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The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God's Kingdom on Earth Audio CD – Unabridged, May 27, 2014
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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.
- Publisher : HarperCollins Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (May 27, 2014)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1483004643
- ISBN-13 : 978-1483004648
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 1.4 x 5.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,154,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.