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

Faith at Work: More than Evangelism

A recovery of the doctrine of vocation is one of the most encouraging things I see in the evangelical church. In the last few years, there have been some really good books written on the intersection of faith and work. Work Matters by Tom Nelson and Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller are two notable ones. Recently, pastor Greg Gilbert and businessman Sebastian Traeger coauthored a book, The Gospel at Work that promises to further equip the church to think holistically about the workplace. I had a chance to interview Greg Gilbert for today's edition of The Friday Five for Leadership Journal. Here is one of the questions I asked: I'm guessing the typical Christian, when hearing "the gospel at work" thinks of evangelism. But you are aiming for a more holistic vision of the workplace, right? That's right. This is not really a book about workplace evangelism (though we do talk about that). We're actually aiming...

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Don’t let your kids say this phrase

There is a phrase in our vocabulary that nobody has to teach us to say. It's a phrase kids learn very quickly in childhood. And it's a phrase you should ban in your household: "That's not fair." It sounds innocent enough. Everybody wants life to be fair, right? But this is an insidious phrase, revealing a sin so bankrupt it goes back to the very beginning, back to the Fall of Man. It's essentially what Eve was told by the serpent. "You're getting a raw deal. You're entitled to more. God is holding out on you." If you read Paul's account of the Fall in Romans, you'll discover that it was this attitude--ingratitude and entitlement--that lit the match of sin, plunging Creation into darkness. And it's a surefire way to test your own heart, to see where the idols are. Maybe it seems a bit melodramatic to bring all of this up to my...

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Preach the Gospel and Forget Politics?

Evangelicals are evaluating their posture in an increasingly post-Christian age. This is good, but there are some myths we've adopted that are unhelpful. In my weekly post for ERLC, I tackled five of these. Here is a common one: We should only preach the gospel and make disciples and not worry about politics. Here is my answer: It’s true that no political party or movement can change the world. Sometimes political activism on both the left and the right can be overly triumphalist. Only the gospel, not political ideology, has the power to change hearts. Yes and amen. But the gospel, if you notice, is a rather political statement itself. The gospel declares, first of all, that Christ and not Caesar is the ultimate King (Mark 12:17) and that even the most powerful rulers serve under the authority of King Jesus (Rom. 13:1). Even the most popular prayer in the world, the Lord’s...

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TGC Atlantic Canada

So this week, Angela and I are off to beautiful (so I hear) Prince Edward Island, Canada. We were graciously invited by the Gospel Coalition, Atlantic Canada. I'm preaching two times, conducting a workshop, and participating in some panels (schedule here). We are looking forward to some gospel fellowship with brothers and sisters in the Lord. And maybe we'll get in some sight-seeing as well. My wife is interested in touring some of the Anne of Green Gables sights. Ok, I'll admit that, as an avid watcher of Anne (mancard = gone) in my youth, I'm curious about the sights as well. If you are attending, can't wait to meet up with you. While I'm gone, the blogging will be light. On Thursday, my friend Dave Jenkins will guest post with some wisdom from his experience caring for a parent with a serious illness. On Wednesday, I"ll have a post...

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