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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,'s Belief Blog, and other newspapers and opinion sites. He is a featured blogger for, and, 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
Say It Ain't So, Joe: The Real Message of Jesus

When it comes to Jesus' message, TV commentator Joe Scarborough is half right. But it's the other half he omits that is the most troublesome.

Five Convenient Christian Punching Bags

If you read a Christian book or hear a sermon, chances are you will find one of these easy marks

Why Christians Aren't the Point of Easter

The Resurrection is not just a nice capstone to the Christian story. It is the story.

5 Attitudes for a Christian in a Political Season

When we engage politics, it's too easy to check our Christianity at the door

Five Reasons Why Pastors Should Write

Some say it's a distraction for pastors to write. I say it's a useful ministry tool

Book Review: Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal

A beautiful, poignant, heartfelt journey into the heart of suffering and faith

5 Pitfalls for Young Church Leaders

Some temptations that bedevil young Christian leaders like myself

Can We Build the Church By Being Against the Church?

We shouldn't be building our personal ministries based on criticism of the rest of the body of Christ.

Five Ways to Pray for Your Community

Join God's mission of seeking and saving the lost

5 Ways to Pray for Your Church

How to intercede for the imperfect church you serve

5 Ways You Can Help Your Church

Yes, your church is imperfect. I get that. But here's how you, an imperfect sinner yourself, can make it better.

A Better Way to Discern

We need a more humble approach in our discernment, because those with whom we disagree are brothers and sisters in the Lord.

When Partisanship Blinds

Defenders of Newt Gingrich's moral indiscretions reveal a startling hypocrisy among those who once claimed the importance of character.

Friday Five: Ed Welch

A bestselling Christian counselor and author shares how Christians can overcome their fear of what others think

Creativity is Cool, but So is Maturity

Sometimes we forget that pastors are supposed to be the "adults in the room."

Friday Five: Matthew Lee Anderson

The author of Earthen Vessels shares why evangelicals need a robust theology of the body.

A Novel Every Christian Should Read

One author personalizes the scourge of human trafficking in a way that can only provoke you to action.

Permission to Pursue What You Love

If you want to find your God-given calling, you'll have to push against these two lies

Real Christmas Joy

Giving gifts, charity, parties, feasts -- these are not against real Christmas, they are the outgrowth of gospel joy.

Why Your Pastor Shouldn't Be Your Podcast

Yes, a podcast can't be your pastor, but your pastor shouldn't be your podcast, either.

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