What Are Your Goals for 2014? Here are mine

Yesterday I poo-poohed New Year's posts on Twitter: 3 kinds of New Year's blogs: a) Have a better year (5 steps) b) angsty I'm-not-perfect-and-God-still-loves-me c) resolutions don't matter — Daniel Darling (@dandarling) December 30, 2013 And yet here I am, today, sharing a New Year's post. I thought I would share my goals for 2014. By making them public, it gives me some accountability and perhaps it will help inspire others to set some good, God-centered goals. New Year's is a great time to reevaluate, to set aside the past, look to the future, and pray with Moses, "Lord, teach us to number our days so we may apply our hearts to wisdom." (Psalm 90:12). So, without further ado, my five goals for 2014: 1) Get in better physical shape. Frankly, I'm probably in the worst shape of my life. I intend to get back in shape by losing weight and exercising. Weight Watchers has...

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Top 10 Posts of 2013

This was a great year in blogging with a 75% increase in traffic. I thank each and every read who passed through and hope my words, in some small way, helped you grow closer to Jesus. I blogged about a lot of different things this year, mostly whatever ideas came to my mind, mostly at the intersection of faith and ministry and culture. Here were the top ten blogs, ranked by order of pageviews: 1) 5 Things Every Daughter Needs to Hear From Her Dad This idea came to me on a Sunday evening after a long day of ministry. Not sure exactly what sparked it, but I had no idea how huge it would be. Essentially I shared a list of things daughters need to hear from their fathers. As a father of three, these are things I try to practice on a regular basis. 2) 5 Things Every Son Needs to...

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2013 – The Year That Was

I happen to think New Year's Day is an underrated holiday. I like the reflection upon a year that was and the anticipation of a year that is to come. It gives us, I think, an opportunity to pray with Moses: "Lord, teach us to number our days" (Psalm 90:12). 2013 was for me a monumental year in many ways. There were several highlights. At the beginning of the year I was engaged in the second semester of my first year at seminary. After 13 years or so of being out of school, I had decided to pursue further theological education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In January, I had an op-ed published by CNN. In March, I announced a new partnership with Leadership Journal. In April, I featured my first interview with renowned evangelical scholar and cofounder of The Gospel Coalition, D.A. Carson.   In May, I finished my first year, grateful for all I...

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The Last Evangelical Hipster

Yes, here is one more blog post opining on the Duck Dynasty kerfuffle. Like the man I work for, Dr. Russell Moore, I'm not fan of reality TV. And as a child of suburban Chicago, I don't really fit the Duck Dynasty demographic, though it's widespread appeal clearly shows that the show resonates with more than bearded backwoods hunters. I've never watched one single episode. And I've been pretty proud of myself for that. However, this moment in American culture demonstrates a shift. We are entering an increasingly post-Christian age where true followers of Jesus will no longer be affirmed for their beliefs. To be sure, the comments by the Duck Dynasty chieftain were not in the spirit of Jesus' model of truth and grace. But as we saw with the Lou Giglio flap earlier this year, those who demand widespread acceptance of a new cultural sexual ethic don't discriminate between...

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