Tag Archives: Discipleship

Remembering Dallas Willard: 1935-2013

Photography by Dieter Zander

Photography by Dieter Zander

I heard the news yesterday that Dallas Willard, a great writer on life with God and spiritual formation, passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. Willard was a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California while also writing and speaking as a Christian on issues of cultivating life with God. He is perhaps best known for his work, The Divine Conspiracy, and his influence on many well-known evangelical Christians, such as John Ortberg (who sometimes refers to himself as “Dallas for Dummies”). You can read John Ortberg’s fine reflections on Dallas Willard’s life and legacy, “Dallas Willard, a man from another ‘Time Zone'”, here.

I first encountered Dallas Willard’s work through a professor of mine, Jim Wilhoit, who introduced me to Willard’s seminal work, The Spirit of the Disciplines. In that work, Willard opens up the concept of discipleship in a way that is much larger than many normally think. Discipleship is not just about imitating Jesus at certain moments (like WWJD) but is rather approaching all of life in the way that Jesus approached life. This is what Willard calls “the secret of the easy yoke,” referencing Matthew 11:29-30. He writes: “the secret of the easy yoke…involves living as Jesus lived in the entirety of his life – adopting his overall life-style” (5). That book is a profound – and dense! – exploration of spiritual practices that enable us to live like Jesus in “his overall lifestyle.” Read the rest of this entry »


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Bill Easum on Mobilizing the Church

One of the workshops I attended at Exponential 2013 was led by Bill Easum of 21st Century Strategies. Bill offered a wide range of insights in his seminar, but I will simply share some of the thoughts I wrote down about mobilizing the church. Here are my notes: Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Discipleship, Ministry Reflections


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Andy Hawthorne at Exponential 2013

Andy Hawthorne of the Message Trust (UK) addressed Exponential 2013 on the biblical move from Attraction to Deployment. He was a fiery speaker with a challenging message. Here are my notes: Read the rest of this entry »


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Dave Ferguson at Exponential 2013

Dave Ferguson of Community Christian Church and New Thing led a main session at Exponential 2013 on how we can evaluate our movement from assimilation to a disciple making culture. Here are my notes on this session:

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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Discipleship, Ministry Reflections


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Jen Hatmaker at Exponential 2013

Jen Hatmaker brought a challenging session at Exponential 2013 at this morning’s main session. Here are my brief notes: Read the rest of this entry »


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John Burke on From Assimilating to Creating Community

The second speaker in our main session this afternoon was John Burke of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. I have heard John speak a number of times but this time he was addressing the need for having some intentionality about how we lead people along a pathway of growth and mission. Here are my notes: Read the rest of this entry »


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Mike Breen on From Assimilating to Creating Community

Mike Breen of 3DM opened up our main sessions on the topic of moving from assimilating to creating community. Mike has been on the forefront of work with missional communities in the UK and here in the States. I was disappointed that he wasn’t given more time, but what follows are the few notes that I took from his message: Read the rest of this entry »


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