Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Equipping Students for Ministry in a Post-Christian Age

Facebook may not seem like a discipleship tool to most pastors. But when I served my congregation in northern Illinois, this social networking tool provided me with an unexpected assist in discerning the spiritual lives of my parishioners, particularly the students. Facebook provides a platform for young people to share what they really think, liberating them in ways they may not feel comfortable with in front of parents or other influencers. One night I was scrolling my timeline and I came across a shocking post from a kid I thought I knew. This was a young person I thought I knew. She had regularly attended youth group and church. But what she posted—about a major cultural issue—was in direct opposition to the gospel truth she heard on Sundays. It reminded me of how important my job was as a pastor. I couldn’t assume the young people in my circle of influence...

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The Way Home featuring Bryan Chapell

How is the idea of grace worked out in the life of a church? Bryan Chapell joins me to discuss his new book, Unlimited Grace. Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Ill. For many years he served in leadership at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, the last 20 as its president. I've been greatly influenced by Chapell's work, particularly his books, Christ-Centered Preaching and Christ-Centered Worship. We will talk to him about his transition from seminary leadership to local church ministry and what advice he has for young pastors today. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: gracepres.org Book: Unlimited Grace: The Heart Chemistry That Frees from Sin and Fuels the Christian Life ...

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Some Things I’m Reading Right Now

First I tweeted this and then I got the idea to share a short post on some things I'm reading lately. As for books, I just finished the brilliant Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance. I highly recommend it. I did the audiobook version. Now I'm onto another audio book, this time, Churchill, A Life by Martin Gilbert. This last year I've picked up audiobooks in earnest, listening on my commute, long drives, and my daily walks (yes, I sound like an old man, but what can I say?). Audiobooks allow me to consume even more material and are a way to hear the text in a fresh way. I'm also reading--physically reading--two other books. First, I'm making my way again through Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton. I love this book. He is so adept at pointing out the paradoxes of Christianity and setting Christianity over and against its critics in a way that is...

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My New Project on Human Dignity

I'm pleased to announce that I've just signed a contract for my next book project. I'm pleased to be working with The Good Book Company on a book on human dignity. I'm deeply grateful for my agent, Erik Wolgemuth and for The Good Book Company for believing in this idea. I've been impressed with TGBC, both in the quality resources they publish and in their great interest in this project. It's an honor, not a right, to have a publisher willing to publish my work. The issues of human dignity have captured my attention for a while. I've been writing on this theme for some time. I believe that the Christian story offers something unique to the world: this idea that every human being was created in the image of God. In this book. I plan to explain, for a lay audience, what the imago dei means and then to help...

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