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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
How I Found My Preaching and Speaking Voice

Four lessons that have helped this once-shy guy become confident in front of people

Pastoring the People You Have

We are tempted to put all of our time and energy into the people who don't yet fill our pews. Why this is wrong.

From War to Joy on Christmas

Why the overheated complaining about the "War on Christmas" misses the mark

Why We Need Music to Worship

This Thanksgiving think about worshipping God in song

Dads Should Lead on Thanksgiving

With a little effort, dads can ensure a culture of gratitude and worship on the holiday.

Do We Really Want America to "Go Back"?

Sometimes the language of renewal can offer an uncertain sound and a bad theology.

God Doesn't Care How It Plays in Peoria

What supporters of Herman Cain should be asking but aren't

The Discipline of Going to Church

Attending church can become routine, but this is one routine worth cultivating.

Penn State and the Danger of Insular Communities

What churches and Christian organizations can learn from this horrific story

Why We Are Often "Anti-Big"

Christians should resist the human impulse to irrationally hate anything or anyone "big."

What's the Root Cause of Suffering and How Does this Impact our Charity?

Aaron Armstrong says that understanding the root cause and cure of human suffering is the gateway to effectively alleviating it.

Your Best Testimony: Not Being a Jerk

Sometimes the best opportunity to demonstrate the gospel to those who do not know Jesus is quite simply not being a jerk when you have the opportunity.

Cautions for Christians in a Political Season

As the political season heats up and Christians engage the process, some helpful reminders

Don't Be a Ravioli Parent

Because its easier or perhaps out of fear, we often avoid messy situations, to the detriment of our kids.

Will Pastors Lose Influence in the Culture?

Now that a pastor's sermons can be used as a weapon against a political candidate, what does that mean for the church and the state?

"No, You're Daddy!"

You will be the only dad your kid will ever know. What kind of dad will you be?

Do We Need an Evangelical President?

It's nice to have one of "our guys" in the Oval Office, but it doesn't validate our faith.

He Didn't Cash In

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about persecuted Cubs fan Steve Bartman is that he didn't cash in when he could have.

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  • September 30, 2011 |
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Saying Nice Things about People With Whom You Disagree

Is it possible, in this highly charged culture, to say nice things about people whose policies you despise?

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  • September 27, 2011 |
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Are Pre-Packaged Sermon Ideas a Good Idea for Pastors?

The ethics of using someone else's sermons

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  • September 19, 2011 |
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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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