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The Mission Of Words

Why do we speak to other people? First and foremost, we speak because it's our natural design. God hardwired us with the unique ability and desire to engage in a social environment. But what motivates us to choose the specific words we use? Maybe you speak to acquire an item: a train ticket, the bottle of ketchup at dinner, or critical data to help you complete that big project. Maybe you speak to express emotion: frustration with a delay, affection for someone you... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sinned Against (Again)

When was the last time someone sinned against you? How did you respond? Last Wednesday I wrote about the 8 sinful responses we typically have after we've been wounded by another: regret, fear, defend, withhold, retaliate, react, judge or doubt. These are instinctive and understandable reactions, but they only add further trouble to the trouble we're already experiencing. So how should we respond in the face of another's sin? Let me suggest four God-centered,... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hang In There

Have you ever been in the middle of a difficult season and someone says to you, "Hang in there!" Maybe you've said it to a friend just recently yourself. I think we mean well with phrases like this, and our aim is to encourage our friends or loved ones, but let's be honest: "hang in there" doesn't actually do much to lift our spirits or strengthen our resolve. If I can be even more honest, sometimes I think we say "hang in there" because we're... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Get Involved In Your Neighborhood

This devotional is adapted from my new series, "The Gospel In Your Neighborhood" - available exclusively to those who sign up for Paul Tripp Plus. The past two weeks I've written to you about living as a light in your neighborhood. I shared my concern that we don't get out of "the Christian Ghetto" enough, and even when we do, we neglect to see people as people. This is what I want to share with you today: We're called to incarnate the love of Jesus Christ as we get... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 24, 2016

People Are People

This devotional is adapted from my new series, "The Gospel In Your Neighborhood" - available exclusively to those who sign up for Paul Tripp Plus. Last week I wrote to you about The Christian Ghetto, and how I'm concerned that too much of our time is spent within the safe confines of Christian ministry and friendship. If we rarely step foot into the world, how can we expect to be lights of the world? (Matthew 5:14) So over the next few weeks, I'm going to give you some practical... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Christian Ghetto

This devotional is adapted from my new series, "The Gospel In Your Neighborhood" - available exclusively to those who sign up for Paul Tripp Plus. The Bible is filled with unsettling commands and ruffling statements. In other words, many of the directives in Scripture are meant to disturb our claustrophobic, self-absorbed kingdoms and make us move towards Christ and his bigger Kingdom. For me, one of the most unsettling statements Christ makes comes during his Sermon on the Mount. He... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Macy's

This devotional has been adapted from my new book, "Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, & Do" - available today! I have a confession to make: I'll occassionally shop at Macy's. If I go to the department store looking for a certain color and style of shirt and they have it, they'll get my business for the day. If they don't have what I'm looking for, I'll leave with no guilt whatsoever and walk to the next clothing store that may have my preference in stock. That... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Quick To Judge

Sometimes we're quicker to judge than to comfort. This hit me recently on the streets of Philadelphia, where I live. I walked by a young homeless person begging on the street and immediately thought to myself, "I wonder what they did to get themselves here." Wow. That's about as far from a gracious response as you can get! It's an embarrassing story for me to tell, but I'm willing to confess it because I'm convinced of this: criticism often comes more quickly to us than compassion. ... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 20, 2015

True Love

What is love? Well, there are an awful lot of things that we call love that don't rise to the level of what love is and what love does. Here are just a few examples: Tolerating things that are wrong in the eyes of God may create a comfortable surface peace, but it isn’t what love does. Saying, “It’s okay — don’t worry about it,” to a person who did something wrong is not really loving. Living inside of a circle of evil and not making waves may cause people to like me, but it isn’t... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Called To Go

Where is God calling you to share the Gospel? Jonah was called to share the Gospel with Nineveh, and to understand the significance of his calling, a little historical background would be helpful. We know from Jonah 3:3 that “Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.” Nineveh was so large that the author chose to employ the word “exceedingly” in his description, as well as give us the dimensions of its layout. Historians estimate that Nineveh could have been... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, April 22, 2015