Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

The Fall of Sanford

Anytime a politician falls, it is a terrible and sad disgrace, not a time for gloating or "I-told-you-so's." The last two weeks have seen two promising conservative politicans, professing believers, who have admitted to extramarital affairs. As a guy who has been in and around politics, I have a few thoughts:  We evangelicals belief in the inherent sinfulness of man. Anyone can fall. Nobody is immune to moral failure. Nobody nowhere. That's why preachers and Christian leaders especially must set up boundaries and guidelines. From all accounts Mr. Sanford was a model husband and father. And yet the seemy culture of politics pulled him in and possibly destroyed a once-model family. Saddness.  Power is corrupting. It is so terribly corrupting. We all want to be in charge and when we get there, there is a temptation to isolate ourselves from reality and surround ourselves...

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Reflections on the 4th of July

This year, I'm celebrating the 4th in a most unusual way. My wife and two kids, Grace, and Dan Jr, are out of town. I have quickly realized what a great woman she is and how much I depend upon her. I realize how lonely it is around here without her. She has enriched my life in so many countless ways. I would not be who I am without her. And I miss the noise and conflicts and love of my kids.  The 4th of July is a special holiday, because it forces us Americans to sit back and embrace and be grateful for the country God has given us. And let's remember that it is God who has given us this great nation. We seemed to have forgotten that.  I've travelled overseas to third-world countries. I've seen unimaginable poverty, disease, and hopelessness. I've seen partially-clothed children crawling the streets, looking for...

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Appreciating Someone You Love

 For the first time in almost 7 years, I have been living at home by myself. My wife and two children have spent the last three weeks in Texas. We lost a good friend, Ben Kottwitz and Angela is there trying to help her best friend, Ashli, get thru the initial grief. Even though we know that God is in control, that Ben is in Heaven, it is still a very tough situation that needs the prayers of everyone. We had to make the travel plans quickly so Angela could get down there. Both of us felt it would be good for her to go and for me to get a lot of work done on my new book. I have a tight deadline and three uninterrupted weeks would be helpful. The truth is that I have gotten quite a bit of work done, but I wasn't prepared for three weeks...

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Stop Dating the Church

 One of my favorite authors and pastors is Joshua Harris. When people say, "Who is Josh Harris?" I say that he's the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, but that's really not fair, because he wrote that book many years ago. The title of that book induces panic in people, but in its pages is great truth for young men and women in dating relationships. I recommend it for all young people, high-school and college. I also recommend Boy Meets Girl. Both those books profoundly affected my view of relationships as a young person.  But I'm not talking about those books today. Instead, I just finished one of Josh's more recent works, Stop Dating the Church. Now this book was written in 2004, so its not terribly recent, but it is ever relevant today. Josh is now a pastor of a church in Maryland. In Stop Dating the Church, Josh speaks candidly...

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