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October 27 – Holy See Identifies the Source of Religious Intolerance

Before there can be authentic religious freedom, there must be a change of hearts regarding tolerance and respect toward other religions and cultures, says the Holy See.

In addition to changes in the law, Archbishop Migliore urged an attitude change: “Legislation which restricts freedom of expression cannot change attitudes. Instead, what is needed is the will to change. “This can most effectively be achieved by raising the consciousness of individuals, bringing them to a greater understanding of the need to respect all persons regardless of their faith or cultural background.”

“It is imperative that the people of the various faith traditions work together in order to grow in mutual understanding,” he continued. “Here there is need for an authentic change of minds and hearts.

“This can be done best through education, beginning with children and young people, on the importance of tolerance and respect for cultural and religious diversity.”

“Cooperation among religions is a prerequisite for the transformation of society,” Archbishop Migliore added, “and must lead to a change of minds and hearts so that a culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among peoples can truly be built.”

SOURCE:
http://www.understandthetimes.org/inthenews/155_emm.shtml

Was Jesus tolerant of all faith traditions? Did he instruct us to cooperate among religions to transform society? Did He say there were many ways to true freedom and change? Or did He clearly say otherwise?

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

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What is this? They want to re-shape you at this conference, but how they will do this is a little unclear, and a bit muddy.

Could it be?

Billy Graham Evangelical Association of Canada

reshape Conference

http://www.billygraham.ca/Ministries/campusfire/training_reshape.aspx

[…]

2. Reshape your Life
# Understanding what God’s original plan for us was
# Understanding the spiritual disciplines of solitude and simplicity

What exactly do they mean by the spiritual disciplines of solitude and simplicity? Is the Billy Graham Association now promoting contemplative spiritual formation like everyone else? It sounds like it, but it’s not exactly clear.

??????????

We can only pray that this is not so, and possibly a mere typographical error or misunderstanding which can be easily cleared up.

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Together they were praying and worshipping Jesus – but which Jesus? The muddy mix below this historic bridge building ceremony makes this very unclear.

Most Improbable Dialogue
Mormon Tabernacle revival service is latest sign of openness to evangelicals.

Richard N. Ostling | posted 10/30/2009

Robert Millet would do things differently if he were carefully strategizing how fellow Mormons could best pursue interfaith contacts.

“I probably wouldn’t have started with evangelicals,” said the Brigham Young University (BYU) professor, considering the antagonism between the two groups since Mormonism’s beginnings. “If we can have more civil and respectful relations with evangelicals, we can do it with anyone.”

Not many years ago, evangelicals would have deemed substantive contact with Mormonism equally improbable. Yet since 2000, small scholarly teams of Mormons led by Millet and evangelical teams led by Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw have managed to hold 17 intense, closed-door dialogue sessions. The latest, held in mid-October at Wheaton College, centered on proselytism, a topic on which the two sides are intense rivals.

More at source:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/november/11.23.html

2 Corinthians 11:1-4

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What kind of psycho-spiritual water source does spiritual director Larry Crabb draw from?

“Brennan Manning, Catholic retreat director and author of The Wisdom of Tenderness (HarperCollins, 2002)…has been giving Crabb occasional spiritual direction for the last 14 years…”

…”James Houston—founder of Regent College and one of Crabb’s mentors…”

…”The flexible, cyclical model of spiritual direction that Crabb has developed is not a formula….A concurrent cycle in spiritual formation begins with brokenness (hurt caused by your and others’ sin), which leads to repentance (a realization that God is not there to cooperate with your agenda), which leads to abandonment (you resist the temptation to escape or to curse God, instead abandoning yourself to him), which arouses confidence (the Spirit witnesses to your spirit that you belong to God, and that he is present even in your darkest night), which finally leads to release of what’s most alive within you (springs of Living Water).”

…”He also recites insights from an eclectic group of thinkers he drew on to come up with his model of direction: Thomas Merton, Eugene Peterson, Francis Schaeffer, Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, John of the Cross, G. K. Chesterton, Michael Card, Peter Kreeft, Augustine, Copernicus, and James Houston.”

…”She (his wife) reads People, I read Merton,” says Larry, nodding….

…”Crabb has several mentors like that, too. Manning and Crabb see each other once a year, at best. When they do, they follow a spontaneously begun ritual. “As soon as we spot one another,” says Manning, “we both jump up and down, run to one another, and kiss one another on the lips.” “

SOURCE: A Shrink Gets Stretched
Why psychologist Larry Crabb believes spiritual direction should replace therapy
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/may/7.52.html

Larry Crabb is not the only one who believes in spiritual direction. This appears to be the same murky water that all involved in contemplative spiritual formation are now drawing from. Once they have crossed that ecumenical mystical bridge, those involved in such spiritual formation can only offer the water they have become accustomed to drinking from – the muddy water of the different streams of contemplative spirituality.

