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

What Is the Lord Asking of Me In This Moment?

I'm currently reading through Marilynne Robinsons' beautifully written, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead. Here's a quote from the main character, Congregationalist pastor, John Ames: This is an important thing, which I have told many people, and which my father told me, and which his father told him. When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you. So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation? If you confront insult or antagonism, your first impulse will be to respond in kind. But if you think, as it were, This is an emissary sent from the Lord, and some benefit is intended for me, first of all the occasion to demonstrate my faithfulness, the chance to show that I do in some small degree participate in the grace that saved me, you are free to act otherwise...

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Pastors, Love the Ones You’re With – The Gospel Coalition Blog

The Gospel Coalition graciously posted another of my articles. This one is about a new lesson I learned from a familiar passage: I've read 1 Peter 5:1 many times. As a young pastor, I'm paying more attention to its straightforward directives for my calling as a shepherd. But it wasn't until a few weeks ago that the simple, often overlooked phrase "among you" leaped off the page and into my mind. Why did Peter add this prepositional phrase? We know he wasn't meeting an editor's quota. And unlike so much of my writing, the inspired Word of God doesn't contain throwaway phrases. No filler here. So this means the phrase has significance. Peter could have easily said, "Shepherd the flock of God." But he didn't, because there is a lesson in that seemingly innocuous string of words. via Pastors, Love the Ones You’re With – The Gospel Coalition Blog....

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