Daily Archives: May 1, 2014

Centering Prayer Taught By Mystic Phileena Heuertz at Catalyst Dallas

 

“Centering Prayer” exercise,
Catalyst Dallas

Posted by Christine Pack

Writer Jim Fletcher is reporting from the Catalyst Dallas conference that a Centering Prayer exercise was recently led by mystic and contemplative spiritualist Phileena Heuertz at Catalyst conference, which is a Christian conference that moves from city to city. The current Catalyst is being held April 30-May 2, 2014 in Dallas, TX.  Heuertz, who is the author of Pilgrimage of the Soul, was listed as a “lab speaker,” which means that her session was probably a breakout session in which not all of the conference attendees were participants. Some of the other Catalyst Dallas speakers include Tullian Tchividjian, Dave Ramsey, Louie Giglio, Mark Batterson, Jen Hatmaker, Craig Groeschel, and Francis Chan.

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Are Theologians Today Weaklings? An Observation

Zwinglius Redivivus

Are they milchtoasty and so accepting of deviant ideas because they don’t want to seem intolerant or offend anyone?  Yes.  Are too many theologians more committed to being popular best-sellers than tradents of the Holy Faith?  Yes.  Are too many theologians today more concerned with seeming ‘nice’ than being orthodox?  Yes.

Consequently, theology is – for the majority even of Christians – invisible.  Theologian / Churchmen (women) are a dying breed and it is the Church itself which is suffering for it.

Further, too few Pastors are theologians.  Too many are business majors who run the Body of Christ as though it were a Wal-Mart.  Thinking theologically too is a dying art, and it is the Church itself which is suffering for it.

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Be “Quick To Hear” – 15 Things To Recall Next Time You’re Criticized

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Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)

Are  you “quick to hear”?  Though this verse can be applied to many situations, I’m going to apply it to times when others criticize, point out a sin, failure or weakness in us. We should be quick to hear when others reprove us in love (or not in love).

Why are we often slow to hear? We can be slow to hear because we are proud. Because we think we are right, or that we have the most accurate assessment of ourselves. Another reason we can be slow to hear can be because we view others’ corrections as attacks on us.

Another reason we can be slow to hear is because, even though we’re saved, we have an inadequate view of our ongoing battle with sin. Though believers are no longer “in sin” or slaves of sin, we still must put it to death on a regular basis. We need to be constantly aware of the temptation to be prideful or unteachable.

We may also be slow to listen when we have an inadequate view of how God accepts us in Christ. Insecure, we can always be looking to people for a sense of acceptance. We can interpret people’s correction as a lack of acceptance. But when we come to realize that God accepts us and is pleased with us in Christ, we can then receive criticism, for we are secure in knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, and that he accepts us completely.

Sometimes we’re slow to hear because we have prejudged someone. We assume we know their motives. We assume we know why they are bringing something to us and we write it off.

So how can we become more quick to hear? Next time someone corrects, criticizes or points out a failure or sin to you:

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The False Teachers: Brian McLaren

A few weeks ago I set out on a series of articles through which I am scanning the history of the church—from its earliest days all the way to the present time—to examine some of Christianity’s most notable false teachers and to examine the false doctrine each of them represents. Along the way we have visited such figures as Joseph Smith (Mormonism), Ellen G. White (Adventism), Norman Vincent Peale (Positive Thinking) and Benny Hinn (Faith Healing). Today we turn to a man who helped lead the Emerging Church and who was once named by TIME as one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.

Late April 2014 VanTillian apologetics Links

Reviewing Authentic Fire

 

afIf you haven’t been paying attention the last few months, you may have missed a conference Grace to You put on last October called Strange Fire. Maybe you heard about it?

Of course I’m messing with you. Nearly everyone who participates on social media and runs in my circles heard about it and are well aware of the big stink it stirred up with charismatics and Pentecostals.

Anyhow, I would imagine the most vocal, popular-level critic of the Strange Fire conference was Michael Brown. As early as June of last year, four months before Strange Fire was to take place, Dr. Brown was rebuking John MacArthur for even thinking about holding a conference to address charismatic issues. He wrote two articles that we responded to, and then offered a rejoinder. Folks went back and forth with each other leading up to the conference until the night before the conference began, when Dr. Brown wrote one final article pleading for us to stop everything, send everyone home, and cancel the sessions.

