Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Abortion Meets a New Generation

As evangelicals who came of age during the culture wars, we're part of a generation ready to move past the pitched left-right debates. The critiques of Christian political activism have held some merit: A hyper-focus on elections, voter guides, and strategy has often buried the gospel story. Sometimes following Christ has strangely looked like following an elephant or a donkey. We need the hope, optimism, and willingness of a new generation of evangelicals to get dirty serving the poor, fighting for justice, and eschewing party labels. Their wide-eyed engagement has awakened new interest in bipartisan horrors such as human trafficking, environmental degradation, the orphan crisis, and child poverty in underdeveloped nations. And yet, in our rush to justice, we cannot forget the prophet Micah's haunting words: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to...

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The Way Home: Alan Noble on speaking truth in a distracted age

Alan Noble joins the podcast to talk about his new book Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. The book "casts a new vision for the evangelical imagination, calling us away from abstraction and cliché to a more faithful embodiment of the gospel for our day." Dr. Noble is Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and author of numerous articles. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: oalannoble.com Twitter: @TheAlanNoble Book: Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age ...

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The Church That Saved Me

When a church looks for a pastor, in most cases, it is looking for a leader who can revive its witness and vitality in the community. So I supposed Gages Lake Bible Church, a small, struggling church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, was looking for a human savior. And while we had some successes in the five years I pastored there—increased attendance, major structural changes, renewed vision, and leadership health—it wasn't me who saved the church. It was the church that saved me. Of course I should begin with the usual Christian caveats. Yes, I realize churches don't save pastors, and pastors don't save churches. Jesus does the saving, both from eternal damnation but also from a self-serving life on earth. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. But God's instruments for renewal come most often in human form. For my wife Angela and me and our four children, Gages Lake was...

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