Month: September 2016

Sex as Worship to God (A Response to “Good Christian Sex”)

By Jonathan David Faulkner

I want to start this article out by making a few assertions about myself so as to not mar the actual response. I am reformed thinker, a virgin and a man of deep conscious and principles. Even in my relationship our conversations on the subject of sex are limited to that which is appropriate to where we are in our relationship, with maturity and God Centered. They are also limited to conversations that put sex into the context of marriage where both my girlfriend (also a virgin) and I believe it belongs. Having never had sex, having never gone beyond kissing a woman, I am unable to make assertions about the nature of the act itself. Thus, this response to Liberal Pastor Bromliegh McClenghan’s book “Good Christian Sex” is purely derived from my own theological thoughts on the issue and tempered by my Theological upbringing and Convictions. This is my first foray into the area of sexual ethics and so I pray you bear with me.

All that being said, I am responding to McClenghan’s central idea, that being that: “Christian singles can have sex as long as it is mutually pleasurable for them.” In a way McClenghan’s argument is a push back against those often legalistic rules of the Fundamentalist that heap shame and guilt on those who make mistakes and have sex before marriage. She is, trying to explain a desire to have free and open sex with multiple partners without the shame and guilt that she associates with black and white rules about sex. To the Liberal, this is great, freedom from that which causes us shame and guilt. So, Christians can have sex, so long as both involved in the act feel mutual pleasure and joy in the experience.

After all, sex is meant to be enjoyable, so why not have as much as you want when you want and not feel any guilt about it. Who needs hard and fast guidelines when you have things like love and mutuality with a side of reciprocity? The Liberated Christians have asserted this for years within their marriages, affirming activities like orgies and encouraging open relationships with other couples, so why not do this with our kids. One reviewer, who enjoyed the book, even went so far as to say that the book helped her understand how to “Talk to her kids about how to anticipate good sex.’

McClenghan’s argument makes sense in light of the current cultural ideologies. After all, culture has dictated to us that we are free to do what we want and be governors of our own bodies. We are, in their terms “gods, free to do as we please or be what we please.” Popular also is Sexual Relativism, the idea that sex, as a biological condition, is not tied to any hard or fast absolute. So a male, with male parts, can choose to be a six-year-old-girl. If you go to a doctor’s office today you have to fill out a form that asks you what pronoun you want to be called. This is the culture we live in in, this is what Liberals want us to blindly and unquestioningly accept and McClenghan is no different. She wants her readers to let go of those hard and fast guidelines with the intention of “Freeing themselves.” Ironically culture’s view of sex does become a form of worship in that we gratify ourselves, gratify our desires, make ourselves the god.

Before I throw the baby out with the bath water I want to say that McClenghan does give good advice to those already married about how to view sex. I agree that the Protestant and even Catholic views of sex and sexual ethics are completely out of line with what Scripture teaches about it. I also agree that the church should be taking the lead in talking to young people about sex and even (dare I say it) how to have safe sex within the context of teaching them the benefit of waiting until the wedding night. At least then, if they do go out and sleep with a boyfriend or girlfriend they are educated about how to protect themselves and we will be in a position to help them through the emotional and physical consequences (especially if the protect fails) of having sex before marriage. There should not be a culture of fear surrounding something God intended for good. But to encourage or justify what is undeniably a sing (especially having multiple partners) like McClenghan does in her book is unconscionable and heretical.

In the words of Drew Kohler; “You want Judgement, cause that’s how you get judgement.”

So what is the problem? This sounds great right?

The answer is no; this does not sound great. The issue is, as a pastor, I have not once come across a believer who had sex before they were married and then came to regret it later. I have not met one person in the church who had sex before they were married who did not walk away from it shaking their heads and wonder what on Earth they had done. If you are a true believer and if you are in line with the Holy Spirit I would argue that it is impossible for sex to be mutually pleasurable outside of the context of marriage.

I say again, it is not possible, for the true and genuine believer, to have sex outside of marriage that is mutually pleasurable. It is impossible for the believer who has not seared their conscious to have sex outside of marriage that is mutually pleasurable. You will walk away with regrets and if you do not right then when you are seeking to get married and you have to reconcile with the other person over that part of your past. That is not easy, and I am thankful that I do not have to do that in my current relationship on either end.

