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In case you were wondering what was on my mind...here’s what I was thinkin’.  But don't confuse me with the other thinkin' guy on this page!






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Recent Posts

Thanksgiving in the Borderlands
November 20, 2018

Entitlement may well be the greatest enemy of Thanksgiving.

Ten Men lived in no man's land; the borderland; the land between Jew and Samaritan. It was a place where no one really lived and no one claimed as their own. It was in this narrow passageway these ten men had found community. There is community even in, or especially in, suffering. Here the title of Jew and Samaritan had fallen away along with any sense of pride or dignity due to their common uncleanness! [READ MORE]

You Can't Keep A Good God Down!
March 27, 2018
Pardon my saying so, but the gospel of Mark is a very abrupt book! [READ MORE]

Advent Tension
December 12, 2017

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No one likes to wait, especially not 21st century Americans!  We are taught not to wait for anything; not for a house, a new car or that pair of skinny jeans or the newest iPhone that is calling our name. Why wait when we can charge it?! The Scriptures tell us to wait, and so does nature!

Unbent: An Advent devotion from Luke 21
December 8, 2017

What are you looking at?

I am no seaman! I once went halibut fishing with a friend in his small boat on Kachemak Bay, Alaska. We were about a mile from shore when the tossing and pitching of the boat began to work its dark magic on my stomach! I became more and more nauseous as time passed. ... [READ MORE]

Filed under: Worship and Fellowship

August 11, 2016

Have you ever thought what would happen if you were to allow the God of 

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heaven to come close to the center of who you are?  [READ MORE]

Filed under: Bible Study

Thinkin about the Passion
March 23, 2016
is it IAt this point Jesus brings up the “elephant in the room!” Betrayal! “One of you will betray me. His hand is with mine on the table .” [READ MORE]
Filed under: Bible Study

Ah - the Comforts of Slavery
February 11, 2016
Filed under: Bible Study

I cannot not say something
November 20, 2015

Five Mile Family and friends,

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The events of recent days have been deeply disturbing to me as they should be to us all. I am in prayer for God's guidance and wisdom in what position I should take concerning the Syrian Refugee crisis. I have read and heard arguments from all sides, but I wondered who is asking God what he thinks? Here are a few things that I hear him saying through the din of conflicting opinions. [READ MORE]

Filed under: Current Events

Community: The Power of One
November 6, 2014

“…and the people did not move on till she was brought back.” (Numbers 12:15 or The Story pages 73-74)One logo

What do you do about that big sister that has been a pain in your neck and is now in trouble? [READ MORE]
Filed under: Bible Study

Don't forget Whose you are!
October 20, 2014

What do you do with a 430 year old set of bones? josephCarry them around for another 40 years in the desert, of course! [READ MORE]

To Ur Is Human
October 10, 2014

Abraham was truly blessed and has blessed the world with a legacy of faithfulness.


It is through Abraham’s Seed, the Lord Jesus Christ, that we have complete redemption, but what about Abraham’s brother Nahor? 

In the Beginning -- God
October 3, 2014

CREATION - "In the Beginning, God"


Have you ever created something of your very own?

Maybe you work with wood, stone, canvas, ink or even with a word processor. No matter the medium, there is something deeply personal that happens when you create. 


Jesus and Juicy Fruit!
March 7, 2013

So, I've been thinkin' about things that are not always as they seem. Juicy Fruit


There's a Killer on the Loose
February 19, 2013
He stood before the judge, clad in orange and shackled in steel. "What do you have to say for yourself, what defense have you?" Stretching to his full height and jutting out his grizzled chin...

Who is In and Who is Out
January 6, 2013

Do you remember this song from your childhood?

“One of these things is not like the others,

One of these things just doesn't belong,

Can you tell which thing is not like the others

By the time I finish my song?”

Filed under: Worship and Fellowship

Ben Thinkin' About Thanksgiving
November 19, 2011

Koinonia - Not Just Another Greek Word
November 9, 2011
Certain words grab my attention and hang on with the tenacity of a pit-bull! 
Filed under: Worship and Fellowship

November 4, 2011

In case you were wondering what was on my mind... [READ MORE]

Ben Thinking
November 4, 2011

sunrise-fallIt's been a while since I put out a bit of a blog, but I was thinking the other day.  Yep -- it happens!  This time it happened pretty early in the day.


How do I find a good wife?
August 10, 2010

Well -- okay -- that was a gutsy question from a friend of ours as we sat around a table with our quarter-life friends last night. He went on to remark that today's culture in America makes it increasingly hard to find a woman with views similar to his own […] [READ MORE]

Where do I turn for help?
June 29, 2010

As we discussed what drives us and what stops us for moving forward, one of the guys said something that has made me think. "When we become dissatisfied with people around us maybe we just need to run to Jesus. Maybe that is His way of making us focus on […] [READ MORE]

Experiencing Authentic Community
May 29, 2010

Last Monday night 25Sense had our fourth gathering in the space of 9 days! In those four gatherings we have spent approximately eleven hours of focused time together. We have talked about everything from dirty jobs, sex and Jesus! We have eaten everything from donuts to hot pickled okra.  After all […] [READ MORE]

Navigating the "quarter-life"
May 21, 2010

Do we trust God and everything that He is to give us direction in our lives?  Can we take our hands off enough to let people discover God in their lives without giving them an "info dump" from our "great knowledge"?  This is the question I have to ask myself […] [READ MORE]