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

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

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

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

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),  and republished in Renewing the Christian Mind (HarperOne, 2015).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastoral Leadership in the New Millennium: Leading Through Spiritual Formation

Dallas shared some thoughts about pastoral leadership at a Pastors' Luncheaon at Seattle Pacific University, January 5, 2000.

January 5, 2000 | pastors, spiritual formation, leadership, church

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