Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

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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Two Guest Speakers

 So the Darling Family is going to be headed to South Carolina for a couple weeks of R&R. Its a little wierd having a couple weeks of not preaching. Since I began in June, I've really looked forward to preaching. There is a certain "holy adrenalin rush" that comes when you're sharing the Word of God. But the rest will be good for all of us, especially as we gear up for a very busy summer.  The guest speakers I've lined up will bless your heart. Pastor Bill Swanger has many decades of experience as a preacher. He successfully pastored two churches and then has served as interim at several more. He's a real man of God whom I admire greatly. He's been a mentor and friend to me. You will thoroughly enjoy his preaching. He'll do next week's Sunday AM and PM. Terry Barker, one of our elders, will do...

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Same Kind of Different As Me

 On the way down to South Carolina, we stopped in Knoxville, TN. There we found a fantastic Christian bookstore. As I was browsing the shelves, I saw the book, Same Kind of Different As Me, a book I've wanted to read for some time. Lynn Vincent, the collaborater, is a good friend of mine.  I've read this book throughout our vacation and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Its one of those books that has the capacity preconceived notions you might have about certain people or groups. This book definitely challenged my view of homeless people.  The book is unique in that it contains to seemingly incongruent stories.One of a wealth and successful Fort Worth art dealer, the other a vagrant from the backwaters of Lousiana, now a resident of the streets of downtown Forth Worth. A perfect storm of events, that can only be described as an act of God brought these two men...

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