Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation

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Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends. With his unexpected passing in 2013, the world lost a brilliant mind. The wide breadth of his impact inspired friends, family, colleagues, students and leaders of the church to gather their reflections on this celebrated yet humble theologian and philosopher.

Richard Foster, a friend for over forty years, writes of Dallas:
"He possessed in his person a spiritual ...

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Overview

Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends. With his unexpected passing in 2013, the world lost a brilliant mind. The wide breadth of his impact inspired friends, family, colleagues, students and leaders of the church to gather their reflections on this celebrated yet humble theologian and philosopher.

Richard Foster, a friend for over forty years, writes of Dallas:
"He possessed in his person a spiritual formation into Christlikeness that was simply astonishing to all who were around him. Profound character formation had transpired in his body and mind and spirit until love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control were at the very center of the deep habit-structures of his life. He exhibited a substantively transformed life. Dallas was simply soaked in the presence of the living Christ."

Curated by Gary Moon, director of the Dallas Willard Center, this medley of Dallas's wise teaching and lived model of Christlikeness—as well as snapshots and "Dallas-isms"—will move and motivate readers. Whether influenced by him as a family member, close friend, advisor, professor, philosopher, minister or reformer, contributors bring refreshing insight into not only his ideas and what shaped him, but also to his contagious theology of grace and joy.

Contributors include:
Richard J. FosterJane WillardJ. P. MorelandJohn OrtbergJames Bryan SmithAlan FadlingRuth Haley Bartonand dozens more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830835959
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2015
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 599,035
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Moon (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also distinguished professor of psychology and Christian spirituality at Richmont Graduate University.

He is the editor in chief for the journal Conversations and he is the director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. He is the author of Apprenticeship with Jesus.

John Ortberg is teaching pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of many books, including God Is Closer Than You Think.

Richard J. Foster (D.Th.P., Fuller Theological Seminary) is founder of Renovaré in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of many books, including Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, which has sold over two million copies worldwide, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World, and coauthor (with Gayle Beebe) of Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion.

James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.

A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the editor of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels.

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He also serves as director of Eidos Christian Center.

He has written, edited or contributed to over twenty books including Christianity and the Nature of Science, Does God Exist? (with Kai Nielsen) and Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. He has also published more than fifty articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Faith and Philosophy. He is a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.

Dallas Willard (1935-2013) was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for over 40 years. A highly influential author and teacher, Willard was as celebrated for his enduring writings on spiritual formation as he was for his scholarship. His books include The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today's Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart and others. His books have received numerous Christianity Today Annual Book Awards and other recognitions.

Willard served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and was a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He received bachelor's degrees from both Tennessee Temple College and Baylor University and a graduate degree at Baylor University, as well as a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Philosophy and the History of Science.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Gary W. Moon: Introduction: Living in the Glow of GodI. Husband, Father and Friend
1. Richard J. Foster: If Death My Friend and Me Divide
2. Family Voices
Jane Willard: Birth of the Books: He Never Planned to Write About Christian Spirituality
Becky Heatley: Living with the Great Thinker—and Feeler
Larissa Heatley: Give'em Heaven
John Willard: Fond Memories of My Dad
3. Jan Johnson: A Word from a Different Reality
4. Keith Matthews: The Beauty of a Virtuous ManII. Philosopher and Professor
5. Steve Porter: Evidential Force of Dallas Willard
6. Greg Jesson: Dallas Willard's Defense of the Radical Practicality of Knowledge
7. Brandon Paradise: From Secular Philosophy to Faith
8. J. P. Moreland: Reflections on a Day with My Professor and Friend
9. Gary Black: Five Tips for a Teacher
10. Widening Spheres of Influence
Eff Martin: Doing Business in the Kingdom
Quinton Peeples: Creating in the Kingdom
Gayle Beebe: Forming Education in the Kingdom
John Kasich: Public Service in the Kingdom
John Ortberg: Doing Church in the KingdomIII. Mentor and Reformer of the Church
11. James Bryan Smith: Master of Metanoia, Bermuda Shorts and Wingtips
Sidebar: Emilie Griffin: He Made Me Feel Welcome and Told Me a Joke
12. Trevor Hudson: Journey into Joy
13. Todd Hunte: Dallas Willard, Evangelist
Sidebar: Bill Hull: Reclaiming the Word Discipleship
14. Alan Fadling: Developing Pastors and Churches of the Kingdom
15. Mindy Caliguire: Gray's Anatomy and The Soul
16. Kent Carlson: The Kingdom of God Is Real
Sidebar: Mike Lueken
17. Keith Meyer: A Few Dallas-isms That Changed My Life
18. Ruth Haley Barton: The Real Deal
19. James Catford: Equally at Home in Private and Public Spheres
20. John Ortberg: Conclusion: Hey Dallas . . .
Notes
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