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Daniel Darling Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

Daniel Darling

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Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC). For five years, Dan served as Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and is the author of several books, including Teen People of the Bible, Crash Course, iFaith, Real, and his latest, Activist Faith. He is a weekly contributor to Out of Ur, the blog of Leadership Journal. His work has been featured in evangelical publications such as Relevant Magazine, Homelife, Focus on the Family, Marriage Partnership, In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley. He has guest-posted on leading blogs such as Michael Hyatt, The Gospel Coalition, OnFaith (Washington Post), and others. He is a contributing writer for many publications including Stand Firm, Enrichment Journal and others. Dan’s op-eds have appeared in Washington Posts’ On Faith, CNN.com's Belief Blog, and other newspapers and opinion sites. He is a featured blogger for Crosswalk.com, Churchleaders.com and Believe.com, Covenant Eyes, G92, and others. Publisher's Weekly called his writing style "substantive and punchy." Dan is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on TV and radio outlets across the country, including CNN, 100 Huntley Street, Moody Broadcasting Network, Harvest Television, The Sandy Rios Show, American Family Radio, the Salem Radio Network, and a host of other local and national Christian media. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area. Daniel is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Literary Agency
5 Things a Daughter Needs from Her Dad

Intentional words and actions from a father to his girls

If There is No Sin, There Is No Grace

Why the gospel forces us to talk about two realities at the same time

When We Trade Unity for Clicks

What bothers me is that it seems that we are tempted to trade unity for blog traffic.

How God Uses Relationships to Make You Better

The idea of Western individual spirituality--me and God--actually hurts the process of change.

Why You Need Your Church Every Day

Church attendance is about more than personal self-improvement. It's about body life.

Writing, like anything worth doing takes work . . . and love

You must love to write if you are to endure

What We Don't Want to Hear: Leadership is Hard

Its far easier to lob criticism from the sidelines. Maybe it's time we give our leaders a break

5 Reflections on the Pro-Life Movement

The shape of prolife activism in the 21st Century

The Kingdom of Disney and the Kingdom of God

When it comes to Disney, let's dismiss the faulty theology, but celebrate it's creativity and beauty.

What Advent Is And Why We Should Celebrate

Christmas signals the start of something radically new and for that we should rejoice

Evangelism as a Journey Instead of a Deal

We have to start looking at evangelism as less than a one-time, do or die opportunity and more of a journey.

5 Things I've Learned About Marriage in 10 Years

I'm not an expert on marriage and by some standards I'm still a rookie. But I have learned a few things in these ten wonderful years.

A God For Every Part of This Tragedy

When evil unveils its ugly face, we must turn to God and bare our souls. Each part of this tragedy finds a God standing ready to hear the cries of the grieving.

Three Reasons Why Christians Should Keep Their Cool

Yes, the end is near. Which means we should be sober, mature, and discerning.

What You Don't Like About Your Church (and why it's good)

If there is something about your church you dislike, consider it an opportunity to sacrifice for the greater good of the body.

The Lincoln Movie and Racial Reconciliation

An inspiring movie and a great cause at the heart of God

Three Pitfalls for Young Evangelical Leaders

As I interact and read some of the work of the evangelicals in my generation I'm noticing some tendencies. I notice them in my own leadership and in the leadership of others. Here are the three that concern me most:

What We Really Should Be Teaching Our Kids

Behavior modification is important, but not as important as the truth about their own sinful condition.

20 Random Things I'm Thankful For in 2012

I love Thanksgiving. Here are twenty random things in no certain order that I'm thankful for:

What if Gratitude Was Our First Language?

Imagine the impact if this attitude prevailed among God's people. Imagine the impact if it simply prevailed in me.

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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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