"Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals “makes it easier for us to truly live into what it means to be a priesthood of believers,” says Rachel Twigg-Boyce of HouseBlend ministries. With corporate and individual prayer as a core value of the Winnipeg-based MB ministry for the transformation of community, she jumped at the chance to host a launch party for the book, putting her emerging ministry on the leading edge of a worldwide network of gatherings...When registration on Common Prayer’s website exceeded what the house could comfortably accommodate, Twigg-Boyce decided to hold 2 parties, rather than cut off attendance or move to a less personal venue...At both events, guests read through selected prayers together, sang, and prayed for personal concerns...That evening included a Skype conversation with co-author Shane Claiborne, who said a group of Protestants and Catholics united over the book in Ireland that day as well. Dec. 1, more than 25 people attended a casual evening of learning about the book, HouseBlend, and each other. " 1.Obviously this is a book which was published to foster unity between Roman Catholics and Protestants and/or evangelicals, a phenomenon which I have been concerned about for the past 4 years or so, because Roman Catholicism also fosters unity with pagan religions. (See: "The Two Faces of Roman Catholicism")
"At the new MARK Centre (MC) on Pender Island in B.C., participants from Mexico, California, India, and Canada gathered in fall for a leaders’ training session on “Listening to God.” Seated next to directors Evy & Steve Klassen (at centre with son Malakai) are (l) Joan Godard with MBMSI in Mexico and (r) Michele Berry. Standing (l–r): Trever Godard (with MBMSI in Mexico), Dorothy Siebert (MC host on Pender Island), Theresa Schroeder (outgoing staff at MC), Rick Berry (MC board member, California), Modam Dini (Baptist missionary in India), Harold Siebert (MC host on Pender Island), four former TREK team workers: Petra & Joel Martin, Steve & Ginny Klassen, and Nadine Frew (former YWAM missionary taking study leave)." 1.The Mark Centre, a spiritual retreat, has two locations: one in Abbotsford, BC and the other on Pender Island, BC. It is described as being "an interdenominational agency with Mennonite Brethren roots" that "partners with MB Mission and Service International (MBMSI) to provide facilities for training young missionaries with the TREK program".
• Find a quiet place and sit comfortably.The "meaningful word/phrase" recommended by the Mark Centre is used as a mantra (although they wouldn't dare to call it that), which supposedly helps you focus on "God"; but any word used repeatedly for a length of time (20 minutes) loses its meaning and merely becomes a tool to reach an altered state of consciousness (self-hypnosis), the same goal desired by those practicing Eastern meditation. The practitioner essentially enters the spirit realm, but in this altered state, has no way of discerning what type of spirit they will encounter. The Bible forbids these types of practices in both the Old and New Testaments. We are told to worship in "spirit and in truth" and to engage our mind as well as our spirit in our practices of worship. What the Mark Centre is teaching is therefore contrary to Scripture, and a potential entrance into the occult.
• Review scriptures that invite you to silence before God.
• Choose a meaningful word/phrase that helps you focus on God. (For example, “ABBA Father” or “Creator”)
• Be absolutely still and quiet, focusing on the presence of God.
• As thoughts and concerns come to mind, let them go by mentally reciting your word/phrase.
• Perhaps picture the thoughts/concerns floating by like boats in a river. As they go by, you don’t stop them and analyze them, you simply release them to keep floating down the river.
• Continue this process for about 20 minutes. End with a prayer. 2.
"We offer our guests a complimentary 30min listening experience. This is a session with a MARK Centre staff member who leads you through a "Lectio Divina", a scripture reading practice that invites you to meet God personally and receive from him."1.
Unscientific, unsubstantiated, unproven psychological opinions of men have now been leavened into the church through the semantic sorcery of “All truth is God’s truth.” The equating of psychology and theology reveals that the leaven has now come to full loaf.From page 40:
The terms used for the hoped for hybridizing of the psychological way and the biblical way are integration or amalgamation. The goal is to integrate or amalgamate the truth of Scripture with the so called truth of psychology to produce a hybrid that is superior to the truth of each. However, there is an assumption that psychological “truth” is scientific truth. The faulty foundation of this amalgamation is ‘All truth is God’s truth.” This slogan seems to be the alpha and omega of the amalgamationists.
They talk about it but cannot demonstrate the connection between “all truth is God’s truth” and so-called psychological truth. The lack of uniformity in psychological theories and practices among those who preach integration should prove that theological-psychological amalgamania is in a sad state of confusion.
The use of psychotherapy in Christianity is not a testimony to science. It is a testimony to how much the church can be deceived.
"Central to this work are the concepts of contemplation and meditation, and the difference between them. According to Schrock, we initiate meditation, using images and words, to learn more about God.
God, on the other hand, initiates contemplation and it’s our job to receive his “transforming presence.” By being open to and receiving God’s overtures, the suffering brought on by a dark night can lead to deeper intimacy with Christ."1.
The board of directors of MB Biblical Seminary announced the appointment of Franklyn “Lynn” Jost as 8th president of the seminary, for a 2-year period, effective June 1, 2009.
Jost has served as acting president since September 2008. “Lynn is a proven and much-appreciated churchman and Bible teacher,” said Ed Boschman, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
Jost will lead the seminary through the work of reshaping itself, exploring partnership with other institutions with the goal of strengthening the seminary’s mission while simplifying operations and expanding access to students. Talks have taken place between the seminary and denominational undergraduate schools (Fresno Pacific University, and Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kans.), and partnership options are being discussed with Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Cal.
Jost holds an MDiv from MB Biblical Seminary and a PhD in preaching and Old Testament from Vanderbilt Divinity School. He, with his wife Donna, served for a decade as pastor in California and in Kansas. From 1990–2006, Jost was professor of biblical studies at Tabor College. He has contributed to the life of the MB denomination through work on national and global boards.
“I am glad to lead a seminary that is strongly evangelical….I am pleased to lead a seminary that is also thoroughly Anabaptist,” says Jost.
“We are glad to have Dr. Jost’s leadership in this mission and ask for the strong support, faithful prayer, and generous giving of those the seminary serves to vigorously engage this mission,” said Jack Falk, MBBS board chair. A public inaugural event is planned for November 2009.1.