Of course, that never happened. But just a month and a half after the conference ended, Dr. Brown managed to write and publish a 418-page book entitled, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire.  

To date, it is probably the most substantive response available.  I say “the most substantive” because there really aren’t any others. Sure, Frank Viola thinks he published a slam dunk of his own against John, but as Lyndon pointed out in his review of that book, it only takes a few pages of reading for his entire rebuttal to come unraveled. So that leaves us with Michael Brown.

Seeing that Authentic Fire will be the one book most individuals encounter Lyndon and I are going to offer an extended review.  He will take all the odd numbered chapters and I will take the even numbered chapters. There are also four appendices written by other men that we’ll address.

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Authentic Fire Review: The Preface

Every Thursday for the next few months we will review Strange Fire, by Michael Brown, a chapter at a time. Today, we review of The Preface. If you haven’t already done so, please first read this post,  which explains why we are reviewing this book.

For those who haven’t been following it all, in the last six months or so Dr. Michael Brown has emerged as one of the more outspoken voices critiquing the Strange Fire conference that occurred this past October.  He has written a number of articles and has gained a fair amount of recognition as one of the leading “level-headed” Charismatics.  You can find a little recap of what happened before the Strange Fire conference here as well as check out this and this and this, and this and this, just to get a small glimpse of Dr. Brown’s comments and activities.  A whole lot more has been occurring, but documenting it all would mean writing a rather encyclopedic post.  More than a few people have spoken up (including James White, Justin Peters, Tony Miano, and more) about  what’s going on with Michael Brown’s recent activities, and to sum it up in two pictures…

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Top 10 Books On Fighting Porn

 

As I’m often asked for book recommendations on various subjects, I decided to put together an online list of my top ten books in various categories. Basically, if I was only allowed 10 books in my library on that subject, these are the ten I would choose. Previous posts include:

Today I’m listing the Top 10 Books on Fighting Porn. I wish there didn’t have to be so many books on the subject, especially for Christians, but that’s where we’re at. You can also check out this list of Top 60 Online Resources for Battling Porn.

After this list you’ll find a poll where you can cast three votes for your favorite books and help others choose the best books on the subject. Click on “View Results” to see what books are most popular.

You can also add any book not on the list by writing the title in “Other” or in the Comments  I’ll add these to the end of the post under “Reader Suggestions.”

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New Way Public Companies Are Misleading Investors

It’s frustrating each morning to hear the anchors on the financial news channels say key stock indices are poised to open higher when you know the fundamentals are tormented…but it goes on day after day, week after week, month after month.

Dear reader, if there is one old adage I’d like to stress, it is this one by famed economist John Maynard Keynes: “Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.”

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Rebranding Common Core – Michelle Malkin

Reality check: Last week, Pence faced the anger of hundreds of Indiana parents, educators and activists at a public Indiana Business Roundtable meeting to discuss his phony charade. The protesters openly booed Pence’s derision of critics as out-of-staters and elitists. They roared their disapproval when he claimed that his “new” standards were superior and homegrown.

Indiana mom Heather Crossin, one of the earliest and strongest grassroots voices against the federalized standards/textbook/testing racket, exposed the truth: “The proposed standards are simply a cloned version of the Common Core rebranded.”

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Converging End Times Signs: The Second Most Important Sign

Apostasy — Six of the experts said that they thought that the second most important sign was spiritual corruption in the Church today. That certainly is a major sign, because the Bible speaks over and over of the fact that in the end times there is going to be tremendous apostasy in the Church. Not only the development of cults, but in the Church itself there is going to bring in all kinds of spiritual darkness and apostasy. Oh, Brother, are we are seeing that all around us today! We’re right up to our ears in apostasy.

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GodLife: Does God Really Hear My Prayers?

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Does it sometimes feel like your prayers are not making it past the ceiling? How can we be sure God is listening?

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Saving faith is the product of God’s grace

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. (John 16:23 ESV)

Saving faith, the product of God’s grace (Romans 4:16; Ephesians 2:8,9) is possessed only by the regenerate. This faith is alive whereas before God’s grace quickened it, it was completely incapable and unwilling to believe in Christ as Lord and Saviour. This dead faith is inherited from Adam and the product of the fall. (Genesis 3) Without God’s grace according with man’s faith, there is no possibility of belief and, therefore, no possibility of salvation. However, when God quickens a sinner (we are all sinners) his or her faith comes alive. The spiritual blindness that marked them before regeneration is washed away.

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