Daniel Darling

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Why You Should Sing in Church

I’ve been singing in church since before I can remember. As a kid, my mother would dress me up in a suit and tie and our family would attend church Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday. The church I grew up in was pretty conservative, singing only out of the hymnbook, with a simple piano and all four verses of every hymn.

FIRST-PERSON: Pulling in the same direction

One of my favorite books is the narrative nonfiction story Boys in the Boat written by Daniel James Brown. I first read it several years after a recommendation from a friend. I know almost nothing about crew, a sport that has never piqued my interest. Yet Brown’s beautiful storytelling and the unmatched narration of the late Edward Herman made this a compelling audiobook listen from the very first sentence.

FIRST-PERSON: The sadness and joy of Holy Week

I came across a Facebook “memory” a few days ago, reminding me of a sad and haunting Easter three years ago where, for the first time in our lives, we couldn’t leave our homes because a deadly virus was on the prowl. I recall the uncertainty and sadness of that moment. Yet, there was a sober confidence that Easter was just what we needed. 

You, Me, and Easter Pharisees

On Easter, we see two diametrically opposed groups of religious leaders find common cause in opposing Jesus; Sadducees because they saw Jesus’ claims of deity, His talk of resurrection and kingdom, and His dismissing of the temple as a threat to their hold on power; and Pharisees because they saw Jesus as a threat to God’s coming kingdom reign, an assault on their desire for spiritual renewal.

FIRST-PERSON: What to say after tragedy

I opened my Bible this morning, the day after our nation’s epidemic of school shootings pierced the tight-knit community we called home for almost a decade, to a familiar psalm. King David writes, “God, hear my cry; pay attention to my prayer. I call to you from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength” (Psalm 61:1-2).

Teach Theology—Your Church Needs It

The 2022 biennial State of Theology study conducted by Lifeway Research revealed some troubling findings about what evangelicals say they believe.

FIRST-PERSON: International swimming body acknowledges reality

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – This past Sunday, FINA, the world governing body for swimming released new guidelines for transgender athletes.

¿Se irá Roe? La filtración al borde de la historia

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Anoche, una filtración sin precedentes del primer borrador de una decisión de la Corte Suprema se filtró a Político, señalando que la Corte Suprema, 49 años después, está preparada para derogar Roe v. Wade. Si este borrador, y los al menos cinco votos a favor de permitir que los estados regulen y prohíban el aborto se mantienen, entonces estamos asistiendo a la historia en dos niveles.

FIRST-PERSON: Will Roe go? The leak at the edge of history

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Last night, an unprecedented leak of the first draft of a Supreme Court decision was leaked to Politico, signaling that the Supreme Court, 49 years later, is poised to repeal Roe v. Wade. If this draft, and the at least five votes voting to allow the states to regulate and ban abortion holds, then we are witnessing history on two levels.

FIRST-PERSON: War in Europe and a Christian response

Vladamir Putin instructed his forces, amassed at the Ukrainian border, to proceed with the first invasion of a sovereign nation by another in nearly a century.