Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "leadership journal"

Preaching as a Craft to Be Cultivated.

I love preaching. I love the act of preaching and I love listening to preaching. There is something wild and mysterious and beautiful about God's Word flowing through a flawed man empowered by the Holy Spirit as a primary delivery method for spiritual change. This week I had the chance to interview Matt Woodley, managing editor of PreachingToday.com, an excellent resource for pastors and church leaders. Our conversation was wide-ranging, really. I queried him on plagiarism, fact-checking pastors, etc. But my favorite part was reading Matt's thoughts on the act of preaching itself. Here's a question I asked him: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming pastor or church leader about preaching, what would you tell him? Love preaching. It is a craft like mending shoes, fixing cars, throwing a curve ball, writing poetry, performing surgery, teaching British literature, and so on. You can grow as a...

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Is Power Always A Bad Thing?

How should followers of Jesus think about the use of power? That's a question Christianity Today executive editor Andy Crouch addresses in his latest book, Playing God. I had the chance to ask him about this and other questions in a wide-ranging interview for Leadership Journal. Here's an excerpt: Your latest book, Playing God ventures into what you might call the "third rail" of evangelicalism, the idea of power. It seems we are afraid of power—is that due to so many examples of corruption and tyranny? Evangelicalism inherits the legacy of dissenting churches that were disenfranchised (by choice or by others' force) from their culture and the more established churches, and folks who found themselves in a minority position. It's also a movement that has always leaned towards individualism and away from institutionalism, for better and for worse. So it's not surprising that power is a topic that has seemed distant or downright dangerous for...

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Every Member Has a Role

Today, for Leadership Journal, I talk to Thom Rainer, CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources. I always enjoy Thom's insights on leadership and church life. His podcast Rainer on Leadership is a great listen and his blog is a go-to source for leadership content. I asked Thom about this latest book, I Am a Church Member where he challenges Christians to take their local church involvement seriously: In your latest book, I Am A Church Member, you give guidelines for what “faithful church membership” looks like. Does the average Christian understand his or her responsibility as a church member? No. We have failed to communicate the biblical tenets of church membership. For the typical church member, membership means rights and perks. But the biblical concept of membership means that we serve, we forsake our preferences, and we seek unity in the body. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul reminds us that every member has a role,...

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People Are Hungry for Substance

Today I interview Stephen Miller for Leadership Journal. Stephen is a singer/songwriter and the worship pastor for The Journey Church in St. Louis. I've enjoyed Stephen's music and his leadership in the Christian music world. His latest book is somewhat provocative: Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars.  You're part of a growing movement writing hymns for the church and recapturing old hymns. How do you explain this new popularity? People are hungry for substance. There is a reason so many of the old hymns have stood the test of time and we still have them today. For the most part, hymn writers were pastors and theologians whose primary concern was teaching powerful, right doctrine to their congregations in a memorable way. We have the privilege of standing on the shoulders of these giants and building on the foundations they laid in order to shape the Gospel in our people. A lot of my...

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