They believe in spiritual direction, they believe in what Brennan Manning says, what James Houston says, and in what Thomas Merton, Eugene Peterson, and Henri Nouwen say. These sources will quench your spiritual thirst, they say.

BUT, Jesus said:

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:37,38

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A spiritual director from Soul Stream warns not to go it alone across the muddy waters of contemplative spirituality…

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
by Jeff Imbach

The contemplative journey is too hard and too dangerous to do alone. It’s too counter-cultural to sustain, too much of an upstream swim to make it if we have to do it on our own. Throughout the history of the church, spiritual direction has been one of the ways this need for companionship in the contemplative journey has been met. St. John of the Cross says that everyone who seeks to go deep into their souls needs a spiritual director.

Source:

http://www.soulstream.org/index.cfm?i=2467&mid=12&id=6393&h=1

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In The News

October 16 – The Vatican proposes Hindus a common commitment for integral human development

Article: Ecumenical Movement – Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Integral human development, the “commitment” of Hindus and Christians, can be only reached by taking responsibility for one another, which involves the recognition of freedom – of conscience, thought and religion – and the guarantee of political will to work for greater protection of human rights and peaceful coexistence. These concepts are the central focus of the message that the Pontifical Council For Interreligious Dialogue sent to Hindus on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights.

Entitled “Hindus and Christians committed to integral human development” the message, signed by the President of the Pontifical Council, Cardinal. Jean-Louis Tauran, and the secretary, Msgr. Pier Luigi Celata, states “integral human development is the advance towards the true good of every individual, community and society, in every single dimension of human life: social, economic, political, intellectual, spiritual and religious. Pope Paul VI described it as “development of the whole man and of all men” (Populorum Progressio, 1967, no.42) “from less human conditions to those which are more human” (Ibid., no.20).

“Such authentic human development – continues the document – can be achieved only by assuming a shared responsibility for one another and by seriously engaging in collaborative action. This springs from our very nature as human beings and our belonging to one human family” “. In the process of integral development, protection of human life and respect for the dignity and fundamental rights of the person, are a responsibility of everyone, both individually and collectively.”

More at source:

http://www.understandthetimes.org/inthenews/153_emorc.shtml

Integral? Brian McLaren and Ken Wilber will be pleased.

Emerging postmodernism agrees that modern reductionistic rationalism needed to be stopped or “deconstructed,” and it sees that relativist pluralism “worked” as a chemotherapeutic agent, but it doesn’t mistake this dangerous short-term medical necessity as a long-term regimen for health. It seeks to move beyond relativistic pluralism, and sees “emergent thinking” and “integralism” as better alternatives to both modern reductionistic rationalism and relativist pluralism. (For more on emergent thinking and integralism, see my book “A Generous Orthodoxy,” or Ken Wilber’s “A Theory of Everything.”)

-Brian McLaren: The Three Postmodernisms

I therefore sought to outline a philosophy of universal integralism. Put differently, I sought a world philosophy—or an integral philosophy—that would believably weave together the many pluralistic contexts of science, morals, aesthetics, Eastern as well as Western philosophy, and the world’s great wisdom traditions. Not on the level of details—that is finitely impossible; but on the level of orienting generalizations . . . a holistic philosophy for a holistic Kosmos, a genuine Theory of Everything.

—Ken Wilber, Theory of Everything, p. 38

What a muddy mess these spiritual philosophers have gotten into with the Vatican and the Hindus.

And here’s the icing on the mud pie. Listen to Ken Wilber’s colleague Thomas Keating explain how he thinks “the Holy Spirit is at work in other religions”:

Father Thomas Keating Contemplative Meditation Master
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uvWDcc5W5s

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125604916994796545.html?mod=article-outset-box

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Is Jesus calling you away from the poisoned cesspool?

Each Morning The Sky Grows A Darker Red

Beloved of God, no doubt as this apostasy accelerates within the very heart of the evangelical community, those with eyes that see can see the dark red sky above us each morning. We also recall that our Lord Jesus has said:

“The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (John 10:3-6)

Now in it’s immediate context our Master is speaking to us. He’s talking to the remnant of His people that He is currently calling out of a rapidly decaying evangelical Christianity, mortally wounded as it is by the poison of the Church Growth Movement (CGM) vomited out of Fuller Theological Cesspool; essentially good ol’ ruggedly individualistic [read: proud] American business savvy repackaged as a centered on the self spiritually. I offer the following as an exhortation not to be surprised if “suddenly” you find yourself looking at your local church through a new set of eyes almost overnight.

There is more here:

http://apprising.org/2009/10/it%e2%80%99s-well-past-time-to-get-ready/

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