Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "faithful"

The Grace of Radical Ordinariness

There has been much discussion in the evangelical world about the call to radical discipleship. Perhaps it began with Matthew Lee Anderson's corrective to books by men like David Platt, Francis Chan, and others. I thought Matt's piece was very helpful. On other hand, I have also been encouraged by the books and movements Anderson sought to correct. David Platt and Francis Chan and others are right in pushing the American church from it's lethargy, of echoing Jesus call to radical discipleship. Where the conversation, I think, is unhelpful is when it devolved into a sort of mockery of some of the radical message. I felt Anthony Bradley's piece in World was unfair and, at times, snarky and dismissive of genuine attempts at Christian faithfulness. I also disliked Erick Erickson's piece, which demonstrated a sort of dismissive, broad-brush approach to Christian's answer the call to go serve Christ in hard places. The...

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How You Can Best Help Your Church

If you're a Christian, whether you realize it or not, you are called, by God, to be on mission in the world. This is the essence of the gospel call, that you were not simply saved from death but also saved for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10). That purpose is to make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). And the way God has called you to make disciples is through the local church, His expression of His body in your community. So how do you help your disciple-making, evangelistic, Bible-preaching church with its mission? You might think I'm going to say something really cool like: "go to another conference with a well-known speaker" or "read and then pass along to your pastor that best-selling book" or "get your pastor to do this or that new, innovative church ministry model." Those are all good efforts. And if you are in a position of influence, please use that to move your church...

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5 (Actually 6) Words for Millennial Christians

A lot has been written and said about the millennial generation in the church. Though the exact parameters are vague, millennials are generally thought to have been born somewhere between 1980-1999. Essentially we're talking about the new generation of Christian leaders, at or around 30 years old. I was born in 1978, so I may or may not be millenial :). We are a generation characterized by action, by activism, by new resurgent interests in orthodoxy and theology. In many ways, it's a great time for the church. But with every movement comes pitfalls and cautions. And so as a young leader, I just wanted to offer six words leaders in my generation may want to consider: Humility. As young leaders, are often infused with great confidence and conviction. "Let's go change the world." This is a good instinct, but we must guard against a sort of generational pride. This is the idea that...

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