Coming From the Lighthouse

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In This Issue -

Film Warning: The Secret Life of Bees May Leave Dangerous Sting

Lee Strobel's Son - Founder of Contemplative Ministry - Biola Named as "Partner," Lee Strobel as "Supporter"

New Age Author Marilyn Ferguson Dies, 70

Understanding Visualization's Role in the New Age

Hymn to Hitler - Guest Commentary

Robert Schuller reveals new ecumenical vision for the future

Biola Magazine Editor Admits Biola Promotes Contemplative Spirituality

The Shack Author Insists Bestseller is "a God thing"...

2008 Fall Book/DVD Special from Lighthouse Trails

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Film Warning: The Secret Life of Bees May Leave Dangerous Sting

Many will no doubt find The Secret Life of Bees, a new film which opened in theaters this fall, to be a heart-warming, endearing movie, but behind the outward storyline lies a New Age theme and a spiritually dangerous sting.

The film is based on former Guideposts contributor
Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling book, The Secret Life of Bees. Monk Kidd, once a conservative Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher, now worships the goddess Sophia (a New Age, mystical concept of "God"). Her new spirituality began to take form when she started reading Thomas Merton. From there she started practicing eastern meditation and eventually moved into the Divine Feminine/goddess-within camp.

The Fox Searchlight film has woven within its seams the representation of the Black Madonna. Most viewers will have no idea what the Black Madonna stands for. Monk Kidd discusses the Madonna's role:

As I began the novel, I wanted the driving impetus in Lily's life [the girl in the film/book] to be the search for home and for her mother. But clearly in the back of mind, I knew there was a less tangible, more symbolic search for home and mother that needed to take place: a coming home to herself and the discovery of the mother within. I knew Lily would have to find an undreamed of strength, and that she would do it the same way the powerful black women around her did it - through the empowerment of a divine feminine presence, in this case a Black Mary.1 

In Larry DeBruyn's expose of the best-selling novel, The Shack, he discusses New Age Episcopal priest Matthew Fox's Black Madonna (much like Monk Kidd's Madonna):

Fox's description of the Black Madonna (or the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis as she is alternately understood) included her supposed leading of distressed people to find emotional healing within themselves.

In Fox's article "The Return of the Black Madonna: A Sign of Our Times or How the Black Madonna Is Shaking Us Up for the Twenty-First Century," Fox states:

Today the Black Madonna is returning. She is coming, not going, and she is calling us to something new (and very ancient as well)....The Black Madonna calls us to our Divinity which is also our Creativity. First, our Divinity. Because she is a goddess, the Black Madonna resides in all beings. She is the divine presence inside of creation. She calls us inside, into the "kingdom/queendom of God" where we can co-create with Divinity and feel the rush of Divinity's holy breath or spirit.

In Monk Kidd's book The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, she elaborates on the theme of the goddess dwelling in everything when she states:

Deity means that divinity will no longer be only heavenly ... It will also be right here, right now, in me, in the earth, in this river, in excrement and roses alike.(p. 160)

In her book, When the Heart Waits, Monk Kidd's spirituality is spelled out clearly when she explains:

There's a bulb of truth buried in the human soul [everyone] that's only God ... the soul is more than something to win or save. It's the seat and repository of the inner Divine, the God-image, the truest part of us. (pp. 47-48)

The cast of the Bees movie was on Oprah earlier this month, and, as always when Oprah promotes a movie or a book, millions of women will be drawn to this story because of that promotion. But before ladies buy those theater tickets with the hopes of spending a girl's night out with daughters, mothers, sisters, and friends, they should keep in mind that they will be exposing themselves and their loved ones to a subtle but dangerous spiritual message and a sting that could have far-reaching effects.

Related Information

The archetypal mother: the Black Madonna in Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees.

