Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

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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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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