Great Sermon! To Todd Huffine - I would suggest you read 'The Beautiful Side of Evil' by Johanna Michaelsen as well as the books of Warren Smith. Both came out of this background and can give insight into meditation, etc.
Todd Huffine (1/6/2012)
from Des Moines
My thoughts Meditation on nothingness is not an invitation for the devil. The goal for this type of meditation is to move past all the thoughts of the mind which, for most, arise and fall without much conscious attention. From what I have learned on meditation there are two main forms: single pointed and compassion. Single pointed meditation is to sharpen the concentration and awareness of the mind and compassion meditation is to develop equanimity toward everyone and everything.
Prayer is a form of meditation whereas the participant usually mixes both types of meditations; being singly focused on God and trying to develop compassion for others.
Many times in this sermon there are aspects of buddhism that are negated or mocked because of misunderstanding or non-understanding of the content.
The koan's are not nonsensical but are metaphor that hold a hidden truth only grasped through deep contemplation. I am an artist and from this I have learned that while one may see a shape in a particular way for much time but after prolonged work with a shape, new ways to see the form emerge.
I have done a 10 day meditation retreat where I spoke nothing for 9 days and meditated for 10hrs a day. The shape doesn't change, our perception does.
In April 2001, Pastor Phil accepted the call of his sending church-Grace Church of Des Moines, IA-to become their senior pastor. Since arriving in Des Moines, Pastor Phil has watched the Lord bless the ministry and continue its strong evangelistic outreach. As a missionary,...