Scripture, of course, paints us a very different picture then McClenghan. All the way back to Adam and Eve where God says: “For this reason a man should leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they shall become one” (Gen 2:24), a verse Jesus upholds in Matthew 19:5. Some translations use the word “Beholden” regardless the image is the same, they become one, part of becoming one, and only a part, is becoming one physically and we do that partially through sex. Webster’s defines the word Cleave as: “To Adhere firmly and closely or loyalty or unwavering.” In marriage you do just that, becoming intimate through physical means, drawing the couple closer and firming or consummating the marriage. McClenghan wants sex without commitment, to justify her multiple partners (keep in mind she’s a pastor), or at least without a true and lasting commitment that comes from the marriage sacrament.

Of course Scripture does not end there. Paul, in First Thessalonians’ says: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each of you know how to control his body in Holiness and honor, not in passionate lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (v4-6). In 1 Corinthians 7 Paul makes the assertion that: “(but) because of the temptation to sexual immorality each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband” (2-3). Meaning, if you have a strong desire for sex get married so that you do not have sex in sin. If you read verse 1 you find that Paul wishes all people could abstain from sex, but he understands not everyone can do such a thing. There are some, like myself, that greatly desire sex. There is nothing wrong with that, but if I act upon that outside of the context of God’s orderly plan (i.e within the bounds of the marriage sacrament) I am living in sin. If I do not keep myself under control I can do a lot of damage. By Paul’s words McClenghan should marry, given her story she obviously burns with passion.

I do not want to echo Augustine in The City of God and call sex of any kind “evil”. I do not want to echo the Medieval Christian and claim that marriage is a “lesser sacrament.” Nor do I want to promote some kind of Dualism that says “Body is bad, spirit is good.” This would also go against Scripture that holds Marriage up as an example of the relationship between Christ and the Church and holds no distinction between the Body and Soul. I also want to break from my own tradition which says that sex within marriage is for the sole purpose of procreation.

Instead I want to put forward that sex is in fact a form of Worship towards God. Within the confines of marriage, with its original intended context and purpose was for the worship and glorification of God. That being said, Sex should be pleasurable and be a part of the love between a husband and a wife, there should be reciprocity, all the things that McClenghan wants from sex should be present in the context of marriage. It should be pleasurable for the husband and for the wife, they are after all, two people, using their bodies to enjoy something that God originally intended for and called good. It is as much for her and it is for him and vice versa. Therefore; sex is an act of worship in that it looks back to the creation and praises God for creating the beauty of the covenant relationship of marriage and looks forward to the day the bridegroom comes and the church is taken to be with Christ.

It must be understood then that the act is only part of marriage and while we do not speak of the coming of Christ and the marriage of the church as a sexual event (that would be heresy) we do partake of something that was part of God’s orderly plan from Genesis where time began and looked forward to the Eschaton (Last days, especially after the fall). It is part of the covenant relationship between a man and a woman, it is part of cleaving to your husband and wife. It is intended for that purpose as a mutually pleasurable act of worship between a man and a woman who have made the vows of the marriage covenant.

Outside of that sex cannot be totally mutually pleasurable because the Holy Spirit will convict the sinner of that sin. Thus, what may have been pleasurable at the time will lose its joy and be clouded in the confusing feelings of conviction and the memory and later by the fact that you have to explain all of this to your future wife. Of course, McClenghan wants the act without consequence (she does advice that single Christians use contraceptives) but if the bible teaches us anything about Sexual Immorality it is that there are always consequences for everything that occurs outside of God’s orderly plan. There is no such thing as “Free sex” outside of marriage and you cannot “Free sex from black and white religious rules” without severe consequences to those involved and to future people involved in their lives. If you need a good example of this go read the story of David and Bethsheba and then read David’s mourning in Psalm 51.

Sex should be enjoyable, it should be fun, it should be pleasurable and it should be out of love and there should be a reciprocity for it. But that cannot happen outside of Christianity, in the moment it might seem fun and okay like McClenghan describes it, but the consequences are far reaching and can be devastating to your future romance with your wife. Seeing sex as a form of worship to God allows us to use our Bodies to glorify Him inside of one of the greatest ways that God interacts with us and sanctifies us through. By participating in sex within God’s orderly plan (the marriage sacrament) we praise Him for what He has done and how He has done things. Praising Him for that orderly plan that from the beginning God called good.

