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

Speaking with Grace: The gospel and the way we speak

Over at ERLC.com, I'm in the midst of a series of blog posts on speaking with grace in the culture. Here's the second in this series:  Mark DeMoss is a longtime public relations consultant who has represented some of the most well known evangelical figures such as Jerry Falwell and Chuck Colsen. DeMoss has also served as an adviser for several presidential candidates. In 2009, conservative DeMoss teamed up with liberal Lanny Davis to create the Civility Project. Both men, informed by their Christian faith, were deeply convicted by the caustic rhetoric consistently employed by both sides of our political divide. The two men sent letters to every sitting member of Congress and every governor with a simple request. Would each public servant sign this simple pledge? I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior. I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them. I will stand against incivility...

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5 Things I Learned in Canada Last Week

So last week my wife and I came back from a week of preaching and teaching and fellowship on Prince Edward Island in Atlantic Canada. I was honored to be one of the speakers at The Gospel Coalition, Atlantic Canada. We had an absolutely lovely time up there and I wanted to share with you about some of our experiences: 1) It's an honor to be invited to share God's Word with any audience. I hope this feeling never wears off, but every time I'm asked to preach somewhere, I feel a tremendous privilege. To hold in our hands the very precious words of the living God and to be used by the Spirit of God to teach His people is a gift of grace. For someone to trust me to handle the Word before their people is a job I try not to take lightly. All pastors and Christian speakers should...

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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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How I Found My Preaching and Speaking Voice

Growing up, public speaking was something I both enjoyed and dreaded. I enjoyed the preparation for a speech (still do), but always got the intense butterflies in public. Especially in school where one Rick-Perry like flub could ignite the snickering chorus in the front row of our high-school. I know because when I wasn't speaking, I was a charter member of that chorus. Before I became a pastor, I spent almost a decade as a writer and editor for a Christian organization. This meant I did very little public speaking, though towards the end of my tenure there I had more preaching, teaching, and even worship-leading opportunities. Still, when I came to Gages Lake Bible Church in the fall of 2008, I was a bit nervous in front of a crowd, especially as a preacher handling the Word of God. But it's been almost four years of preaching and while nobody would...

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