September 5, 2018
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16
About three years ago, I stumbled upon the writings of Dallas Willard whose words were a breath of fresh air into my life and ministry. As many have experienced for themselves, the reason the disruptive ideas he taught about God and his kingdom are taken seriously was that he clearly lived in these realities himself. The wonderfully good news that real change was possible captured my imagination and reignited the longing to live more faithfully as an apprentice of Jesus in the kingdom of God, and to help others step into this type of life for themselves.
For 2019, in partnership with Dallas Willard Ministries, I am developing devotional content based on Dallas’ book on apologetics, The Allure of Gentleness. This material will be the focus of our devotional ministry which is distributed electronically to 70+ legislators and 70+ staff members from Pennsylvania, along with various friends of the ministry.
This book was published in 2015 following Dallas’ death and seeks to address both the scope and manner of explaining the faith to others in a way that genuinely helps them. He wrote, “indeed, the best way to make the intellectual aspects of apologetics more effective is to combine them with a gentle spirit and kind presentation.” I couldn’t agree more.
To sign up for our devotional content, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Allure” in the subject line. Generally, you will receive devotional content 3x/week on the mornings of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Dallas Willard Ministries has also endorsed these efforts:
Dallas Willard Ministries is excited to partner with Jeff Whitebread, who, through his work with Capitol Commission, ministers to those serving in the Pennsylvania State legislature, their staff members, and those in the lobbying community. We believe the thoughts and ideas contained in Dallas' book, The Allure of Gentleness, are timely guidance for those who seek to stand for truth in a manner that reflects the character of Jesus himself. Dallas acknowledged he gave up trying to get people to do things, preferring instead to inspire them to think things through on their own and come to a different view of matters. We pray that in making this material available, we can continue in his footsteps, playing our part in helping others catch a vision of life with God, becoming his apprentice, and walking in the easy yoke of Jesus — even when engaging the rough and tumble world of the public arena. – Jan Johnson, President of Dallas Willard Ministries
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