Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Courage Still Exists

We Christians like to make a big deal about how our culture, America is really going to seed. And it doesn't take much effort to see the effects of sin upon our society. Read the newspaper, listen to the radio, check your email or go online and visit the Drudge Report or other online sources. Also, in your daily life you run into a lack of virtue. However, two recent news events reinforce the biblical idea that "where sin abounds, grace does much more abound." (Romans 5:20-21). First, Sully Sullenberger. Unless you're under a rock, you know that this guy had quick thinking, calm in a storm, and landed that plane in the only spot it could safely land--on the Hudson River. Put 99% of other pilots in that position and they fold under the pressure and people die. I'm not sure if he's a Christian (I...

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Bulls-Celtics and Me

Okay, if you hate watching sports like my wife does, then you don't have to keep reading. But I had to talk about the incredible first-round NBA series between the defending champion Boston Celtics and my hometown Chicago Bulls.  Now I have to say that the last time I enjoyed an NBA game this much, Jordan was still in the league, Clinton was president, wierd-colored ties were still considered cool and my waist size was around 33. You know that was a long time ago. But I have to tell you that this Chicago Bulls teams is incredibly exciting to watch and this series is so riveting I have been glued to almost every minute of it. After three games that went into overtime and two games that I thought the Bulls were going to win, but then didn't, I didn't think anything could top those. But holy cow, Game 6 was...

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Choosing Our Heroes

 There are a few stories swirling around in the culture, especially the Christian culture that raise a whole host of issues about who and how we as as evangelicals choose to represent our values. The stories about Sarah Palin's family and the ever-shifting tempest over Miss California raise a whole host of issues. A few thoughts I've had:  Sometimes Christians are so intent on scoring political points that we lose sight of what we believe. When I first heard about Carrie Pragean, Miss California, who made a bold declaration for traditional marriage and lost the contest, I was very proud of her. But the more I thought about it and as more news trickled out, I realized that on the one hand she upheld the Bible's definition of marriage and on the other hand she didn't help marriage by parading rather immodestly (to say the very least)...

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On Moms and Mother’s Day

It was Mother's Day last year that God brought me to Gages Lake Bible Church. I preached my candidating message and was blessed to have my mother and my mother-in-law (all the way from Texas--she refuses to miss a single big moment of our lives). I shared a message from the life of Hannah, whose struggle with infertility and faith in God is one of the most poignant stories in all the Bible. Its been a year and I'm profoundly grateful on many fronts.  First of all, I've been blessed with an incredible mother. Now that I'm a father, I'm more keenly aware of the sacrifices and hardships a mother makes. God gave me a great mother. Not only did she give me life, she led me to faith in Christ, she raised me to love the Lord, she provided for every need, she was always there when we were sick and...

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