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These people, practices, and language related to Contemplative teachings are listed due to the increasing influence of the Contemplative Movement. Problems with this movement are multiple and have been addressed […]

So far, no biblical passage cited as support for these practices has held up under scrutiny. What God’s word does do is that it supremely sheds light on the misunderstanding or misuse of such passages.

The Immanuel Approach is only one of many versions of contemplative and Inner Healing practices promoted for “emotional healing” that uses contemplative methods. The page for the Immanuel Approach examined […]

Ezekiel had a “severe alteration of consciousness” when he had his vision in Ezekiel 8. This explains, according to Mackie, the alleged different views of reality Ezekiel and other biblical characters had, and their other “states of consciousness” (starting around 49 min.). This did not need to be spelled out to anyone when the Bible was written, claims Mackie, because they all “took it for granted.” I do not think there is evidence for this in the text; furthermore, I think that seeking such states as well as the belief in “different levels of reality” is contra God and the Bible. A forthcoming article will address this issue and attempt to explain why this is not compatible with Scripture.

Our reality, claims Mackie, is constructed from our experiences (starting around 50 min.) in which we develop “coping mechanisms” and so “what we experience as reality is a result of these shields we build up for years and years.” Whereas we take our dreams as fantasy and what happens during the day as reality, the biblical authors have “the opposite view,” asserts Mackie.

Scazzero and Rohr Due to being asked about Peter Scazzero, author of The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a number of times, I watched three videos for this […]

Haven’t read part 1 and part 2? read them before reading this one Beyond contemplative prayer: back to God’s word   Reflecting on God’s word, in the sense of thinking […]

Read Part 1 before reading this one Beyond the mind: No-thinking According to Keating, CP should be “detachment” from thought, getting into a state of “no-thinking” and that “it is […]

[First published in Midwest Christian Outreach Journal, February, 2005; this version has been modified with additional information] “God’s first language is silence.” 1   “Progress in intimacy with God means progress […]

Part 2 of “Ruth Haley Barton and Contemplative Corruption” is hosted on the Midwest Christian Outreach site. Short link for article: http://tinyurl.com/ye2a3y9z

Part 1 of “Ruth Haley Barton and Contemplative Corruption” is hosted on the Midwest Christian Outreach site. Short link for article: http://tinyurl.com/ydw2fzzy