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Episode #37: Daniel Darling — Cultivating Confidence in a Cynical Age

Why We're Not as Divided As We Think We Are

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor and Christian leader. He currently serves as 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. 

Prior to his leadership of the Land Center, Darling served as the Senior Vice President for Communications of the National Religious Broadcasters. He also has served the Southern Baptist Convention as the Vice President of Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He has also pastored churches in Illinois and Tennessee.

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Quotes From The Interview

  • “The environment I was in was really rewarding, in terms of leadership was this kind of alpha you’re not a leader unless you’re a super alpha and running over people but basically that’s kind of what defined courage and leadership so I felt like am I actually a leader because I feel like I can motivate people and have vision but I don’t feel like being a jerk to people.” - Dan Darling

  • “Forgiveness matters…willingness to not carry with me the bitterness of my hurt and spend my whole like getting even is so important…” - Dan Darling

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Show Notes

  • [00:00:00] Introduction to Dan Darling

  • [00:02:20] Upbringing and how father shaped Dan into who he is today

  • [00:10:58] Discovering ability to write

  • [00:15:54] Where ideas to write come from and the process

  • [00:21:43] Intentional in reading selection or read widely?

  • [00:28:05] Stress testing leadership principles

  • [00:35:29] Think about the mood and culture in the organization

  • [00:39:48] How to overcome negative reviews

  • [00:49:02] Evangelicals and role in America

  • [00:56:52] Leaning into headlines and extremes versus meeting people in real life

  • [01:04:50] Leadership in government

  • [01:08:07] Ideas on upcoming book covering being Christian and patriotism

  • [01:15:22] Where to find Dan

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