Only One Black Friday

There was only one Black Friday. It was not the day after thanksgiving. It was not a day when self-oriented consumers bumped into climbed over pushed into screamed at and hated the other consumers who were in their way. No, all the action of the one Black Friday was on a hill of death outside the city where three souls hung on crosses, two criminals and the Messiah doing what he came to do and what the world was desperate for. That Friday the world went dark the Father turned... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, November 27, 2015
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How Thankful Are You?

Every day of your life, you can find reasons to complain. After all, you exist in a broken world, and life doesn't operate the way it was meant to. Family and friends will wrong you, good health will elude you, authority will exploit you, and so on and so forth. I'm not giving you a license to complain, not at all. I'm just saying that it's not very difficult for people to come up with a laundry list of reasons to complain. Simply listen to the conversations around you; there's a lot of... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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My Birthday

Today is my birthday. Why am I writing a post about it? Well, not because I hope you log on to and rush me a gift (although Amazon's delivery system is quite efficient, if you're so inclined). No, today I simply want to share three things I'm reminded of with every passing birthday. 1. Count My Blessings I have walked with the Lord and studied his Word for many, many years, longer than I would like to admit. Over these years, I have gained a high level of biblical literacy and... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, November 12, 2015
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The Dude's Guide To Marriage

As a pastor and counselor, I have been exposed to many things that make my heart grieve. I'm sure you have experienced the same emotion, if you have tried in any capacity to love, serve and minister to sinful people living in a broken world. Sometimes this grief is short-lived and easily comforted, but other times, my grief is much deeper and long-lasting. Today I want to write about something that produces that latter type of grief, then recommend a resource from friends of mine which I... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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The Christian Job Description

When I was a young seminary student, I had to read an extensive commentary by a Dutch theologian. I had never studied Dutch writing before, and I really struggled to understand the syntax. I asked an older student for help, and he directed me to an annotated outline of another theologian who had dissected the work of my Dutch theologian. But when I picked up this outline, I discovered it was longer and more complex than the original work I was studying! Keeping It Simple During my years... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, October 26, 2015
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Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do

Awe is in you. Whether it's the vastness of the Grand Canyon, the layers of color on a painting or the thrill of a triple-overtime game, we love to be amazed. It's the way God designed us to live That's why I'm so excited to announce the release of my book, Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do. This book will help you kindle an ever-growing passion for God's glory and remind you how awe shapes everything you do. I apply the theology of awe to ministry, the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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Just Like Toddlers

Our first child was an incredibly active toddler. He spent the early days of his infant development constantly grabbing, clinging and climbing on people and objects as if life were the ultimate jungle gym. Between 8 and 9 months, he took his first steps, and it didn't take long before he was moving throughout the house with dangerous and amazing speed. If you're a parent, you'll know that when your child begins to walk, he or she needs protection from a whole new set of household perils, so... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, October 12, 2015
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Love One Another

I've been uploading some sermons from 1st Peter to my website, and I wanted to use this Article as an opportunity to reflect upon one verse that I find incredibly challenging. For me, 1 Peter 1:22 may be one of the most difficult commands not only in this letter, but in the entirety of Scripture. Here's what Peter says: "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart." (ESV) Wow. That's a lot to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, September 18, 2015
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Mission: Unremarkable

It was a wintry Tuesday night. I had counseled clients all day and then taught a seminar for three hours in the evening. Needless to say, I was exhausted - physically, mentally and spiritually. As I drove home around 10pm, my heart focused on one thing: relaxation. After all, wasn't I entitled to it? I reasoned with myself that I had served God and served people faithfully all day, so surely the Lord would agree that I had the right to clock out from life! I began to envision, with... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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Mission: Opportunity

God must have a special redemptive plan for my life that involves parking lots. Last week I wrote about two things God taught me in the parking lot of a supermarket, and today I have a different story from the parking lot of an amusement park. Luella and I had planned a special day for our family. We loved our children and wanted to give them fun experiences they would remember. Being the naive father that I was, I assumed that my kids would recognize our generosity and return the favor... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, August 3, 2015
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