Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

No, you can’t have it all now: How we preach a prosperity gospel without even knowing it

If you were to ask most Christians, you’d find many consider the prosperity gospel to be an unbiblical teaching offered by religious hucksters. But there’s a subtle way in which a similar message creeps into our theologically sound churches—a back-door heresy perhaps more damaging than the promise of a bigger house or fatter bank account. It is the prosperity gospel of instant life change. I often heard a version of this during testimony time in the otherwise fundamentalist church where I grew up. Some former alcoholic would stand up and say something like, “I was hungover on Saturday, and by Monday I had taken my last drink.” I have to admit testimonies like this still move me emotionally. I’m stirred because I really do believe in the power of the gospel to regenerate a person’s life. Christ is in the business of changing us, but we too often communicate a message that...

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The Way Home: Sara Hagerty on cultivating a quiet heart in a noisy world

How we cultivate a quiet heart in a noisy world? How do we balance our public platforms with a life of spiritual discipline? Author Sara Hagerty joins me. She’s the author of Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed.  [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @sarahagerty Website: sarahagerty.net Book: Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed  ...

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Loving Jesus means you’re commanded to love fellow believers–all of them

I’m not a big bumper sticker guy, but I couldn’t help noticing the one proudly displayed on my new neighbor’s car. When I first saw it, I was excited because it said, “JESUS LOVES YOU” in large capital letters. Great! I thought. A Christian has moved in next to me. I imagined early morning Bible studies, perhaps even attending church together, exchanging prayer lists, or swapping casserole recipes for church potlucks. But the rest of the bumper sticker gave me pause. In fine print, under the “JESUS LOVES YOU,” was a cryptic second line: “But everyone else thinks you’re a jerk.” My neighbor is not a theologian. I’m not even sure he is a follower of Christ. But those simple lines gave me some good insight into a phenomenon that unfortunately plagues the evangelical. We think it’s acceptable to love Jesus and hate His followers. The last few years have seen...

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The Way Home: Robby Gallaty on the importance of discipleship

He battled drug addiction and chronic pain. Cocaine and heroine brought him to his knees, even stealing money from his parents just to survive. It was at this low point that Robby Gallaty found Jesus. Today, Robby is the pastor of one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention and a leading advocate for personal discipleship. Robby joins to the podcast today to talk about his journey to Christ, about being discipled by David Platt, and why he's so passionate about building churches that have a discipleship culture. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @Rgallaty Website: replicate.org and longhollow.com ...

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