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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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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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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 Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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6 Truths About Weak Faith And Little Prayers

The twelfth chapter of Acts depicts terrible and violent times for the Christians of the early church. If you live in the peaceful West, you'll find it hard to relate to what it was like to live under constant threat and in constant fear simply because of what you believe. Sadly, there are millions of our brothers and sisters around the world who reside in regions where violence is a regular response to biblical faith. Herod, the king at the time, wasn't much of a theologian; he didn't... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, October 16, 2017
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A Little Faith At Night

I want you to consider a principle: faith makes you a canvas upon which the Redeemer can paint the beauty of his grace. What do you think this principle means? And how does it apply to the situtations, locations, and relationships of your everyday life? Take a moment to meditate on these questions, and when you're ready, grab a Bible and read John 3:1-21. The Background In most of the gospel narratives, the Pharisees are identified as a group of people, but in John 3,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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No Such Thing As Chance

It's a story so unusual, so extraordinary, and so mind-blowing that when we step back and consider the narrative, it forces us to reconsider the typical ways we think and talk about our lives. It's a story that you're probably familiar with, but before we dive into that passage from Scripture, I want you to examine yourself: what is your street-level theology of God's involvement in your mundane affairs? What do you tend to tell yourself when an unexpected or unplanned... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, September 1, 2017
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Don't Forget About The Boy

Anyone who has been exposed to the Christian tradition will know the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. But just to refresh your memory, I would like you to re-read John 6:1-15 before starting this piece. SETTING THE SCENE The fame of Jesus was spreading like wildfire, and understandably so. No one had performed wondrous miracles like this man (v. 2), and no one had spoken with authority like this teacher (Mark 1:22). People everywhere wanted to be in the presence of Jesus,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, August 21, 2017
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