Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

15 Years and Counting

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:31–33 ESV) Fifteen years ago, a man waited by a church stage in Chicago as a beautiful young woman from Texas walked down the aisle. When you get married, you do it without knowing, fully, what is ahead. You know the other person, of course. You get wise input from friends and mentors and parents. You spend time together getting to know each other. But you don't really know the person you are marrying. This is part of what makes marriage mysterious and wonderful if you are committed to it. It is mysterious in that you have no...

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Thanksgiving, When There is No Reason to Be Thankful

There was little to be thankful for in those first few, difficult, ravaging years. The bitter New England cold had claimed half of the Mayflower’s first courageous travellers. The comforts of their homes in England, warm food, adequate furnishings, reliable city infrastructure—this was all gone and replaced with a crude and uncertain reality in the New World. Still, these men and women stopped to say thank you. We don’t really know if this feast—perhaps in the early 1620’s in Plymouth, Massachusetts—was “the first thanksgiving”, but we do know that these hearty souls found time to offer gratitude to God, in the midst of their suffering. It’s reminiscent of another unlikely call to praise, this time the faint whisper of a beleaguered prophet. Habakkuk, who groaned with longing and expectation for God to visit his sinful people, nevertheless offered up a feeble note of trust: Though the fig tree does not bud and there...

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The Way Home: Alistair Begg on Spurgeon, pastoral leadership, and sports

How has Charles Spurgeon's ministry influenced Alistair Begg, pastor, radio teacher, and author? Today Alistair joins the podcast to talk Spurgeon, pastoral leadership, and Cleveland sports. I asked him about the difference between shepherding and mere leading and what piece of advice he'd give to a young seminarian. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @truthforlife Website: truthforlife.org and Spurgeon Study Bible Book: Spurgeon Study Bible ...

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The Way Home: Kyle David Bennett on spiritual disciplines

What do personal, spiritual disciplines have with our life on mission in the world? How does personal righteousness affect our activism? Kyle David Bennett, professor at Caldwell University and author of Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World helps us see the connection between vertical piety and horizontal relationships. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @kyle_d_bennett Website: kyledavidbennett.com Book: Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World ...

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