PENSÉES

I have had a vision for a while to write a book on Philosophy of Ministry. At present it is only a series of fragments which I have, on loan from Blaise Pascal, titled the Pensées (thoughts). It will be a book about the Great Commission and pastoral missionary work, the kind Jesus did and passed on. Consider everything you read a work in progress. With more time, they would be more frequent than they are.

Formational vs. Missional

“It is, I gently suggest, a serious error to make ‘outreach’ a primary goal of the local congregation, and especially so when those who are already ‘with us’ have not become clear-headed and devoted apprentices of Jesus, and are not, for the most part, solidly progressing along the path. Outreach is one essential task of

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Should I Start a [You Name It] Movement?

Here’s some advice from Dallas Willard on that: “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. They never fail. When you have

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Reflections on My New Mission Agency

First, “Alongsider” is great biblical language. Barnabas, one of the first ministers sent cross-culturally in the Bible, was called “the son of encouragement.”  In Greek this word paraclesis has a few meanings and is related to the Greek word you may know paraclete, which how Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit in John.  Perhaps Barnabas

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The Middlemen

Are “Your” People Ready? Do “your” people speak a language other than English?  Are they bicultural or tricultural because of their experience in crossing back and forth between cultures?  Or are they only conversant in one culture?  How high is their cultural intelligence (CQ)?  Are “your” people, say, capable of giving a lecture at a

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Short Review of Renewing the Christian Mind by Dallas Willard

In the scope of Willard’s writings, this book is more in the vein of Willard’s The Great Omission. Though a few heavier pieces are included, it is mostly a collection of simpler articles he wrote for lay audiences, most of which WERE available on dwillard.org. The person who has been reading Willard over the years

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Why Willard Didn’t Publish

Here’s some good advice for anyone with a book on their mind (which would include me): You know I’ll tell you for many years I did not publish books because I thought what the world doesn’t need is another book.  And I think it is still true.  I think if we’re going to afflicted the

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Willard and the PhD

It is to me a remarkable, really, contradiction that people believe, especially faculty people, believe in research and they think research is absolutely central and it will determine whether or not you make your career – the quality of your research. But your research will not be judged in terms of truth.  It will be

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Translate Your Theology

In both [England and America] an essential part of the ordination exam ought to be a passage from some recognized theological work set for translation into vulgar English—just like doing Latin prose. Failure on this exam should mean failure on the whole exam. It is absolutely disgraceful that we expect missionaries to the Bantus to

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Gary Black’s The Theology of Dallas Willard

This review essay originally appeared in Evangelical Quarterly 87, no. 3 (2015). In his first book, Gary Black Jr. has led the charge in the investigation of the theological legacy of Dallas Willard. And it is not a contingency of Willard’s untimely death that this review must talk about legacy because The Theology of Dallas

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Protestantism without Holiness

Charles Finney, a Puritan revivalist with a deep concern for God’s work in America, made a discerning comment about the state of the church in Protestant Europe and especially Germany, which has not ceased to be true today. Is not the Church rapidly advancing toward the same state of things that exists in Germany? Who

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Best Books of 2014

Every year I have complied a list of the books most meaningful to me that year.  I’ve thought about making a second list with the title “Worst Books of [Year]” but I am dissuaded by my better judgment.  Here the lists from previous years. 2011 2012 2013 So without further ado: 1. Prayer: Asking and

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Willardian?

This is helpful for me as a theologian working on Dallas Willard.  It is buried in his “Translator’s Introduction” to Husserl’s Philosophy of Arithmetic: It is part of the “spirit” of phenomenology to not approach issues or texts under headings anyway – even the heading “Husserlian” or “phenomenology.” One of the ironies of philosophical greatness

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