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"Soul at Rest" Women's Conference Will Connect Women with Contemplative Advocate

The Trail of Spiritual Delusion: Our Weary World Has Seen It All Before

Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?

A "Wonderful" Deception - "The Most Extensive Critique"

The Process of Reimagining Christianity

Hate Crimes Bill Sneaks Through U.S. House

Contemplative Emphasis Continues at Willow Creek ... Stronger Than Ever

Now What Do We Do?

The Ominous "Success" of Re-Education

PFOX: Stopping Banning Books by Ex-Gays

Rick Warren, Tony Blair, and the Vatican Agenda

Emergent Inebriates: Some Thoughts on Pub Theology

14 More Days - 7 Year Anniversary Fall Special

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"Soul at Rest" Women's Conference Will Connect Women with Contemplative Advocate

For those who wonder if contemplative spirituality is still making strong inroads into the evangelical Christian church, below is an indicator that this mystical spirituality is moving full speed ahead. And for most Christian leaders, there are no questions asked.

North Coast Calvary Chapel: Women's Conference Soul at Rest (November 6th-8th) will be featuring contemplative author Tricia McCary Rhodes as the speaker of the conference. Rhodes has been a contemplative advocate for many years. From Rhodes' book, The Soul at Rest: A Journey into Contemplative Prayer, she states:

Take deep breaths, concentrating on relaxing your body. Establish a slow, rhythmic pattern. Breathe in God's peace, and breathe out your stresses, distractions, and fears. Breathe in God's love, forgiveness, and compassion, and breathe out your sins, failures, and frustrations. Make every effort to "stop the flow of talking going on within you--to slow it down until it comes to a halt." (p. 28)

Ray Yungen reveals in his book A Time of Departing that Rhodes is quoting mystic Morton Kelsey in the above passage. Kelsey says: "You can find most of the New Age practices in the depth of Christianity. I believe that the Holy One [God] lives in every soul."1 Of Rhodes, Yungen also makes note:

Rhodes shows her affinity to contemplative prayer when she states: "Contemplative Prayer penetrates our heart of hearts, probing the deepest rooms of our interior soul. It leaves no stone unturned, no darkness unlit.... It is wonderful and painful and through it He changes us into His likeness." Rhodes encourages readers to use the Jesus Prayer in which the name of Jesus is focused on and repeated.* She also says what so many other contemplatives have said in their discontent with simple faith and their disillusionment with the power of the Word of God: "Reading, studying or memorizing God's Word will only take us so far in our quest for spiritual growth." ... [C]ontemplatives teach that faith in Christ and dependence on His Word is just not enough--we need a trance-like mystical experience as well.2

Rhodes' more recent book, Sacred Chaos: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life You Have carries a foreword by contemplative advocate Gary Thomas. Interestingly, but not surprisingly because of his continued promotion of contemplative, both Thomas and Rhodes have been promoted by Rick Warren.

Rhodes first book was written in 1998, but if her new book, Sacred Chaos is any indication, she has not ventured away from contemplative beliefs in the least. On the contrary. In this 2008 book, she continues to promote contemplative practices such as lectio divina and the Jesus prayer as well as contemplative figures like Henri Nouwen, Madame Guyon, Bernard of Clairvaux (who states: God is the stone in the stones and the tree in the trees(3)), Catherine of Siena. In one chapter, she favorably quotes panentheist Thomas Kelly when he states that "deep within us all" (all humans he means), there is a "Divine Center" (p. 76). Another whom she quotes in the book is Kallistos Ware (author of Disciplines for the Inner Life) (p. 20). You can listen to this YouTube video of Ware and hear his contemplative propensities where he discusses the "prayer of the heart." One of the people Ware talks about in the video is Theophan the Recluse, another mystic. Rhodes book is filled with quotes and references to numerous other mystic proponents.

In Rhodes book, Sacred Chaos, she instructs on and references the value in repeating prayer words over and over, even suggesting that the speed at which the repeating of words takes place can be altered (faster or slower) (p. 92).

If Rhodes is saying (as we believe she is) that this is the way to true intimacy with God, then there is little doubt that she will introduce this to these Calvary Chapel women as something beneficial and useful in their spiritual lives. These unsuspecting Calvary Chapel women should be forewarned that there is another side to this issue, one worth examining carefully.

It is important to understand that the "fruit" of contemplative spirituality is ultimately interspirituality (all paths lead to God). In time, the spiritual outlook of those who practice these mystical prayer methods changes and leads to a perception that is common to eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism (both which negate the Gospel of Jesus Christ). This is not an unfounded assertion. Two of the major icons of the contemplative prayer movement exemplify this. Thomas Merton proudly exclaimed that he was "deeply impregnated with Sufism" (Muslim mysticism),4 and Henri Nouwen would listen to tapes on the Chakras (the basis for Hinduism) when he was exercising.5 And countless other examples could be given. This change in spiritual outlook happens because at the heart of mysticism is the occult, and rather than the contemplative practitioner hearing God in these altered states of silence as they are told by people like Tricia Rhodes, in actuality, they are entering into demonic realms. This repeating of words and phrases is more like practicing trance work than it is practicing God's presence.

Sadly, North Coast's pastors are recommending books by contemplative/emerging figures such as Brennan Manning, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, John Ortberg, and Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz). But do not think that North Coast Calvary Chapel is the exception. No. Unfortunately, the majority of churches in most communities today are going in this same direction. Churches from nearly every denomination have jumped on board--Nazarene, Southern Baptist, Wesleyan, Mennonite, Assemblies of God to name a few. While there are still churches within these groups that refuse to go down this mystical path, with major influential leaders like Rick Warren and Bill Hybels doing a substantial amount of promoting of contemplative/emerging spirituality, is it any wonder such inroads have taken place?

