Spiritual Disciplines and the Modern World

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Don Closson — As a seminary student I was given the assignment to read a book on Christian spirituality called the Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard. I obediently read the book and either wrote a paper on it or took a test that covered the material (I can't recall which), but the book didn't have a major impact on my life at that time. Recently, over a decade later, I have gone back to the book and found it to be a jewel that I should have spent more time with. In the book, Willard speaks to one of the most important issues facing individual Christians and churches in our time: "How does one live the Spirit-filled life promised in the New Testament?" How does the believer experience the promise that Jesus made in Matthew 11:29-30: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"?

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"Until a few years ago, if someone would have asked me what it meant to be spiritually disciplined, my answer would have focused on acquiring the right ideas about who God is and what he has done on humanity’s behalf. I now have a very different understanding of what the spiritual disciplines are and how important they are to living the Christian life."

Don Closson is Director of Administration and research associate for Probe. He earned a B.S. in education and an M.S. in educational administration, and the M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining Probe, Don served as a public school teacher and administrator.

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