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The Blog of Darryl Dash

This blog is about how Jesus changes everything. He changes:

Our relationship with God

Our relationship with others

Our vocations - how we live and work in this world

Our ministries

This blog exists to explore some of the ways that Jesus changes everything. It provides resources and articles that will help you think about the ways that Jesus can change every part of your life.

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. (C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace)

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Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon

If you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, start by dropping these familiar fallacies.

The Preacher's Cheat-Sheet

Here are two lists that have been very helpful to me. I combine them into what I affectionately call my Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet.

Churches “Pandering” to Millennials?

Ordering one’s life around faith and the church requires considerable sacrifice. Therefore, people have to see why church is so compelling that they would bother to get out of bed on Sunday morning. Moralistic pabulum and vague niceties don’t cut it. Pastors and teachers need to constantly trumpet the shocking claims of the gospel.

How to Avoid Burnout

One of the most important strategies in avoiding burnout is to get rest. Without rest, burnout is inevitable. Without rest, collapse is certain.

Stop Asking for a Sign

Stop asking for a sign, a story of success, before being willing to try something new.

Foundations and Cracked Doors

Starting a ministry will mean facing many disappointments and enduring lonely moments. We have to become experts at embracing the challenge and turning to God in prayer to watch Him crack the door and lay the foundation.

Please Don't Make My Funeral All About Me

What you must not do at my funeral is make it all about me. What I want most is that "Christ will be honored in [my] body, whether in life or in death" (Phil.1:20).

Saturday Links

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10 Ideas from Wise Leaders

Look at these ten creative actions I’ve learned from others.

Let’s Stop Forgiving Those Who Don’t Want Forgiveness

Forgiving someone before they repent is un-godlike, avoids dealing with serious issues, and while it might offer some temporary and superficial relief, does not produce long-term satisfaction to the conscience nor reconciliation.

The Quickest Way To Become a Better Teacher

Slow down.

Defending Eutychus

Let your sermons be engaging, and let your eyes be open, by all means, but - most of all - let your hearts be eager to be where God is making himself known through the preached word.

REST

The phrase, “restful meetings” does not have to be an oxymoron.

“Rest” and “meetings” can and should go hand-in-hand.

Ministry teams can and should become small groups. Ministry meetings can become small group meetings where everyone leaves rested and energized.

What Suffering Does

The right response to this sort of pain is not pleasure. It’s holiness.

The Church and the LGBT Community: Is There A Way Forward?

Liberal sexual orthodoxy is rigorously enforced, and traditional religious orthodoxy is being pushed to the margins.

So what are Christians to do? What’s a way forward for the church and the culture at large?

Here are three possible steps...

Top 300 Church Blogs

There are thousands of ministry blogs to read, but do you ever wonder which ones everyone else is reading? I do, which is why I have compiled a list of the world’s most read Christian faith blogs.

Saturday Links

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7 Reasons We Don’t Make Disciples

Leaders as well as churchgoers are weary of the impersonal, performance-based, people-in-the-pews approach. We are tired of the show. We have not been called to entertain an audience—we have been commissioned to train an army.

Let’s Mass Produce Discipleship

We mass produce discipleship by discipling a few who then disciple more and it multiplies. If we try another way, we’re just gathering crowds and assuming that our different variations of sermons will do the trick — that hasn’t worked for decades.

Well-Oiled Machine or Well-Watered Garden?

Jesus invented the church; let's allow him to lead it while we cultivate a flourishing well-watered garden first and a well-oiled machine second.

What Worship Style Attracts the Millennials?

You will hear Millennials speak less and less about worship style. Their focus is on theologically rich music, authenticity, and quality that reflects adequate preparation in time and prayer.

7 Reasons to Slow Down Your Sermon

Space in preaching – slowing down – is a gift. Here are 7 reasons why.

Platt Wasn’t Enough For My Church

A flesh and blood pastor is crucial for the local church because preaching is an act of spiritual warfare. A pastor is a shepherd who fights in the trenches next to his sheep, defending them from the wolves.

Gospel in Life

Resources from the ministry of Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Saturday Links

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Why I'm Not Completely Certain Christianity is True

No, I am not completely (indubitably) certain that Christianity is true. I am not indubitably certain of anything. However, I am sufficiently certain that it is true. So certain that any other choice would be irrational.

If All Religions Are True, Then God Is Cruel

If Islam, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and all the other world religions are true paths to God, then why did God kill his Son, Jesus, in order to make a way for men to come to him? The very notion is absurd and insulting to God.

One Sure Way to Kill Your Church (or Church Plant)

Trying to please people in order to get them to stay will kill your Church Plant.

Pastors, Preach the WHY Before the WHAT

Plans are good. Programs are good. But the why behind the plan and the why behind the program is even better.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Preachers

Aa number of preachers I have observed are incredible in explaining and applying the Word. As a consequence, God changes lives and saves people ... I regularly ask these preachers about the way they go about preparing, preaching, and evaluating their messages.

8 Causes of Spiritual Depression

Most of us go through real times of spiritual melancholy in the Christian life. These are eight of the most common causes.

Saturday Links

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How to Break Free from the Numbers Leash and Cultivate Gardens

Numbers tell us very little about the DNA of Discipleship, Neighborhood Rootedness and Relational Tethering. These things mattered in the 1st Century Church. What if we reoriented around their vitality?

Planned Spontaneity in Our Ministry of the Word

One of the signs of a healthy Christian (indeed a healthy church) is that this ‘Word ministry’ is operating at a number of different levels and in different contexts on a regular basis.

Idolatry in Corporate Worship

What are some of the idols we might battle on Sundays? Here are a few that come to mind.

Gospel-Centered Reduction: Slighting The Spirit

If what we are saying really is gospel-centered, people will be able to tell. And if it is really “gospel-centered” it is ultimately “God-centered.”

3 Reasons We Should Stop Calling People Heretics ... Unless They Are

Calling something a heresy when it isn’t contributes to other serious problems for the church today.

The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points.

8 Ways to Get More Done This Week

Here are 8 ways to take control and get more done this week (and every week).