Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

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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The Way Home: Justin Giboney on being pro-life and pro-justice

This episode is the last 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 pro-life and pro-justice? Justin Giboney joins the podcast to discuss both of these important topics. Justin is the co-founder and president of The And Campaign (&). He is also an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, Ga. You can pre-order The Dignity Revolution today and receive a free one-year subscription to Light Magazine. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: theandcampaign.com Twitter: @justinegiboney ...

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Joni Eareckson Tada on dignity and advocating for people with disabilities

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 a God reflector? How do we act out of humility rather than pride? Joni Eareckson Tada joins me to discuss this and more. Joni is the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center and is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. You can pre-order The Dignity Revolution today and receive a free one-year subscription to Light Magazine. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: joniandfriends.org Twitter: @joniandfriends ...

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How Did Jesus View the Bible?

When I pastored my small, theologically conservative church, I could safely assume the people sitting in the pews on Sunday morning to hear me preach believed that the Bible they held in their hands was God's Word. But what exactly does that mean? Enter Pastor Kevin DeYoung. His book, Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me (Crossway, 2014) doesn't break any new ground in the debates over inerrancy. Coming in at just under 140 pages, this is a quick and easy read. But that's just the point. DeYoung synthesizes the best scholarly arguments for the reliability, trustworthiness, and inspiration of Scriptures and presents them in a way that my deacons could digest and understand. What is helpful about DeYoung is his willingness to address contemporary questions about Scripture and our perennial desire to mold Scripture to our current context....

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