We continue our focus on highlighting four pervading themes in Dallas Willard’s writings about Christian formation and the Christian Life. In this blog we’ll look at Themes #1 and #2. I’ll be letting Dallas Willard speak for himself about each theme, by including some quotations from the following writings:
HG: Hearing God (1984)
SD: The Spirit of the Disciplines (1988)
DC: The Divine Conspiracy (1998)
RH: Renovation of the Heart (2002)
Theme #1: Christian Formation is Uniquely Empowered within the Kingdom of God, which is Now Uniquely Present with the coming of Jesus
It is a commonplace that the main subject of Jesus’ teaching is the Kingdom of God. What Dallas highlights is that Jesus announced the present availability and empowerment of Christlike living within the Kingdom of God (for those regenerated and indwelt by the Spirit).
HG: “This is a point about the nature of social reality that we cannot afford to miss. Some of our greatest problems in understanding and entering into life in the kingdom of God come from an inadequate appreciation of how that kingdom—like all kingdoms—works: that is, by communication, the speak