’s affinity with contemplative and emerging spiritualities. Overlake Church is a non-denominational church that states it “believes the Bible to be divinely inspired and inerrant.” However, this November they will be hosting the Revolution Conference, which … [Read more…]

BACK TO SCHOOL – Is Your College Student Safe?

  Pretty soon, it is back to school, and thousands of teens and young adults will be flooding the doors of Christian colleges and seminaries. For nearly five years now, we have been researching Christian colleges and seminaries, have spoken to countless professors and several presidents and have found that most of these higher education … [Read more…]

Rick Warren Distorts the Instructions of Jesus to Fit His Global Peace Plan

On August 17th, acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist, Charlie Rose, interviewed Rick Warren. You may listen to this broadcast by clicking here. (You will have to let this file load.) In the interview, Rose and Warren discuss the Purpose Driven Life paradigm and its relation to Christianity in North America and around the world. Here … [Read more…]

Random House Buys Multnomah Publishers

This month, Random House publishers purchased the Oregon-based Multnomah Publishers. See Multnomah press release. Multnomah isn’t the first Christian publisher that is owned by a secular corporation. Random House also owns Waterbrook Press while Zondervan has been owned by Harper Collins since the late 80s. While the purchase of Multnomah by a secular company will … [Read more…]

Fox News: “Can Rick Warren Save the World?”

Every week I receive a copy of Rick Warren’s e-newsletter that goes out to pastors and other church and ministry leaders around the world. And every week, I watch as this newsletter endorses, promotes, and exalts the names of people, books and organizations whose spirituality opposes biblical Christianity. In essence, this newsletter is like a … [Read more…]