Posts written by Ben

Luke 1:39-45

Luke 1:39-45 Pregnancy is a waiting game. Two women—one very old, and one very young, both surprised that they have a child in their belly—hook up. And they experience an even greater surprise: the fetuses begin to talk with each other. Fathers also wait during… Continue reading




Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go Tell it on the Mountain A few weeks ago, a friend and I were on the fifth floor of a downtown hotel looking for the wedding reception. This was our first time in the hotel and nothing was familiar. “Where do we go?” asked… Continue reading




O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Little Town of Bethlehem We made our way from Jericho to Bethlehem with great hopes. We would be among the first guests in the Bethlehem Inn, erected by Palestinian Christians. Our guide told us that we would be across from Rachel’s Tomb, and not… Continue reading




Luke 3:7-18

Luke 3:7-18 I was asked to speak at the Estwing Company Christmas Dinner. I said yes before I realized that I knew nothing about how their premium hammers and tools were constructed. I had worked seven summers on construction crews. I figured that a hammer… Continue reading




Philippians 4:4-7

Philippians 4:4-7 My sister shared with me a prayer that Mother wrote in one of her journals one New Year’s Eve: “On this last day of 1985, I thank you, Lord, for caring for me, loving me, and leading me through this year of 1985.… Continue reading




Isaiah 12:2-6

Isaiah 12:2-6 Wilbur was one of three retired men who gathered in the kitchen of the 150-year-old Parish House. It was there that they would count the offerings collected from Sunday. They were good men and they loved each other, but when they would talk… Continue reading




Zephaniah 3:14-20

Zephaniah 3:14-20 We wait with a sure and certain hope. The prophet, Zephaniah, frames that hope with the words of the Savior: “I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise.” She was overweight, could barely see… Continue reading




Luke 3:7-13

Luke 3:7-13 I remember driving across St. Paul to hear Dr. Alvin Rogness, one of my favorite preachers, speak at Luther Seminary Chapel. It was in 1965, shortly following “After the Fall,” a two-act play by Arthur Miller, was produced and published. Al did not… Continue reading




O Come, All Ye Faithful

O Come, All Ye Faithful A few years ago, a pastor colleague and I were invited to an open house. Both of us thought that we knew where the house was, and so did not bother to write down the address. We drove up the… Continue reading




Lo, How a Rose E?er Blooming

Lo, How a Rose E?er Blooming I remember well uncovering my roses in the spring, gently removing the leaves and dirt from stems I had trimmed in the fall. I clipped the stems again and then waited for the green shoots to appear. I would… Continue reading