The Bible tells us that God has given to the believer everything he or she needs to walk with God and live according to His will through faith by His grace. He has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit and the promise of redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is in this that believers must stand, not on the "religion" of the world and of God's adversary.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. II Peter 1:3-4

Notes:
1. Charles H. Simpkinson, "In the Spirit of the Early Christians" (Common Boundary magazine, Jan./Feb. 1992), p. 19.
2. Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing, 2nd ed., pp. 153-154 (from chapter 8, "America's Pastor"), citing Rhodes, The Soul at Rest, pp. 199, 43.
3. Joseph Chu-Cong, The Contemplative Experience (New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1999), p. 3.
4. Rob Baker and Gray Henry, Editors, Merton and Sufism (Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 1999), p. 69, as cited in A Time of Departing, p. 60.
5. Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journey, p. 20.

*Technically, the Jesus Prayer is: Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner, but it is often shortened to just the word Jesus.

** Rhodes also spoke at the Unite in Worship Conference in BC, Canada earlier this year with Leonard Sweet and Calvin Miller.

Further Information:
2009 Summer/Fall Christian Conferences Provide Platform for Contemplative/Emerging Speakers

"America's Pastor" by Ray Yungen

Fractals, Chaos Theory, Quantum Spirituality, and The Shack by Warren Smith 

The Trail of Spiritual Delusion: Our Weary World Has Seen It All Before

By Ted Kyle
Guest Writer

There is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9). Everything that man can do to man has been done before--and will be done again.

Especially is this true of false teachers and prophets leading the credulous astray. It was done anciently; it was done in the middle years; it is being done today; and it will be done in the end of days. More about the connection with today and the last days, after a bit of historical catching-up.

This trail of betrayal and delusion began with the first gathering of mankind together into a nation. That nation was ruled by Nimrod (Gen. 10:8; 1 Chron. 1:10; Micah 5:6), until his death; and in that same general time frame, God splintered the proto-nation into family (tribal) groups with the Confusion of Tongues at Babel.

But then, as Alexander Hislop (1807-1865) pieced pre-history together1, Semiramis, Nimrod's widow, was the guiding (human) spirit behind a new religion artfully crafted to pull the tribes of man back into a new spiritual unity--and ultimately a political unity as well. Guiding the guide, of course, was Satan, ever intent on thwarting God's plans for man and substituting his own.

So powerful was this pagan religion that it ultimately led very nearly the entire world into apostasy. It goes by many names and takes many forms in many lands. It pays homage to many gods. But their original impetus derived from the first delusion of a powerful leader (Nimrod) who was slain and who was believed to have returned to life as a great god

These related religions were known as "mystery religions," for they were shrouded in mysteries revealed only to initiates. Hence there was a popular level of revealed pagan religion, into which the masses entered, and a higher level open only to a select few, who underwent initiation rites which they were sworn never to reveal.

How Did the Great Apostasy Happen?
Please recall that all this began just a few generations after the Great Flood. Nimrod was a great-grandson of Noah (Gen. 10:7)--and Noah was well acquainted with Jehovah God! Not only did Noah know God, he survived the Flood by 350 years (Gen. 9:28). So he was still very much alive when Nimrod flourished! (If you wish to delve into this complex web of false spirits and false gods for yourself, see footnote 1 for a source to begin.)

In view of the brief time frame and the overwhelming success of the mystery religions we must ask: How was it possible to pull the wool over almost the whole of mankind so thoroughly as to cause them to turn their backs upon the true God, who had so recently revealed His awesome power through the Great Flood?

There is a large clue in Deuteronomy 13:1-3. In this passage, which is included in Moses' restatement and summation of the Mosaic Law, is a warning from God about false prophets: "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul."

If a prophet gives a sign or wonder, and the sign or wonder comes to pass.... Think about that. God was warning the Children of Israel against genuine wonders--things that would really happen or at the very least would convincingly appear to happen--but they would be false signs. And God would allow this as a test to show who really loved Him--and who therefore would resist the tremendous temptation to follow the crowd, which was being swayed by what their eyes beheld or their hearts believed.

We are told by ancient historians Justin and Epiphanius that in the initiation rites the image of a god (Osiris, Tammuz, or Adonis--all of whom Hislop believed represented Nimrod) spoke to the candidates (Hislop, p. 67). We are also, however, given to understand that powerful drugs were administered to the candidates, and these may have been hallucinatory. In any case, the candidates were convinced--not only of the truth of the vision but also that they would be forever lost if they revealed beyond the brotherhood what they had seen and heard.

A Three-Fold Deception
I believe that the appeal of this false religion was three-fold, relying on false signs, a false vision, and a false permissiveness. The vision centered, I am convinced, on a false messiah or savior, who offered devotees the salvation mankind has always yearned for. This false messiah was Nimrod or one of his many avatars.2 But this spiritual bait offered yet more--much more! Not only was a savior put forward, with the hope of eternal life, but men and women could have all this without giving up the sinful pleasures of this life. In fact, Semiramis, who was subsequently "deified" by this false religion, was known to be a lewd woman, reveling in orgies. She encouraged her devotees to follow her example--and perhaps this was the greatest lure of all!

Summing up, think of the great deception as a savior offered, with confirming signs, and "come as you are--stay as you are." Small wonder that the bait was swallowed en masse!

Note especially that Satan put forward his own candidate for the Messiah many centuries before God, in the fullness of time, revealed Jesus Christ as the true Messiah (see Hislop, chapter 2, sub-section 5, p. 58 ff).

