Category Archives: Contemplative Spirituality

Lifeway Encouraging Southern Baptist to Practice Lectio Divina

(This comes from Christian Research Net and Apprising Ministries. Please read the entire article and get the total context. I agree with it’s conclusions.)

You’ll see the evidence in this new article at online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries. Like good little Protholics Lifeway, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, encourages it’s own Sunday School teachers to push Lectio Divina.

 

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Promoting Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism Ok In Southern Baptist Convention

from Christian Research Net:

Leading online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries provides much evidence and documentation in this new article how far CSM has slithered into the SBC.

Later today in a follow up piece you’ll be taken to a major SBC megachurch who has a teacher of CSM right on its own staff and you’ll even be able to watch his sermon from last Sunday.

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Apprising Ministries-Focus on the Family Disrespects Lighthouse Trails To Promote Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism

from Apprising Ministries and Christian Research Net

Well known evangelical ministry Focus on the Family takes a show at Lighthouse Trails Researchand will find that was an ill-advised decision.

In this well-documented article leading online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries comes to the aid of LTR.

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What is the Walk to Emmaus?

I have had friends ask me about The Walk to Emmaus and I have been invited to such an event, but I have been uncertain about what it is.  This short but very revealing article from Lighthouse Trails Research, and reading the information from the Upper Room Ministries website, helped me to understand. This is something that true Christians should not participate in or promote.

The Walk to Emmaus is a program put on by Upper Room Ministries. Upper Room promotes Spiritual Formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality), and if you want to understand the dynamics of Walk to Emmaus, then understanding the spiritualityof Upper Room will help you.

“The Walk to Emmaus is an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949.” from the Walk to Emmaus website

Walk to Emmaus is widely spread. It is estimated that over half a million persons have experienced a Walk to Emmaus weekend and today the Movement counts more than 300 communities distributed all over the United States as well as all over the world.1

Mantra Meditation is promoted at Upper Room Ministries also:

“Mantra — The word comes from Sanskrit. Its two-syllabus mean: man or mind and tra or deliverance. A mantra is sound vibration that is intended to deliver the mind from distractions and a focus on the material world. A mantra is repeated like a chant and has a spiritual effect associated with the physical vibration. A mantra can be as simple as one syllable ‘OM’ or as more complicated such as, ‘OM SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAM’.” From the Upper Room website

“The Walk to Emmaus is an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949.”2

Tres Dias is an offshoot of the Cursillo Movement and should be avoided as well.

List of places that do Walk to Emmaus

The Walk to Emmaus (The Upper Room) website

Upper Room and Lectio Divina

Chrysalis Walk to Emmaus

Book Alert: Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson

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Rick Warren Wants Us To Learn From Henri Nouwen

from Apprising Ministries

We’re simply documenting the slide of the Protestant evangelical community back into the religious slavery of romanticized Roman Catholic mysticism, whose monastic traditions with their contemplative spirituality would end up causing the Reformation.

As you’ll see in this post today Rick Warren tweets a very Zen-like quote from the late Roman Catholic universalist Henri Nouwen.

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Chris Rosebrough at Evolve 08

Our friend Chris Rosebrough of ExtremeTheology.com is attending the Evolve 08 conference at Mountain Lake Church in Cummings, Georgia. Chris writes,

“What I’ve learned at this conference about this new generation of pastors is information that I would have never come across while reading their blogs, listening to their sermons or reading their church’s doctrinal statements. The information that I stumbled upon could only be found by sitting down and having a face to face conversation or sharing a meal.”

Check out Chris’ reports, including photos, at ExtremeTheology.com

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Brian Flynn-Can one Christianize Eastern religious practices?

Over the past few years, I have received hundreds of emails regarding my opposition to Yoga and other mystical practices being used within the body of Christ. The excuses for continuing the practices range from, it makes me feel closer to God, it is just a form of exercise, or my intention is to worship our Lord only. Unfortunately, none of those explanations holds much water when weighed against the Word of God.

Read more: Can one Christianize…

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