Michael W. Austin

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Beloved Dust

img-product-6This book by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel has been on my to read list for a while. I could identify with a lot of what the authors had to say about certain spiritual struggles. This made much of what they described about how we see ourselves, God, and how to abide in Christ very helpful to me.

For example, sometimes it is a drive for some sort of felt experience with God that motivates us to be spiritually active in prayer, study, and other spiritual disciplines. Or we are spiritually active as a way to make us feel good about ourselves, like we have things under control and pass muster before God. But these are flawed motivations for seeking God.

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The Allure of Gentleness

Even though we never met, Dallas Willard played a significant role in my decision to become a philosophy professor. I remember reading his classic book, The Spirit of the Disciplines, when I came across the following passage:

“As a response to this world’s problems, the gospel of the Kingdom will never make sense except as it is incarnated – we say “fleshed out” – in ordinary human beings in all ordinary conditions of human life. But it will make sense when janitors and storekeepers, carpenters and secretaries, businessmen and university professors, bankers and government officials brim with the degree of holiness and power formerly thought appropriate only to apostles and martyrs” (pp. 243-244).

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