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Posts by Dr. Randy Faulkner

Life Is Hard, But God Is…

How we complete that sentence reveals a lot about our faith. “God is good – all the time” is more than a religious platitude. It is the testimony of Bible people from Job to Elijah; from Jeremiah to Stephen. Their uniform witness is that sometimes God’s people suffer – unjustly and unfairly, it appears. As […]

Has YouTube Replaced the Local Church?

Recently our local newspaper, The Oklahoman, published an item on the opinion page about the measurable decline in the practice of religion in the United States. The report included the now well-known statistic that 40% of younger adults self-identify as “nones” when asked about their religious preferences. These statistics are supported by the Barna Research […]

Romans and the Reformation

Because of his towering influence on Western Civilization, more books have been written about Martin Luther, the German reformer, than about any other person in history, except Christ. It was 500 years ago this coming October, that Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the church in the university town of Wittenberg where […]

Deportation: What Would Jesus Do?

Half of Latino Christians worry about themselves or someone close to them getting deported, according to the Pew Research Center. Many Hispanics are praying for protection as the U.S. government announces plans for more and quicker deportations for undocumented immigrants. A significant proportion of our nation’s Latino population now say they have “serious concerns about […]

Your Christmas Journey

In 1972, Connie and I had an infant and a toddler. When the time came to take our Christmas pilgrimage from Northern Illinois to Tennessee, we made a bed in the back of our little station wagon and bedded the children down for the all-night journey to our Christmas reunion with my parents. One of […]

Now That the Election Is Over

Our nation has come through a bitter political campaign filled with rancor, insult and hatefulness. Most Americans said they were dissatisfied with the presidential candidates fielded by both major parties. Revelations about each of the candidates’ ethical lapses brought their public and private morality into question, raising doubts about their fitness for the presidency. The […]

What We Want and What We Get

Andrew Murray was a 19th century missionary whose writings continue to have influence around the world. He is known for his insights into the spiritual life, especially prayer. He wrote, “If I not only seek an answer but seek after the God who gives the answer, then I receive the power to know I have […]

A Day to Pause and Be Thankful

I am writing this on my 70th birthday. Thoughtful people and good friends have reached out to me with cards, Facebook messages and personal greetings. I hardly know what to say. I am flattered by all the fuss. My closest ministry colleagues gathered to sing “Happy Birthday.” I don’t know if they were required to […]