Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Hang on a Second, Whoopi

Somehow I got suckered into viewing a small video clip of "The View," that famous forum for conversations centered around Biblical truth. I'm kidding. These women were discussing religion. Apparently the Vatican has released a list of new sins. Whoopi Goldberg started out by saying, "How can the Vatican decided what is a sin? How can there be new sins?" I agree. Sins are defined by what God has said and spoken on in His Word--the Bible whose truth has stood the test of time. But, then Whoopi really went off the reservation. She said this (and I'm really paraphrasing here), "Okay, I think intolerance is a sin." Then she continued, "If you know the Bible, Jesus said, 'Here is what I think, but if you don't agree, that's cool with me." And then the real kicker, "Any religion that says, 'this is the only way is sinful.'" This is where I...

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Let’s Remember That We Are Christians

Over the last few days I've received a plethora of emails and forwarded emails about President Obama and his policies. They are from friends who are rightly concerned with the direction our country is taking. Like many Christians, I'm concerned about his policies. I'm troubled by the excessive spending and what it means for future generations. I'm appalled by abortion policies that degenerate God-given life. I'm troubled by a seeming indifference to Biblical values. But here is the big, "however." However, we as Christians must think and live and act as Christ would have us act. What does this look like under an Obama administration? I'm not totally sure, but I do know this. We must alwasy put our faith first and we must always remember to represent Jesus Christ first and foremost. So that may mean: Not sending emails to our email list that call Obama everything...

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Fired Up For Sunday

As I write this, I'm in the throes of Sunday's message in John 5. This is the third of probably 5 sermons in this chapter. This week we come face to face with Jesus Christ's bold claims. The fact is this: you can't look at Jesus and be neutral. A theology that says Jesus is a good man, a nice teacher, but not Almighty God is not logical. Because Jesus didn't allow you that option. He was the most polarizing figure in the history of the world. You either embrace Him and give your life for him as the disciples and countless Christians have or you hate him as the religious figures of His day did. Jesus not only claimed to be God--which was an outrageous, bold, heretical statement to the orthodox Jew of His day, but inherent in that claim was the power to raise the dead, to give...

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Quotes on Who Jesus Is

I'm ready for my Sunday Sermon on John 5:17-24. Here are some quotes I'm using: I love this famous C.S. Lewis quote from Mere Christianity: "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for...

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