Demonic Influence Over Israel and the Young Church
I will not belabor this point, for it is obvious that the same seductive power which was exercised over all mankind shortly after the Fall was specifically exercised over the Children of Israel to lead them from worshipping Jehovah God to serving the false gods of surrounding pagan nations. Suffice it to quote a warning from God given shortly before Moses' successor, Joshua, led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Moses told the assembled people that after they crossed the Jordan, they would face blessings from Mt. Gerizim if they obeyed the Lord, and curses from Mt. Ebal if they disobeyed Him. The first curse pronounced was against setting up idols, which represented false gods: "Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen" (Deut. 27:15). But despite their good intentions at that instant, the time came when "They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not" (Deut. 32:17). The Old Testament goes on to record the dismal fulfillment of that curse and its consequences among the Chosen People.

That the apostasy was still a huge issue at the time of Christ, and spilled over into His young Church, is shown in Paul's warning to the Corinthians: "What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils (demons), and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils" (1 Cor. 10:19-21).

Demonic Power Is at Work Even Now
Is demonic power active in our present-day culture? Indeed it is, despite the fact that we live in a society that essentially does not believe in supernatural power of any sort. For this reason, Satan's "powers of the air" tend to be low-key and at work behind the scenes, but they are present. For example, Mormon missionaries ask prospective converts to read the Book of Mormon and then wait for a burning in their breast, which, they say, will confirm the truth of the Book of Mormon. If they pray for it, they will generally get it!

Many New Agers look for the appearance of The Coming One prophesied by Alice Ann Bailey, who wrote books dictated to her by her "spirit master."3 Ray Yungen (see footnote 3) notes: "To occultists, the significance of the Alice Bailey writings has heralded anticipation of a World Healer and Savior [author's emphasis] in the coming Aquarian Age (the astrological age of enlightenment and peace). This savior would unite all mankind under his guidance. ... This person was not to be the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom Christians await the return, but an entirely different individual who would embody all the great principles of occultism, chiefly the divinity and perfectibility of man."4

Yungen, in his book, documents the rapid expansion of New Age principles in the present day, including ominous inroads into the Church. But while the principles are purely New Age, they are being sold to the credulous as exciting revelations of new paths to spiritual growth for our time. And this is taking place not only in mainline denominations which have been drifting from biblical Christianity for decades, but also in Evangelical Churches.

Demonic Power Will Grow Stronger in the Last Days
I am convinced that the world is being prepared even now to accept and believe the witness of the sign when the false prophet will call down fire from heaven (Rev. 13:13). Note, for example, the unprecedented increase in emphasis on television on supernatural powers, ghosts, and spirits. These themes have been around for a very long time, but not since the superstitious days of the Middle Ages have they been accentuated so heavily. This build-up, I believe, is preparing the populace for Satan's introduction of the Beast and his false prophet, who will deceive "them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;" (Rev. 13-14).

Thus will the false prophet seemingly verify that the Beast that rose out of the sea (Rev. 13:1), also known as "the son of perdition" and the anti-Christ, is indeed the promised Messiah. Once again, God will be testing mankind by allowing these miracle-signs, to reveal the faithful remnant that will cling to the revealed Word and will not be snared by the Anti-Christ's powerful delusion.

May all who read these words be among that faithful remnant!

Footnotes:
1. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, researched and first published as a book in 1858, currently available from Chick Publications. Note: While some of Hislop's extrapolations and projections seem forced, his prodigious research into ancient sources cannot be written off, and I believe that his general conclusions are sound. It is obvious that something led the world rapidly away from God, and Hislop's explanation is the most logical description I know of.
2. Ibid., p. 59
3. Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing, 2d ed., Lighthouse Trails Pub. Co., Silverton, Or, 2006, p. 112 ff.
4. Ibid., p. 113.

Related Information:
New Ageism: A Vision That Will Usher in the End of History by Ted Kyle

"I Just Had a Vision!" by Kevin Reeves

 

Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?

"Thatcher adviser: Copenhagen goal is 1-world government
'Global warming' to be used as 'pretext' for 'change'"

By Jerome R. Corsi
2009 WorldNetDaily

A former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says the real purpose of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18 is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government.

"At [the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in] Copenhagen this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed," Lord Christopher Monckton told a Minnesota Free Market Institute audience on Thursday at Bethel University in St. Paul.

"Your president will sign it. Most of the Third World countries will sign it, because they think they're going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regimes from the European Union will rubber stamp it. Virtually nobody won't sign it," he told the audience of some 700 attendees.
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To view a video by Thatcher adviser, click here.

 

A "Wonderful" Deception - "The Most Extensive Critique"

On October 21 and 22, Southwest Radio Church Ministries will be airing an interview between SWRC Larry Spargimino and Warren B. Smith, author of the new release, A "Wonderful" Deception. Of that book, Mr. Spargimino states:

"This book is [Warren Smith's] magnum opus! A fantastic work ... [T]his volume is the most extensive critique of Purpose Driven teachings and emergent teaching that I have ever seen ... a wealth of information, lots of footnotes, lots of quotations ... showing where the apostasy is and how it has been so pervasive through the church today ... I am so moved by reading A "Wonderful" Deception"

The two-part interview is now online on the Southwest Radio website. You may listen to it in its entirety by clicking here. (Scroll down on that page to October 21st and October 22nd.)

For more information about Warren B. Smith's work (plus sample chapters and articles by Smith), please go to: New Age to Grace.

