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by Pilgrim Benham - 1 month ago

Returning to the Gospel on Reformation Day

Have you ever noticed that our society celebrates everything? In September alone, we celebrated "Random Acts of Poetry Day" (September 6), "Video Games Day" (September 12), "White Chocolate Day" (September 22), "Punctuation Day" (September 24), and every parent's favorite—"Quiet Day" (September 12). Somehow my kids missed that last one. But October 31–what many ...

by Pilgrim Benham - 6 months ago

Gathering Together Again: Best Practices for the Church Re-opening

If anything is certain over the last few months, it is that the predictability of ministry has been anything but certain! Because of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, people around the globe have been asked (or ordered by their respective governments) to shelter in place, practice social distancing, work, and school from home, and avoid any and every crowd that consists of over 10 people. The very community we lo...

by Pilgrim Benham - 9 months ago

The Bible is About Jesus

Pilgrim Benham is a contributor of the Expositors Collective, a growing network of pastors, leaders and laypeople, which exists to equip, encourage and mentor the next generation of Christ-centered preachers. Our two-day intensive training seminar is designed to give young preachers exposure to both intentional training as well as hands-on experience and feedback in a peer/facilitator setting. Our next se...

by Pilgrim Benham - 1 year ago

Four Ways to be Commissioned in the City

The CGN International Conference is focusing on this year's theme, "Commissioned: Urban Ministry in a Post-Everything World," on June 24-27, 2019. Visit cgn.calvarychapel.com for more information. Henry David Thoreau once described cities as “millions of people being lonesome together.” Have you ever considere...

by Pilgrim Benham - 2 years ago

Five Ways a Church Becomes Tolerant: The Church of Thyatira

"For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17). If the church of Pergamum is an example of the compromising church that is taking the first kiss toward sin, then the church of Thyatira is the church that has completely gone to bed with idolatry and is suffering the life...

by Pilgrim Benham - 2 years ago

Five Slippery Steps to Spiritual Compromise from the Church of Pergamum

I was surprised by the following true story: The location: Pearl Harbor The date: Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. Three hundred and fifty-three Japanese airplanes began swarming all around the harbor. Within a couple of hours, America lost eight battleships, six major airfields, almost all planes and 2,400 men. What began at 7:50 a.m. was supposedly a surprised attack. But these are the startling facts:...

by Pilgrim Benham - 2 years ago

Comfort Through the Hard Times: Lessons from the Church of Smyrna

Enjoy "A Letter to the Modern Church" by Pilgrim Benham in this series on the seven churches in Revelation. .... The theologian Michael Stipe (the lead singer of R.E.M.) said it best, “Everybody Hurts.” Let’s just face it: Life is full of heartache. In my short life, I’ve seen a lot of pain and suffering: A member...

by Pilgrim Benham - 2 years ago

A Letter to the Modern Church

There is no such thing as the perfect church. Someone once said you'll never find the perfect church--and if you do, don't start attending there because you are imperfect, and you'll ruin the perfect church! Jesus had something to say to seven distinct churches in Asia Minor, almost 2,000 years ago--as He relayed His message to the Apostle John who was exiled off on the rocky island of Patmos in the Aegean...

by Pilgrim Benham - 2 years ago

A Study in the Book of Hebrews: The Centrality of Jesus

We aren't sure exactly who wrote the book of Hebrews. Some say it was Paul the apostle, but that is doubtful. Others say Barnabas—or because of the writing style, perhaps it was Luke or even Apollos—but we don't know for sure. The letter reads more like a sermon—a sermon that was written and shared among believers in the first century and now throughout eternity. The theme of Hebrews is...

by Pilgrim Benham - 2 years ago

Do you know your lane? Do you know your Lord?

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with dozens of Calvary pastors from around the country in New York City for a special time of prayer and fellowship. Our time together was marked by a noticeable thirst to see God’s kingdom come and will be done in our cities as it is in heaven. Though primarily focused on those ministering in the East and Northeast, the meeting was designed for pastors around North America t...