Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Wow, so glad to hear about your efforts to reach out to Christian Leaders to warn them about Jesus Calling. Whether they heed the warnings or not, thank you for doing this!!
While I don’t have any names to add to your list, (you covered most of the major leaders), the idea inspired me, because I’ve been wanting to reach out to pastors to warn them about Contemplative Prayer.
My wife and I left a church a year ago because we started hearing names like Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Brennan Manning etc. and things have only escalated since we’ve left.
There’s about 40-50 churches in the conference our previous church is in that I’d like to send some tracts to, addressed to the pastors and also send to the bishops in the different conferences until I can afford to send to all churches in every conference.
We have some good friends in the _____ yet, and we’d like to try to reach these pastors (although it might fall on deaf ears) who are following and recommending these contemplative practices. The tracts that I thought I was most interested in sending are:
1.) Serious Look at Richard Foster’s School of Contemplative Prayer
2.) Brennan Manning’s “New Monks” and their Dangerous Contemplative Monasticism
3.) 5 Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer – 2015 updated edition
4.) So You Want to Practice “Good” Contemplative Prayer
5.) Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation?
Wasn’t sure if you had any recommendations on the one that might be best to send (would love to send the whole bunch to each one, but would have to do that over a period of time since I don’t have that money to spend right now ), I did see the multi-pack, but would be better I think to buy the individual tracts if I’m buying 40 or 50.
Thanks for all the information, materials and resources you provide. With all that’s coming into the church these days it’s a bit like watching the dam about ready to burst every which way you turn.
Blessings in Christ,
Thank you for your e-mail. We find it very encouraging. Your idea of reaching out to pastors and leaders within your own group is a great idea. The 5 booklets you mentioned above would all be good choices. You might consider starting with Warren Smith’s booklet 10 Scriptural Reasons Why Jesus Calling is a Dangerous Book. If you do, you are welcome to include the letter we wrote with what you send. Please feel free to copy that letter from our article from February 25th. In two months, we plan to send out a second booklet to this list of leaders (which now has over 125 names on it). That one will be by Ray Yungen, dealing with contemplative prayer. God willing, we will send out a different booklet every two to three months to these people. As we stated in our 2/25 article, we have a sense of desperation to reach these men and women who are influencing and leading millions of people.
Editors at Lighthouse Trails