Daniel Darling is a bestselling author, pastor, and podcast host.
I saw an offering plate before I was even old enough to attend church. My father was a lay elder and church treasurer. This usually meant I got to stay and play with my friends long after the services were finished, because Dad was counting the offering. The offering plate is as indelible in my mind as any image from over four decades of attending church—that smooth wooden bowl with a felt liner that got passed down the row every time we gathered for worship. I also remember watching my father help pass the plate on Sundays and hearing my…Continue Reading
One of the most poignant scenes in the Easter narrative was written by someone who was not there, but who investigated the claims of the Christian movement and was able to paint for readers an agonizing scene of shame and betrayal. Luke, a medical doctor by trade and commissioned to chronicle the Jesus movement, zooms in on the ashen visage of Simon Peter as he utters his final denial of Jesus. Alone among the gospel writers, Luke captures Jesus’ slightly turned face, his eyes catching one of his most loyal lieutenants in his worst moment. Simon Peter seemed the least likely to feign…Continue Reading
Too often our politics is one of mere deconstruction. Our advocacy is less about building coalitions of support to advance human flourishing or to advocate for a vulnerable people group but is instead a kind of performative activism. This is why often the fights we see play out in the public square are less between opposing ideas but between people who, on a political Venn diagram, actually agree with each other. Building something takes hard work and ingenuity and patience. But online purity tests, launched with memes and snark, are easy. Today, our politics, our “speaking out” is not really…Continue Reading
Today, J.D. Greear joins me again on The Way Home podcast. J.D. is the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and the senior pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina. J.D. Greear wrote a new book called “Just Ask: The Joy…Continue Reading
Today, Patrick Schreiner joins me again on The Way Home podcast. Patrick is part of a family of theologians. His father, Tom Schreiner, is a renowned New Testament theologian. Patrick is a New Testament scholar in his own right. He currently serves…Continue Reading