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In this month’s episode of Friends in For­ma­tion, Richel­la, Nate, and James answer lis­ten­er ques­tions about Dal­las Willard’s ver­sion of The Lord’s Prayer, what things get the goat of our hosts, and how to mea­sure progress in one’s spir­i­tu­al formation.

    Show Notes

    Three lis­ten­er questions—

    1. I’ve been work­ing on pray­ing with­out ceas­ing using Dal­las Willard’s ver­sion of The Lord’s Prayer. I like his mod­ern trans­la­tion very much. But when I got to the part that reads please don’t put us through tri­als” it made me pause. Because the Bible says that ordi­nary tri­als, while dif­fi­cult, build endurance, strength­en us, help us to build char­ac­ter and to grow in faith. Ordi­nary tri­als are part of Dal­las’ gold­en tri­an­gle of spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion. So why do you think Dal­las chose the word tri­als” instead of temp­ta­tions” in his ver­sion of the prayer?
    2. You all sound peace­ful, reflec­tive, open, yet hum­ble on Friends in For­ma­tion! But could you share what repeat­ed­ly gets your goat” or trips you up? How do you turn to the Lord each time, how do you think you’re being formed through those moments and do you (or should you) see any end” to that par­tic­u­lar niggle.
    3. Is it pos­si­ble to mea­sure” or assess” progress in Chris­t­ian for­ma­tion either in one­self or in oth­ers (if we have some pas­toral over­sight of them)?

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