Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Some Recent Articles

Here are some links to my latest articles: "Applying our Pro-Life Convictions to the Border Crisis" at Huffington Post: Well-meaning Americans will continue to disagree on the exact policy prescriptions for the border. But hopefully we can all agree to see each in each undocumented child, the image of the Creator. My hope is that followers of Jesus begin to see immigrants as less of a threat to their way of life and more of an opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission and be a part of God's sovereign plan to gather a people from every nation, tribe, and tongue (Rev 7:9; Rev 5:9). "You are Not Speaking to the Room" - Leadership Journal Today we live in a world where pastors of churches large and small post their content online almost immediately. Many live-stream and some churches even offer sophisticated viewing experiences allowing viewers to provide feedback. What's more, the advent of smart...

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Barnabas Piper on Life in the Fishbowl

There are a lot of pastor's kids out there, but few who grew up like my friend Barnabas Piper, the son of popular pastor and author, John Piper. That's why I'm excited about Barnabas' new book, The Pastor's Kid. What is refreshing about this book, unlike so many other books in this genre, is that its not another angst-ridden, ex-evangelical memoir that hates on the Church. Barnabas writes this book from an honest, but honoring position. He loves the Church and wants to help pastors kids work through their unique struggles. I have a feeling this book will help a lot of pastor's kids. I had the chance to interview Barnabas for Leadership Journal. Here is one of the questions I asked: We've seen more than a few angst-ridden memoirs by pastor's kids and others who have grown up in evangelicalism. You've chosen not to do this, but still present an honest, realistic portrait of growing up...

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Civil Rights and the Gospel

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. To commemorate this landmark event and to discuss the Church's role in working toward racial reconciliation, I had the opportunity to engage in a discussion with my ERLC colleague, Trillia Newbell, author of the new book, United.  We filmed this in the Civil Rights Room at the historic Nashville Library, built on the spot of one of the key demonstrations of the Civil Rights movement. I'm grateful to my incredibly gifted team, led by Thomas Willis, who produced this special video:   ...

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Potshots Are Not a Spiritual Gift

It's a bit morose and probably an exercise in ego-massaging to consider what one would wanted inscribed on his tombstone (if indeed one has left his family enough money to buy a tombstone). But indulge me for a moment. This can be a good exercise for us in that it requires us to think through just what our lives are made of--what will the one or two sentences in the first lines of our obituaries say when we pass? I'm not sure what that would be for me, but I can tell you what I wouldn't want it to be. I don't want to be known as the guy who takes potshots at other people. This sounds like a no-brainer, but in our social media age, it's not a given. In fact, I think if more people considered their reputations, the weight of their words, the impact they are having on the people who follow their activity, they'd...

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