Author Archives: Benj

About Benj

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

The Joys of Teaching

My role as director of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing limits the number of courses that I teach. The balance is about 30% teaching, 30% administration/fundraising, 30% research, 10% supervising. Furthermore, the courses that I typically teach are … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sermon: God’s Feast

This is the audio of a sermon preached at the Klaipėda Free Christian Church entitled, “God’s Feast,” in preparation for our monthly celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The text is Exodus 24:1–12. Continue reading

Posted in Bible-Theology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Review of ‘Sit At My Right Hand’ in ZAW

A short review of my book has been published in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.

Posted in Research | Leave a comment

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

As I was reviewing my slate of draft blog posts in various stages of completion, I noticed that I never shared the intended final post in my series on my change of perspective on women’s ordination. While I had intended to put a nice bow on the series, I will just conclude with a list of resources that I read, and one brief comment. Continue reading

Posted in Bible-Theology | Tagged | Leave a comment

Recap: Tallinn, Helsinki, Klaipėda

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed several days of travel, as well as some fun times home in Klaipėda. Continue reading

Posted in Bible-Theology, Giffones in Lithuania, Research, Travels | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Theme in Mission (or: “Did you always know you wanted to go to Lithuania?”)

It’s a fair question, though sometimes behind it is presumption that no one else could possibly want to live in this country that s/he didn’t know existed until about two minutes ago. Continue reading

Posted in Giffones in Lithuania | 1 Comment

USA Recap: Ordination, Wedding, Friends, Bagels, Falling in Love Again

People often ask us, “What are the things you can’t eat in Lithuania that you like to eat a lot of here [in the USA] when you’re visiting?” Without hesitation, we always reply, … Continue reading

Posted in Travels | Leave a comment

Sermon: So That It May Go Well With You

This is the video of a sermon delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Endicott, NY on June 24 entitled, “So That It May Go Well With You.” The text was Deuteronomy 4:5-13.

Posted in Bible-Theology, Research | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Understanding is Ephemeral

“William Riker, who was one of the founders of the rational choice school of public choice in political science, said that most of the people who get into academics do it because they’re interested in teaching. And a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 1 Comment

Sermon: Apostles and Exiles

A short homily delivered at LCC’s International Christian Fellowship on April 22 entitled, “Apostles and Exiles.” The text was Ezekiel 11:14-17. Continue reading

Posted in Bible-Theology, Giffones in Lithuania | Tagged | Leave a comment