Black Madonna Honey Center Stage in Box Office Hit "The Secret Life of Bees"

Lee Strobel's Son - Founder of Contemplative Ministry - Biola Named as "Partner," Lee Strobel as "Supporter"

Kyle Strobel, son of prolific Christian author, speaker, and teacher, Lee Strobel, says he grew up at Willow Creek Church and later studied at Biola's Talbot School of Theology. Today, he is helping to pave the contemplative way by touting the works and practices of mystics, contemplatives, and emergents. Kyle's website ministry Metamorpha is called "an online community for Christian spiritual formation," listing several contemplative practices, including repetitive prayers, lectio divina, and Ignatian exercises. Recommended books on the site list a who's who of contemplative mysticism proponents such as Dallas Willard, Thomas Merton, Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, Adele Calhoun, Thomas Kelly, and several others.

In an article on Metamorpha, specific instruction for Ignatian exercises (named after St. Ignatius of Loyola) is given. In the Metamorpha article, it says that the "imagination is key in Ignatian prayer.... Ignatian meditation involves several key spiritual disciplines: lectio divina, Ignatian contemplation, reminiscence, and the examination of consciousness (notice: not conscience)."1


A video on Metamorpha by Richard Foster titled "What role do the ancient Christians play in life of believers today?" is quite revealing.2 Foster lists several ancient mystics as those we should turn to for spiritual direction. One he named is Jean Pierre de Caussade (from the 1700s), a mystic and the author of Abandonment to Divine Providence.3 Foster also names panentheist Thomas Kelly who Foster quotes in one of his books as saying there is a divine center in every person (see Streams of Living Water). Foster also tells readers to practice meditation exercises such as lectio divina.

There is no question that Kyle Strobel is following the contemplative path. He resonates with numerous mystics whom Lighthouse Trails has critiqued in the past, as well as emergents like Leonard Sweet and Dan Kimball. It is hard to know whether his interest for the mystical began at Willow Creek or Biola - both promote it. But in his book, Metamorpha, he gives credit to Biola professor John Coe for helping him come to his present spiritual understanding. Coe is the founder of Biola's Institute of Spiritual Formation where contemplative prayer is openly promoted.

Some may be wondering why Lighthouse Trails is issuing this statement about Kyle Strobel who is not too well known yet. We do so because his father, Lee Strobel, is one of the most well known Christian figures today, and this connection will bring much attention to Kyle's ministry, in turn pointing many unsuspecting people toward contemplative spirituality. We believe a warning is necessary and warranted.
One of the mystics Kyle recommends is Thomas Merton. The following three quotes by Merton are very indicative of Merton's spiritual affinities and should not be ignored:

 

"I'm deeply impregnated with Sufism." Thomas Merton, The Springs of Contemplation, p. 266

"And I believe that by openness to Buddhism, to Hinduism, and to these great Asian traditions, we stand a wonderful chance of learning more about the potentiality of our own traditions, because they have gone, from the natural point of view, so much deeper into this than we have." Quote by Merton from the book, Lost Christianity by Jacob Needleman

"Isn't it a pity that people are going into LSD to have spiritual experiences, when we have a tradition in the Church [contemplative prayer] which no one knows anything about?" Read the Interview in which Matthew Fox quoted Merton.

Earlier this year, Relevant magazine asked Kyle to name ten books he believes "all Christians should read."4 Two of them are written by Henri Nouwen (who Kyle calls a "prophet"), one by Brother Lawrence, and one by Thomas a' Kempis - all three had mystical propensities.

In closing, on the Metamorpha site, InterVarsity Press is named as a "sponsor" of Metamorpha, Lee Strobel is named as a "supporter," and Biola's Institute of Spiritual Formation is named as a "partner."5

Conversations Journal is also named as a "partner." Conversations Journal offers articles by some of the most blatant eastern-style mysticism teachers including Brian McLaren, Basil Pennington, and Tilden Edwards - the latter two are known panentheists.6 It was Tilden Edwards who said: "This mystical stream [contemplative prayer] is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality" (Spiritual Friend, p. 18), and Basil Pennington who said:

