Letter From Focus on the Family Confirms Past Reports – They DO Promote Contemplative Spirituality

Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post to see a list of “Focus Reviewed” and approved contemplative authors as well as a list of FOF contemplative resources they have produced. Anyone seeing this list will not be able to say that Focus on The Family does NOT promote contemplative spirituality.

 [I]f you were to jump off a cliff with the intent to fly saying the word “fly, fly, fly” as you jump off and someone else jumped off the same cliff with the intent to hit the bottom saying “fall, fall, fall” as he jumps off, in either case both will hit the bottom. – Ray Yungen

Recently, Lighthouse Trails received a letter from one of our readers who sent us a letter she had received in 2012 from Focus on the Family after she inquired about their views on contemplative spirituality. On a number of occasions in the past, Lighthouse Trails has issued reports showing Focus on the Family’s promotion of contemplative spirituality. In more than one instance, Tim Masters (in the Office of the President), on behalf of Focus on the Family,  has written to Lighthouse Trails and/or LT readers expressing the organization’s acceptance of contemplative. Below is the letter sent out in 2012, which appears to be even more dedicated to a contemplative stance than in earlier letters (FOF 2008, FOF 2006) We have highlighted areas of the letter we feel are worth reading. With regard to Mr. Master’s argument of intent versus method, please refer to Ray Yungen’s article “Contemplative Prayer – Does Our Intent to Find Jesus Justify the Method?,” which addresses this argument. And with his argument that contemplative prayer is not the same as eastern style meditation, please read our article, “Will Assemblies of God Leaders Ignore Contemplative Evidence? ” and our booklet tract: 5 Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer?

Focus on the Family “Reviewed” and approved contemplative authors (“This resource has been reviewed by Focus on the Family and found to be consistent with its philosophy and standards”). The names below are on our 100 top Contemplative Proponents list. (we didn’t list all the names from our 100 list that are being promoted by FOF):

 Richard Foster

Brother Lawrence (Practicing the Presence of God)

Brennan Manning

Calvin Miller

Dallas Willard

Dan Kimball

Books on Lectio Divina

Eugene Peterson

J.P. Moreland

John Ortberg

Jan Johnson

Ken Blanchard

Keri Wyatt Kent

Larry Crabb

Laurie Beth Jones

Leighton Ford

Leonard Sweet

Mark Driscoll

Mindy Caliguire

Ruth Haley Barton

Tricia Rhodes

FOF contemplative “Resources” that they use (“This resource was specially created by Focus on the Family for its unique message and life impact.”):

 Gary Thomas


John Ortberg

Ken Blanchard



Related Articles:

50 Top Organizations With a Significant Role in Bringing Contemplative Spirituality to the Church

Letter to the Editor: Saddened and Alarmed at Focus on the Family’s Promoting Contemplative Spirituality



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