More Rohr Influence – this time at Inter-Mennonite Bible College

Gareth Brandt, author of Under Construction: Reframing Men’s Spirituality, is a teacher on the Biblical/Theological Studies Faculty of Columbia Bible College [1]. An experienced leader of retreats for adults and youth and a certified user of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Brandt has also been trained in the use of the Enneagram [2]. The foreword in his book, Under Construction: Reframing Men’s Spirituality (2009 Herald press), is written by Benedictine oblate Arthur Paul Boers [3]. It’s also been reviewed by neo pagan Franciscan priest, Richard Rohr [4], who Brandt quotes many times from various works (From Wild Man to Wise Man, Reflections on Male Spirituality, Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation). This is no small coincidence as Brandt is one of the Authors and Leaders in Male Spirituality at Richard Rohr’s Arizona Male Spirituality, and is listed on the same page as Richard Rohr, Matthew Fox, Scott Peck, Gerald May of the Shalem Institute, Jungian analyst James Hollis, and Robert Bly. Arizona Male Spirituality is Richard Rohr’s ecumenical and inter-religious spirituality program for men that “transcends the boundaries of race, nation, culture, gender, economics/class, politics, sexual orientation and religious differences.” According to his website, Rohr’s rites of passage (which Brandt has been trained in) are about spirituality and age-old traditions, not religion. Like Brandt, Rohr is also a promoter and teachers of the occultic Enneagram.

Other well known names or concepts quoted or referenced in Brandt’s book include Eugene Peterson, penal atonement denier William P. Young, contemplative Henri Nouwen, radical contemplative socialist Shane Claborne, and the Jungian psychology of Myers Briggs.

On his blog (see: My Favorite Authors, January 20, 2012, Brandt shares with readers that among his favorite authors are contemplative and emergent leaders such as Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline), Brian McLaren (A New Kind of Christian), Henri Nouwen [all his books] [5], J. Denny Weaver [6], Tom Sine [7], Marva Dawn, and Joyce Rupp [8]. Among his favorite poets and song writers are Lennon & McCartney (of The Beatles) [9].

Are such influences in keeping with this inter-Mennonite Bible institute’s history of promoting an evangelical Anabaptist/Mennonite theology? Are some students at Columbia Bible College being taught that these things are biblical? Is this what is being supported by the Mennonite conferences?

Weren’t we warned?

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Peter 2:1

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. James 3:1

Gareth Brandt interview


[1] CBC is an inter-Mennonite Bible Institute promoting an evangelical Anabaptist/Mennonite theology supported by the Mennonite conferences. (See history here:

[2] Learn about the occultic roots of this tool here:
Tell Me Who I Am, O Enneagram
What Is The Enneagram?

[3] Boers is a Mennonite who participates in medieval Catholic spiritual disciplines. He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church USA and a Benedictine oblate at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan. See:
MB Herald Promotes Ancient Rhythms of Monastic Prayer

[4] See this on Brandt’s website:


[6] See: J. Denny Weaver’s Nonviolent Atonement: A Critique

[7] Tom Sine of the Mustard Seed Associates is a promoter of Celtic Spirituality, monastic communities, the labyrinth and the Catholic spiritual disciplines.
See: Mennonite Central Committee promotes Mustard Seed Associates (Updated)

[8] The Catholic Free Press pomotes New Age advocate Joyce Rupp

[9] They Sold Their Souls For Rock & Roll: The Beatles Exposed


Richard Rohr Impacts the Mark Centre, the Mennonites, and Maybe Millions

Brian McLaren’s good friend Richard Rohr

Everyone is ‘Rohring’ full speed ahead down the rails (and over the bridge) of mystical spirituality

The Enneagram and the Mennonites

Video: Franciscan Father Richard Rohr interview about spiritual direction


8 thoughts on “More Rohr Influence – this time at Inter-Mennonite Bible College

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  4. No comment…except that I have a copy of Brandt’s book. When I’m no longer working at CBC, I’ll publish my review. Here’s a spoiler:

    On page 45 of his book, he dismisses Jesus of Nazareth as an unsuitable model for masculine spirituality.


    Like the third person of the Trinity.

    The incarnate son of Yahweh.

    The one of whom Yahweh proclaimed “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5)

    The one of whom Paul wrote to Timothy “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

    The one of whom Peter wrote “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)

    The one of whom the author of the epistle to the Hebrews writes (12:1-2) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Interestingly, the word translated “author” is actually “archēgos”, which means “chief leader”, “first leader”, or “example”. It’s related to the English word “archetype”.)

    Not a good model for spirituality.

    I’m trying to think of how a person could more blatantly contradict the clear teaching of the Scriptures, but an example escapes me.

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