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Last fall during the annual Fall Spiritual Emphasis Days, students at Ambrose University College of the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), were taught contemplative spirituality with the theme of Listening to God. Ambrose alumnus Steve Kerr, pastor of Gateway Church in Caledonia, Ontario (a C&MA church) taught sessions about Listening to God. Other contemplative workshops were facilitated by Ambrose staff and faculty.

Students were invited to participate in a diverse array of workshops, like “Centering Prayer: A Pathway to Experiencing God’s Presence,” taught by Dr. Miriam Charter. Students learned that “Centering Prayer is a gift to us from the Desert Fathers who sought a way to deepen their relationship with the living Christ. It is “listening” prayer that may become for the serious pilgrim a pathway for receiving and experiencing the gift of God’s Presence.”
Additional workshops included “Hear the Divine Voice…Make the Right Choice,” by Dr. Charles Nienkirchen, “Hearing God through Nature: A Walk Through the Ambrose Aspen Stand,” by Wally Rude, “Making (Some) Sense of the Pain: Hearing God in Times of Difficulty and Suffering,” by Dr. Gordon Smith, “Lectio Divina” (Divine Reading) with Kevin Cawthra, “Going Global? A Conversation about Discerning God’s call to Serve Internationally,” and “Hearing the Voice of Jesus through Imaging,” with Joy Ulrich.

To Hear, To Contemplate, To Act
https://ambrose.edu/news_and_events/hear-contemplate-act

Ambrose University College Seminary is a merger of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (Canada) with The Church of the Nazarene (Canada). Ambrose’s new president Gordon T. Smith (previously Vice President and Dean of Regent College), has written several books. In The Voice of Jesus, Smith’s ideas are built on Roman Catholic spiritual traditions of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Ignatius of Loyola. Alone With The Lord is a self guided prayer plan adapted from The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. (Read more about this here: Ambrose University College hires Jesuit-educated contemplative spirituality proponent as its new president.)

Is there any question as to whether this seminary is leading their students over the contemplative bridge to Rome?

Related:

What is centering prayer?
http://www.gotquestions.org/centering-prayer.html

Who Were the Desert Fathers?
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/desertfathers.htm

“Who are the Jesuits, and what do they believe?”
http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesuits.html

Christian & Missionary Alliance Workers will soon be learning Ancient Spiritual Disciplines
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/christian-missionary-alliance-workers-will-soon-be-learning-ancient-spiritual-disciplines/

Christian Missionary Alliance and Focus on the Family Canada leading Christians across the Contemplative Bridge
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/christian-missionary-alliance-and-focus-on-the-family-canada-leading-christians-across-the-contemplative-bridge/

Yoga Class at Christian & Missionary Alliance Church
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/yoga-class-at-christian-missionary-alliance-church/

Ambrose Seminary teaches contemplative spirituality in 2009-2010
http://suspiciousberean.blogspot.ca/2010/02/ambrose-seminary-teaches-contemplative.html

Are Ambrose Lecturers Leading Students into Muddy Waters?
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/are-ambrose-lecturers-leading-students-into-muddy-waters/

Ambrose University (CMA & Nazarene) Full Speed into Contemplative/Emergent
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=1452

NEW:

Letter to the Editor: Christian & Missionary Alliance OK With Ruth Haley Barton and Other Contemplatives
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=11640

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Is Pope Francis Laying The Groundwork For A One World Religion?
By Michael Snyder ~ April 14, 2013

Does Pope Francis intend to help the global elite achieve their goal of uniting all of the religions of the world under a single banner? Will he be instrumental in establishing a single global religion for the glorious “new age” that the global elite believe is coming?

After he was elected, the cover of Time Magazine declared Pope Francis to be the “New World Pope“, and since his election Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that he is going to make ecumenical outreach a top priority. He has spoken of his “determination to continue on the path of ecumenical dialogue“, and he has already held a number of very high profile ecumenical meetings.

Not only has he worked hard to reach out to leaders from various Christian traditions, he has also made it a point to try to acknowledge the mutual bonds that he feels with all other religions…

More here:

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/0013/EconomicCollapse/4.pope-francis-one-religion.htm

RELATED:

United Nations Chief Hails Pope Francis as “a Spiritual Leader of the World”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=11501

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Christians mystically encountering God
By Marsha West

For a couple of decades there has been a big push by numerous evangelical leaders to incorporate pagan practices into the visible Church. These unbiblical practices have their origins in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, likewise the New Age movement. Roman Catholic Trappist Monks fully embraced Eastern religion’s pagan practices. Through the writings of Thomas Merton, Basil Pennington, William Menninger and Thomas Keating these practices have been introduced into mainline Protestant churches as well as independent, nondenominational, charismatic and Pentecostal churches…

More here:

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/130416

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Yoga: More than Meets the Eyes??
Rev. Ed Hird, Rector
St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

You may find this a stretching article in body, mind and spirit. I have intentionally avoided writing this article for years, because I knew that it might be unavoidably controversial. With genuine reluctance, I faced my conflict avoidance, obeyed the Lord and read hundreds of yoga books in our local public libraries. In preparing this article, I have not read one book which warns against yoga. All book citations in this article are from yoga advocates and practitioners.

To many people, yoga is just the hottest new exercise fad for younger women…

Read more of this well researched article, here:

http://edhird.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/yoga-more-than-meets-the-eyes/

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Reputedly Conservative Churches Embrace ‘Holy Yoga’
By Dr. Paul M. Elliott, April 2, 2013

Just when you may have thought things couldn’t get worse in reputedly conservative churches, they do.

I have been counseling people – and advising them to leave – an Orthodox Presbyterian church where “Holy Yoga” is being taught as a sanctioned “wellness” program of the church. One of the mottoes of the program, we are told, is “Connect with Christ through Yoga.” Despite protests from some in the congregation, the church elders are continuing this abomination, and we understand that the presbytery is simply looking the other way.

This development only underscores the fact that when a denomination compromises the one true Gospel, deeper apostasies inevitably follow – often much sooner than anyone would have imagined, and in seemingly unthinkable directions.

“Holy Yoga” is a syncretistic mingling of Hinduism and Christianity. It is a latter-day manifestation of the same evil spirit that drove King Ahaz of ancient Judah…

Read more here:

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/0013/teaching-the-word/yoga-church.htm

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Rick Warren Endorses 2013 Book, “Catholics Come Home” – Calls Catholic Evangelization “Critically Important”

A picture (and an endorsement) say a thousand words

See what “America’s Pastor” is saying about this 2013 release on the Roman Catholic” new evangelization program to bring back the “lost [Protestant] brethren” to the “Mother Church”:
“The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this new evangelization project.”
—Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

Read more here:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=11347

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