Author: Daniel Darling

Spiritual Disciplines for Busy Men

I’ve been a Christian for almost all of my life—35 years—and yet when I see the word “Spiritual disciplines,” I cringe inwardly. Part of this discomfort is my own sinful tendency. I am, as the songwriter says, “Prone to wander.” The other part of my discomfort, however, stems from a misunderstanding of what it means to walk with God. I’ve come to learn that spiritual disciplines are simple practices, ways of denying ourselves so that we can be filled more with love and adoration and worship of Christ. It doesn’t mean, however, that the way I intake spiritual content...

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Boring Church Services Changed My Life

I’ve never really had a moment in my life—39 years—when I wasn’t going to church. My parents got engaged and married in the church. I was born into, raised in, and baptized in the church. My parents, first-generation Christians, were devout church-goers. We went every time the doors were open—and many times when they weren’t. My father, a plumber, volunteered thousands of man-hours helping build church buildings. My mother volunteered, worked as a secretary, and later served as a preschool teacher. Since the age of five, I sat in church services: Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and Wednesday night prayer...

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How Pastors Can Help Their People Find Their Calling

I remember sitting in church hearing sermon after sermon on the importance of giving it all up to serve God. These were great convicting sermons God used to melt my heart toward him. But I never knew exactly what God’s will looked like, specifically. Did it mean leaving it all behind to go to the mission field? Did it mean surrendering to the “so-called” full-time ministry? Could non-professional ministry types possibly be doing God’s will in the “secular” culture? It wasn’t until much later, after studying Scripture and reading some helpful books such as Just Do Something by Kevin...

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Addressing Cultural Issues in the Pulpit

How do pastors preach on contemporary cultural issues? Or should they? This is a question every pastor faces as he contemplates both the spiritual needs of his congregation, the questions swirling in society, and the weighty commission to preach the Word of God. When I pastored, I constantly wrestled with when to address certain topics, how to address them, and in what format. I’ve also observed and watched pastors of large and small churches organize their preaching. Here are a few ways I’ve seen pastors address contemporary cultural issues: Textual Personally, I feel the most healthy way for pastors to structure...

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Six Ways Pastors Can Equip Churches to Engage Cultural Issues

Editor’s note: The purpose of this series is to write on “Issues in the Church” that either aren’t talked about, ignored entirely, or that we want to contribute to the discussion on. Our goal with this series is to help our readers think through these issues from a biblical worldview with lots of practical gospel-application. Read the rest of the series here. ************************************************** “We don’t preach politics here.” This word, from our pastors, is what we want to hear on Sunday. We don’t want our weekly gatherings to be a political party rally. We don’t want our small groups...

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