Category: Spiritual Formation

MARK GALLI OF CT INTERVIEWS MARY NEAL ON HER VISIT TO HEAVEN »

This time we live in is marred by the false philosophy of postmodernism, which is more deeply entrenched within the gates of Christendom than most realize. Circa 2000 mainstream evangelicalism made the ill-fated decision to embrace the sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult operating within the Emerging Church aka the Emergent Church. Sadly, the EC—headed by, among others, its trinity of apostates, Living […]

GARY GILLEY ON SPIRITUAL FORMATION AT WORSHIP »

The following by Dr. Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, is republished at Apprising Ministries with permission: Within spiritual formation and similar circles, there has been much criticism of worship as found in evangelical Protestantism.  Much of this criticism is aimed at the seeker-sensitive churches with their push for polished performances, entertainment, and the desire […]

GARY GILLEY ON SILENCE AND SOLITUDE »

The following by Dr. Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, is republished at Apprising Ministries with permission: In a world filled with noise, many of us long to “unplug” and find a quiet spot far from the hum of technology, the demands of work, the cries of children, the ubiquitous call of advertisement, the […]

DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION »

Presented by Bob DeWaay and Dick Kuffel Many Christian colleges are adopting a course of study called “Spiritual Formation” that introduces students to “spiritual disciplines.” We warn about the unbiblical nature of these ascetic and mystical practices by critiquing Dallas Willard’s teachings. Part One Part Two Further reading THE ORIGIN OF CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER […]

DR. GARY GILLEY EXPOSES LECTIO DIVINA »

The following by Dr. Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, is republished at Apprising Ministries with permission: As we have seen in the last two Think on These Things articles, “Spiritual formation is viewed by a growing number of evangelicals as an ancient ministry of the church, concerned with the ‘forming’ or ‘shaping’ of a believer’s […]

"DEAD ORTHODOXY" AND PIETISTIC MISUSE OF 1 CORINTHIANS »

By Apprising Ministries special correspondent Bob DeWaay Church history tells us that the charge pietistic reformers level against the church is that the church practices “dead orthodoxy.” Some years ago I hosted a pastor’s meeting at which pastors could discuss theological ideas. Position papers were presented and then critiqued by the group. Some of the pastors came from […]

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER »

The following by Dr. Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, is republished at Apprising Ministries with permission: (April/May 2012 – Volume 18, Issue 2) Of all the spiritual disciplines the Spiritual Formation Movement promotes, none is more important than prayer and the intake of God’s Word. On the surface we would expect little resistance […]

HENRY BLACKABY'S MYSTICISM-LITE NEGATES SOLA SCRIPTURA »

I really must tell you that there’s really no easy way to say what I’m about to tell you in this particular piece. As a direct fruit of the the sinfully ecumenical Emergent Church aka the Emerging Church, a neo-liberal cult now operating within mainstream of the church visible, the heart of the evangelical community is fast becoming […]

DR. GARY GILLEY ON SPIRITUAL FORMATION »

The following by Dr. Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, is republished at Apprising Ministries with permission: (February/March 2012 – Volume 18, Issue 1) Almost everyone on the cutting edge of Christianity is talking about spiritual formation.  From books to magazine articles to sermons to seminary courses, spiritual formation is a hot topic.  What […]

A LUTHERAN PERSPECTIVE ON LECTIO DIVINA »

by Rev. Jeffrey W. Ware Presented to the Circuit 33 Meeting / Texas District Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 11-7-07 Introduction An age old devotional technique called Lectio Divina is gaining popularity  again here in the 21st Century. Its growing popularity has made it the subject of lay and clergy studies,  retreats, and literature, not only within […]

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