Audio and Video

Dallas used to say he “worked out” his ideas through his teaching and audience feedback, and these recordings provide insight into some of his most profound ideas. His gentle and pastoral way of teaching, his humor, and his love for the subject matter also come through clearly.

It's always helpful to hit the pause button and make notes when Dallas says something extraordinary. To enhance your listening we are providing three additional resources:

Willard Definitions

Willard Concepts

Willard Diagrams

We welcome your suggestions for additions to these pages.

Note: The quality of a few of our older recordings may be poor, but we still offer them here due to the value of the content.


Audio Books

Eternal Living Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith and Formation

Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends. His wide breadth of impact inspired friends, family, colleagues, students, and leaders of the church to gather their reflections on this celebrated yet humble theologian and philosopher. This medley of images, snapshots and "Dallas-isms" seeks to move and motivate readers toward deeper experiences of God through the sharing of stories from the lives of the writers. 

2014 | ChristianAudio | family, friends, wisdom, eternal living, biographical, spiritual formation, christlikeness, virtue

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Living in Christ’s Presence Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God

Dallas Willard and John Ortberg explore what it means to live well now in light of God's kingdom. They reflect on the power of the Trinity in our lives, the meaning of knowledge, the importance of spiritual disciplines and much more. Dallas Willard offers poignant thoughts about what it will be like to transition into the very presence of Christ in heaven. Adapted from the talks given at the "Knowing Christ Today" 

2014 | ChristianAudio | trinity, eternal living, blessing, character, heaven, transformation, personality, spiritual disciplines

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Hearing God Developing A Conversational Relationship with God

How we can hear God's voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with him in the work of his kingdom. Learning to focus on building our personal relationship with our Creator in an ongoing conversational relationship with Him.

1999 | ChristianAudio | hearing god, discipleship, spiritual formation, prayer, guidance

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Knowing Christ Today

At a time when popular atheism books are talking about the irrationality of believing in God, Willard makes a rigorous intellectual case for why it makes sense to believe in God and in Jesus, the Son.

2009 | ChristianAudio | knowledge, faith, wisdom, character, spiritual formation, discipleship, pastors, reality

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Spirit of the Disciplines (The)

Dallas Willard presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.

1988 | ChristianAudio | disciplines, spiritual formation, discipleship, spiritual disciplines

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Great Omission (The)

The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to "make disciples of all the nations." But Christians have responded by making "Christians," not "disciples." This has been the church's Great Omission.

2006 | ChristianAudio | gospel, knowledge, faith, reality, spiritual formation, discipleship, character development, pastors

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Divine Conspiracy (The)

A timely and challenging call back to the true meaning of Christian discipleship. In The Divine Conspiracy, Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour de force that shows the necessity of profound changes in how we view our lives and faith.

1998 | ChristianAudio | gospel, knowledge, faith, sermon on the mount, christlikeness, discipleship, church culture, curriculum for christlikeness

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Renovation of the Heart; Putting on the Character of Christ

The ideal end of Christian spiritual transformation is when all of the essential parts of the human self are effectively organized around God, as they are restored and sustained by Him. Spiritual transformation in Christ is the process leading to that ideal end, and its result is love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and of the neighbor as oneself.

You can experience significant growth in your Christian walk, shed sinful habits, and increasingly take on the character of Christ. Willard calls this "the transformation of the spirit"—a divine process that "brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God or the kingdom of God."

2002 | ChristianAudio | heart, mind, body, soul, character, spiritual formation, discipleship, christlikeness, personality, psychology, transformation, will, flesh, sin

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Conferences

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, January 24-25, 2008.

2008 | discipleship, with god, christianity, worship, will, flesh, desire

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Renovare Regional Conference: Ortberg, Willard, Foster

Menlo Church, Menlo Park, CA, November 2005.

- My Grace is Sufficient for You - Dallas Willard
- Transforming Grace - Richard J. Foster
- The Renovare Balanced Vision - Richard J. Foster, John Ortberg, and Dallas Willard
- The Renovare Practical Strategy - Richard J. Foster
- Q&A & Jesus' Grand Invitation of Grace - Richard J. Foster, John Ortberg, and Dallas Willard

2005 | ChristianAudio | grace, renovare, transformation, spiritual formation

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For Such a Time as This

Dr. Willard spoke at the Baylor University and Truitt Seminary church staff retreat February 23-24, 2004.