 

The Process of Reimagining Christianity

by Roger Oakland

Perhaps we as Christians today are not only to consider what it means to be a 21st century church, but also and perhaps more importantly--what it means to have a 21st century faith.1--Doug Pagitt

Emergent church leaders often provide testimonies explaining how they became involved in their journey to reinvent Christianity. In his book Church Re-Imagined, Doug Pagitt tells how and why his church originated:

Our attempt at being a church began in January 2000 in a small second-floor loft space in a hip little neighborhood of Minneapolis called Linden Hills. The church was actually birthed much earlier, from conversations between a few friends who shared a desire to be part of a community of faith that not only had a new way of functioning but also generated a different outcome. At that point I had said, on more than one occasion, that I didn't think I would be able to stay Christian in any useful sense over the next 50 years if I continued with the expression of Christianity I was currently living--pretty disconcerting stuff for a pastor.2

Pagitt explains why he felt he needed to find a new expression of Christianity that was different from what he had been accustomed to previously. He states:

This was not a crisis of faith in the typical sense; I never doubted God, Jesus, or the Christian faith. And yet I had a deep sense, which has actually grown deeper since, that I needed to move into a Christianity that somehow fit better with the world I lived in, not an expression reconstituted from another time.3

Pagitt goes into more depth on how he views fitting "better with the world" he lives in:

We also understand ourselves as part of a global community. We are required to live our local expressions of Christianity in harmony with those around the world. The beliefs and practices of our Western church must never override or negate the equally valid and righteous expressions of faith lived by Christians around the world. It is essential that we recognize our own cultural version of Christianity and make ourselves open to the work of God's hand in the global community of faith.4

Notice the emphasis on a "global community of faith" that permits all "expressions of faith" by anyone and everyone who claims to be Christian. As we are going to see, Pagitt bases his ideas of changing the profile of Christianity on an ecumenical view that permits beliefs and experiences not found in the Bible. Not only are they not found in the Bible, the plan can't work with an intact Bible. In order for the emerging church to succeed, the Bible has to be looked at through entirely different glasses, and Christianity needs to be open to a new type of faith. Brian McLaren calls this new faith a "generous orthodoxy."5 While such an orthodoxy allows a smorgasbord of ideas to be proclaimed in the name of Christ, many of these ideas are actually forbidden and rejected by Scripture.

Pagitt believes that he is part of a cutting-edge response to the new postmodern world. It's a response he and others see as completely unique, never having been tried before in the history of man. Pagitt states:

It seems to me that our post-industrial times require us to ask new questions--questions that people 100 years ago would have never thought of asking. Could it be that our answers will move us to re-imagine the way of Christianity in our world? Perhaps we as Christians today are not only to consider what it means to be a 21st century church, but also and perhaps more importantly--what it means to have a 21st century faith.6

Many people I meet at conferences who come from a wide variety of church backgrounds tell me the church they have been attending for years has radically changed. Their pastor no longer teaches the Bible. Instead, the Sunday morning service is a skit or a series of stories. The Bible seems to have become the forbidden book. While there are pastors who do still teach the Bible, they are becoming the exception rather than the rule.

Emergent leaders often say the message remains the same, but our methods must change if we are going to be relevant to our generation. The measure of success for many pastors today is how many are coming, rather than how many are listening and obeying what God has said in His Word. Let's consider how Doug Pagitt uses the Bible in his own church. He states:

At Solomon's Porch, sermons are not primarily about my extracting truth from the Bible to apply to people's lives. In many ways the sermon is less a lecture or motivational speech than it is an act of poetry--of putting words around people's experiences to allow them to find deeper connection in their lives... So our sermons are not lessons that precisely define belief so much as they are stories that welcome our hopes and ideas and participation.7

What Pagitt is describing is a contextual theology; that is, don't use the Bible as a means of theology or measuring rod of truth and standards by which to live; and rather than have the Bible mold the Christian's life, let the Christian's life mold the Bible. That's what Pagitt calls "putting words around people's experiences." As this idea is developed, emerging proponents have to move away from Bible teachings and draw into a dialectic approach. That way, instead of just one person preaching truth or teaching biblical doctrine, everyone can have a say and thus come to a consensus of what the Bible might be saying. Pagitt explains:

To move beyond this passive approach to faith, we've tried to create a community that's more like a potluck: people eat and they also bring something for others. Our belief is built when all of us engage our hopes, dreams, ideas and understandings with the story of God as it unfolds through history and through us.8

(This is from chapter 3, Faith Undone. To read the entire chapter, including a section on contextualizing the Gospel, click here.

Notes:

1. Doug Pagitt, Church Re-Imagined (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005), pp. 17, 19.
2. Ibid., p. 41.
3. Ibid.
4. Ibid., pp. 27, 29.
5. Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004).
6. Pagitt, Church Re-Imagined, op. cit., pp. 17, 19.
7. Ibid., p. 166.
8. Doug Pagitt, Church ReImagined, op. cit., p. 167.

 

Hate Crimes Bill Sneaks Through U.S. House

USA (MNN)--The U.S. House of Representatives passed a controversial Hate Crimes Bill in a 281-146 vote, with 131 Republicans and 15 Democrats objecting to the measure.

The legislation adds sexual orientation to the list of groups under the protection of the federal law. It also gives states and local jurisdictions federal help in prosecuting hate crimes.

The bill passed the House in April as a stand-alone, but there was enough controversy surrounding it that passage in the Senate was not guaranteed.

Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs says, "They kind of went about it in a back door way. It does go to the Senate. Apparently, it will pass the Senate, from what we understand, partially because it's attached to this Defense Spending Bill, and the President has said he will sign it."

Nettleton clarifies that the Hate Crimes Bill is not the same as a Hate Speech Bill, but, "Is this the first step toward a hate speech bill that would then make it illegal to express Christian principles about some of these subjects?"
Click here to read this entire article.

Related Articles:

Hate Crimes Bill Passes House - Christian Leaders Partly to Blame

The Election is Over - What About the Department of Peace?