We should not hesitate to take the fruit of the age-old wisdom of the East and capture it for Christ. Indeed, those of us who are in ministry should make the necessary effort to acquaint ourselves with as many of these Eastern techniques as possible ... Many Christians who take their prayer life seriously have been greatly helped by Yoga, Zen, TM and similar practices. (Finding Grace at the Center , pp. 5-6, Keating/Pennington)

 

New Age Author Marilyn Ferguson Dies, 70

 Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times

Marilyn Ferguson, 70, dies; writer's 'The Aquarian Conspiracy' was pivotal in New Age movement

Marilyn Ferguson, whose best-selling book "The Aquarian Conspiracy" helped establish the New Age movement by tying together its disparate threads, has died. She was 70.

Ferguson died Oct. 19 at her home in western Riverside County. She is believed to have died of a heart attack, her son, Eric, told the Los Angeles Times.

"The Aquarian Conspiracy," published in 1980, was the first comprehensive analysis of the various unconnected efforts - such as scientists investigating biofeedback, midwives running alternative birthing centers and a Christian evangelist promoting meditation - that would coalesce into the New Age movement.
Click here to read this entire news article.

Related:
The Great Heretical Idea: Oprah and Eckhart Do the New Age Shift by Warren Smith

 

Understanding Visualization's Role in the New Age

by Caryl Matrisciana

 

The current popularity of visualization techniques is largely due to a woman named Shakti Gawain. Her book, Creative Visualization, teaches that we can, in essence, create our own reality. Her teaching goes beyond the boundaries of a normal use of the imagination--it delves into the supernatural, mystical world where one can conjure up beings from the spirit realm and alter the course of the future. Gawain considers these spirit guides friends who can help us through life: "Many people who have established a relationship with their guide meet them every day in their meditation."1 But as do all New Age thinkers, Gawain believes that man shares divinity with God. "There is no separation between us and God,"2 she states. She calls this "our divine potential."3

How do visualization techniques line up with the Christian faith? The Bible says that the "blessed hope" of the church is the physical return of Jesus Christ to earth (Titus 2:13). But if we are longing for a mystical experience that will somehow bring Him into view now, we need to weigh our desires against biblical principles. God is not a shimmering puppet whom we can control with our own cleverly devised mental strings: He is a Spirit, a person separate from ourselves, and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

We must test all spirits, as the apostle John instructed. To the New Ager, God appears as light. The Bible warns that Satan comes as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14), but that Jesus is the real Light of the world. So what can we do to be sure that our "visions" and our "messages" are from the true God? "[E]very spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God" (I John 4:3). Jesus is God's only-begotten Son. He died on the Cross for our sins. He was raised from the dead on the third day. He is fully God and fully human. He is the Christ, not a bearer of the christ-consciousness.

Unfortunately, many Christians don't understand that there are other spiritual sources of power besides Jesus. For every true gift, there is a counterfeit, and many people are using the counterfeit power, often through visualization. This reminds me very much of my own former use of psychic powers. In fact, visualization or imaging is unrelated to anything I have ever learned from the Bible. Norman Vincent Peale described the technique in his book Positive Imaging:

As the years went by, I began using imaging techniques whenever I wanted to achieve a certain goal. In my second little church, located in Brooklyn, New York, attendance was low; in fact one day I found the sexton dragging one of the back pews out of the building. When I asked him why, he said he was going to chop it up for firewood. "No one sits in it anyway," he explained.

"Put it back," I told him grimly. "Somebody is going to sit in it!" I visualized that pew full, and all the other pews full, and the church filled to capacity. I held that image in my mind. I worked for it with every ounce of strength I had. I made it part of my innovative thinking. And the day came when the image became a reality. . . .

Perhaps the idea of the power of positive thinking was conveyed to me right then and there. But behind that idea, and in it, and beyond it was the concept of imaging-holding the image of yourself succeeding, visualizing it so vividly that when the desired success comes, it seems to be merely echoing a reality that has already existed in your mind.4

Norman Vincent Peale's positive thinking is nothing short of faith in faith. This has been substituted for faith in our God. And faith in our faith is nothing short of faith in ourselves: our wills, our desires, our minds, even our subconscious minds and illusions--in other words, our dreams....

