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The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God's Kingdom on Earth Kindle Edition
About the Author
Gary Black, Jr., is the chair of the Department of Advanced Studies and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of ''The Theology of Dallas Willard'' and was a personal friend of Willard's. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
“I consider The Divine Conspiracy to be the most important book in the field of Christian spirituality written in my lifetime. In The Divine Conspiracy Continued Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr. expand and enrich the themes that moved us so deeply.” -- Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
“The name ‘Dallas Willard’ is one you hear a lot in our house. He’s somewhere between a family member and a saint to us, as we’ve been so deeply, totally shaped by his words and ideas. I’m so thankful for this beautiful book.” -- Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine
“I will return to [this book’s] teachings again and again. May the Kingdom come!” -- Joseph Maciariello, The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
“For those of us who desire to influence the culture in a distinctively Christian way, this is must reading.” -- JP Moreland, author of The Kingdom Triangle
“The Divine Conspiracy shaped an entire generation. Now Willard and Black have turned their attention to leaders becoming Christ-like disciples instead of institutionalized church members . . . reshaping our thinking at an even wider and deeper level.” -- Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
“For every follower of Christ who seeks to be a light in and through every vocational and professional arena of contemporary life. Willard and Black tell us all how we can live truly significant lives in God’s Kingdom―now.” -- Bob Buford, author of Halftime and Drucker & Me
“Willard and Black offer leaders a hopeful vision that steers the wobbly structures of this world onto the road of love, justice, and truth.” -- Richard Swenson, M.D., author of Margin
“Willard and Black have given us a prophetic writing, so bold that if embraced and embodied might just produce a Christian community that actually is ‘salt and light’ to a world in desperate need of it!” -- Keith J. Matthews, Azusa Pacific University
“Good, new, surprising, and challenging ideas at every turn.” -- Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Pepperdine University School of Law
“A fantastic book … a grand masterpiece for how to pursue and embrace personal transformation in order to be God’s transforming agents in the world. These pages are filled with the great themes that call us to pursue and embrace the with-God life that is life indeed.” -- Gayle Beebe, President, Westmont College
“Helps us know better how leaders can mobilize as disciples of Christ to renew truth and justice within the modern world. Don’t miss this book.” -- Greg Forster, author of Joy for the World
“Dallas once said ‘True social activists are those who live as apprentices of Jesus in their ordinary relationships.’ While many try to change society by laws, Willard and Black illustrate that changing society requires leaders, in every area of life, to live a Christ-like life.” -- Ihab Beblawi, M.D.
“An invaluable resource that can help pastors enter more fully into their congregation’s world and discover together the wisdom of Jesus and the way to real life.” -- Mike Lueken, coauthor of Renovation of the Church
“Divine Conspiracy, [Willard’s] most famous study, showed how a kingdom theology oriented Christians toward such a spiritual formation process of transformation into Christlikeness. . . . The Divine Conspiracy Continued takes his divine conspiracy theory into the public realm, [specifically] into the realm of leadership and influence.” -- --Scot McKnight, Jesus Creed --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00FJ3A436
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reprint edition (June 17, 2014)
- Publication date : June 17, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1138 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #308,441 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As examples the authors cite the Hippocratic oath and the Arizona state bar oath. Whether or not the public subscribes to the values articulated therein, the simple is fact that there are licensed doctors and lawyers do not do what they swore to. That only the most egregious offenses result in disciplinary actions demonstrates this absence of intellectual consensus on moral values.
What is the challenge? The authors ask us to articulate activities and standards of behavior that are moral and ethical, in each of these domains. The unique challenge is to logically link these to the gospel, to the good news of Jesus Christ, to the nature and character of God. Although Christianity is faith-based, its intellectual content must not be discarded, because the world needs to relate to standards based on logic, not faith. The world needs these standards if people and society are to thrive. The kingdom of God draws close.
As a Christian leader, I have read and re-read this book several times. To lump this into books about "spiritual formation" (as many have done with Willard's writings) is a mistake. This book (along with the original "Divine Conspiracy" calls for a wholesale re-examination of the true Missio Dei, the gospel we preach, the dynamics of how human beings change, and the indispensable (and often misunderstood) role that leaders play.
No doubt this is an intellectually rigorous read. Several times throughout multiple readings I was forced to study a sentence just to fully absorb what the authors were saying, not to mention the implications of their assertions. However, I found it challenging in the best of ways as my mind was forced to higher levels of thoughtfulness (as is typical with Willard's writings).
Overall, I walked away feeling like this should be required reading for any Christian leader, and, indeed, anyone who aspires to be a leader. Without grappling with this content, any of us are flirting with leadership malpractice. By being trained with this content, Christian leaders truly are poised to be the "light of the world" that Jesus asserted we are.
Here's the best way I can explain how I feel about this book: There were many times reading where I just kind of went, "Huh? I appreciate or agree with the argument you're making, but I don't really understand why you're making it."
That wasn't all the time, but it happened a lot. I have a couple of key takeaways from this book, but much of the book felt unimpactful. The original book forced me to read it very slowly, and I really appreciated every word that was written. I can appreciate *why* this book is the way it is. Being written by two people, in a rush (due to Willard's failing health) will do that. But that doesn't mean it deserves 5 stars.
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His perspectives on an every day walk with Christ and how this can be a lifestyle witness was a wake up call to those of us who have been sleep walking in a comfortable christianity of mediocraty.