Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Love the Church More than its Health

This is an implicit danger for all of us who have learned much from God-given books and conferences and ministries about “healthy churches.” We start loving the idea of a healthy church more than the church God has placed us in.

Links for your weekend reading:

Love the Church More than its Health

This is an implicit danger for all of us who have learned much from God-given books and conferences and ministries about “healthy churches.” We start loving the idea of a healthy church more than the church God has placed us in.

The Dangerous Divide Between Theology and Practicality

An unnecessary divide between theology and methodology is unwise.

Why Knowing Your Flock Is Critical for Meaningful Preaching

There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.

Watch 6,000 Years of Urbanization in 3 Minutes

Max Galka at Metrocosm has taken the most comprehensive dataset on cities and made it come alive in a new video.

Why Even Driving Through Suburbia Is Soul Crushing

It’s telling that we have no widespread cultural vernacular for why classical urban settlements, which draw on millennia of intellectual background and corpuses of architectural knowledge, are pleasant.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

The Hardest Thing

The hardest thing probably isn't the hardest thing.

Life and ministry are full of pain. You will experience betrayal, setbacks, hardship, and disappointment. It's inevitable. We live in a fallen world.

I have a theory that these setbacks and difficulties aren't the hardest thing. The hardest thing is the thought that our suffering doesn't have a purpose.

Suffering becomes a lot easier when we know that the suffering has a purpose.

I've been thinking recently about the apostle Paul. If anyone knew about suffering, he did. In 2 Corinthians he outlines his sufferings in detail. But Paul knows something that makes all the difference: his suffering has purpose.

It's why Paul says, "We do not lose heart...So we are always of good courage." Paul doesn't run from the pain. Instead, he runs to the purpose.

We'll never be able to outrun the pain. As we run to God, though, we discover that he is accomplishing his purposes in our suffering. It doesn't take away the pain, but it sure makes a difference.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

The Basics

The older I get, the more I try to remember the basics.

This is what I appreciate in the pastors I love. These are the qualities I want to see in my life.

A deepening love for the Lord — Nobody should be more amazed by the depth of God's grace than the pastor. The thing that people need most from a pastor isn't strategy or charisma. It's a heart that is alive to the triune God.

A genuine, loving marriage — I remember seeing Jill Briscoe laugh at Stu Briscoe's jokes. It told me more about him as a man and pastor than if I'd read every book he'd written. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

A ministry committed to the Word — I take 1 Peter 4:11 seriously. If you speak, speak God's Word. Don't give us your thoughts or musings, or repackage something you read or heard. Give us God's Word.

Gratitude and love for people — Pastoring is a privilege. The best pastors I know tell their people how grateful they are for the privilege of serving them. They create sinner-safe zones where there's no pretending, and people are given safety and time to hear the gospel. They love their people.

No secrets — The best pastors are far from perfect, but they've stopped hiding. There are people in their lives who know the worst about them. They are walking in the light, and create a culture of grace because they are experiencing God's grace in the present tense.

It's just the basics. Nothing fancy. It's what I pray will characterize your life and ministry. It's how I want to live and die.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

The Ten Pleasures

Here’s my attempt to re-frame the 10 commandments as 10 pleasures to pursue.

9 Types of Bivocational Ministries

I’m convinced we will not win North America and the nations to Christ if we don’t affirm and encourage these roles as well as full-time roles.

Everything You (Might Have) Wanted to Know About Writing and Publishing

Well, maybe not everything. But below are my answers to some pretty common questions.

The Experience of the Author in Writing a Book

What goes into writing a book? This seems to me to be a relevant question at a website like this.

7 Benefits of Preaching Without Notes

Sure, there are plenty of good preachers who use a lot of notes. However, I believe the best, most engaging preachers rarely if ever rely on their notes.

Here’s why.

4 Things I Learned About Work from a Peewee Soccer Team

Over the course of the season, I began to notice a few things that consistently occurred that turned the outcome of every game. Each of them is directly applicable to your work and mine.

The Purposes of Art

"It is an 'extra' and it is this very excess that speaks of God's love for the world. Creativity and the arts are the ultimate proof of the existence of God."

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

An Amazing Reversal

"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I've preached this passage before. It's only recently that I realized I'd been missing something. George Guthrie explains:

Paul’s role as ambassador stands as strikingly different from ambassadors in the political realm of his day. The normal pattern of diplomacy involved the lesser political powers sending their ambassadors to the greater political powers before whom they would plead their cases. For instance, Roman emperors often received ambassadors from subject lands. Yet in the gospel we see an amazing reversal. The all-powerful God sends his ambassadors, seeking reconciliation with those whom he has created but who lack a relationship with him. (2 Corinthians)

It's another example of God humbling himself in his pursuit of his people. And it humbles me.

This is an amazing reversal. We are pursued by God. He humbles himself to come after us, when we should be running to him. He's still humbling himself today, still sending out ambassadors.

I hope it astounds you as much as it astounds me.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.