Posts written by Ben

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Everyone loves a stewardship text, right? Perhaps not. It is hard to be asked, or to ask others, to give of their worldly possessions. We especially have strong emotional ties to our money because, like it or not, it represents security and… Continue reading




Psalm 30

Psalm 30 A good friend of mine just buried her second husband. She and George had nine wonderful years together, but he succumbed to prostate cancer. She told me once that she knew God could take away George’s cancer, just like he could have saved… Continue reading




Lamentations 3:22-33

Lamentations 3:22-33 My local paper had an article today about a successful businessman who had grown his small company to 150 stores, in 10 states, with $200 million in revenue. As he shared his views on success, he said he looks for people who, when… Continue reading




“I Love to Tell the Story,”

“I Love to Tell the Story,” Recently, I was faced with the question:, “Why do you believe that the Bible is true?” Being a recent seminary graduate, one might expect that I would pull a seasoned theological argument out of my back pocket, citing the… Continue reading




“On Jordan?s Bank the Baptist?s Cry,”

“On Jordan?s Bank the Baptist?s Cry,” “Awake! Hearken! The Lord is coming!” John the Baptist implores us from Jordan’s bank. I often think that we have lost the wonder of Jesus’ coming. Growing up in church, the gospel can quickly lose its luster. The Bible… Continue reading




Luke 1:57-67 (68-80)

Luke 1:57-67 (68-80) The neighbors ask in verse 66, “What then shall this child become?” In his birth narrative, God has clearly set John apart. Zechariah’s prophecy sets the stage for John’s ministry. A Savior is coming in fulfillment of God’s promises and John will… Continue reading




Luke 1:57-67 (68-80)

Luke 1:57-67 (68-80) In our passage for today, God is breaking with tradition and doing something new. John’s birth breaks all of the rules. Not only is he born of an aged, barren woman, but also his name comes from outside his family. Elizabeth and… Continue reading




Acts 13:13-26

Acts 13:13-26 Paul begins his exhortation in Antioch with a story, proclaiming the history of the Israelite community from Abraham to John. While this story certainly has meaning to those in the Israelite community, what meaning does it have for the “others who fear God”… Continue reading




Be Not Afraid John Michael Talbot, go to U Tube

Be Not Afraid John Michael Talbot Psalm 107: “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress; he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they… Continue reading




Psalm 141

Psalm 141 The words of Psalm 141 remind me of the service of Holden Evening Prayer. There is something unbelievably moving about a community coming together to pray. I first participated in Holden Evening Prayer during college. I clearly remember the dark, candle-lit chapel, the… Continue reading