Divine Conspiracy Continued
Co-authored by Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr., this book is the sequel to The Divine Conspiracy and continues Dallas's series on the Kingdom of God by looking at God's plan to intervene in human history through His disciples who live out His calling in their life through their professions. To fulfill the Christian calling is not to remove oneself from the outside world and take shelter from its shortcomings, but to step into the world to lead and serve as agents of change. Dallas and Gary provide wise guidance on how to enter into our culture's leadership positions and transform the world from the inside out.
The material in the manuscript began in a course Dallas designed at USC called The Professions and the Public Interest in American Life. Dallas and Gary worked together with the concepts from the course and applied them to many different contemporary contexts for Christian leaders and professionals throughout our society. The manuscript was largely assembled prior to Dallas's passing in 2013.
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I know of no more important voice on spiritual truth in our day than that of Dallas Willard. To be able to receive fresh words from him along with Gary Black on the reality of the kingdom in our midst is a priceless gift to every follower of Jesus.
– John Ortberg, author of Who Is This Man?
I welcome the publication of The Divine Conspiracy Continued. Gary Black, working on this project with Dallas Willard right up until Dallas’s death, helps to expand and enrich the themes that moved us so deeply in The Divine Conspiracy.
– Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
Willard and Black have given us a prophetic writing, so bold that if embraced and embodied might just produce a Christian community that actually is ‘salt and light’ to a world in desperate need of it!”
– Keith J. Matthews, Azusa Pacific University
The name 'Dallas Willard' is one you hear a lot in our house. He’s somewhere between a family member and a saint to us, as we’ve been so deeply, totally shaped by his words and ideas. We feel like we knew him, even though we didn’t. We’ve read and reread his words, reminded each other of one line or another a thousand times, because when isn’t the right time for a line from Dallas Willard, really? Gary feels the same way we do…except that he actually knew the man, which makes us jealous. What’s so deeply special about this book is that Gary’s respect and love for his friend and mentor shines through every page, but never stands in the way of Dallas’ extraordinary wisdom. I’m so thankful for this beautiful book.
– Shauna Niequist, Author of Bread & Wine
I will return to [this book’s] teachings again and again. May the Kingdom come!
– Joseph Maciariello, Claremont Graduate University
A fantastic book . . . a grand masterpiece for how to pursue and embrace personal transformation in order to be God’s transforming agents in the world. These pages are filled with the great themes that call us to pursue and embrace the with-God life that is life indeed.”
– Gayle Beebe, President, Westmont College
Good, new, surprising, and challenging ideas at every turn.
– Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Pepperdine University School of Law
For those of us who desire to influence the culture in a distinctively Christian way,this is must reading.
– JP Moreland, author of The Kingdom Triangle
The Divine Conspiracy shaped an entire generation. In The Divine Conspiracy Continued, Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr. have turned their attention to leadersbecoming Christ-like disciples instead of institutionalized church members, . . .reshaping our thinking at an even wider and deeper level.
– Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
(San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014) 352 pp, ISBN: 0062296108
Foreword: Remembering Dallas, by Gary Black, Jr.
1. God's Call to Leaders
2. Following the Good Shepherd
3. Leaders Who Follow the Shepherd
4. Servant Leadership
5. Moral Leadership
6. Moral Knowledge
7. The Common Goods
8. Illuminating the Good Life
9. Knowledge and Education
10. Economics and Politics
13. Healer, Lawyer, Priest/Pastor
14. The Kingdom of Our God