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Do We All Believe in the Same God?
By Dr. Stephen M. Kirby

A commonly heard claim is that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in “the same God.” These are comforting words and of great assistance to those wishing to engage in interfaith dialogues and tri-faith ventures. But is this true? To answer that question, let’s look at what is said and taught about Jews and Christians by Allah, the god of Islam, and Muhammad, Allah’s prophet. We’ll start with the Koran.

The Koran

Muslims believe the Koran is the infallible, timeless and perfect word of Allah. So what does Allah say in the Koran about Jews and Christians?

To set the stage, Allah states that the only religion acceptable to him is Islam (e.g., 3:19 and 3:85). And Allah states that Islam is to be made superior over all other religions, even if the non-Muslims don’t like it (e.g., 9:33, 48:28, and 61:9).

Allah states that he is angry with the Jews, and the Christians are misguided in their beliefs (1:7). In fact, Allah curses the Jews and Christians (9:30). He states that the Jews and Christians are among the worst of creatures who “will abide in the fire of Hell” (98:6), while Muslims are the best of creatures (3:110 and 98:7). . .

More here:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dr-stephen-m-kirby/do-we-all-believe-in-the-same-god/print/

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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
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/peter-scazzeros-contemplative-bridge-coming-to-canada/
Scazzeros Spread Contemplative Spirituality at C&MA Conference
https://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?
https://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/

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UPDATE:

COLLEGE ALERT: Letters to Lighthouse Trails Prove Prairie Bible Institute (Alberta) Has Gone Emergent
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17318

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Continued (Part 2). . .

Brian Doerksen’s Progression

In MAY 15, 2008 Brian Doerksen said:

“…I know of the Iona community…. When we went through the collapse of the musical The Father’s House in 1996, I was so broken and confused. I found myself being incredibly drawn to the liturgical, contemplative expressions of spirituality, both in prayer and in music, the Taize, and I actually wanted to make a little bit of a shift in that direction. I just loved the thought of being in the midst of things that were more ancient, that weren’t so contemporary. I started to go that way, and the Lord made it abundantly clear to me, both in my own heart and through my wife and some very good friends, that that wasn’t the path he had for me. The Lord made it very clear to me at that point, “I’ve called you into a more contemporary expression, but I want you to bring what you see as the timeless God truth into that.” I have an immense respect for Cathy Hardy, who’s a musician in Mission, B.C. and does the local Taize services. She’s got an album out of Taize music. It deeply moves me and personally renews me, but it’s not what God has called me to do. So I can cheer them on from the sidelines: “That’s fantastic. Go for it.” I think we need people who find fresh ways of expressing God’s truth in every musical style. We need diversity. I say that still believing what I said before that at the core we need folk songs, songs that people can participate in. My brother is an Anglican priest in Moose Jaw, and he loves that world. I love visiting that world, and I can see so much good in it. It’s just not where God has called me to live.
-Songs of Lament: An interview with Brian Doerksen (Part 2)
http://canadianchristianity.com/songs-lament-interview-brian-doerksen-part-2-3424/

Three years later, Doerksen shared. . .

“My reflections on 2 ½ days attending the ‘Faith & Culture’ Conference (amazingly it was more like a conversation) in Colorado with Dr. Miroslav Volf[1]; hosted by Brian Zahnd at the St Malo Retreat Catholic Retreat Center. (Aug 29 – 31, 2011)
…Brian(Zahnd)[2] hosted most of the sessions (along with some help from Brad Jersak, a wonderful thinker and former pastor also from Abbotsford, and a pastor from Denver; Joe Beach) by setting the stage and then doing an interview with Miroslav at the end of his teaching presentation before opening it up to questions from the group of 50 people or so present.”

– Thick truth in thin air, September 23, 2011
(briandoerksen.com/blog/thick-truth-in-thin-air)

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[1] Prof. Volf was the lead author of the Christian response to “A Common Word Between Us and You,” the historic open letter signed by 138 Muslim scholars, clerics, and intellectuals, released in October 2007, which identified some core common ground at the heart of the Christian and Muslim faiths (the complete text can be found online at http://www.acommonword.com).
Source: http://faith.yale.edu/people/miroslav-volf

[2]UPDATED 2015: Brian Zahnd has written the foreword in Brad Jersak’s latest book called A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel, published by Plain Truth Ministries (www.ptm.org), where Jersak is a senior editor of their CWR blog (Christianity Without Religion). The recommended reading on the Plain Truth Ministries website speaks volumes (www.ptm.org/quad/bookList.htm). Jersak’s book is reviewed and endorsed by Derek Flood, Richard Rohr, William Paul Young, Brian McLaren, Eugene Peterson.

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CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PIONEER DON FRANCISCO DEPARTS FROM BIBLICAL INERRANCY
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/07/contemporary-christian-music-pioneer-don-francisco-departs-from-biblical-inerrancy/

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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

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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/

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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

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