Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Play-Doh Wisdom

On Mondays at the Darling house, we try to "go dark." This just means that I have a day off and we try to spend time with the kids. Doesn't always work because there are pressing needs at the church or a conference or meeting I have to attend. Pastoring is 24/7, I believe, so my cell phone is always on. But generally, we try to go dark on Mondays. Which is hard for me to do, because I really love church work. Sometimes too much. This Monday Grace and I opened up the play-doh. Our family has an interesting history with play-doh, really. Growing up we played, but I don't know that we got to play it enough. I never understood that. Until I had a child and realize how messy play-doh can be. When Grace, at age of 3, put play-doh in her ear and had to have...

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Some Thoughts on the Economic Meltdown

So, here we are in the midst of an economic meltdown. Depending on which overheated news anchor you watch, this meltdown is either catastropic, epic, and/or the greatest recession since the Great Depression. Either way, times are really tough right now. But what is so interesting is how the media and our culture is spinning the causes of the meltdown. In random order, here are the various alleged culprits: George Bush. Why not? He caused everything from Hurricanes to wars to global warming to famine in third-world countries. Why not blame Bush, its just easier that way. Greedy Wall Street guys. Bernie Madoff, every CEO, and anyone who is rich. They must be the problem. The banks. CNBC because they didn't predict the collapse. Not anyone in the media who cry...

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Things They Don’t Tell You About Child-Raising

    Here are things they generally don't share with you as you contemplate having children. They are things you can only discover after your children are alive and kicking: You may have a child who has such a creative mind that she gets up frightened at 4am because of the spiders she thinks are crawling all over her. Grace literally screamed last night and was pounding her bed at the "spiders." Love the creativity, but don't always love the time in which she displays that creativity! You may have a child, who in the middle of your potluck at church, when you, the pastor are supposed to be giving a short devotional, comes running up the middle of the Fellowship Hall and says, "Hey, that's my Daddy." At that point, do you get mad or do you melt because she thinks you're cool? (I...

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God of the Random Things

    In my personal devotional time I've just begun a study by Henry Blackaby called, Called and Accountable. This week I'm studying thru the book of Esther. Today I was in chapter 3 where Haaman, angered by the refusal of Mordecai to bow down to him, hatches his secret plot to exterminate the Jewish people. Foolish thing to do, considering that God famously said that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed. Also foolish considering God promised that Israel would always remain a people and a nation. But you knew that and I knew that. What I didn't know and maybe you knew was some interesting information about this word, Purim. Now the Jewish people celebrate the Feast of Purim in remembrance of Esther's bold decision to save her people by alerting the King to Haaman's wicked plot. But before Purim was a celebration,...

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