Related Scriptures from News 4 the Masses

 

Contemplative Emphasis Continues at Willow Creek ... Stronger Than Ever

by Mike Stanwood

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. Acts 20: 28-30

This October Willow Creek continues to contribute to the wide spread influence of contemplative spirituality that is infiltrating mainline church denominations. Not only have they recently begun to sell Peter Scazzero's contemplative materials 1, they are also promoting as one of their leadership training speakers Mindy Caliguire, the founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry serving church leaders. She is scheduled to speak on Oct. 24, 2009 as a 'group life expert' at a conference called This Changes Everything, (2) a one day satellite training event designed to bring small groups to a point of transformation and foster spiritual growth. 3

Mindy Caliguire will also be sharing the speaking platform this week (4) with contemplative Canadian pastor and author, Mark Buchanan, (5) at an Interactive Day for Leaders sponsored by Willow Creek Canada called Leading from a Healthy Soul--a conversation about the deeper things in life (October 6 in Mississauga, ON, October 7 in Calgary, AB, October 8 in Surrey, B.C.). 6

The kind of transformation and spiritual growth in these Willow Creek training sessions involves equipping leaders with spiritual practices that are said to bring life to a thirsty soul. But just what kind of spiritual practices are these?

One needn't attend one of these sessions in order to see the kind of spirituality this particular speaker draws from. Upon closer inspection, we find that Mindy Caliguire is not only the founder and president of Soul Care (soulcare.com) but also the author of six Soul Care resources. These are books which Willow Creek Association sells (7), as does Willow Creek Canada Leadership Center.
8

While we are reminded that Soul Care's home organizations are Willow Creek Community Church (www.willowcreek.org) and Willow Creek Association (www.willowcreek.com), the Soul Care website also recommends some ministries they work with as "some of our favorite places to go." These include Renovare and Upper Room.

The Upper Room organization not only promotes contemplative prayer methods but encourages all types of eastern-style meditation and offers various programs based on mystical spirituality, including Walk to Emmaus, an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement. 9

Also recommended by Soul Care as places to go on retreats (short or long-term) is Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL, a place which "specializes in silent weekend retreats for men and women adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius." 10

Caliguire also has a blog at Soul Care, which also reveals her contemplative leanings. 11

Another contemplative group Mindy Caliguire works with is the Spiritual Formation Alliance, a network of Christian organizations and individuals offering spiritual formation resources, as mentioned on her biography at Building Church Leaders. 12

With all these contemplative connections, it's no surprise that Soul Care founder Mindy Caliguire's teaching sessions are also based on contemplative spirituality and the spiritual disciplines. This is clearly evident if one listens on-line to her sessions. Caliguire is a good speaker, and she does quote and reference the Bible, but for those who understand and recognize contemplative spirituality, it becomes obvious in listening to her that Caliguire is in that camp.

In Practicing Silent Prayer, Caliguire teaches about mantras, silence, and finding a quiet place undistracted. She also mentions that this kind of prayer is "difficult to do. In Practicing Solitude Part 1, she teaches on how to prepare an undistracted quiet place or retreat, and explains what things to bring to connect with God. Oddly, she recommends bringing an alternative Bible translation that is less familiar to you, a journal, and The Way of the Heart by Henry Nouwen. The following is from Nouwen's book:

The quiet repetition of a single word can help us to descend with the mind into the heart ... This way of simple prayer ... opens us to God's active presence. (p. 81)

In 2008, Mindy Caliguire led an intermediate to advanced class at Willow Creek church that can be
accessed here
.

During Soul Searching--Week 1, she told her class how she had drawn from Dallas Willard, loved Brian Mclaren's book, quoted John Ortberg and Ruth Haley Barton, and Henri Nouwen and said that David (author of the Psalms) "got" the inner journey.
Some things she mentioned to her class were to not give each other advice or quote Bible verses, and that we've hidden ourselves for so long we hardly know our true selves anymore.

In Week 2 she began with a quote from Henri Nouwen by saying she was "the living reminder" tonight (as Henri Nouwen referred to himself). The class then discussed their stories about sensing an experience from God that week, to "let the real you be brought into community." Then she taught them the Practice of Examen, providing Richard Foster's explanation from his book on prayer. One barrier to going deeper with God, Caliguire said, is a lack of awareness of God's presence.

She further explained how to do An Examen of Conscience and An Examen of Consciousness or awareness. She mentioned how Ignatius of Loyola was a rebel in the season when he was ministering and was a reformer that created a following called the Jesuits. Part of their way of deepening their relationship with God, she said, involved this form of prayer, part of their rhythm of life as a community, like the rule of life. She then explained essential steps to get into the pattern, or rhythm, and highly recommended it. Roger Oakland, in Faith Undone, says of the Jesuits:

Ignatius founded the Jesuits with a goal of bringing the separated brethren back to the Catholic Church. He and his band of ruthless men would do everything possible to accomplish this goal. (ch. 7)

Ignatius Loyola began the cruel order of priests, the Jesuits, who would use Ignatius exercises to meditate, put themselves into a trance and levitate. There are no scripture passages in the Bible that tell us we need to practice Roman Catholic methods, monastic rules of life to deal with our guilt ridden lives in order to experience God. The things that Caliguire is teaching ought to be setting off alarm bells within the Protestant church.

The "deep" prayer that Caliguire recommends practicing every day is centering prayer, a practice of silencing the mind that has led others into contact with spirit guides. In fact, Caliguire has been quoted to say that she has been led by "soul guides" in the fall 2004, Leadership Journal, in an article called "Soul Health":

"Try centering prayer for about 20 minutes once a day for a week"

"Thankfully, I had a few soul-guides (in person and on pages) that led me into a new way of life that, while still a work in process, keeps me much more clear on my need for authentic connection to God, more than anything else in my life."

