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In September of 2013, Prairie Bible college announced that well known worship leader Brian Doerksen would be joining the Prairie faculty as the new Director of Music & Worship Arts. The program, which focuses on songwriting and worship within the church, was to start this fall with a small enrollment limit of 12 students.
 Earlier this year, in February 2014, 55 attended Doerksen’s one week class on “Emotionally Healthy Worship.”[1] The reason for the title of this class is that Brian Doerksen has been combining his music with what he has learned from the contemplative author and pastor Peter Scazzero.

Scazzero is known for his Emotionally Healthy Spirituality resources which are based on practicing the Daily Office of St. Benedict, silence and centering prayer. These Scazzero learned while spending time at monasteries, chanting the set hours of prayer with Trappist monks.

Centering: Scripture commands us to “be still before the lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7). We are called to move into God’s presence and rest there. That alone is no small feat. For this reason I often spend two to 20 minutes centering myself so that I can let go of my tensions, distractions and sensations, and rest in the love of God.
When you find your mind wandering, let your breathing bring you back. As you breathe in, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. As you breathe out, exhale all that is sinful, false and not of Him. . .
Silence: Dallas Willard has called silence and solitude the two most radical disciplines of the Christian life. Solitude is the practice of being absent from people and things to attend to God. Silence is the practice of quieting every inner and outer voice to attend to God. Henri Nouwen wrote, “without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.” – Peter Scazzero[2]

In May of this year Brian Doerksen, pioneer of integrating Scazzero’s EHS theology and practice into worship music, joined Peter Scazzero for a conference. There he not only led worship but also offered an Emotionally Healthy Songwriting Workshop.[3]

Watch Doerksen’s promotion of this event…

Next year Brian Doerksen will be the key speaker at the Levite Summit (March 6-7, 2015) at Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna, BC. Last year’s speakers at this event were Carolyn Arends and Erwin McManus.[4]

The Levite Summit is also advertised and promoted on the Canadian Pacific District Christian & Missionary Alliance website[5], where we read:

KEYNOTES
We are excited to announce Brian Doerksen as our 2015 keynote speaker. Brian is an award-winning singer/songwriter, recording artist, author, conference speaker and pastor. Brian’s band, the Shiyr Poets will also be leading worship!
GENERAL SESSIONS
There are aspects of arts and faith that affect every one of us, and these sessions will raise interesting discussions and allow for a deeper look at the arts, worship and Christian thought and leadership as well as sessions on conflict resolution, prayer, spiritual health / burnout and more.

Will Doerksen’s worship blend be leading the Levite Summit attendees into a deeper look at Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality? If so, this is not the first time that the C&MA has promoted Peter Scazzero’s teachings[6]. This is also not the first time that the contemplative influence on Doerksen’s direction has been a concern, as his favourite reading list (on his website) includes contemplative authors Mark Buchanan (The rest of God, Spiritual Rhythm), Eugene Petersen and 
Henri Nouwen.[7]

Unfortunately, Brian Doerksen is not the only Christian musician who may be leading their fans and listeners across the ecumenical bridge of contemplative unhealthy spirituality[8].

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[1] Brian Doerksen in concert
http://www.threehillscapital.com/index.php/community-events/community-events/4295-brian-doerksen-in-concert
See also:
Creating Emotionally Healthy Worship Music with Brian Doerksen
Feb 24 – 28, 2014 @ Prairie Campus, Three Hills, Alberta
http://www.prairie.edu/bdcourse
[2] The Power of Being Still (and Silent) Before God
http://blog.exponential.org/2012/12/an-ancient-discipline-for-surviving-the-storms-of-church-planting/
[3] EHL Conference 2014 and The Emotionally Healthy Leader
http://www.emotionallyhealthy.org/ehl-conference-2014-and-the-emotionally-healthy-leader/
[4] http://levitesummit.com/summit-2014/
[5] http://pacificdistrict.ca/levite-summit/
[6] Peter Scazzero’s Contemplative Bridge Crossing to Canada
http://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/peter-scazzeros-contemplative-bridge-coming-to-canada/
Scazzeros Spread Contemplative Spirituality at C&MA Conference
http://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/scazzeros-spread-contemplative-spirituality-at-cma-conference/
[7] briandoerksen.com
[8] For example, Gungor denies the Genesis creation account, Steve Bell has toured the speaking circuit with Brian McLaren:
God our Mother?
http://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/god-our-mother/
McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 4
http://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/mclarens-refreshing-winds-at-cmu-part-4/

From Heresy to New Age

ROB BELL GETS HIS “OWN” TV SHOW DEC. 21

OWN television has just announced the premiere of its new series titled, The Rob Bell Show. The same Rob Bell who challenges the truth of the Bible and continues to influence millions of fans around the world (having just returned from a national tour with New Agers Deepak Chopra and Oprah), despite his fall from biblical Christianity. The same former pastor of Mars Hill church who denies the doctrine of a real Hell (making him a heretic in the true sense of the word). He is the author of many books pushing unScriptural doctrine including Velvet Elvis, Love Wins and his new The Zimzum of Love, giving people a “startling new way of looking at marriage.” (Bell has come out in support of homosexual marriage.)
Bell debuted on OWN for Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” program in Nov. 2013 to discuss his latest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, which was her premiere pick for the “Oprah’s Super Soulful Book of the Month.”

More here:

http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/12/rob-bell-gets-tv-show-dec-21/

Update:

An Insider’s View of Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 With Rob Bell – Bringing Americans to the New Age “Christ”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16482

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent.

Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.”

“We have far more in common than what divides us,” he said in the two-minute video released by the Catholic News Service on Wednesday, described as being an outline for “an ecumenical vision for Catholics and Protestants to work together to defend the sanctity of life, sex and marriage.”

“They would all say, ‘We believe in the Trinity; we believe in the Bible; we believe in the resurrection; we believe in salvation through Jesus Christ,” Warren asserted, speaking of the various denominations within Christianity, of which he included Roman Catholicism. “These are the big issues.”

More here:

http://christiannews.net/2014/12/02/rick-warrens-call-for-christians-to-unite-with-catholics-holy-father-raising-concerns/

World AIDS Day: Bono’s ONE Campaign, NIV Bible Publisher Team Up to Reach 1 Million American Christians

The ONE Campaign, founded by Bono, and Biblica, the publisher of the NIV Bible, are teaming up in an effort to help 1 million American Christians seek a cure for AIDS and expand AIDS prevention using Jesus Christ’s teachings as found in the Bible.
“Through this partnership with ONE and Biblica’s own global church and individual networks, we hope to expose over a million people in church to this life-saving message,” Biblica’s chief executive officer Carl A. Moeller told The Christian Post. “We decided to get involved with this project when we were contacted by ONE leadership to help connect World AIDS Day (Monday, December 1) with an Advent message.
“The central message of Advent is the eternal hope that we have in the coming of Jesus – and the healing life He brings – our partnership with ONE will help get this message out even further.”

SOURCE:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/world-aids-day-bonos-one-campaign-niv-bible-publisher-team-up-to-reach-1-million-american-christians-130430/#!

But. . . is Bono a Christian or are many being deceived? Is the ONE Campaign part of the one world end times deception?

Please see:

U2′s Bono, Unorthodox Superman
http://www.submergingchurch.com/2013/07/05/u2′s-bono-unorthodox-superman/

ONE world, ONE faith, ONE plan
http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/006/discernment/9-20-one-world-one-faith.htm

“. . . it is hard to understand how a Christian church opening its sanctuary for Islamic prayers that renonce Jesus Christ contributes to interfaith tolerance. Muslims would never allow a Christian to preach the Gospel in a mosque. Palestinian Muslims continue to ban all Jews and Christians from praying at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It would appear that “interfaith dialogue and tolerance” are just more code words calling for Muslims to rise up and conquer.”

- Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral by David Lazarus
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/25544/Default.aspx

“How sad . . . it was to learn that the National Cathedral recently invited a Muslim imam to praise Allah in an official worship service there.
One report noted, “The planners say this is the first time the cathedral has invited Muslims to lead their own prayers there, which they call a ‘powerful symbolic gesture.”’
Columnist Robert Knight, in his article “A Brave New World of Intolerance,” notes: “The cathedral, indeed, sent a powerful message—of weakness. Many Muslims will see it as akin to raising their flag over a conquered enemy.”
The imam came and said his prayers there last Friday. Meanwhile, the officials kicked out a brave, unruly Christian lady who was objecting out loud to this event.
It is ironic to me that on the day I write this (11/17/14), I received an email from Christian Concern out of England on their plan to “launch an initiative to help protect those in the UK who want to leave Islam but fear the consequences of doing so.”
They write: “Entitled ‘Safe Haven’, the project has been launched in response to the brutal treatment in the UK of some who have left Islam and become Christians.” Some of those who will participate in their campaign on 11/18/14 include former Muslims who have converted to Christianity. According to strict Muslim law, the penalty for leaving Islam should be death.
One of those ex-Muslims who plan to testify for “Safe Haven” said, “My own family would rather see me dead.” In short, tolerance toward someone else’s religion seems to come only from the Christian side of the fence, but never the other side, where “tolerance” is crushed under the bulldozer of a totalitarian ideology.
America is a free country, and if the Episcopal Church wants to invite an imam to say prayers at the National Cathedral, who can stop them?
But are these professing Christians pleasing the Lord? Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” I’m sure their answer would be something like: “Tolerance. That’s why we invited the imam. We all worship the same God anyway.”
G. K. Chesterton once said, “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.””

-JERRY NEWCOMBE , CP OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Praising Allah at the National Cathedral
http://www.christianpost.com/news/praising-allah-at-the-national-cathedral-130002/#!

Related:

National Cathedral Hosts Islamic Prayers; Lone Protestor Interrupts
http://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/national-cathedral-hosts-islamic-prayers-lone-protester-interrupts/

As the spiritual mud thickens, the direction of once prominent emerging church leaders becomes more clear…

The following is an update to a previous blog posting here at Muddy Streams called Oprah’s New Agey Introduction of Rob Bell and his New Agey Message.

This past weekend, former evangelical pastor Rob Bell and former television icon Oprah wrapped up their national 8-city “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” New Age tour. Joining Bell and Oprah on the tour were other two New Age sympathizers – Deepak Chopra and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). There was a time, not too many years ago, when Bell’s best-selling book Velvet Elvis was being read by millions of young evangelicals, and the book was touted by Christian leaders and college professors. It was a disaster in discernment in the church as even back then Bell was promoting the New Age. . .

Read more here:

Rob Bell and Oprah Wrap Up New Age Tour—EQUALLY YOKED
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16411

Update:

An Insider’s View of Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 With Rob Bell – Bringing Americans to the New Age “Christ”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16482

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