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  1. Chris says:

    Has anyone read The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard? Any thoughts on it?

  2. Josh the Baptist says:

    Good book. It has been quite a while since I read it. Willard was on sort of the same wave as Richard Foster, but I though Willard was a much more enjoyable read.

    That being said, there is a group that will warn heavily against Willard’s books. Gateway drug to mysticism or some such nonsense. Don’t worry about that, it’s good stuff.

  3. I second Josh’s thoughts on Willard.

    I just got back from Israel. First time there. What an intriguing country. So much religious, political and ethnic tension. Got to spend time with believers who were Jewish, as well as Arab believers.

  4. Josh the Baptist says:

    Piney – That sounds cool. Why did you go?

  5. Two goals: enrichment and immersion. First half of trip spent in a tour. Our Israeli guide was a Russian Jew who moved to Jerusalem in his 30s and found Jesus in an Anglican Church. His
    knowledge of world history, geo-politics and the Bible was amazing.

    The immersion came as we spent a week with one of our church missionaries in Haifa. Her team’s focus is on Arabs/Palestinians. The church she attends was small, but dynamic.

  6. I found it refreshing to hear things from people that came from different perspectives. Imagine having a conversation over dinner about gun control with an Arab family!

  7. Duane Arnold says:


    What did you learn? When I visited I was always amazed at the faith of the Palestinian Christians…

  8. Yes, I was very impressed with the Christians we encountered. We spent most of Sunday with the church pastor and his family. They exuded a great love for God as well a super sense of humor. Very joyful and passionate for ministry. Here’s their Facebook page:

  9. As to the gun issue, they just didn’t understand why people have guns. Even hunting seemed strange to them.

  10. At the church service I was unexpectedly called up to preach. Talk about surprised! I had to gather some thoughts on the fly. Not sure exactly what I said. 🙂

  11. John 20:29 says:

    #10- reminds me of the time that i was visiting with a dear Chrustian friend… As i talked i thot, “what am i saying? i’m not making any sense.” When i finished my ” thots” she thanked me sincerely and said that that was exactly what she needed to hear that nite. 😯

  12. bob1 says:


    Sounds like the Holy Spirit guided your choice of words, maybe?

  13. John 20:29 says:

    bob1, my words or my friends ears? Could have been. … must have been.. 😇

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