In view of this, what should we be doing? The Bible gives us sound and sure instruction: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15)

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)And let us "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). Satan is the mastermind behind New Age thinking, and his plan is to "deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). He wants to change the minds of billions, to restructure, recondition, and reprogram them as rapidly as possible. And he is doing it successfully, unbeknownst to the masses. (from
Out of India, chapter 13)

Notes:
1. Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization (Novato, CA: Nataraj Publishing, 2002 edition), p. 97.
2. Ibid., p. 167.
3. Ibid.
4. Norman Vincent Peale, Positive Imaging (Ballantine Books, First Ballantine Books Trade Edition, 1996), pp. 28-29.

More on Visualization, click here.

 

Hymn to Hitler - Guest Commentary

by
Lori Kalner

out-of-house commentary

In Germany, when Hitler came to power, it was a time of terrible financial depression. Money was worth nothing. In Germany people lost homes and jobs, just like in the American Depression in the 1930s, which we have read about in Thoene's Shiloh books.

In those days, in my homeland, Adolph Hitler was elected to power by promising "Change." He blamed the "Zionists" around the world for all our problems. He told everyone it was greedy Zionist Bankers who had caused every problem we had. He promised when he was leader, the greedy Zionist bankers would be punished. The Zionists, he promised, would be wiped off the face of the earth.

So Hitler was elected to power by only 1/3 the popular vote. A coalition of other political parties in parliament made him supreme leader. Then, when he was leader, he disgraced and expelled everyone in parliament who did not go along with him.

Yes. Change came to my homeland as the new leader promised it would.

The teachers in German schools began to teach the children to sing songs in praise of Hitler. This was the beginning of the Hitler Youth movement. It began with praise of the Fuhrer's programs on the lips of innocent children. Hymns in praise of Hitler and his programs were being sung in the schoolrooms and in the play yard. Little girls and boys joined hands and sang these songs as they walked home from school.

My brother came home and told Papa what was happening at school. The political hymns of children proclaimed Change was coming to our homeland and the Fuhrer was a leader we could trust.

I will never forget my father's face. Grief and fear. He knew that the best propaganda of the Nazis was song on the lips of little children....

I trembled last night when I heard the
voices of American children raised in song, praising the name of Obama, the charismatic fellow who claims he is the American Messiah. Click here to read this entire commentary.

Related:

Brian McLaren: Hoping Obama Will Be Our Next President

Barack Obama: "[W]e can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."

Spiritual Politics by Warren Smith

Meditation: The heartbeat of a new kind of politics

Obama Foreshadows Coming Spirituality

When Hitler Came to Power (Lest We Forget)

by Anita Dittman and Jan Markell

Adolf Hitler came to power because the confused and senile President Hindenburg permitted it. In the early 1930s, Germany was in the throes of the economic depression that had begun on Wall Street in October 1929. The depression's effects had been felt in Germany almost immediately; by 1933 nearly one third of the country was unemployed.

During the 1930 elections, the Nazis made the most noise because they were violently anti-communist and had the backing of wealthy German industrialists. Scoring giant gains in the Reichstag, Germany's legislative assembly, their representation jumped from twelve to one hundred and seven.

By 1932, the Nazis had become even stronger as they rallied around the leadership of Adolf Hitler. With his staff, Hitler traveled to every village and hamlet to gain votes, his unemployment bandwagon gaining so much support that the Nazis more than doubled their parliament seats.

Then Hitler was offered the German vice-chancellorship peacefully and legally. He refused. He wanted nothing short of the chancellorship, which would give him power almost equal to Hindenburg-s. Later in 1932, he was offered the full chancellorship, with limited conditions. Again he held out, protesting the conditions.

By then Germany's streets were loud with riots and political fights. Brown-shirted Nazis fought all opponents--particularly left-wing ones--openly in the streets as well as in dark alleys.

