Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

A Ministry of the Mundane

I’ll never forget the quiet of the church building on my first day as pastor. I had previously served on a large church staff with many action-packed weekly ministries. The building was a beehive of activity. But in my new role as pastor of a small church, it was a different experience, one my Bible-college training and Christian upbringing didn’t quite prepare me for. I suspect most of my ministry colleagues have made similar adjustments. I once heard Chuck Swindoll say to a gathering of ministers, “In ministry life, there are more moments of the mundane than the magnificent.” This is true, but why is it so hard to adjust to a ministry of the mundane? Pastors are rightly motivated to see God do a grand work in their midst. After all, that’s why we surrendered to the call to ministry in the first place. We want to be vessels through which...

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The Way Home: Brandon Smith on how the Old Testament applies today

How does the Old Testament fit in with the rest of the Bible? And how does this apply to me today? My friend Brandon D. Smith of B&H Publishing stops by to share some of his insight. Brandon is the author of They Spoke of Me: How Jesus Unlocks the Old Testament. He also serves at City Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and co-hosts the Word Matters podcast. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: secundumscripturas.com and centerforbaptistrenewal.com Podcast: wordmatterspod.com Book: They Spoke of Me: How Jesus Unlocks the Old Testament ...

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The Essential Art of Forgiveness in Ministry

I’ll never forget where I was when I nearly quit the ministry: sitting in my office at church, weeping. My wife was out of town with our children, ministering to a friend whose husband had just died from cancer. It was very early in my first pastorate. Being a senior pastor was new, different, and somewhat frightening. I was experiencing the betrayal of a church leader close to me, someone who had discipled me, mentored me, and ordained me for ministry. What began, I thought, as constructive criticism, soon turned into private and public slander. This new opposition wasn’t the kind of friendly and constructive criticism I’d expected and sought from people I’d grown up idolizing. This wasn’t coaching from older, wiser, pastors. This was jealousy, bullying, and threats. And it was deeply personal. His disapproval of me had not stemmed from integrity issues, doctrinal issues, or even leadership failures. It was simply...

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The Way Home: Brian Dembowczyk on passing the gospel to the next generation

How can parents effectively communicate the truths of Scripture in a way that is lasting for their children? Brian Dembowczyk joins me to share some practical ways parents, teachers, and leaders can be intentional about passing on the gospel to the next generation. Brian is the managing editor of The Gospel Project at LifeWay. He is the author of Cornerstones: 200 Questions and Answers to Learn Truth and Gospel-Centered Kids Ministry: How the Gospel Will Transform Your Kids, Your Church, Your Community, and the World. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: gospelproject.com Twitter: @briandembo and @Gospel_Project Book: Cornerstones: 200 Questions and Answers to Learn Truth and Cornerstones: 200 Questions and Answers to Teach Truth (Parent Guide) ...

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