In a Willow Creek magazine article, contemplative advocate Keri Wyatt Kent talks about the paradigm shift taking place through spiritual formation programs:

At first, many churches just wanted a program to 'do' spiritual formation at their church ... Now, we're seeing a shift as people start to get it--there's a process, and it can't be a separate program, it needs to be adopted systemically. WILLOW Magazine, Issue 4, 2007, "Rediscovering Spiritual Formation: From monastic communities to the emergent church, spiritual formation continues to shift and change a whole new generation of Christians" by Keri Wyatt Kent.13

It appears that the goal of not only Mindy Caliguire and Soul Care, but the contemplative prayer movement as a whole, is to bring this shift to the church leaders and then to their congregations. This is why we are seeing so many "conversations," "discussions," pastors retreats and training sessions like this one promoted by The Center of Congregations:

The Soul of Your Congregation looks at spiritual formation for the whole congregation. In April 2009, Mindy Caliguire from SoulCare and Lyle Smith Graybeal and Chris Webb from RENOVARE led participants through discussions and exercises to help them understand spiritual formation and how to incorporate it into all aspects of congregational life. 14

It is of great interest to note that The Center of Congregations is an ecumenical organization where together, the Catholics, Unitarian Universalists, United Methodists and Mennonites (all groups that heavily promote contemplative mysticism) are connecting and becoming one in environmental consciousness, with the help of a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Congregations Explore Sustainability and Earth Care

This kind of ecumenical spiritual training is very widespread. For example, Ascending Leaders is another leadership training organization that uses Caliguire's materials, alongside resources that include Richard Foster, Spiritual Directors International, Renovare, Thomas Keating, Contemplative Outreach and various centering prayer links. 15

To conclude, Mindy Caliguire and her contemplative colleagues are moving full speed ahead to train others how to have healthy souls through the practices of contemplative spirituality. And now, thanks to Willow Creek and their far reaching membership promotions, the practices of these spiritual "soul care" trainers (John 10:12) will help to escalate this mystical spirituality. It may even be welcomed into your church to "shift" your congregation--beginning with your church leadership. Just like the "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality" resources that Willow Creek has recently begun to promote, this type of spirituality is not healthy or biblical, and may lead many sincere souls away from the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of practicing the Ignatius Examen, it looks like many Christians desperately need to start "practicing" what the Bible teaches and examine what they are being taught.


 

 

Now What Do We Do?

by Paul Proctor

News With Views

 

Many, both here and abroad, are wondering now what will become of America. There's a lot of intense speculation going on these days as to whether we should expect renewal, revival, revolution or the wrath of God.

People are losing their jobs, their businesses, their homes, their families, their pensions and everything they've worked a lifetime for. And because the problem is so profound and systemic, there's really nothing the public or private sector can do to stop our economy from collapsing around us in spite of all the disinformation and outright propaganda to the contrary being manufactured by the government's mainstream media machine and all those who have a vested interested in keeping the illusion of prosperity alive.

Even the money we use to buy and sell with--the world's reserve currency--is an illusion that is quickly losing its appeal in the global marketplace. Americans may soon be the only people on earth that take U.S. dollars for goods and services--but for how long is anyone's guess.

As I write, the Independent is reporting "the demise of the dollar"--that "Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading." Japan and Brazil are reportedly following suit. And, there's no reason to believe it will stop there.

Because the dollar has long been the world's reserve currency, most of it has been in circulation and in storage overseas. Imagine what will happen to its value when all of that unwanted currency comes back home to America from the countries that no longer want it or need it.
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The Ominous "Success" of Re-Education

by Berit Kjos

 

The traditional Christian family has been a continual obstacle to the globalist vision of solidarity. And for over sixty years, the United Nations and its mental health gurus have fought hard to eradicate those old "poisonous certainties" that stood in their way. They seem to be gaining ground!

Since Hitler outlawed homeschooling about 70 years ago, German parents have faced the harshest battles. Now other nations are catching up. Notice the government attitudes in the following examples:

"A critical hearing is scheduled in Germany in that nation's war against homeschoolers to determine whether a family can continue to control the education of its high-performing son, 14.... 'One of the fundamental rights of parents is the right to educate their children according to the dictates of their own religious beliefs.'"

That "fundamental right" is fast being replaced by government-defined "community" or "collective rights." The fact that those homeschooled children have "extraordinary academic abilities" and are "socially competent" doesn't matter. Today's rising global system doesn't want "competent" Christian leaders. Not in Sweden, not in America -- not anywhere!
"A North Carolina judge has ordered three children to attend public schools this fall because the homeschooling their mother has provided over the last four years needs to be 'challenged.' The children, however, have tested above their grade levels â€" by as much as two years.... The judge... explained his goal ...to make sure they have a 'more well-rounded education.' ...the judge also said public school would 'prepare these kids for the real world and college' and allow them 'socialization.'"

Such socialization tactics "worked well" in the Soviet Union. Based on the Marxist/Hegelian dialectic process, they include collective thinking, manipulative peer pressure, denial of absolutes, shameless "tolerance" for immorality, and irrational intolerance for contrary views.

The results can be disastrous. Students trained to scorn God's guidelines and conform to the crowd are anything but free. Most are soon driven by evolving new notions that undermine all truth and certainty. Loosed from moral constraints, many are bound by their own lusts, obsessions, and (ultimately) despair.
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PFOX:  Stopping Banning Books by Ex-Gays

by CrossTalk

 

During Banned Book Week, librarians go to great trouble to erect displays of all the books that have been banned down through the years and to hand out lists of all the censored books. But wait just a minute. Some books are still frequently banned in libraries, like books from former gays who have been set free from their deathstyle through Jesus Christ. So where is the uproar about those banned books? One group is raising that issue and is calling on the ALA to include books by ex-gays in their list of banned books. If censorship is always wrong, then these librarians who are so passionate about access to information need to let ex-gays have their say in public libraries as well. Here's the release from PFOX.

