Contemplative Youth Ministry by Mark Yaconelli

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Yaconelli has drunk deeply from the cesspool of Roman Catholic mysticism. Unfortunately, he has only sipped at the well of Scripture. What can I say? This book, written by the son of Youth Specialties founder Mike Yaconelli, is a handbook for mysticism (with traces of the emerging church) adapted for youth ministry. It is virtually devoid of biblical passages but absolutely full of references to mystics and their mystical teachings and practices. Every so often Yaconelli ventures into Scripture, but almost always with disastrous consequences. It amazes me how someone who is devoted to “professional ministry” is capable of fumbling every passage of Scripture he handles. It is obvious that Yaconelli has no concept of hermeneutics or true understanding of God’s Word, but he is adept at all things mystical.

Avoid like the plague.

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