Restore to me the sense of wonder

This week we’ve received the news of the transition of Eugene Peterson. I have been deeply impacted by his life and work and continue to feel his impact that will last long past his time on this earth. I’m also working my way through a biography of Dallas Willard, another spiritual giant in my lifeContinue reading “Restore to me the sense of wonder”

Not believing in “movements”

“I’m not entirely against starting a movement, but most movements don’t amount to very much, frankly. On the other hand, people who know how to stand, and stand in the Spirit of Christ, change people all around them. They never fail… When you have that, it will never fail to change people all around you.”Continue reading “Not believing in “movements””

Four key questions about life

What is reality? Who is well-off or blessed? Who is a truly good person? How does one become a truly good person? None of these questions Dallas Willard posed in his life are about the “most sacred contemporary idol, feelings.” It is about the realm of knowledge. Knowledge was what Dallas was after. — Becoming DallasContinue reading “Four key questions about life”

The JOY of preaching the Word of God

One of my great joys came when I got up from a chair to walk to the podium and the Lord said to me, “Now remember, it’s what I do with the word between your lips and their hearts that matters.” That is a tremendous lesson. If you do not trust God to do that,Continue reading “The JOY of preaching the Word of God”

The very reason for this blog

As I have tried to limit my Facebook exposure over the last day or so, I’ve read the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage in all 50 states. To those who did a lot of hand wringing waiting for this decision and are now decrying theContinue reading “The very reason for this blog”

The so-called wall of separation between church and state

Dallas Willard crushes the “wall of separation” argument when it comes to the First Amendment. The First Amendment is about something Congress (and, as interpreted by the the Supreme Court and state governments) cannot do. It is not about what Christian should not do. We now live under the influence of a gigantic myth about a “wall of separation”Continue reading “The so-called wall of separation between church and state”

What is Freedom?

I am working my way through The Diving Conspiracy Continued by Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr. It is a continuation of Willard’s work, but moving into the realm of society. He has a chapter called “Economics and Politics” and describes the difficulty of even defining the word “freedom.” 1. I am “free” only if no oneContinue reading “What is Freedom?”