Finally in January of 1933 Hitler was made the chancellor of a coalition government; Hindenburg, nearly eighty-five and no longer able to read, remained president. A torchlight parade was held on January 30th. A new era of history had opened--the era of the Third Reich. German democracy was dead. But with nearly six million unemployed, Germany had only a lukewarm devotion to democracy anyway.

The Nazi appeal contained a lot of idealism. The idea of living in a strong, virile country appealed to everyone, particularly the young. Everyone was wide open to the propaganda that assured relief from depression, inflation, and other tremendous hardships, and Nazism promised a near-welfare state.

Hitler was totally underrated by his opponents. The Communist and Social Democratic parties felt sure his incompetence would quickly be revealed and that the Nazis would topple with little impact. Hardly anyone expected the Third Reich to burn its swastika across Europe's landscape.... (From chapter one, Trapped in Hitler's Hell)

 

Robert Schuller reveals new ecumenical vision for the future

Last week, we reported on the L.A. Times article titled "Rev. Robert H. Schuller ousts his son as 'Hour of Power' preacher."  On this week's Hour of Power, Robert Schuller has issued a statement about the new vision for his ministry, one he says will be "ecumenical."  Below are a few quotes from his statement:

One of the greatest ministers in our denomination and in the history of the United States was Norman Vincent Peale. In addition, this ministry has impacted the shape and the face of Protestant and even Catholic ministry through the power of the Holy Spirit....

A mission is a place where you ask non-believers to come and find hope and feel love!...

This spirit is the underlining principle that we have taught to over 50,000 pastors who over the years attended the Institute for Successful Church Leadership. These pastors returned home and built upon it and even surpassed what they learned from me. Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, and many other pastors of most of the biggest churches today are a result of applying that principle....

[A]fter much prayer we got a new vision and it is this: We're going to invite great preachers in America that have never been on television to be guest preachers here. In fact, the greatest sermons ever preached from the Crystal Cathedral here in Garden Grove will be by guest pastors....

And we have to prove to the world that the church of Jesus Christ can be ecumenical! We're not just one denomination. We are a representation of the beloved Christians, whether they are Pentecostals, whether they are Orthodox, whether they're Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, or whatever.... We will feature the great preachers from the world, starting with names of men who went to our Institute within the last 40 years. You'll hear, of course, from Bill Hybels, one of the greatest ministers in the world....

[W]e became a positive witness to the Roman Catholic Church, which at its best is still the mother church of Christianity. Norman Vincent Peale, the greatest positive thinking preacher from a mainline denomination in history preached here often.... Henry Nouwen, top of the letter, Roman Catholic, theologian, phenomenally. Listen to more

 
Related Information:

"World Net Daily Interviews Rick Warren - The Truth Behind the Words" (Warren, Schuller, and Peale)

For more on Robert Schuller, Rick Warren, and New Age implications of The Purpose Driven Life, read Deceived on Purpose by Warren Smith.

 

Biola Magazine Editor Admits Biola Promotes Contemplative Spirituality

The managing editor of Biola University's magazine has posted a statement, admitting that Biola is indeed introducing students to contemplative spirituality in their chapel services. The following are a few quotes from his statement:

"Last week, a long-running smear campaign against "spiritual formation" at Biola University kicked it up a notch. An organization called Lighthouse Trails [has]unleash[ed] a torrent of criticism and insults about Biola, claiming that Biola is drifting from its strong biblical roots and embracing 'apostate Roman Catholic mystical spiritual formation'"

"You'll be shocked when you find out just what it is that these people are up in arms about... Contemplative prayer! That's right, they are worried about Biola possibly being apostate because in chapel we dare to introduce students to ancient methods of contemplative, meditative prayer. We dare to engage the students in Lectio Divina, an ancient method inherited from the Desert Fathers of deeply reading and meditating upon a scripture. It's not new-agey or mystical; it's simple, quiet, and meaningful. The bible takes center stage. What is wrong with that?"

