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

If There is No Sin, There is No Grace

Be of sin, the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure - Augustus Toplady There is a hesitance, actually more like a firm resistance, to calling any behavior, "sin." When the issue of sexual lifestyles are discussed, even evangelicals are wary of labeling any one behavior as sin. It's the word we want to run far, far way from. Nobody sins anymore. They make mistakes. They were born that way. They are misunderstood. The Bible, however, has clear categories. And some things are sin. Sexual license is sin. Murder is sin. Libel is sin. Gossip is sin. Furthermore, the Bible doesn't just say that humans commit sin, but that humans are actually, by nature, sinners. That is they aren't naturally good people who sometimes fall off the wagon and sin. We are sinners by nature. But what about grace? Isn't the church supposed to be about spreading the good news that God...

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When Partisanship Blinds

You don't have to be a political junkie to know that GOP voters are in the midst of primary season, choosing whom they'd like to face off against President Obama in the fall. Many conservative Christians are tuning in and making choices. Politics in America is a necessary evil. We need good Christians in levels of government to help shape society. But politics often plays to our basest instincts, drawing even good people into silly partisan games and blinding them to reality. Such is the case with Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, architect of the Contract with America and a brilliant man of ideas in the Republican Party. I've often admired Newt for his willingness to think outside of the same set of conservative talking points (low taxes, strong defense, limited government). But as is well known, Newt has significant weaknesses as a leader, not the least of which...

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