- "For Such a Time as This'--Streams in the Desert and Wells of Living Water:
   Christ's Congregations as Fountains of Light and Life" (Isaiah 43:19-21; John 4:10-14)

- "Finding the Kingdom of God Now, Though Jesus and His Words"
   (Matthew 6:32-33; John 6:63; 8:51-52)

- "Living Without Hurry and Worry in 'Such a Time as This'"
   (Philippians 4:4-9; Psalm23)

2004 | ChristianAudio | eternal living, kingdom, knowledge, character, leadership, church, pastors

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The Cross and Discipleship

Three sessions on discipleship from the "Pursuing Truth in Love" conference hosted by CrossWalk, May 8-10, 2003, in Anaheim, CA.

2003 | discipleship, spiritual disciplines, christlikeness, flesh, desire, salvation

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Living in the Kingdom of God

During this Regional Renovare Conference from the Spring of 2002, James Bryan Smith and Dallas Willard explored the possibilities for and practicalities of living in God's Kingdom on a day-to-day basis. Filled with helpful insights and encouraging challenges, the majority of talks are followed by dialogue between the presenters and the audience.
- Free and Alive in Christ (Smith)
- The Fine Texture of Life in the Kingdom of the Heavens (Willard)
- Kingdoms in Cooperation (Willard)
- Inviting Others to Experience God's Kingdom (Smith)
- Q&A (Smith and Willard)
- The Kingdom and the Local Church Congregation (Willard)

2002 | ChristianAudio | church, discipleship, kingdom, christlikeness

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Authentic Leaders

In the trials and temptations of ministry, who keeps you accountable in ministry? Who can you turn to for support and prayer when you are tempted or hurting? Where are you spending your time? Part of The Pastor’s Update from Fuller Theological Seminary, this 3 hour recording also features talks by John Ortberg, Rick Warren, H.B. London, J. Van Vonderen, and Carl George. 

2006 | ChristianAudio | discipleship, spiritual formation, christlikeness, accountability, leadership

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Divine Conspiracy Conference

Each General Session of the Renovare International Conference in Houston, Texas, corresponded with a chapter in Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy. Recorded June 30 through July 3, 1999, the sessions were presented by many of the Renovare Team Members.

- Living the Divine Conspiracy - Dallas Willard

- Discipleship: Beyond Sin Management - Roger Fredrikson

- God Wants To Be Seen - Dallas Willard

- Everyone Wants the Good Life - Marti Ensign

- The Kingdom Heart of Agape Love in the Holy Spirit - Siang-Yang Tan

- Nourishing the Inner Life - Donn Thomas

- Doorways into the Prayerful Life - Emilie Griffin

- Whose Disciple Are You? - James Bryan Smith

- The Ways and Means of Grace - Richard J. Foster

- ...and the Life Everlasting - William Vaswig

1999 | ChristianAudio | gospel, spiritual formation, discipleship, christlikeness, church, divine conspiracy, sermon on the mount, grace, sin management

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The With-God Life: The Dynamics of Scripture for Christian Spiritual Transformation

There recordings from the Renovaré International Conference in Denver, Colorado, were presented June 19-22, 2005, by many of the Renovare Team Members:

- "Get a Life!: The With-God Life" by Richard J. Foster

- "Plain People Lifted Into God's March Through Human History: The With-God Life Under the Hebrew Covenant" by Dallas Willard

- "Never Without a Witness: The With-God Life in the Intertestamental Period" by David deSilva

- "No Longer Alone with God as Jesus in the Eternal Kingdom - NOW: The With-God Life Under the New Covenant" by Dallas Willard

- "Longing for God and the Quest for Meaning in Life: The With-God Life through Christian History" by Gayle Beebe

- "Walking Cheerfully Over the Earth: The With-God Life and the Individual Today" by Glandion Carney

- At Home with God: The With-God Life and the Family Today" by Brenda Quinn

- "Being the People of God: The With-God Life and the Congregation Today" by Todd Hunter

- "One Body, Many Members, All in Christ: The With-God Life and the Church Today" by Michelle Lee

- "From Here to Eternity - With God Forever: The With-God Life into Eternity" by Virginia Owens

2005 | ChristianAudio | kingdom living, christlikeness, with-god, human history, church, family

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Holy Living

Dallas gave two presentations at the Azusa Pacific University School of Theology's 2010 Malcolm R. Robertson Lectureship on Holy Living. Recorded September 20, 2010.

9/29/2010 | YouTube | holiness, postmodernism, scripture

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Kingdom Living Conference

This conference was led by Todd Hunter and Dallas Willard at Church of the Open Door, Mineapolis, MN, November 4-7, 2004.

