Is It or Isn’t It?

Hindu man praying

There are a number of spiritual practices accepted in the church these days that authorities admit originated in Eastern religions or occult ritual. But we’re assured that the questionable aspects have been removed—and now the practice is OK for Christians. Hmm. Let’s say that some Hindu worshippers are gathered. The leader says, “Today we’re celebrating the Lord’s Supper.” One member…

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What Would the Apostle John Think?

In the summer of 2016, I enjoyed seeing the truly magnificent architecture of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Episcopal) in NYC. I’m assuming this cathedral was named after John the apostle; I’m afraid he’d cringe at being referred to as “divine.” As for what goes on inside there . . . The mission statement says the cathedral is…

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The Trouble with Thomas

lotus vs cross

A number of Christian writers/speakers steer us to follow Thomas Merton. As a matter of fact, a number of Protestants visit his monastery on a sort of spiritual pilgrimage. Some of Merton’s quotes seem harmless enough—like this one: “Love is our true destiny.” But why don’t the writers/speakers who mention him tell us that Merton’s core theology isn’t Christian and,…

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Christian Whatever?

I’ve written or talked with people about so-called Christian reiki and Christian yoga. We read about Christian Zen (contemplative prayer/mantra meditation), Christian visualization, Christian mindfulness, Christian labyrinth experience, Christian witches, Christian soul retrieval . . . We don’t seem to be grasping the seriousness of intentionally adopting Eastern/pagan practice and trying to Christianize it. To put it bluntly, most of…

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