Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

The Way Home: Scott James on celebrating the wonder of Christmas

How can families celebrate the wonder of the incarnation throughout the Christmas season? Doctor, church elder, and author, Scott James joins to the show to talk about the rhythms of his family and about his new Christmas book for children, The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @scott_h_james Book: The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas ...

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When everything isn’t awesome: Is the modern evangelical worship service a safe place to lament?

A couple years ago, I took a day off and treated my family to a matinee showing of The Lego Movie. My wife and I have four children—three girls and one boy—so this day was like an oasis for my son and me, surrounded as we are by princess movies. As it turns out, everyone, girls included, enjoyed the film. What we didn’t realize, however, was that the theme song “Everything is Awesome” would replace “Let It Go” from Frozen as the tune that would get stuck in our heads most often. By the end of the summer, for the sake of our sanity, we nearly banned it in the Darling house. But every time I watch the movie and see those little plastic figures running around gleefully, I can’t help but be reminded of church. If there is a soundtrack to most evangelical worship services today, it’s that everything is...

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The Way Home: Marvin Olasky on journalism and the pursuit of truth

How should Christians think about journalism and the pursuit of truth? The longtime editor-in-chief of World Magazine joins the podcast to talk the media, Christian witness, and his journey from Marxism to Christianity. Marvin Olasky is one of my favorite people. I've been reading World for several decades and have been strongly influenced by his leadership. He will also discuss his new book, World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @MarvinOlasky and @WORLD_mag Website: World Magazine Book: World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life ...

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Why recognizing our need for grace enlarges our capacity to give it

British author and thinker G. K. Chesterton was once invited by a London newspaper to offer his opinion on what was wrong with the world. Legend has it he sent a brief letter in reply: Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely yours, G. K. Chesterton This echoes the thoughts of another philosopher. In one of his final letters, Paul wrote his protégé Timothy and volunteered an answer to a hypothetical question: Who is the world’s worst sinner? Which human being was the biggest problem, in Paul’s mind? Was it Nero, the wicked despot who gleefully slaughtered innocent Christians? Was it the weak people of faith who abandoned Paul in a time of need? Was it the perennially dysfunctional church in Corinth? None of the above. So who did this aging apostle finger as the chief sinner? Shockingly, Paul pointed to himself (1 Tim. 1:15). Yes, in Paul’s mind, he was the problem. This is...

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