A new seminary year

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Aug 25, 2008 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments

In the midst of the complex challenges and unending demands of a new seminary year my soul yearns for simplicity and clarity. The introduction to Dallas Willard's The Great Omission has given me some help. Here are some nuggets:

"There is an obvious Great Disparity between, on the one hand, the hope for life expressed in Jesus-found real in the Bible and in many shining examples from among his followers-and, on the other hand, the actual day to day behavior, inner life, and social presence of most of those who now profess adherence to him." p.x

"Jesus told us explicitly what to do. We have a manual, just like the car owner. He told us, as disciples, to make disciples. Not converts to Christianity, nor to some particular ‘faith and practice.' He did not tell us to arrange for people to ‘get in' or or ‘make the cut' after they die, nor to eliminate the various brutal forms of injustice, nor to produce and maintain ‘successful' churches. These are all good things, and he had something to say about all of them. They will certainly happen if-but only if-we are (his constant apprentices) and do (make constant apprentices) what he told us to be and do. If we just do this, it will matter little what else we do or do not do." p.xii

"But in fact the primary mission field for the Great Commission today is made up of churches in Europe and North America. That is where the Great Disparity is most visible, and from where it threatens to spread to the rest of the world."  p.xiii

"So the greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heart-breaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians' will become disciples-students, apprentices, practitioners-of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence." p.xv

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