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The Doctrine of Holiness

There's a significant difference between my two-year-old granddaughter and me. Yes, I'm taller and older and able to support myself, but it's something more profound. She demonstrates this difference every time we're together. My granddaughter will make me sit down in a chair so she can serve me tea and a sandwich. When she delivers my order, the cup is empty and the plate has no food on it. But here's the amazing thing: my granddaughter has the ability to see both the... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, September 10, 2018
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The Doctrine of Glory

I will never forget that evening. I can't think of a moment when I was more blown away by a musical composition. I don't recall the composer or the conductor, but I was at a performance played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. My ticket put me in the first row and it was worth it. The music was powerful, foreboding, amazing, haunting, compelling, and glorious, all at the same time. There were moments when I wished this night would never end, and moments when I wanted to get up... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, August 20, 2018
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The Doctrine of Existence

It's the most significant reality in the universe. It's the glue that holds every aspect of theology together. It's the place where the content of Scripture finds both its rationality and its reliability. This doctrine provides vital information for the scientist, the psychologist, the mathematician, the business executive, the educator, the physician, the politician, and the plumber. You either recognize it as true and humbly submit your life to its foundational implications, or... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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The Doctrine of Creation

In my inaugural piece for this series, I wrote about the general importance of doctrine: what it is, what it does, and why it matters. Now that we've laid the foundation, we'll unpack one doctrine at a time and examine the impact each one specifically has. It only makes sense to start with the first doctrine revealed to us in Scripture: the Doctrine of Creation. Questions Of Faith Let me start with a personal story, because I suspect that what I grappled with is not unlike... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, July 13, 2018
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The Importance of Doctrine

"Daddy, did God make telephone poles?" It was another one of those endless and seemingly unimportant questions that a kid will ask at the end of a long day that makes a parent go slightly insane. Luella and I had been teaching our children that God created the world and everything in it, and as our family drove to Burger King, my son looked out the window at the telephone poles that lined the street, mulling over the "doctrine of creation" in his little brain. Justin... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, July 2, 2018
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My Confession: Toward A More Balanced Gospel

I am writing today, on the day following the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., because I have a humbling confession to make. For all of my passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ, which has been accurate and faithful to the best of my ability, the gospel that I have held so dear has been, in reality, a truncated and incomplete gospel. If you know me, you know that I have invested my life and ministry in teaching, preaching, and writing about the gospel. I... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, April 5, 2018
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The Lesser Known Joseph

There are two very famous men in Scripture who share the name Joseph. There's the Old Testament Joseph, the great savior of the nation of Israel, whose amazing story from abandoned brother to Egyptian lord is chronicled in Genesis. Then there's the New Testament Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, who believed in the angel's report and became the guardian of the young Messiah. But there's a third Joseph, often overlooked because of the drama of the moment onto which he stepped.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, March 26, 2018
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Make The Most Of Your Christmas Tree

  Download This Video It was always an exciting time for our children. They would hound me about when it was going to happen, and they would commiserate with one another about how big it would be this year. We would load them into the car and go to the place we always went to pick out our family Christmas tree. Of course, everyone would have an opinion, but finally we would make a decision, tie the tree to the roof of our car and make our way home. That night we would decorate... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, December 21, 2017
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Grace Comes Down

Rebellion raises its ugly head then grace comes down darkness covers creation’s light then grace comes down thorns and disease infect then grace comes down people lie and cheat then grace comes down desires lead astray then grace comes down image bearers murder their own then grace comes down power corrupts the powerful then grace comes down pride’s delusion ensnares then grace comes down fools preach what is foolish then grace comes down idols abound and deceive then grace... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, December 4, 2017
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The Conversation That Saved My Ministry

I was discouraged and defeated. I had moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania to help launch a gospel-centered church, but I had no idea what a spiritually stony place Scranton would prove to be. There was a cultural malaise that enveloped the region. It had once been the epicenter of the old Northeastern coal belt, but it's boom days were long ago over. In fact, you could argue that the American dream had died in 1950 in Scranton. People in this rusting mountain city felt like they had been... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Saturday, November 25, 2017
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