"[To Lighthouse Trails ... P]eople like Richard Foster (who they label "neo-Gnostic"), Henri Nouwen, and Dallas Willard (who, for the record, gave a very philosophical and helpful lecture at Biola's Torrey Conference last Wednesday), represent an unbiblical mysticism that masquerades as 'spiritual formation."

"It baffles me that 'spiritual formation,' which to me looks like a positive, healthy thing from every angle, is being so aggressively criticized. Even more baffled that Biola is being singled out and smeared for their commitment to it." Click here to read more.

Our comments:

First, in response to the statement that Lighthouse Trails has released "a torrent of criticism and insults," against Biola, this simply is not true. We make every attempt to present the facts in a straight-forward and non-vitriolic manner; and while these are difficult things to say, they must be said.

Secondly, it seems very apparent that this young man truly believes there is nothing wrong with contemplative spirituality. This is the failure of Biola's administration, faculty, and leadership, who have allowed such a belief system to take root in their school.

Finally, we want to assure Biola that we have not "singled" them out. Contemplative spirituality is epidemic throughout a majority of Christian colleges and seminaries today - Biola is certainly not the only one. To see others going in this direction, please see our list.

Related News:

Does God Sanction Mystical Experiences?

 

 

The Shack Author Insists Bestseller is "a God thing"

LTRP Note: The following article by the Christian Post is for research and information purposes. Lighthouse Trails believes The Shack is a highly deceptive book, and contrary to what the author states below is not a "God thing." In fact, we believe this book is another stepping stone to lead Christians away from the truth of the Gospel and a path that will lead unbelievers away from salvation through Jesus Christ. Below this article, please refer to our research on The Shack.

The Christian Post has been a major media outlet to promote Purpose Driven Life, contemplative spirituality, and the emerging church.

By Eric Young
Christian Post Reporter


Despite what critics have said about his highly popular and hotly debated best-seller, The Shack, author William Paul Young remains convinced that his book "is a God thing."

"I absolutely am convinced that this is a God-thing that God is the One stirring this all up, challenging us to rethink and entertain growing deeper in a relationship with Him rather than pursuing our independence," Young said during a live chat with book lovers last week.

Though Young had not originally intended the novel to be for public consumption, since its debut on the market last year, The Shack has reaped in a surprising amount of success, generating a large amount of buzz - both positive and negative - within Christian circles.

"This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his," stated Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus Of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, in a published endorsement for the book. "It's that good!" ...

"Al [Moher, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.] tried to get the book banned but was unsuccessful because the theologians of his denomination (the Southern Baptist Convention) 'could find nothing unorthodox in The Shack that would warrant it being removed or banned,'" Young reported last Wednesday....

Over one million copies of The Shack have been sold since it was published in May 2007. It has maintained its status as the No. 1 Paperback trade fiction seller on the New York Times best sellers list since June 2008.
Click here to read this entire news article.

LTRP Research on The Shack, click here.

 

2008 Fall Book/DVD Special from Lighthouse Trails

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Book Spotlights

 

Book Spotlights

These two important books expose the truth about contemplative spirituality, spiritual formation, and the new age.
A Time of Departing and For Many Shall Come in My Name

HOLOCAUST: LEST WE FORGET
A true story that will change your life and challenge your faith ..

"Will sweep you into 1930s Germany and back with your faith intact ... [Trapped in Hitler's Hell] carries a stark message for today's Western Christian ... will refocus your priorities and recharge your spiritual life."-Leo Hohmann, Read entire review at The Messianic Times   Trapped in Hitler's Hell

See all books and DVDs on the Holocaust

The Other Side of the River by Alaskan Kevin Reeves  

When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church, one man risks all to find the truth ... a true story. Read more about this important book, especially now in light of the Todd Bentley "revival" in Florida.

Find out the truth about the emerging church and the avenues through which it is entering Christianity.

Faith Undone by Roger Oakland

Find out more about the book that tells it like it is.

 

 
 

Featured Resources

 
     

Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom," "spiritual disciplines," and many others.

Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.