Dallas Willard Dies at 77

From CT website:  Editor’s note, added May 8, 2013: Dallas Willard died today at age 77, days after being diagnosed with cancer.


There will be lots of tributes to Willard.

But the best tribute of all is when you read his work that can help you be and make disciples to obey his Lord.


Filed under culture, seeking understanding, spiritual questions/musings/wonderings

5 responses to “Dallas Willard Dies at 77

  1. Tory

    I’ve read 2 of his books: Divine Conspiracy and Spirit of the Disciplines, and began 2 of his others. (Renovation of the Heart and Knowing Christ Today). I must say, I am due to read the first two again; I’m sure I’ll understand it more the second time around!

    Just a few days ago (when I wrote a comment about forgiveness/reconciliation on this blog) I was thinking of how we Christians make things more attainable and more easy to understand. Honestly, I always want to understand everything; for me to ’embrace mystery’ is tough, and I am even leery of it at times. Some say Willard was a “mystic”, and that word always bothers me, but I did enjoy much of his writings, as I figure things out. (I am, as much as I fight it, hopelessly more on the borderline of ‘reformed”).

    Something he wrote that has always made me say YES is this:

    “We must understand that God does not ‘love’ us without liking us – through gritted teeth – as ‘Christian’ love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core – which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word ‘love’.”

    Too many times I have heard people tell me that I don’t have to “like” a person, just love them in the Lord. That has always saddened me, because what is it saying about God’s love? That it is something lesser? I do struggle with loving others, but I hope I am never content with such a bland, superficial love that I claim is from Christ. I loved how Willard put it.

  2. Tory

    I don’t think there’s an either/or to it…. I think that there must be mystery and the Bible supports that…. I do believe our finite minds can”t understand, and yet, there are plenty of things revealed to us in Scripture to be understood.
    My thought, and I went off on a tangent with the reformed/rational thing, is that even I, someone that struggles with ‘mysticism’ and desires to learn and understand and attain knowledge, would rather accept the ‘mystery’ than tying things up in a neat bow that makes sense in human thought. And lately, I’ve been hearing the cute, trite sayings that people post on FB and it drives me crazy because it doesn’t seem to be supported biblically. I’d rather accept “it’s a mystery’ rather than silly bumper-sticker like sayings that are meaningless. On the other hand, I also struggle with folks giving up on attaining knowledge (or reading the Word) because knowledge is bad and all we need is the Holy Spirit.
    There absolutely has to be an acceptance of mystery in faith. Without it, is it truly faith? There are questions that will never be answered, and I must trust. BUT>…. is mystery different than “mysticism”? (I think so). And, to let you know, I am trying to be more open to stuff that is categorized as ‘mysticism’….. the other day my church had a prayer meeting and did ‘centering prayer/contemplative prayer” and….. I didn’t walk out of the room. 🙂
    I don’t know; I think I am very cynical and skeptical these days, so I apologize.

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