In regards to the desire to be free from shame and guilt, you will never have that outside of sex. True and genuine freedom in regards to sex can only be found in Christ and the Covenant of the Marriage bed where both people are truly for each other and have given themselves to each other. If you want complete freedom as a believer, freedom from the shame and guilt of every sin through forgiveness and pardon, that is found in Christ. If you want sex to be free of shame and guilt, have it in the context of the sacrament and you will find a depth of joy as you delight in your husband or wife for decades to come.

As for not wanting rules with sex I close with this example that was once used to describe reformed theology to me and now I will apply it to sexual ethics.

It is like sheep playing in a pasture, but the pasture is on the side of a cliff. You can either have a fence there to protect the sheep from going off the cliff. Or you can allow them to fall over the side and fall to their deaths. Sexual Ethics and Biblical Guidelines, as well as Sex within the context of the Marriage Sacrament give you that fence so you can play freely in the garden of your love without consequence that lead to both physical and spiritual death.

In short, if you want “Good Christian Sex” get married first.

 

 Jonathan D12973040_10154269785339245_3845786340930956602_oavid Faulkner is a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Pastor, Musician and Writer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education & Administration with a concentration in Urban Ministry

Liberal Legalism;

 

By Jonathan David Faulkner,

 

AUTHORS NOTE: This is a think piece, purely opinion, please take with a grain of salt. If you wish to debate me at the gate, I am sure we can find one somewhere.

Upon receiving the update to his retirement benefits a conservative Presbyterian Pastor in the PCUSA noted that the board of pensions had changed the word from husband or wife to Covenant Partner. I am sure I do not need to go into the Liberalization of the Presbyterian Church USA, it has been well-documented by our site and many others. I myself am a PCUSA orphan, feeling very out of place pastoring a Baptist Church where mentioning infant Baptism can get you tarred and feathered.

Speaking of which, I have never been in a room with a more hurt group of pastors then when our denomination made its official announcement about Oberfell V. Hodges which legalized Gay Marriage last summer. Our region, a very conservative one (one of the few), was in no way represented by the statement itself, but we had to accept it because we were told that was our denominations official stance.

Step back from the church and consider the media’s narrative. If you disagreed with Oberfell v. Hodges you were lumped in with Westboro Baptist. Those of us who stood in the middle ground and made an effort to be civilized, understanding that Christian Morality should not be pushed on those whom it makes no sense to (because Christ is foolishness to the unbeliever). Or consider the current crisis between the police and BLM and the way that narrative has been portrayed. You would think there was an all-out war going on, and maybe there is. Or hat all conservatives are racists who hate anyone who is not white. If you listen to the presidential candidates it gets even stranger.

Consider also the Transgender debate, a debate that has become so ridiculous that even criticism of the arguments involved are considered to be a form of oppression, even when they are the subject of satire pieces.  Or the Social Justice Warriors who can find injustice living under a rock in the middle of the Sahara.

This is not limited to Liberal groups, there are many conservative groups that employ the same tactics but the Liberal agenda is unarguably the stronger voice in the media. It seems to give them the right belittle and tear down the other side, to use descriptors like “Racists, Xenophobes or Homophobes” to silence their opposition. Of course we see this playing out in the election as Hilary has recently called Trump supporters “Deplorable” (which is not a good way to win voters, and not really nice). I mean, I have no love for the Donald, and I will not be voting for him in the election, but to call his supporters racists just because they are voting for someone is ridiculous.

But you must accept their agenda, and that brings us to the point of this article. Liberals are Legalists. They will never admit it, but just try to disagree with them on a subject. They demand that we conform to their interpretation of events. Often requiring us to accept a revisionist view of history or ignore history altogether. Yes, it is true that Blacks and LGBTQ people have been treated horribly in this country and it is true that Christians have contributed to that, either by direct violence or total denial of the problem. But there are black scholars who strongly disagree with the narrative that things are as bad as they were fifty years ago. In fact, they argue that institutional racism has long been abandoned though personal racism is still a huge problem. We do have a problem today, but the current narrative, according to historians, has caused us to go backward instead of forward. Which presents a problem for the progressive liberals who are by their own definition…progressive…moving forward.

