Louie Giglio – Chasing The Experience
A while ago I went to watch Ron Martoia an Emergent “Transformational Architecture Specialist” at a Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. The title of the seminar was the ‘Vertical Development and a Spirituality of Awareness’. Ron Martoia spoke about Logos and Mythos. In order to transcend vertically ↑ (up the Tree of Life and see through God’s eyes) you need to ← move away from the Word (Logos) and → experience (Mythos) God instead. If you are stuck in the Word (Logos) you end up ↓ stagnating and you spiritually dry up. Louie Giglio states the same thing in his article below…
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Louie Giglio – Chase The Wave Maker
by Louie Giglio - 5/7/2001
I’d like to take you back to my college days – to my first journey to Mt Rainier. Having furiously studied the mountain in my geography class, I couldn’t wait until the day Rainier appeared on our agenda as my friend and I drove across North America.
We were headed for an amazing mountain, a place I had come to know quite well – or so I thought. Though I lived 3,000 miles away in Atlanta, and had never seen Rainier in person, I was foolish enough to believe I was an expert on this mountain because I’d mastered the information required in my geography lab.
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And I have to agree with Louie Giglio, because this article below SCREAMS Contemplative Spirituality.
Not once is Jesus Christ the Son of God mentioned in this article. Not once is repentance of sin mentioned in this article. Not once is even salvation mentioned. Just silence *ssshhhhhhh, not a sound*.
What is mentioned is: silence, breath, contemplation, candlelit night walks, an eerie sense of anticipation, the presence and otherness of God that hung thick in the air, the scene was a little unnerving to onlookers, the idea was birthed out of a desire to see spiritual awakening, creating purpose in life, launching waves of renewal, fostering unity, breathing hope and carrying the vision to people everywhere, emotions sensed and hearts processed, that God’s greatness reflects in every facet of their lives.
Well… that’s Mysticism for you in a nutshell.
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LOUIE GIGLIO SAYS: SOMETIMES SILENCE IS LOUD
By Louie Giglio, Date: 4/7/2005
Sometimes silence is louder than words, more powerful than any sound. That was certainly the case as over 11,000 college-aged young people converged on the corner of Fifth and Broadway in downtown Nashville on a January night in early 2005. Having exited fourteen smaller Community Group settings across the city, they walked in quiet contemplation as they returned to enter a candlelit late night worship gathering in the arena at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. I had encouraged them earlier in the night to return to the Gaylord without a sound, something that seemed problematic and unrealistic to some, but a challenge and unique opportunity the students eagerly embraced….
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From the “Lighthouse Newsletter”: Mark Driscoll IS a Contemplative Proponent - December 21, 2009
Mark Driscoll is a name that has grown in popularity among evangelicals especially over the past few years. Somewhat known for his vulgar and crass language in public, he has been invited to speak at conferences by a wide assortment of Christian leaders-John Piper and Robert Schuller to name two. Driscoll also shared a platform this year at the Gospel Coalition National Conference with a number of respected Christian evangelical figures such as D.A. Carson, Erwin Lutzer, and Joshua Harris. Coming up in 2010, Driscoll has been invited by Rick Warren to speak at the Radicalis conference.
Although Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Fellowship in Seattle Washington, is said to have denounced certain aspects of the emergent church, Driscoll is a proponent of the main element behind the emerging church – contemplative prayer.
Presently, on Driscoll’s website, The Resurgence (see whois info) is an article titled “How to Practice Meditative Prayer.” The article is written by an Acts 29 (Driscoll’s network of churches) pastor, Winfield Bevins. A nearly identical article on Driscoll’s site, also by Bevins, is titled Meditative Prayer: Filling the Mind. Both articles show a drawing of a human brain. In this latter article, Bevins recognizes contemplative mystic pioneer Richard Foster:
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