CHICAGO, Oct. 6 /Christian Newswire/--In recognition of the goals of Banned Books Week by the American Library Association (ALA), Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is requesting the ALA to include ex-gay books in its annual promotion of ALA's "celebration of the freedom to read" program.

"For several weeks, PFOX has attempted to secure a statement from the ALA opposing the censorship of ex-gay books," said Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX.... According to Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, ALA policy recommends diversity in book collection development by libraries, regardless of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. However, Caldwell-Stone refuses to state whether that diversity policy includes ex-gay books."

"Books about leaving homosexuality are censored in most high school libraries, although gay affirming books for youth are readily available," said Griggs. "For example, Charlie Makela, supervisor of library services for Arlington County, Virginia public schools, rejected PFOX's donation of ex-gay books although she accepts books from gay groups. Ms. Makela is also the chair of the ALA's Supervisors' Section of the American Association of School Librarians. Shouldn't the ALA enforce its own diversity policy?"
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Rick Warren, Tony Blair, and the Vatican Agenda

by Chris Pinto with Adullam Films

 

"Essence of lies, and quintessence of blasphemy, as the religion of Rome is, it nevertheless fascinates a certain order of Protestants, of whom we fear it may be truly said that they have received a strong delusion to believe a lie, that they may be damned."--Charles H. Spurgeon, "The Sword and the Trowel," Jan. 1873

The above quote from Charles Spurgeon (the "Prince of Preachers") is very pertinent to the time in which we live. Many believers are familiar with Spurgeon but are unaware that one of his mottos was "No peace with Rome."

For the past two years, Adullam Films has been developing a new documentary titled, "A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible." Thank the Lord, the first edited draft of the work is complete and should be ready for duplication by next week, once the final touches have been made. Our new film records events from the first century onward, showing the history of the Church, and the long war both for and against the Word of God. We document the trials of the saints, along with Rome's ancient hatred of the Bible and her repeated attempts to "keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures."

When the Bible began to be translated into the languages of the common man, it resulted in the Protestant Reformation. What few modern day Christians are aware of, however, is that Rome launched a Counter Reformation in 1540 with the establishment of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuit Order). Their purpose was to destroy the work of the Reformers and bring the world back into the Dark Ages. It is our belief that the Counter Reformation continues to this day, and is the real secret behind the Ecumenical Movement, the World Council of Churches, the European Union, and the Emerging Church.

Several years ago, I met with Roger Oakland while we were still based in California. Roger had been teaching on the Emerging Church and its connections to Rome. When I first saw him, I asked: "Do you think this is the continuation of the Counter Reformation?" His immediate answer was, "Yes ..."

... which brings us to Rick Warren and Tony Blair.

AMERICA'S PASTOR & THE PATH TO APOSTASY

Rick Warren recently joined with Tony Blair's Interfaith Advisory Board, which includes leaders from six different faiths. The man called "America's Pastor" will sit alongside leaders from Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu "faiths," along with his Roman Catholic counterpart, Tony Blair. To read Warren's own statement about it,
click here.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is all part of Blair's new course in life, since leaving his office as prime minister of England. In 2008, he began teaching "Faith and Globalization" at Yale University. But how and why did he end up at Yale teaching on this particular subject? To find the most likely answer, let's backtrack a few years.

BLAIR AT THE VATICAN

In June of 2006, Tony Blair went to the Vatican to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. It is worth considering that Blair also met with the Pope on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, an event the U.K. played no small part in. With this, consider that his partner, George W. "Bush ... filled the White House with Catholic speech-writers and consultants" and "Before he became president, Karl Rove ... invited Catholic intellectuals to Texas to lecture the candidate on the church's teachings." (UK Telegraph, "George W. Bush Meets Pope Amid Claims he might Convert to Roman Catholicism"--June 2008)

Now back to Blair at the Vatican: Of their meeting in 2006, the BBC reported:

"Mr. Blair spoke privately in the pontiff's study for about 35 minutes. Outlining the nature of the discussions held, a Downing Street spokesman said: 'The prime minister and the Pope talked about the challenges of globalization and the importance of dialogue between the faiths ...'" (BBC News/UK, "Blair Audience with Pope Benedict," Sat. 3 June, 2006)

The following year, Blair bid farewell to the office of Prime Minister and shortly thereafter, converted to Roman Catholicism. Now he is teaching "faith and globalization" at Yale? Is it possible that he's there under the direction of the Pope? If that is the case, then what does this say about Rick Warren? Is he also working under the yoke of Rome? And could this be why he has been promoting the Emerging Church, which is a movement leading professing believers back to Roman Catholic rituals and philosophies?

We have for some time believed that the current Emerging Church movement is a parallel of the Oxford Movement that took place in England during the 19th century. The Oxford Movement was an attempt to Romanize the Church of England. One of the leading lights of the movement was John Henry Newman, an Anglican minister who converted to Roman Catholicism, and took hundreds of Anglican Protestants with him. Newman became a Catholic priest and was later promoted to cardinal. He was a key figure working to bring England back to Rome. When Tony Blair met with the Pope in 2007 (right before he left office), the National Catholic Reporter noted that:

"Blair gave the pope an interesting gift--three photographs of England's most famous convert to Catholicism, Cardinal John Henry Newman. One was autographed by the 19th-century cardinal." (National Catholic Reporter, "Tony Blair in Vatican Confab," July 6, 2007).

To read Blair's own words (from "The Office of Tony Blair") in launching the faith and development seminar series, click here.

