2013 – The Year That Was

By Daniel Darling

I happen to think New Year’s Day is an underrated holiday. I like the reflection upon a year that was and the anticipation of a year that is to come. It gives us, I think, an opportunity to pray with Moses: “Lord, teach us to number our days” (Psalm 90:12).

2013 was for me a monumental year in many ways. There were several highlights. At the beginning of the year I was engaged in the second semester of my first year at seminary. After 13 years or so of being out of school, I had decided to pursue further theological education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

In January, I had an op-ed published by CNN.

In March, I announced a new partnership with Leadership Journal. In April, I featured my first interview with renowned evangelical scholar and cofounder of The Gospel Coalition, D.A. Carson.


In May, I finished my first year, grateful for all I learned and how it shaped my preaching and writing ministry

In May I also had the privilege of offering the prayer before the Illinois General Assembly.

In July, I saw my fifth book releasedActivist Faithco-written with two of my friends, Dillon Burroughs and Dan King.

In August, I had the privilege of speaking in Canada for TGC Atlantic Canada. I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and ministry with our brothers and sisters north of the border.

In September, our family made a huge move, as I stepped down as Senior Pastor at Gages Lake Bible Church and moved to Nashville, joining Dr. Russell Moore and the team at ERLC.

In December, we joined a new church as we continue to adjust to our new lives in Nashville.

So, as you can see, 2013 was a year of change for the Darling family. In all these changes, God is good and we trust His sovereign hand. We anticipate God’s grace in 2014 as He guides into more growth and change.