Dallas Willard is not as well known, as say, Max Lucado, but he is a serious and thoughtful writer nonetheless. His book, The Great Omission, is a well-written treatment of the essential teachings of Jesus concerning discipleship. In his mind, the term apprentice might best capture the fundamental core of what it means become a fully devoted disciple of Christ.
A statement in the introduction caught my attention in a special way. Williard writes, “People in Western churches, and especially in North America, usually assume without thinking that the Great Commission of Jesus is to be carried out in other countries. This is caused in part by the use of ‘nations’…when a better translation might be our contemporary ‘ethnic groups’, or just ‘people of every kind'”.
“People of every kind” have come to our neighborhoods. This gives a deeper and richer meaning to the call to be Great Commission Christians. The nations have come to the neighborhoods.
Williard succeeds in stretching the mind and feeding the soul of disciples who wish to be faithful in fulfilling the Great Commission. The book is written for a general audience of committed Christians. By this, I mean it is not an academic work but more of a practical one.