Frequently I come across written material, audios or videos where individual express truths so concisely, worthy causes so passionately, revelations so determinately and/or my sentiments so articulately, that I just have to save, savor and share them. Years ago before the digital age I would clip or copy such publications and file them in a “I wish I’d said that” folder.
I want to pass on to you and highly recommend one of those “I wish I’d said that” kind of resources. It is an interview that John Ortberg senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (CA) did with Dallas Willard back in December 2009 in their message series “Can Smart People Believe in God?”.
I came across it through my iTunes subscription to the Menlo Park podcasts. It is one of those audios that the listener has to stop and start, listen and re-listen, in order to sufficiently absorb the many capsules of time-released truth that Dallas dispenses. Be prepared to engage your mind as well as your spirit.
Dallas Willard has been a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles since 1965. He was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. His areas of expertise are mainly in the areas of epistemology (the study of how we know what we know), the philosophy of mind and of logic. He is also the author of many Christian books.
In this interview John Ortberg poses to Dallas many of the tough questions people often ask about Christianity. Why is Jesus the only way? Why would God send someone to hell? How do you reconcile science and religion? How is the Christian God different from other Gods?
You can listen to the audio by clicking this link: http://www.mppc.org/media/sermons/091213_jortberg.mp3
A more complete video of the interview that is indexed by topic is also available here: http://www.mppc.org/series/can-smart-people-believe-god/smart-people-tough-questions-dallas-willard