The Diminished Church of the Truncated Gospel.

Jonathan David Faulkner Editors Note: Due to length a section on examples from the Statement of Social Justice was removed from this article and will be published at a later date.  There is a new statement going around, a follow up to the controversial “Nashville Statement” that made its rounds on the internet last year, …

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Seminarians: Maintain your Hobbies.

Jonathan David Faulkner I love the yearly ice-breakers professors do, especially those that force you to get to know something about your classmates. One of my professors has you fill out an entire notecard full of information like what denomination you came from, what you hope to get out of this course, what is your …

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Why A Pastors Suicide Should Make Us Rethink Seminary.

Jonathan David Faulkner Note: This article will be considered the beginning of the seminary year advice piece.   I want to start this off with a disclosure: The following article is in no way meant to politicize the tragic death of Pastor Andrew Stoecklien, I did not know him and have no connection to him …

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MacArthur’s Comments on Social Justice: Why He’s Half-Right on Matthew 5:13-16

Jonathan David Faulkner If you have been following me for awhile you know that I tend to take a hard line stand on the churches involvement in society. The Church is given the Gospel and is meant to live out that Gospel in every sphere. Now, how we do that I generally leave up to …

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A “Troubled History” Should Not Mean Total Rejection

Jonathan Faulkner I have heard the phrase now so many times in conversation with liberal friends and centrist friends alike. I even came across it as the title of a major article on a historical figure. You may have heard it, if you are of my more left-wing readers you may have even said it. …

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Why Didn’t the Awakenings Bring About an End to Slavery?

Jonathan David Faulkner   It seems like a harmless enough question, although I should know by now that there is no such thing when discussing reconciliation and American History. When Pastor Bryan Lorritts asked it I felt myself rouse for a fight. After all, I am a historian of that time period and though I …

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Horizontal & Vertical – The Ephesians 2 Paradigm

  Jonathan David Faulkner   Let me start by saying this idea did not originate with me, I have long advocated for it, especially here, but I have longed for good terminology for what I have come to believe scripture is teaching us concerning reconciliation and have struggled to find it until last week when …

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When No One Is Human: No Civil Discourse without Humanity.

Jonathan David Faulkner I have read a myriad of articles recently on the need for civility in our public and private discourse, especially in relationship to politics. Some of the writers have advocated for civility, some have argued against it, some have advocated for a mixture of the two. The reasoning being that sometimes, in …

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