173 – Abstinence and Engagement – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

As I have continued to think about passivity (and activity) in our Christian walk and practices, I remembered some words of Dallas Willard I shared many months ago on “abstinence and engagement.” He identifies the disciplines of abstinence as solitude, … Continue reading

172 – Discipline – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

For the past two weeks, first from Evelyn Underhill and then from Eugene Peterson, we have heard about a certain kind of passivity in the Christian walk.  Today, let’s listen to Dallas Willard, “[Disciplines are] activities we engage in that are within … Continue reading

162 – Fellowship – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Dallas Willard sees no replacement for Christians coming together to share their lives, “In fellowship we engage in common activities of worship, study, prayer, celebration, and service with other disciples….  Personalities united can contain more of God and sustain the … Continue reading

148 – Graced Practices – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Last Wednesday Dallas Willard passed away.  Over the past week there have many posts on the internet about Willard and what his writings, lectures and friendship have meant to so many.  (If you would like to read some of these … Continue reading

94 – Lent & Easter – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Many weeks ago ( #21, #22, and #23 ) I mentioned what Dallas Willard calls the spiritual disciples of abstinence and engagement.  He sees both as necessary for the Christian life and likens it to “outbreathing” and “inbreathing.”  I wonder … Continue reading

48 – Service – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

In The Spirit of the Disciplines. Dallas Willard writes, “In service we engage our goods and strengths in the active promotion of the good of others and the causes of God in our world….  Not every act that may be … Continue reading

23 – Spiritual Disciplines of Engagement – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

In turning his attention to the spiritual disciplines of engagement (study, worship, celebration, service, prayer, fellowship, confession, and submission), Dallas Willard writes, “The disciplines of abstinence must be counterbalanced and supplemented by the disciplines of engagement.  Abstinence and engagement are … Continue reading

22 – Spiritual Disciplines of Abstinence – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

 In discussing the spiritual disciplines of abstinence (solitude, silence, fasting, frugality, chastity, secrecy, sacrifice) Dallas Willard has the following to say, “In the disciplines of abstinence, we abstain to some degree and for some time from the satisfaction of what … Continue reading

21 – Spiritual Disciplines – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

 Two weeks ago we looked at Richard Foster’s grouping of the disciplines as inward, outward and corporate.  Below are some spiritual disciplines identified by Dallas Willard and a way he distinguishes the disciplines (from The Spirit of the Disciplines, page … Continue reading