2004 | discipleship, the church, christianity, community, spiritual formation, church culture

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Interviews

Dallas Willard on Renovation

In this interview with our friends at Christian Audio, Dallas shares his thoughts on how we can develop a healthy spiritual life and why he wrote Renovation of the Heart. Recorded June 17, 2005.

2005 | ChristianAudio.com | discipleship, spiritual formation, biographical, renovation of the heart, personality

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Author Sketches: Interview with Dallas Willard

A phone interview with Dallas about Knowing Christ Today, the current crisis of Western culture and religion, and the urgent calling of Christian pastors as "the teachers of nations." Recorded March 5, 2009.

2009 | ChristianAudio | discipleship, spiritual formation, knowledge, truth and reality, american culture, pastors, Knowing Christ Today

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Catalyst West Interview with John Ortberg

John Ortberg interviewed Dallas in one of the CatWest sessions at Mariner's Church in Irvine, California. Topics: What has the church been missing that Dallas thinks this next generation of leaders should be addressing? The central message of the church. What is the gospel? What is heaven? Spiritual disciplines. Blessing. This is a good introduction to Dallas's teaching. Recorded April 22, 2010

2010 | christianity, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, the church, pastors, blessing, leadership, gospel

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Pain and Suffering

During a morning service at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, John Ortberg asked Dallas to explain how there can be a good God when there is so much pain and suffering in the world. Recorded November 20, 2011.

2011 | christianity, apologetics, with god, theology, evil, pain, american culture, truth and reality

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Dallas Willard on Hearing God

In this exclusive interview with Christianaudio, Dallas discusses his book, Hearing God, and includes further insights on communicating with God. Recorded March 16, 2006.

2006 | ChristianAudio | hearing god, guidance

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KKLA’s Frank Pastore Show

Frank Pastore hosted an afternoon radio show on KKLA in Los Angeles from 2004-2012. Dallas became one of his favorite guests, and they became good friend as you can hear in the following interviews:

  • Responding to Those Caught in Sin: Frank asked Dallas to respond to the evil displayed in the recent execution of an Afghan woman allegedly caught in adultery, and to talk about how Jesus responded in a similar case. Includes comments about the beatitudes, righteousness, and some listener questions. Recorded July 9, 2012.
  • The Feminization of the Church: Why the modern church has a problem recruiting, maintaining, equipping and mobilizing men.
    - Why having religious knowledge, rather than mere opinion, is key to understanding the Gospel.
    - Listener questions included topics of how prayer works, learning to identify the "voice" of God, and the part that reason plays in the process of salvation. Recorded April 17, 2012.
  • The Incarnation, New Year's Resolutions: Why there needed to be an Incarnation.
    - Understanding the will, both the impulsive and the reflective, and the role the will plays in discipline.
    - Dallas shares the key to keeping your New Year's Resolutions. That same key will free you up to live the "easier" Christian life, with far less effort.
    - "Don't wait to go to heaven when you're dead, go to heaven now." Recorded January 6, 2012.
  • Forgiveness, Love and Parenting: God's availability in "messy situations."
    - Forgiveness, love (loving our enemies, how do you fire someone in Christian love, love verses sentimentalism), parenting. Recorded May 18, 2011.
  • The Good Life: Why be good rather than happy? Who is a truly good person? The nature of love.
    - What Jesus meant about surpassing the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.
    - Do you think Jesus was smart? Recorded April 6, 2010.
  • Dallas and Frank Talk About Spiritual formation: Dallas cites some of the classics: Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret, C. T. Studd, Elisabeth Elliot's Through the Gates of Splendor, Dawson Trottman, and F. B. Myers's Secret of Guidance.
    - Frank asks about Dallas' associations with various parachurch groups. Recorded March 9, 2010.
  • Love and Lust: When does temptation become lust?
    - Learning to respond to the sin and temptation around us with a heart of love. Recorded February 11, 2010.
  • Why There is Suffering in the World: Responding to the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. 
    - Faith and knowledge as discussed in Knowing Christ Today. Recorded January 15, 2010.
  • Jesus' Teaching on How to Become the Person We Want to Be: Dallas explains terms like "flesh," "world" and "heart" as used in the Bible, as in Paul's description of mortification of the flesh. How we can deal with "the lust of the flesh." Recorded November 16, 2009.
  • Does Trusting Medicine Mean You Don't Trust God? Questions about a current case of parents who didn't get medical help for their child because they trusted God to heal, but the child died and now they're being brought up on manslaughter charges.
    - Why is there a hell? Recorded October 9, 2009.
  • The September 11 Attack: On this anniversary of 911, why did God allow it to happen? Why does God permit evil? Recorded September 11, 2009.

