Author Archives: Benj

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Hannah, Josh and Josh…uncle to Marshall, son-in-law to Claudia.

Sermon: No Dry Trees

The gospel, the good news for all of us, is that we serve a “single” Savior! Jesus never married a human woman, never had biological children. Yet according to Isaiah 53:10, as a reward for his perfect obedience, his Father gave him “many offspring,” and “prolonged his days”! Jesus showed us that the lasting impact of God’s work in our lives is not that we have biological children, but that we would have many spiritual sons and daughters—people whom we have invited into God’s family by faith, and discipled. Continue reading

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Special Service: Worshipping with the Fifth Gospel

Jess Smoker and I did an independent study on the Book of Isaiah that semester. We discovered that we are both musical, and decided that one of her assignments should be for us to craft a worship service structured around songs from Isaiah, and short teachings from the passages on which those songs are based. Continue reading

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January 2018 Update

Greetings from Klaipėda! Here’s what’s been going on, and what’s up next… Continue reading

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Review of ‘Sit At My Right Hand’ in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

Brendan Youngberg has published a slightly more critical review of ‘Sit At My Right Hand’ in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. Continue reading

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‘Sit At My Right Hand’ in Paperback

In April 2018, Bloomsbury will be releasing a paperback edition of my book, “Sit At My Right Hand.” Continue reading

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November Update

Greetings from Klaipėda! A lot has happened in the last couple of months. Here’s a taste of what’s been going on. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part X)

One important objection of complementarians to the evangelical egalitarian position is the observation that in the last century-and-a-half, Christian groups that have embraced women’s ordination have embraced other doctrines and practices that they believe are unscriptural–most notably, acceptance of homosexual practice, and the sign gifts (tongues and prophecy). This is a slippery-slope argument, but rhetorically effective and important to consider. Continue reading

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The View from Copenhagen

I may simply be moving into a phase of life and mission where blogging is no longer necessary for my soul. That feels like a positive step. Continue reading

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Sermon: A Personal Encounter

A sermon delivered at LCC’s International Christian Fellowship on November 12 entitled, “A Personal Encounter.” The text was Psalm 73. Continue reading

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Sermon: New Family, New Temple

This is the audio (20:00, 18.4 MB) of a sermon delivered at a chapel service at LCC on October 11 entitled, “New Family, New Temple.” The text was Ephesians 2:11-22, part of a series of sermons on Ephesians entitled, “A New World Order.” Continue reading

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