By Miles DeBenedictis6 item(s) found

Discipleship / by Miles DeBenedictis - about 18 days

Act as if God Exists

Back in June, I wrote an article on "Why Jordan Peterson Matters," and why Christians should take notice. My article got pushback from some Christians who — though I'm not sure they thoroughly read it — incredulously questioned why CalvaryChapel.com would run an article on Peterson, or why a pastor (me) would encourage people to ...

Current Events / by Miles DeBenedictis - about 1 month

The Labeling of "Science Deniers"

Our culture loves to pigeonhole, label and "straw-man" nearly everything it disagrees with. Which means, if you're a miracle-believing Christian, then in the eyes of a growing demographic, you are branded a "science denier." And in 21st century western culture, because of the high value placed upon "science," that’s among the worst things you could be accused of. But foundational Christian teachings such as the in...

Current Events / by Miles DeBenedictis - 3 months

Why Jordan Peterson Matters

I have watched, somewhat in awe, over the last couple of years the rise of Jordan Peterson on YouTube, through podcasts and other media formats (books, blogs, etc.). I haven't always been sure how to classify him or categorize his ascent. He's not a Christian, at least not in an orthodox sense. Though I've heard him self-identify as a Christian, he would make a distinction. He would probably call me, and others li...

by Miles DeBenedictis - over 4 years

When Is It Time To Kill A Ministry

"Know When to Fold ‘em!” Though I wouldn’t refer to myself as a mountain biker, I do own a nice bike and have ridden a few trails. In doing so I quickly learned a valuable trail-riding lesson that I’ve come to see as helpful in ministry too. Avoid ruts! I’m sure that an avid off-road enthusiast would school me on how great it is to ride ruts, but wisdom and a bit of personal experience h...

Church Planting / by Miles DeBenedictis - over 4 years

Co-laborers or Competition? Calvary Chapel & Other Church Planting Movements

Like it or not, when something you’ve done for a long time becomes the mainstream, you are not viewed as the trendsetter, but just another “band-wagoner”. You may well have been born and raised a Seattle Seahawks fan, but if you wore the hat or jersey while they were sailing through the playoffs toward the championship last year, you were labeled a band-wagoner. It’s just the way it is. You may hav...

Gospel / by Miles DeBenedictis - over 4 years

The Gospel - How You Say it, Matters

I could never have imagined being as blessed as I am. I live in a great community. I serve an awesome church. I’m married to a beautiful wife, and we have four incredible kids. It truly is a wonderful life. One of my favorite times of the day (I think most parents of young children can relate) is bedtime, and one of the highlights of bedtime is putting our two-year old, Evangeline, down to sleep. ...