Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Return to the Cross

Sunday is going to an awesome day of worship at Gages Lake. We're going to have a baptism and communion service. And our text in the Gospel of John fits so perfectly with communion. My sermon is "Return to the Cross."   Here is a little snippet of the sermon:    As a Christian, we return to the cross, because that is where life makes sense again. Nothing God asks us to do makes sense without the cross:   He asks us to take up our cross, because He took up His. Its only our reasonable service. He asks us to forgive our deepest hurts, only because He forgave us our most heinous sins. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He asks us to deny ourselves, because He denied Himself, his rights and went to the cross. He asks us to...

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9/11 – 8 Years Later

 For my generation—I’m 31 years old—9/11 was as seminal moment. I still remember that day and following weeks exactly as they happened. I was working on staff at Victory In Grace Ministries. But really “working” is a bad word, because for several days were glued to the TV as the rest of America was.  I still remember the feelings I felt on 9/11. It was as if a giant protective bubble over America had burst and now were like everyone else on the planet: vulnerable, scared, angry. We had thought that two oceans could protect us and that we could wash our hands of the news overseas. But we couldn’t and we can’t. I watched those towers fall, I couldn’t get enough of the story. But I also remember a lot of good that came out this monumental tragedy. First, there was the unity. It wasn’t a fake unity, but something real, something human....

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I Just Finished a Terrific Book

 The doorbell rang today and awaiting me was a beautiful new delivery of some books. One I had been anticipating for a while, by Kevin DeYoung, a thoughtful new voice in the evangelical world. The book is Just Do Something, A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will.  Its a short book, but one loaded with powerful wisdom on finding God's will. The truth is that Christians make this much, much harder than it is. I'm not sure if its a conscience wracked by guilt in pinpointing exactly what God's will is (red Subaru or Yellow Nissan?), laziness that we gloss over with spiritual words, or just plain passivity. Either way, we've turned God's will into this yellow, hazy fog that nobody can seem to discover.  That's why I love Kevin's straightforward, Biblical advice. I finished this book tonight and posted this review on Amazon and CBD: So often Christians suffer from "paralysis by...

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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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