Daniel Darling is the director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Assistant Professor of Faith and Culture at Texas Baptist College. He has served in churches in Illinois and Tennessee, and he is also a bestselling author of several books, including “The Original Jesus,” “A Way With Words,” and his latest, “Agents of Grace: How to Bridge Divides and Love as Jesus Loved.”
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Key Questions for Daniel Darling
-Why do you think Christians are so divided right now?
-How do church leaders approach divisions among God’s people, particularly when we’re facing events like another presidential election?
-As we look toward the 2024 election, what can pastors do to remind members to root themselves in their biblical identity?
-How do pastors fight cynicism amid the divisiveness they have dealt with over the past three years?
Key Quotes From Daniel Darling
“I think what’s happening in the church is mirroring what’s happening in the culture…Christians should actually be countercultural in this way in that despite deep disagreements, we’re able to unify around the things that matter.”
“Part of the problem is Christians today, when we’re fighting over tertiary issues—we’re spending all of our time and energy on those things—we actually take time and resources away from fighting for really good and important and ultimate things.”
“I think it’s not necessarily that we shouldn’t fight. It’s how we fight and what we are fighting for.”
“If we are losing our place in the culture, this is the time to unify.”
“If we spend all of our time on petty things, we don’t have time for the really important things.”
“We have so many digital inputs. We have to teach people how to manage their lives in a digital age. And in many ways it’s a spiritual formation issue.”