I remember when a close friend of mine said, in earnest, maybe Christianity can change. Hilary herself suggested that Conservative Thinkers will need to change their thinking and thus abandon that which makes them conservative. In the Liberal mind there is only room for one right viewpoint and it is their own and you had better accept it or you are wrong and therefore a Climate Change Denier.

Legalism, by definition is a list of things that one must be, do or think to be truly saved. In the context of the Liberal Theologian it manifests itself as requiring the believer to think the way of the progressives. If you do not think their way you are therefore intolerant and bigoted. Of course, there is a nasty brand of Conservative Christian Legalism that actually is bigoted and intolerant, but that is a small minority compared to the vast number of people who are not actually bigoted or intolerant but can think through the arguments being presented to them and compare them with scripture. Balancing a God honoring Doctrinal Stance with humane treatment of everyone regardless of whether they agree with them or not.

Ironic the Liberal does not think himself a Legalist, in fact he claims to be opened minded, but being open minded, by definition, does not allow you to dismiss another viewpoint as intrinsically wrong and it is a form of intolerance to look at a person who thinks differently than you and instantly reject them for thinking differently than you. This of course has been the problem at Harvard, just south of us, where students have refused to take a class because someone they disagreed with was in that class.

This of course brings me to the greatest evidence of legalism, censorship. The very idea that one cannot hear another viewpoint is extremely legalistic. Like Conservative Fundamentalists that refuse to listen to any idea that they view as in opposition to their own. Who go out and picket funerals of soldiers and yell obscenities at LGBTQ people (I’m looking at you Westboro). Legalism is censorship because it requires you to reject and deny anything that does not agree with what you think is right. That is why I cannot stand the “Political Correct” crowd, because it requires us to censor ourselves and as soon as someone says they are offended we automatically are in the wrong.

There’s nothing wrong with being offended, there are things that should offend us and there is a huge difference between someone bringing malicious offense and someone “being offended by truth” (Brad Stine). If one is offended by truth that is their problem, not the offenders.

Now, I want to say that no all liberals are legalists, I do know and am friends with, a number of liberals who are in no way legalists and can think through the issues. They are smart people that I enjoy a multitude of interesting conversations where they push back at me and I push back at them. Understanding that good and healthy argument is an attack of the ideas and not of the person presenting them.

I think the Ancient Greeks and Romans would balk at American Society, certainly the Ancient Jew would, after gathering at the gates of the city to argue doctrine or meeting at the synagogue to do the same. Always leaving on the best of terms (for the most part). That’s why it ii said that “when two Jews get together there are three opinions represented.”

But for that to happen both sides need to drop this ridiculous idea that we should automatically accept the opinions or argumentations of another as solid fact and consider all the alternatives and facts involved in coming to a conclusion so that we can better understand the others viewpoint and show genuine care and love for one another.

And that is something I have yet to see groups like the Progressive Presby’s even try to do.

10 Words of Wisdom for New College Students/Graduate Students.

By Jonathan David Faulkner.

 

I do not usually do lists, especially since The Gospel Coalition released a great list for graduate students along the same lines. But I want to take time to share my own wisdom at my own school year (year two of graduate school) begins in just a week. This list does not include the ever popular “Grades are not everything” not because they are the most important thing, but because it has been on every list that has ever come out. These are ones that you may not think about. So here we go.

