Archive for November, 2013

From the Lighthouse…

Recently, a reader brought to our attention a new development within the emerging church – the Cana Initiative, a think tank comprised of ”faith-engaged organizations, individuals, institutions and networks.” On the Cana Initiative website, it states:

The CANA Initiative seeks to create a healthy ecosystem for connection among existing and emerging individuals, organizations, and networks and will serve as an influential “network of networks.” The CANA Initiative is comprised of Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, Orthodox, and other Christians who believe the future for Christian life and mission will be different in many ways from the past and present. . . . The CANA Initiative seeks to support and encourage what is often called Emergence Christianity.

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Brian McLaren’s Mystery Project Out of the Bag – CANA Initiative – A Gathering of Emergents


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Costco — the Bible is fiction

What do the Bible, “The Hunger Games” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco.

Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif.

“All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me. “It seemed bizarre to me.”

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Costco apologizes for calling Bible ‘fiction’

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What Christians need to realize about spiritual warfare…

Insights on Spiritual Warfare

Christians need to recognize the reality of spiritual conflict and warfare. We are born in conflict — against the world, against our carnal natures, and against the Devil. And if you do not know the nature of your enemy — if you do not know who your foes are — you can’t fight. It’s only when you realize what you’re up against that you can be victorious.

The Bible says we must stand against such foes as Christian soldiers (2 Tim. 2:4). When God calls you into the church of Jesus Christ, you have enlisted in the army of God. You can truthfully sing, “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war,” because you are at war.

The moment you enlist in the army of God, you personally become a target. You need to remember that if you’re living for and walking with Jesus Christ, the powers of darkness are aligned against you. You are on Satan’s hit list! The following four principles will help you be victorious in spiritual warfare as a Christian soldier.

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We have clearly crossed the bridge of “I Can’t Believe This is Happening”…

I can’t believe our faith has been attacked to the point that Christians are cowering under the fear of government. Priests and men of cloth are beginning to preach communism every Sunday and support Islam.

I can’t believe the number of mosques that are mushrooming around the country literally overnight. But then we are tolerant in America to the point of foolishness while most Muslim countries do not tolerate Christianity except until recently, Egypt…

I can’t believe our schools in many states are now bowing down to Islam while forbidding our Christian traditions, national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and our flag…

I can’t believe that we lost our country to Marxists and everybody seems to be preoccupied by the latest episode of their favorite reality show, sports team, vampire show, and witch show…

Read the rest of the list here:

“I Can’t Believe” This is Happening in America
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

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Rick Warren’s newest book “Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier LifeWhat” is going to be released on December 3rd. Many Christian book stores are advertising that they will be carrying it, which means that it might be found under Christmas trees in many Christian homes this season. But what is it really about? Marsha West warns…

On January 15, 2011, over 6,000 people made the trek to Saddleback’s main campus to learn what the Bible allegedly says about getting healthy. Thousands more watched online at the other Saddleback campuses.

In order to achieve his lofty goal, he brought together “three of the leading health specialists in America.” But surprisingly the three doctors picked by the pastor were not Christians – not by a long shot. In fact, when you look into some of the things they’re into (more on this in a moment), it’s fair to say that all three of them are into New Age/New Thought spirituality…

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Rick Warren’s new book “Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” awash with doctrines of demons

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Church of the Disillusioned

On Sunday, the inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles attracted more than 400 attendees, all bound by their belief in non-belief. Similar gatherings in San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities have drawn hundreds of atheists seeking the camaraderie of a congregation without religion or ritual.

The founders, British duo Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, are currently on a tongue-in-cheek “40 Dates, 40 Nights” tour around the U.S. and Australia to drum up donations and help launch dozens of Sunday Assemblies. They hope to raise more than $800,000 that will help atheists launch their pop-up congregations around the world.


Atheist ‘mega-churches’ taking root across US

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Taizé is an ecumenical monastic community in France where young people from all around the world are welcomed each summer to participate in prayer and chanting.

At 10 am on the morning of September 26th, the students in the student chapel service at Trinity Western University were introduced to Taizé and Brother Emile who came to visit Vancouver, B.C.

The following is an excerpt from an article in The B.C. Catholic:

Hymns tune heart in to deep prayer
Event structured like a typical day in the Taize monastery
The B.C. Catholic
Friday, 18 October 2013

Peaceful melodies echoed in the dimly lit Anglican Christ Church Cathedral as 30 voices from many denominations joined in a prayer gathering modelled on the praying of a monastic community in Taize, France.

“Many people at Taize discover that they can pray. They thought prayer was for people who were very knowledgeable in Christianity; they discover that prayer is accessible,” Brother Emile of Taize explained Sept. 28.

(…) The chants found popularity outside the ecumenical monastic community when many found the repetition helpful in concentration.

“We lead busy lives. We are distracted. We want to pray, but our minds are scattered,” he explained. “When you repeat a few words, what you’re singing enters you little by little.”

The day’s events culminated in evening prayers at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church, which welcomed 250 worshippers, according to Rev. Craig Vance, the event coordinator.

The Rev. Vance noted Brother Emile’s visit was sponsored by the Anglican, Catholic, and United Churches. The Taize Vancouver Facebook page, set up to facilitate the event, is now a hub of information on upcoming local gatherings.

Trinity Western University’s chapel welcomed the monk Sept. 26. “For the majority (of students), this was a very new and unfamiliar experience,” observed Jared Crossley, assistant director of student ministries…

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See other posts on this blog about the contemplative spirituality offered to students at Trinity Western University by clicking HERE.

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