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)

Saturday Links

Meals Matter to the Mission

If you share a meal three or four times a week and you have a passion for Jesus, then you will be building up the Christian community and reaching out in mission.

The "Money" Talk

Just as parents need to be more conversant with their children regarding human sexuality, it is past time that pastors learn how to normalize the conversation with their congregation regarding faith and finance.

Why C.S. Lewis Didn't Write for Christianity Today

"If I am now good for anything it is for catching the reader unawares - thro' fiction and symbol. I have done what I could in the way of frontal attacks, but I now feel quite sure those days are over."

Bible Reading Plans for 2013

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from.

New Year’s Resolution ideas for your workplace productivity

Since you’re likely already devoting at least 40 hours to work each week, why not take advantage of that time and make some resolutions to optimize your working time?

Saturday Links

Were safely moved into our new condo in Liberty Village. We're also surrounded by boxes. I can confidently say that I never want to see another box for many, many years!

Here are some of the better blog posts I've read this past week.

What was the greatest miracle ever?

Suppose I asked you to name the greatest miracle that ever took place? If you know the Bible you have lots to choose from. God rescued three from a blazing furnace. He closed the mouths of lions and demolished the walls of Jericho. Blind men saw; lame men walked. God parted the Red Sea and the children of Israel walked through on dry ground. But, none of these are the greatest miracle. Even God speaking creation into existence is not the greatest miracle.

The incarnation is the greatest miracle that ever took place.

Challenges Pastors and People Face During the Holidays

While there are many challenges wrapped inside Christmas cheer, I trust there are also many ways of serving those that may be suffering during the holidays. Stop for a moment to think of those who might feel as if they have less reason to rejoice than others.

The Power of Church Programs?

Yet for nearly two thousand years the chief activity of the church has not been programs but preaching. Somehow, in the last few decades, we have lost sight of the power of preaching and put our faith in programs, as though preaching is insufficient to bring about change.

Why “Just Telling Your Story” Is NOT the Best Way to Share the Gospel

But while telling our story will often be the first thing we do when we begin sharing the gospel, it has to be backed up with good apologetics.

Jesus Never Said…

As you lead, there are certain things the Lord has said to you and certain things He has not said to you!

5 Tactics for Managing the Overwhelm

  1. Declare a Project
  2. Become a Saying-No Ninja
  3. Stop thinking doing email is work
  4. Ask this question
  5. Be allergic to meetings

Saturday Links

God Doesn’t Love You Because You’re Lovable

Let this truth fill you with joy today. No matter what kinds of trials you’re facing, remember the Father loves you with the love he has for his own Son. And nothing can separate you from that love. Ever.

God Is Looking For Plodders

God is looking for plodders. He’s not looking for comets who make a big flash in the sky then burn out.

God is looking for faithfulness. Most of us will never do anything sensational. But we can be faithful. We can plod. Don’t be discouraged if most of your life seems to be plodding.

Is your church an institution?

Institutions are not a problem. But institutionalization is. An institution is meant to enrich life. But institutionalization takes that good thing and turns it into death.

Gospel Reminders Anyone Can Do

Many years ago I developed a test of all ministry principles and practices. It’s called the “Does it work for a single parent mother of 3 young kids?” test.

If You’re Rushing, Something is Wrong

In most endeavors, feeling a constant sense of urgency and panic means somebody hasn’t done their job. And that somebody is most likely the person who is making everybody else rush around.

Don Carson’s Three Secrets of Productivity and Godly Efficiency

  1. Learn to fill in the little empty periods that clutter each day.
  2. Don’t fritter. When you work, work hard; when you are not working, quit entirely.
  3. Discover how different aspects of your work can leverage other aspects of your work. For example, choosing your reading to feed into things that you’ll be preparing over the next six or nine months adds to godly efficiency.