Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Good Friday Musings

I just finished my Good Friday sermon and boy am I juiced for Friday. A few nuggets to chew on: What put Jesus on the cross? Was it the religous authorities? Was it the Romans? Was it our sin? Or was it something else? Find out on Friday. Some quotes and verses to meditate on: Horatio Spafford wrote: My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul   Paul wrote:  “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Colossians 2:14 (KJV)"   Ray Pritchard wrote in his book, An Anchor for the Soul, “God is not trying to sell you salvation. He’s not offering salvation at half price. He’s not offering salvation on an installment plan. God is offering...

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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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