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

No Balance is Necessary

Today for Leadership Journal, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite pastors and authors, Kevin DeYoung of University Reformed Church in Lansing, Michigan. If you haven't read DeYoung's books, Just Do Something, Why We Love the Church, and Hole in Our Holiness, well then you need to read them. You should also follow his blog, where he posts excellent, balanced content on the life of the Church. One of the questions I asked Kevin was related to the tension between grace and the pursuit of holiness: There is a tension in the New Testament. On the one hand we are told, over and over again, that sanctification is all of grace. And yet there are a lot of active verbs which urge Christians to strive and toil and work in pursuit of holiness. How do pastors balance this in their preaching? In one sense, no balance is necessary. We can’t work too hard...

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Friday Five: Tyler Braun

Tyler Braun is a pastor from Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife Rose. His first book, Why Holiness Mattters releases August 1st. You can find Tyler on Twitter, Facebook, or his blog, manofdepravity.com. The title of your book is Why Holiness Matters, so in a nutshell, can you tell us why it matters?  So many of us have whittled down following Jesus to set of beliefs rather than a God who desires to apprehend us through his affection for us. First off, holiness matters because God calls us to be holy. Secondly, it matters because the full and abundant life promised to us in Christ is only possible as we journey toward living a holy life. You don't see a ton of books on holiness. Are we afraid of holiness or do we misunderstand it?  I'd say it's most likely a bit of both for all of us.Our fear of it stems from wanting to keep parts of our...

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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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