Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

The Way Home: Russell Moore on being created in the image of God

This episode is part of a special series of podcasts in conjunction with the release of The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God's Rich Vision for Humanity. In this series, Dan is bringing together leaders and thinkers whose work helps Christians think well about what it means to be human. What does it mean to be created in the image of God? How does this relate to human dignity? Russell Moore joins this special edition of the podcast. Dr. Moore is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. You can pre-order The Dignity Revolution today and receive a free one-year subscription to Light Magazine. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: russellmoore.com and erlc.com Twitter: @drmoore ...

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Behold Your Mother

“Yeah, well, we’re leaving tomorrow for vacation.” This was the stunning response I received from the adult daughter of an ill and elderly church member when I called to let them know her father was in the hospital, hanging on to life. I wish I could say this was a rare exception, but I’d be lying. When I pastored a mostly elderly congregation, I was shocked at the cavalier attitude of their Christian children. These were otherwise professing, faithful, generous believers who, nonetheless, seemed dismissive about their parents. I’m not referring to the very difficult decision many face of whether to personally care for parents in the home or to find them a facility where their needs can best be met. This is always a complex and difficult decision and it’s not the same for every family in this situation. What is clear, however, is the responsibility of children to stewardship, oversight, and...

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The Way Home: Rich Stearns on human dignity and the Great Commission

This episode is part of a special series of podcasts in conjunction with the release of The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God's Rich Vision for Humanity. In this series, Dan is bringing together leaders and thinkers whose work helps Christians think well about what it means to be human. He has traveled all over the world in a 20-year career, helping World Vision bring help and hope to the most vulnerable. World Vision CEO Rich Stearns joins me to talk about what he's learned about a Christian's call to both the Great Commission and Great Commandment, about leadership in a multi-national Christian organization, and why he still thinks too many Christians have a hole in their gospel. You can pre-order The Dignity Revolution today and receive a free one-year subscription to Light Magazine. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: worldvision.org Twitter: @RichStearns ...

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The Worst Ministry Advice I Ever Received

“Son,” the pastor whispered to me as he put his hand on my shoulder, “You need to listen up to what I’m about to tell you, because it will be the key to your ministry success.” I leaned in, eager to hear this crucial insight. “Don’t become friends with anyone in your congregation.” This pastor was only a few years older than me, but he’d grown up in a pastor’s home. He was scarred from the abuse he’d seen his father suffer and from his own experiences in ministry. To be fair, his advice did contain some bits of wisdom. There is a danger for leaders in allowing friendship to cloud judgment or show favoritism. If we’re not careful, we’ll allow ministry to either damage relationships or to keep us from necessary confrontations. I think he was genuinely trying to warn me about these pitfalls. But is this detached view of leadership, espoused in many...

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