The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

In a recent post, we made known some of our current reads with you. There was much appreciated and excellent feedback from you, along with some suggestive offerings of your own. For that, thank you!

Names were tossed into the mix, such as Lucado, Buechner, Viola, and Keller; all of whom I frequent the pages of their writes. Some you mention, I have read; others, I own with intent to read; a couple, I’m looking into. It’s a bigger task than I considered to read everything ever written… but on I go.

book_divine_25Our friend Jeff (Revelling in the Overflowing Grace of God) shared of his current read by Dallas Willard, “The Divine Conspiracy.” Being a fan of the recently passed and very noted  Mr. Willard’s writing, I couldn’t resist Kindle-ing this one for future reading (I’m pretty backlogged as of right now). I did endulge myself with the introduction however.

By the way, Jeff is referencing this work as part of his daily devotionals. You can find them at his site.

The opening paragraph reads as thus:

My hope is to gain a fresh hearing for Jesus, especially among those who believe they already understand him. In his case, quite frankly, presumed familiarity has led to unfamiliarity, unfamiliarity has led to contempt, and contempt has led to profound ignorance.

That’ll sure open one’s eyes on a Monday morning. I envy, yet feel for Jeff as he’s already into these pages. So what do you think of the author’s introductory evaluation of Christianity today? Any feedback from those who’ve already invested the time into reading this one?

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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4 Responses to The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

  1. Hi Mike, thanks for sharing the focus of this Book, I have not read it but the opening paragraph makes me feel a bit blue, to judge others heart response to Jesus is very dangerous, to judge their actions or words is different but perhaps that is what he is referring to. I read recently a person’s message who claimed that Miracles and signs and wonders were not for today, the Scriptures used were out of context and the message was without understanding, they did not see the big picture. I judged this person to be in error because the Scriptures confirm he is. Another person claimed that God deliberately does evil or willingly allows it to bring good out of it , the Scriptures tell us this is slander even to say it about other Christians. Another claimed you can go on sinning till you die because you are forgiven, which is not confirmed in the Scriptures the opposite is True, we don’t continue to sin because we have been set free from the bondage of sin and no Temptation will be greater then we can bear.

    Why is there error in the Churches today because there is ignorance in understanding the heart of God and His good will for us.1Corinthians2:9-16 God tells us when we search for Him with all our heart we will find Him and He does not lie once again we need to be very careful about judging someone else destiny God warns against it they may come to heart repentance on their deathbed …………..

    We also remember that the Scriptures confirm, wisdom is the principle thing and Jesus tells us if we don’t ask we won’t have, some claim they have asked but they keep asking so it seems they don’t believe they have received, their words not mine.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks for the link, buddy! 🙂

  3. elliottverve says:

    Have not read it yet myself. I too am far behind. If you want another Miracle at the Garage is beckoning. 🙂

  4. ccragamuffin says:

    I am excited that you are reading The Divine Conspiracy!! My copy has many, many underlined sentences, stars, and arrows. It was my first Dallas Willard book to read. His readable and gentle strength of intellect sent me looking for more of his writings. I hope I don’t miss all the posts you will be compelled to write while reading it.

    His writings taught me a new way to think…to consider myself an apprentice to Jesus and impacted my teaching in a fundamental manner. I do agree with him that many, many people who call themselves Christians do not live as though the teachings of the one they call “Master” are relevant in their lives. Unfortunately, I also have, too often, lived the disconnected life. I am in training.

    The passing of Dallas Willard moved my to tears. I have never cried at the passing of an author before, but I felt like I lost a very dear friend. I’m so glad I will get to meet him one day.

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