Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Alzheimer’s and the Imago Dei

Alzheimer's may be the most feared disease of any in our culture because of the slow and painful way it sucks the life of out of people we love and the burden it places on caregivers. How should Christians think about this disease in a way that's unique from the rest of the culture? How does the Christian concept of imago dei force us to consider the dignity of those held by the grip of Alzheimers? This is a question I posed to Dr. Benjamin Mast, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and an Associate Clinical Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville. He's the author of a brand new book, Second Forgetting, Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer's. ...

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How NOT to Read the News

We live in a time where we are exposed to more news headlines than at any time in human history. In the ancient days of news, anchors checked the AP newswire for stories and reported on them and people in their homes watched or people in their cars listened to radio. Today, everyone, is essentially checking the wire, all day, through social media. We also live in a time when it's has never been easier to publicly express an opinion. Before the Internet, if something happened, you might have picked up the phone to call someone or perhaps you might discuss it at work, around the water cooler. But today we are all pundits, all with commentary on what is happening right now....

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They hear you when you’re speaking

Right before I got married, a wise man, married for many years, gave me a piece of advice. He said, "Dan, always talk favorably about your wife when she is not around. She can hear what you say about her even when she is not around." This is a maxim I have tried to follow in my marriage. We've all been around folks who dis their spouses with regularity. It's cringe-inducing for those of us who have to hear it and it only makes us wonder how good that marriage can be. I also believe, strongly, that spouses can sense when we don't have their back, when we're kind of smiling when we are in their presence, but cutting them down when they are gone. Real love doesn't do this. I also think this is an important principle when it comes to our children. It's  easy to criticize our kids when they are...

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On Halloween, Don’t Be That Parent

So it's Halloween and parents everywhere are finalizing their plans for next week. Candy is purchased and placed in the requisite pumpkin bucket near the front door. Costumes are selected and purchased. And evangelical car trunks stand ready to be decorated for the church parking lot. It's go time. But before you venture out at the end of this week, make sure you are ready, as a parent, for the holiday. To get you ready I'm here with some important things not to do. 1) Don't Be That Parent Who Judges What the Other Parents Do.  Regardless of your parenting posture on Halloween (and if you need help, here's a helpful guide from Russell Moore), don't be the parent who either self-righteously talks about how you shield your kids from the devil's holiday or how you are so much more enlightened than the parents who shield their kids from the devil's holiday. Follow 1 Corinthians...

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