"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape .... Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, 6) (Source: Adullah Films)

Related Information:

Tony Blair Converts to Catholicism

Willow Creek and Tony Blair at Summer Conference

Tony Blair's Interfaith Foundation--Kjos Ministries

Rick Warren joins Tony Blair's interfaith movement

 

Emergent Inebriates: Some Thoughts on Pub Theology

by Larry DeBruyn

Pastor of Franklin Road Baptist

As he begins to rip into "a screaming guitar solo," a band member sarcastically yells out at the audience, "Let's go to church boys!"[1] Welcome to Pub Theology. As the reporter describes it, Pub Theology is "a Sunday night show that's one part church and one part party." Among other posters on the barroom walls, one alludes to the final verse of the biblical chapter on love. It reads, "Faith, Hope, Love and Beer" (The biblical text reads, "But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love" 1 Corinthians 13:13, NASB).

Being "shaggy-haired, body-pierced and colored with assorted body art," members of the Sunday evening pub rock group double as members of a mega-church's "worship team" on Sunday mornings. Confessing to love both Jesus and rock 'n' roll, band members will burn through a pack of cigarettes and exhort the audience to visit the bar and buy beer during Sunday night "church." Initially skeptical about hosting Pub Theology on Sunday nights, the bar owner now admits the band has turned an otherwise dead night into a profitable evening.

Regarding this new outreach--the mega-church's ministerial staff approve of doing Pub Theology--one of the band's members says: "We want to be sincere and authentic and be who we really are, whether that is wearing jeans and a T-shirt or having a beer. I think that is real" he continues, "and I don't think it is wrong or that God is unhappy about that." Relates another band member: "I can drink a beer and smoke a cigarette and play some of my favorite songs and hang out with my friends and maybe meet someone and tell them about Jesus."

Interestingly, most of the band members were raised in religious homes. In fact, two of its members are former PKS (That's an acronym for "preacher's kids."). Having been a former pastor, their father has now become the band's "roadie" (That's a term which refers to the managers and technicians traveling with the band.). The members account for the band's existence and approach to ministry for reason of their holier-than-thou Wesleyan upbringing--you know, "I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't go to R-rated movies, I don't dance."

On this point, and as a rebellious child of the 60s who too was raised in the legalistic environment of Western Michigan, let me say that I understand and somewhat sympathize with the band members' rejection of legalism. But all rebels ought to be cautioned that, "rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry" (1 Samuel 15:23). Yet God doesn't make Christians from the outside in, but rather from the inside out. Though one's Christianity is defined by inner faith not outer works, Paul did write that Christians are God's "workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). So we must not assume the opposite attitude from legalism, that of antinomianism (i.e., that God's grace cancels out any need to obey His moral and spiritual law). For as Paul asked: "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" (Romans 6:1-2). Contradicting antinomianism the writer of Hebrews orders us to, "Pursue . . . holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled" (Hebrews 12:14-15, NKJV).

Nevertheless, the casual and alcoholically lubricated atmosphere of Pub Theology raises an important issue, for as the reporter asks, "Does Pub Theology produce any lasting effects, or is it just a casual encounter with church in a bar--a spiritual one-night stand?" All the band's claims of "doing ministry" notwithstanding--they do field questions about Christianity from the audience and callers-in, give inebriated individuals rides home, and have even seen one rescued drunk baptized a few days later in their church--Pub Theology shows every symptom of being a carnal "one-night-stand." (Note: I do not use the word spiritual.)

First, Pub Theology is not church. If it is, then where's the reading of Scripture, the apostles' teaching, prayer and observance of the Lord's Table? (Acts 2:42) But on this point, we can be certain that the band will avoid any impression of being too "churchly or preachy." But beer steins are no substitute for communion cups. In fact, to the true church the Apostle Peter announced that, "the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries" (1 Peter 4:3).

Second, Pub Theology is not theology. Reportedly, the band's opening song was Joan Osborne's one-hit wonder, "What if God was one of us?" The lyrics add, "Just a slob like one of us."[2] Imagine . . . God being a slob like the rest of the inebriated crowd at the bar. Given such a humanizing of God, what we're dealing with is not Pub Theology, but pub idolatry. "[T]he glory of the incorruptible God" is being exchanged "for an image in the form of corruptible man" (Romans 1:23, NASB). Do you think Joan Osborne's lyrical questions in any way resemble or affirm the great Christological passages of the New Testament? (John 1:1 ff.; Colossians 1:15-17; Philippians 2:5-11). By the way, these cited passages are comprised of theological statements extracted from early Christian hymns. Would the pub theology band sing them? I'd think they'd estimate that the lyrics of these biblical hymns are far too dogmatic, stodgy, and preachy for the "boys" at the bar!

Third, Pub Theology is not Christian outreach. To attain a "spiritual" end, it employs carnal, fleshly, and worldly means. But the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:18-19). If the song "What if God was one of us?" gives any indication, probably none of the other music the band plays includes "psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs."

The Apostle Paul would not have employed carnal means to attain spiritual ends.[3] You can't fight fire with fire. He wrote: "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God" (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, NIV; Compare Galatians 5:21 where Paul labels "drunkenness" a work of the flesh).

So we conclude: Given the atmosphere surrounding Pub Theology, the description of love as it exists on a poster at "Sunday-night-church-in-a-bar" might be parodied to read: Now abide these four, "faith, hope, love, and beer," but the greatest of these is beer! (
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Pastor Larry DeBruyn


ENDNOTES

[1] Unless otherwise noted, all quotations are taken from Robert King, "Faith, Hope, Love, Beer," The Indianapolis Star, September 27, 2009, A1, A14. Article may be viewed online. See Faith & Values, Robert King, "Pub Theology conveys Christian message in Broad Ripple," IndyStar.com, September 27, 2009, http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009909270384.

[2] Lyrics online at: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/ifgodwasoneofuslyrics.html.

[3] Readers are invited to check out website article, "Was Paul a Pragmatist?" available at: http://www.frbaptist.org/bin/view/Ptp/PtpTopic20080513102433.

 

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