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Daniel Harrell
Columnist

Daniel M. Harrell is Senior Minister of The Colonial Church, Edina, Minnesota. For 23 years he served as a minister at Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He is author of the forthcoming How To Be Perfect: One Church's Audacious Experiment in Living the Old Testament Book of Leviticus (FaithWords, 2011) and of Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Abingdon, 2008). His articles have appeared in Christianity Today, The Christian Century as well as online at patheos.com, biologos.com and beliefnet.com. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and daughter.

Works by Daniel Harrell
Signs of the Apocalypse
Daniel Harrell | November 18, 2014
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Adam and Science: A Possible Compromise
Daniel Harrell | September 24, 2014
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Fear Not
Daniel Harrell | September 17, 2014
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How I Learned to Find Beauty in Creation
Daniel Harrell | September 10, 2014
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Interpretation and Humility
Daniel Harrell | September 03, 2014
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The Devil's in the Application
Daniel Harrell | August 27, 2014
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Ferocious Originality
Daniel Harrell | August 20, 2014
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Take a Seat
Daniel Harrell | August 13, 2014
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Eternity is a Long Time
Daniel Harrell | August 06, 2014
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Love Descended: Preaching Soren Kierkegaard
Daniel Harrell | July 01, 2012
To "deny yourself" is not to deprive yourself, but to give yourself to God by giving......
Imitating Christ: Preaching Thomas a Kempis
Daniel Harrell | June 24, 2012
To love Christ more than all things and imitate him will bring scorn and persecution......
Irenaeus of Lyons was one of the first to behold the full glory and grace of the......
Get a "Martyr Complex": Preaching Ignatius of Antioch
Daniel Harrell | December 19, 2011
We often chide people for having a "martyr complex" -- but didn't Jesus call us to bear......
Pray with Imagination: Preaching Ignatius of Loyola
Daniel Harrell | December 12, 2011
Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, offered what may be the deepest......
Hildegard of Bingen -- visionary, musician, author, critic -- found confidence in being......
Fly Hand in Hand to Heaven:Preaching George Herbert
Daniel Harrell | September 04, 2011
Seventeenth-century pastor and poet George Herbert rose from humble beginnings to an......
Handel broke the rules and set scripture to modern music. The resulting piece has......
Church politics can be a deeply depressing affair. Yet it can also change the world....
Gregory of Nyssa reminds us of the yearning, the sweetness, and the significance of......
One of the doctors of the Latin church, Gregory the Great was amongst the greatest......
The Trinity is Our Identity: Preaching Gregory...
Daniel Harrell | July 17, 2011
What does it mean that we are made in the image of the Triune God?...
Meet Joel Osteen's Forefather, Charles Finney
Daniel Harrell | July 10, 2011
Did the great nineteenth-century revivalist infect American Christianity with the......
What if the way to the Kingdom of God is much simpler than we make it out to be?...
Following Jesus can be hazardous to your health....
Poet of the Descending Road: T. S. Eliot
Daniel Harrell | June 19, 2011
Such is the way of descent. No one wants rock bottom, but everyone wants solid rock....
According to this 18th-century preacher, Trinitarian love is manifest in redemption that......
Being Known by God: Preaching Meister Eckhart
Daniel Harrell | June 05, 2011
While chances are good that you may never have heard of Meister Eckhart, you have heard......
What if Dante is still a worthy guide to the afterlife, and to the life we ought to live......
Science is Not the Enemy
Daniel Harrell | April 18, 2011
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Maybe we have to un-know God in order to know God....
Catherine of Siena found the peace of God not in quiescence, but in going with Christ......
Preacher's Bookshelf: Preaching (and Living) Leviticus
Daniel Harrell | February 28, 2011
Taking Leviticus seriously means paying attention to God in every part of our lives....
Preaching Calvin: "He Drew Me Out of the Abyss"
Daniel Harrell | February 21, 2011
Calvinist double-predestination raises tough questions. But it emerged from concerns......
The Venerable Bede: The Meeting of Mercy and Justice
Daniel Harrell | February 08, 2011
In a treasury of great sermons, ranked right after the Sermon on the Mount and Peter and......
Chrysostom asserted that the devil is not currently vanquished because you need him. If......
Benedictine Rules: Finding Communion through Community
Daniel Harrell | January 17, 2011
A Monday sermon on the pursuit of God together....
The ecstasies and exhilaration of human love can still point us beyond our own temporary......
Preaching Aquinas: The Divine Image Summons You Home
Daniel Harrell | December 13, 2010
Thomas Aquinas gave the church a profound understanding of the relation between......
Preaching Anselm: How Should We Understand God?
Daniel Harrell | December 06, 2010
Anselm of Canterbury offered one of the most creative answers to one of life's hardest......
Preaching Augustine on the Problem of Evil
Daniel Harrell | November 29, 2010
A Monday sermon for pastors: What does Augustine, one of the Church's greatest......
Ambrose: Does Celibacy Still Have Value?
Daniel Harrell | November 22, 2010
A Monday sermon for pastors: Is there still value in the ancient ideal of the celibate......
Athanasius and the Goodness of God
Daniel Harrell | November 10, 2010
Can theology be preached? Can ancient theologians be made current? What can we learn......
Living the law -- Virtually
Daniel Harrell | August 17, 2009
One church's experiment with social networking...
Evolution as Witness
Daniel Harrell | July 30, 2009
A new book challenges the notion that evolution is an embarrassment for those who......
Why Are You an Evangelical #2
Daniel Harrell | July 30, 2009
We ask Daniel Harrell, pastor at Park Street Church in Boston, why he is an evangelical......