'Brilliant mind, beautiful heart…'

On 8 May 2013 Dallas Willard awakened to a full reality of the Kingdom of the Heavens that he so often beautifully wrote and taught about.

Dallas was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California and a prolific writer and teacher on spiritual formation. He was also a key advocate (with Richard J Foster) for the ministry of Renovaré.

It was during my two year experience of the Renovaré Institute that I had the privilege of learning from Dallas and he simply changed my understanding on 'the with-God' life beyond measure. As John Ortberg once said: 'As good as his mind is, his heart was even better'. Dallas, more than anyone I've met, seemed to live in the continuous presence of Jesus. 

Dallas' key books included The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines and Hearing God – few books tend to outlive their author, but in Dallas we predict that they will grow. Perhaps a hundred years from now, on whatever technology we will have in the future, we will still be reading the words of Dallas Willard.

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