  1. Do not become Apathetic: Grades really are not everything, but we cannot become apathetic towards school either. Greek is hard, so is beginner Calculus, while grades are not everything we do need to be vigilant in our studies. Seeking to strike a balance between academic pursuit and rest is essential, but do not become Apathetic towards school work. (I have to thank my friend Brian for this one.)
  1. Don’t Jump Into a Relationship: I know, I know, this one’s cliché, and sometimes, those first week relationships do work out, but making too big a life change too quickly can lead to unneeded anxiety. I know, she’s cute, big brown eyes, but you have three or four years to pursue and win her, get into the rhythm of college life before you start dating, that is okay to do, even at small Christian Colleges.
  1. Find a Church and Stay there: For the sake of your spiritual life I would advise you to find a church immediately. Most Christian Schools have a church fair where you can go and talk with the different pastors and church officials who would love to meet you, shake your hand and get you involved in their congregations.
  1. Set Time for Personal Devotions: This is not a must, but it is important, you need to feed your soul and you need to feed it with good food. Set apart time in the morning for some time to study and contemplate the word. I personally spend about 30 minutes in prayer and 20 minutes reading and praying over scripture. It has helped me keep my head about me in Graduate School and I wish I had done it as a freshmen in college.
  1. Don’t be So Hard on Yourself: That mid-term C is not your final grade, that paper you did really poorly on is not your last paper, that exam you bombed is not the end of the world. College is tough, a whole lot tougher than high school and graduate school is even harder still. Show yourself a lot of grace and do not panic when your grade is a little bit lower. Most professors are not out to fail you. Perhaps that lower grade is them pushing you to do better.
  1. If you Can, Go home on Breaks…: Your friend and family miss you, don’t forget about them, they are important to.
  1. …but don’t go home every weekend: Statistics show that students that go home every weekend are at greater risk of dropping out. Don’t be a statistic, spend time on campus with friends, make new friends, spend weekends trying the local establishments with friends, find a coffee shop and spend a Saturday curled up in a corner. These are great parts of the college experience.
  1. Encourage Others: If you encourage others, you may find that you yourself are encouraged. It’s a vicious cycle, I know.
  1. Don’t stress about Finances: This is a big one for college and graduate level students, if you have to find a job, go find a job, if you are going into debt, then trust that God will help you find a job after you graduate.
  1. Beware of Abusive Groups: I would be remiss if I didn’t leave this one here. There are many groups on college campuses across the country, and churches that would love to take you in and abuse you. Beware of these churches and if you want to know more just go back through the God’s Heart Archives to find out more about these kinds of groups and churches.

 

So there you go, I hope this helps, these things that I have learned the last decade of my life. =]

 

 Jonathan D12973040_10154269785339245_3845786340930956602_oavid Faulkner is a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Pastor, Musician and Writer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education & Administration with a concentration in Urban Ministry

Teaching Apologetics: The Importance

By Jonathan David Faulkner

 

Last week I read a viral post about why we need to get back to teaching Apologetics and Catechism. Needless to say I agree, adding to that, teaching the theology behind the Liturgy as well as adopting a strong Sacramental Theology that has largely lacked in Protestanism since the Puritan writer of the 18th century (but more on that later). The article was in response to a Pew Study on the reasons young people were leaving the church. Both articles are very good and I recommend following the links below.

For my own personal experience I have a good brother in Christ who is against the teaching of Apologetics because he sees it as man reaching for God instead of God reaching for man. I took Apologetics in undergrad and consider myself a Cumulative Case Apologist because I have the ability to call on multiple sources. I tend to agree with Dr. Gordon Fee and William Laine Craig. The word of God testifies and proves its own claims of truth (Presupposition or Classical Apologetics) but why not draw on all the other sources available (Cumulative Case).

For my part I have also been surprised about how little those who do leave the church actually know (in-spite of boisterous claims to the contrary). Whether it is those who simply subscribe to Deism or become Militant Atheists and those in the church who practice Liberal Theology who espouse the “Religion is divisive dogma.” None of them truly know enough about Scripture to even make the charges they are making against God or against His Covenant People as described in the Old Testament.

I suppose it is no surprise that most who turn away from the faith so militantly came out of Fundamentalist, Dispensational Churches which teach that we can know the things of God and go farther than any Puritan would dream in cheapening Sacrificial Theology. But who lean heavily on presupposition and a literal interpretation. Not that Presupposing Scripture is true is a bad thing, indeed every apologist must presuppose that what he is teaching is true, but reading everything in scripture literally leads to crazy things like the Creation Museum in Cincinnati.

Without understanding the historical situation, I have heard people say “God wants us to kill off 1/3 of the planet.” Without understanding the purposes of certain laws people have accused God of things such as Misogyny and Murder. The arguments are all completely illogical and based in complete emotion. From people who spend most of their time posting hateful memes aimed at a God they do not believe in.

