“The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes—a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message too low.”
–Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives
Memorial Service Celebrating the Life and Work of Dallas Willard
Saturday, May 25
Church on the Way
14300 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405
View a webcast of the service on www.dwillard.org
Today, we recognize a great man of faith, a deep thinker, a humble servant, and an advocate for spiritual formation. God’s love permeated the life of Dallas Willard enabling him to share his gentle wisdom to profoundly change our culture. The beloved author of The Divine Conspiracy has deep ties to our APU community. Three years ago, as keynote speaker at the Common Day of Learning, Dallas urged students and faculty to consider the core teachings of Christianity as a body of knowledge so that they might “know that God exists.” As we mourn his passing, we rest assured that he is in the presence of the One whose existence is certain.
“Dallas Willard effected holy change in me, the APU community, and in those fortunate to cross his path. His collective influence on generations of difference makers will be fully known in heaven. Perhaps his greatest legacy is captured in this quote by Bernard of Clairvaux, The Steps of Humility and Pride: ‘The fruit of the knowledge of truth is humility.’” –Jon R. Wallace, DBA, president of Azusa Pacific University.
“People were drawn to Dallas Willard because they could sense that he truly knew God. Dallas helped us discover that Jesus' Divine Conspiracy is to invite people into the Kingdom of God today, so as to live with the assurance of God's eternal life tomorrow. I know few people who have modeled life in the Kingdom like Dallas did. He was often quoted saying, ‘Happiness in reality consists only in rest.’ Dallas will be missed by so many, but I am thankful that he has received God's rest.” –T. Scott Daniels, Ph.D., dean of the School of Theology
“Dallas was the first person in my life who inspired me and modeled the reality of what it was like to actually know and be known by Jesus. The gift of witnessing the authentic relationship Dallas shared with Jesus forever changed my vision of God and my hopes for life in His Kingdom. The loss of our friend and mentor has sent a wave of deep sorrow through many hearts today. Thankfully, our hope and joy cometh in light of the resurrection. Death no longer has the final word. Praise be to God. Godspeed Dallas. Welcome to eternity. Well done.”– Gary Black Jr., Ph.D., chair, Department of Advanced Studies; and director, doctor of ministry program
“It was an honor and a privilege to invite Dr. Willard to share material from his most recent project with the APU community at our 2010 Common Day of Learning conference. His admonition that pursuing knowledge of God is ‘serious intellectual work’ left a lasting impression on all who attended. He was an intellectual giant who will be keenly missed.” –Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., associate dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and former director, Common Day of Learning
“For more than 30 years, Dallas has served as a mentor, colleague, and friend, not only to me, but to countless other disciples who longed for the transformation he so beautifully embodied and taught. A great giant of the faith brightens the Kingdom of heaven. I will miss him more than words can express.”–Keith J. Matthews, Ph.D., chair, Graduate Ministry Department; and professor of spiritual formation and contemporary culture