Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

The Church Is Not Lame

I just finished a powerful, powerful book by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck. I read a ton of books. Sometimes I read books that I can't wait to recommend. This is one. I am a big fan of the church, amidst a growing evangelical culture that is pooh-poohing the church. Every other day there is a book saying "The church must change." etc.  Kevin and Ted are young people who should be a part of this emergent crowd--but they're not. They're solid church people. And they're book is wonderfully readable. Here's the review I wrote on amazon:  A powerful, powerful book. I've been wanting to read this book since it came out. I enjoyed Josh Harris' Stop Dating the Church, which I felt was a concise apologetic for the church. But Kevin and Ted have given the body of Christ a wonderful gift in this book. I have grown weary...

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Personal Project Updates

 Its been a while since I updated everyone on some projects I am working on, so here we go: Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life - This is my second teen devotional. Like Teen People of the Bible, it will be a 100-day devotional. Crash Course is geared for jr high and high-school students and college freshman. The idea is to give them a "crash course" in the "fundamentals of life." It is divided up into five sections: Doctrine, Decisions, Direction, Devotion and Delight. We almost titled it "5 Big Things" because we boiled all of life down to the five important things you want a young person to know in order to be successful for life. I'm really excited about this book. It will be released next Spring by New Hope Publishers.  Instant Messages, Prayer for the Blackberry Generation - At...

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New Sermon Series

I'm very excited about a brand-new sermon series we're calling "Why We Believe, What We Believe." It begins this Sunday, October 4th. This doesn't mean we are done with John, its just that we'll be done with John until sometime next year. John is an awesome study and I've thoroughly enjoyed preaching through it. We'll start up in chapter 10 probably in February.  Why stop our study in John? We'll, I really have sensed God calling us again to what Jeremiah describes as the "old paths." Today in the evangelical church, doctrine is often dismissed as outdated. But doctrine is important. We as Christ-followers must know what we believe and why.  Also, we've got quite a few new folks in our church and I think in this "back-to-school" season, its time for all of us to go back to school and learn the essentials of our faith. So here is the schedule...

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Who Knew Doctrine Could be Fun?

Its Tuesday and I'm in the office doing the usual pastoral stuff--checking mail, following up with people from Sunday, catching up on church business, etc. But I'm still basking in the glow of a wonderful Sunday this week. As a pastor, I look forward to Sundays, I look forward to preaching, I look forward to the fellowship of the saints.  But this Sunday was especially cool, because we began a new series, "Why We Believe What We Believe." This was a series that I felt God wanted us to do for sometime, rekindling again a focus on the core doctrines of our faith.  Sunday we set the tone with a message with a rather bland title: "Why Doctrine is Important." A title like that doesn't exactly inspire. Its not going to end up on the top-ten sermon titles of all time. And I'm sure some thought that perhaps it was as exciting...

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