2009-2012 | christianity, culture, morals & ethics, christlikeness, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, church culture, truth, knowing christ today, character, vim, evil, forgiveness, american culture, reality

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Sermons and Lectures

Veritas Forum

Dallas partnered with Veritas Forum for many years in their effort to "place the historic Christian faith in dialogue with other beliefs and invite participants from all backgrounds to pursue Truth together."

  • What Skepticism Is Good For: In the modern age, skepticism is equated with intelligence. What room is there for belief in the contemporary mind? Dallas discusses the usefulness and danger of doubt in our society. (Claremont College, 2/12/2013)
  • Why Science and Religion Must Conflict: Science and faith both deal with human life, but they try to explain it in light of different considerations. Because of this, science and faith will experience some tension, though not insurmountable. (Stanford University, 10/7/2010)
  • What Your U Won't Teach U, But U R Apt to Catch Anyway: Moral truth and moral knowledge. What your university won't teach you. How we teach morality. (Louisiana State University, 2/18/08)
  • The Value of Truth: What truth is. Our world is uneasy about truth and says it's impossible to know. Truth is accuracy of representation. Believing doesn't make something true or false, reality does. (Louisiana State University, 2/17/2008)
  • The Nature and Necessity of Worldviews: What is a worldview? What are the main worldview questions? And why is this concept so crucial to understanding what truth is? Dallas discusses the worldview that the university teaches, tied in with the genius of Jesus. The Forum theme was “The Relevancy of Christianity as a Non-Compartmentalized World View.”  (UCLA, 4/21/2003)
  • What is Truth? How can we explore truth in the university? Dallas explains the religious and moral dimensions of truth. (UCLA, 4/21/2003)
  • What Does It Mean to Be Human? The purpose of human life is to love and serve others and to be loved and served by them. Through a brief but insightful tour through classical philosophy, Modernity, and current cultural shifts, Dr. Willard explores the arguments for a human nature and the reasons for its supposed demise in American society. A sufficient living out of one’s human nature comes only in relationship to God. (Ohio State University, 11/15/2002)
  • The Genius of Jesus: Finding an adequate knowledge basis for life. What are truth, knowledge, morality and belief? Who is a good person? How Jesus addressed these issues. This talk includes Dallas's "Four Great Questions" and "Three Stories about our World." (Ohio State University, 11/14/2002)
  • Nietzsche vs. Jesus Christ: What Jesus and Nietzche taught about fundamental matters in the contemporary world, particularly truth and freedom. (Stanford University, 3/2/2002)
  • How to be a Morally Responsible Skeptic: Dallas discusses a problem having incredibly negative effects in our country today - Irresponsible Disbelief. (Indiana University, 1995)

1995-2013 | sermons and lectures | christianity, knowledge, doubt, american culture, education, worldview, american academic culture, moral knowledge, wisdom, faith, truth, morals & ethics, character, reality, love, human history, philosophy, skepticism, christian responsibility, science

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Fathers and Sons

Dallas spoke on the topics of being godly men and how to connect between generations at a Father-Son Banquet for Full Gospel Foursquare Church in Panorama City, California in June, 1990.

1990 | men, blessing, fathers

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The Heart of Worship

In conversation with John Ortberg, Dallas explains the purposes of the segments of a worship service using The Lord's Prayer as a guide. Recorded at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, November 13, 2005.

11/13/05 | worship, christianity, the church, prayer, The Lord's Prayer

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Incarnation and Celebration

Incarnation means “in-flesh-ment.”  How can someone be God and man? Understanding the nature of Christ. Reconciliation between God and man. Adoration and worship. Recorded in December 2007 at Dallas's home church, Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship, in Reseda, California.

2007 | with god, christianity, theology, worship

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Spiritual Formation as a Natural Part of Salvation

This is Dallas's presentation at the 2009 Wheaton Theology Conference. His paper was then published in the conference book, Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective (IVP Academic, 2010). It has now been republished in Renewing the Christian Mind (HarperOne, 2015).

2009 | YouTube | discipleship, spiritual formation, salvation, transformation, christlikeness, life, grace, psychology

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Taking Theology and Spiritual Disciplines into the Marketplace

Dallas discusses the interaction of theology and the workplace at the 2011 Talbot Seminary Faculty Retreat. Recorded September 15, 2011, in La Quinta, California.

