In addition to the interesting cover article (see post below), Christianity Today had a feature about Dallas Willard. Since he was a main influence in our series on spiritual formation, I read it with great interest. Two things stood out.
First, Willard told CT, “I have not been a wise husband or father, and this has cost us dearly.” He declines to comment further. Perhaps the reason Willard is so vocal about “becoming a certain kind of person” is because he knows firsthand how character affects relationships. It’s good to know that even the most influential leaders have scars.
Second, to my surprise, I found that Willard has only two degrees of separation from Coram Deo. The CT article states: “…An early experience…set [Willard] on his life course. He and Jane had prayed to fully surrender their lives to Christ during a campus service at Tennessee Temple University. Afterward, R.R. Brown was laying hands on Willard and praying over him. Jane says Willard lost consciousness, later describing the experience as being enveloped in a cloud. A spiritual reality became tangible for Willard in that moment. In some sense, he has been trying to describe and teach it ever since.”
Back in 1923, R.R. Brown founded a little church in Omaha that is now known as Christ Community Church – the mother church of Coram Deo.