Had they been taught Apologetics, especially Cumulative Case, which relies on Historical Data & Philosophy working with Scripture. If you understand that the land Israel was inheriting was full of people who for three generations (Abraham, Isaac & Jacob) had seen God’s blessing on those He’d set apart and not repented of things like Child Sacrifice, Misogyny, blood-letting rituals and many other practices that had little regard for the sanctity of life. A culture that made even the Romans (who practiced Pedophia) blush with shame. In fact, the Romans destroyed Carthage in 146 B.C, finally putting an end to the Canaanite Culture that Israel was supposed to put an end to long before.

Failing also to consider that woman in Canaanite culture were little more than property and could be treated and disposed of however the men liked to. A woman who was raped in Canaan was now considered worthless and would be tossed out into the street (Judges 19 gives us an example of Israel adopting Canaanite attitudes towards women). So when God instructs in the law that a rapist should pay the father a bride price and take her as his bride God is assigning value to the woman and forcing the man to take responsibility for his actions. Making it an act of mercy and extremely countercultural to a world that would kill the woman for being impure because of the man’s actions. Woman have value and are protected under the law and under the New Covenant, holding a special place in God’s Heart and Jesus Ministry. Hence, within Christian Faith: “There is no Jew or Greek, Male or Female” (Gal. 3:28) and Husbands are commanded to: “love your wives, and do not deal harshly with them” (Col 3:19) and “Love your wives as Christ loves the Church” (Eph 5:23).

Another problem with those who espouse these beliefs is that they try to say; “If you really believe the things in the law you should practice them today.” Let’s be honest, there are better ways to deal with crimes like Rape today, we have prisons, something that did not exist in Canaan (remember, Joseph was thrown into a pit, Gen 37:24). We also have laws that dictate certain punishments for rapists or those caught holding slaves or murders or whatever crime you want to name. When the system works (unfortunately there have been examples in the media lately where rapists have been let slide for ludicrous reasons), those people are held accountable for their actions.

Honestly, Militant Atheists sound like those who advocate for Theonomy, and would feel at home under the teachings of Paul Tilich and Ian Murray who believe Mosaic Law should be taught and kept in modern societies. A Reconstructionist idea that rejects the reformed ideas that the Civil and Sacrificial laws are fulfilled in Christ and are no longer applicable in today’s society. The Civil law does teach us there is a way to live with people (with respect and dignity, taking responsibility for wrong actions) but we have better ways of dealing with crimes like Rape and Murder. Granted, a do think a Rapist should be made to account for his crimes, make a sincere apology and maybe even be forced to make reparations to the girl and her family, but all of this as part of sentencing which should include substantial (15-20 years) jail time.

Note: Christians still follow the 10 Commandments as Jesus upholds and even expands them beyond external expression to inward, spiritual life only attainable through a life lived in the Holy Spirit as laid out in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 and by Paul in Romans1-10

I can explain all this to you, I can bring you this logical and reasonable argument because I have studied the context by which Scripture was speaking into. God, though outside of time and not constrained by time, was writing into a specific culture through divine inspiration of men like Moses (Old Testament) and Paul (New Testament). It is reasonable to assume that there are things in the law that are counter to that culture and are not normative to our culture (the Maiyans were the last major world culture to practice mass child sacrifice, which again, made Pagan Rome blush).

This is also why we need to have intellectuals in our churches teaching our children Catechism and preparing them to respond to the arguments that people will bring against God and against them. Solid men and women of faith who can hear the arguments of those insolently apposed to Christian Faith and respond in a way that is rational and respectful. Who know, not just about the bible and about the God of the bible, as the fundamentalists think they do, but the specific situations and goings-on of the time periods. Not experts, but those who devoted themselves to studying scripture all considering all that must be considered to truly understand that which is being said.

Then we need them to teach our children to do the same, so that the great legacy of faith may continue through the next generation and beyond.

 

Original Articles:

Apologists, Catechist, theologians, Wake up!

Why young people are leaving the Church

 

Historical Sources:

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia of the Bible

The Complete New Testament Dictionary of Theology

Notes from Old Testament Survey by Dr. Carol Kaminski

“Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Rielly

 

Biblical Text:

English Standard Version 1988

Greek-English Lexicon & Side-By-Side Translation

 

Jonathan D12973040_10154269785339245_3845786340930956602_oavid Faulkner is a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Pastor, Musician and Writer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education & Administration with a concentration in Urban Ministry