2011 | YouTube | business, spiritual disciplines

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How is God With Us? How Can We Know It?

Community lecture given at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, on May 26, 2011. This was part of a week-long series on "What Followers of Jesus Christ Actually Know."

2011 | YouTube | with-god, psalm 23, blessing, knowledge

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Love Your Neighbor Workshop

Dallas speaks to a group of pastors and leaders in the San Fernando Valley on the topic of loving our neighbor as ourselves. Recorded on February 23, 2012, this was part of the beginnings of The Neighborhood Initiative.

2012 | YouTube | culture, the church, christianity, love

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How to Save Your Life

In a Westmont College chapel session on September 12, 2011, Dallas addressed the fulness of salvation and the importance of redeeming our time (Eph. 5:16) under the topic of "Spiritual Formation and Theology."

2011 | YouTube | spiritual formation, christlikeness, salvation

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Progress in the Blessed Life in Christ

In a sermon at his home church, Dallas discussed the process of change that occurs as we grow in the blessedness of life in the Kingdom of God. Recorded at Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Reseda, California, in September 2009.

2009 | discipleship, christianity, spiritual formation, matthew 5, change

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Teaching Series

Apologetics in the Manner of Jesus

This 4-part series on Biblical Christian Apologetics was recorded at Grace Church in Los Alamitos, CA in April 1990.

Warning: Poor audio quality

1990 | apologetics, creation, theology, truth and reality, christianity, evolution, the bible, biblical inerrancy, hearing god, reason, prayer

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Kingdom Living - It’s A Wonderful Life!

This series is considered a follow-up to The Divine Conspiracy. Dallas shares a way to experience God as an essential part of the here and now, rather than only as a part of the hereafter.

Session Titles:
1) Living in the Kingdom of God is Walking in the Character and Power of God.
2) The Kingdom of God as the Basis for Death to Self
3) How to be In the World but Not Of It.
4) The New Kind of Human Life and It's Community
5) Learning Love
6) The Word of The Kingdom as Life Force - How to Respond

Available from the Valley Vineyard on DVD for $119 and on CD for $39.99 (plus shipping & tax)

1999 | Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship | christianity, spiritual disciplines, prayer, theology, spiritual formation, divine conspiracy, the church, discipleship, holy spirit, life, reality, with-god

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Healing the Heart and Life by Walking With Jesus Christ Daily

In this series of six studies in the reality of spiritual life here and now, Dr. Willard discusses how to do the things Jesus did and said, and explains how patient apprenticeship to Jesus leads us into the fullness of life for which God made us.

Session Titles:
1) How our hearts and lives are broken and the promise of healing.
2) Understanding the will and the mind, the center of brokenness and of healing.
3) Out of the furnace of feeling. Escaping the tyranny of feeling, passion, emotion.
4) The broken body and its social world. Healing the family and its wounds.
5) The restoration of the soul. “He restoreth my soul.”
6) Living wholeness of life in the Kingdom and Power of God. Questions and Answers

Available from the Valley Vineyard on DVD for $119 and on CD for $39.99 (plus shipping & tax)

2003 | Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship | christianity, with-god, spiritual formation, discipleship, sin management, spiritual disciplines, healing, will, feeling, body, soul

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The Kingdom Of God Teaching Series

This eight-part series presented at Hollywood Presbyterian Church previews and elaborates on themes found in The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines, and other of Dallas Willard's writings. Especially helpful are the connections made between Jesus' teaching and our contemporary cultural setting.

There are seven presentations:

- "The Meaning of the Rule of Heaven"

- "Rule of Heaven in the Old Testament"

- "The Beatitudes as Gospel"

- "Beyond the Righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees"

- "The Power of The Word of the Kingdom"

- "How to Become a Disciple"

- "Disciplines for the Spiritual Life"

1990 | ChristianAudio | gospel, spiritual disciplines, spiritual formation, christlikeness, kingdom, discipleship, beatitudes

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Transformed by the Renewing of the Mind

In this 7-part Scripture and Ministry series, Dr. Willard discusses the role of scripture in the renewing of the mind, and the role of the pastor and the congregation in this process. The larger picture of Christian "spiritual formation" is discussed and how it relates to "growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ"? Does being saved have anything to do with transformation of character? Recorded at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, October 2010.

2010 | YouTube | spiritual formation, christlikeness, christianity, the church, scripture, character

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