The power of the Sermon on the Mount

Since reading Dallas Willard’s book, The Divine Conspiracy, about 20 years ago, the Sermon on the Mount has been more influential in my living and study and mindset than any other portion of Scripture, with the possible exception of Ephesians. Can you tell I get something out of it? This is the fascination and wonderContinue reading “The power of the Sermon on the Mount”

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 self-righteous image

“I pastored a Southern Baptist church in southern Missouri, and there some people in that church whose whole identity, I think, was tied to a self-righteous image. I discovered quickly I couldn’t change things when folks were determined not to change. In time, though, I realized that all around the church was a sea ofContinue reading “The self-righteous image”

The everyday life with God

“Your problem is not the first fifteen minutes of the day (what we would want to call “devotions”). It’s the next twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes. You must arrange your days so that you are experiencing total contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday life with God.” (Dallas Willard quote in Soul Keeping, by John Ortberg)Continue reading “The everyday life with God”