By Pilgrim Benham14 item(s) found

Theology / by Pilgrim Benham - 2 months

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...

Leadership Training / by Pilgrim Benham - 3 months

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...

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - 5 months

Be Anxious for Nothing

I will never forget the day I received the hospital bill in our mailbox. I was having a particularly cheerful day up until that moment. As I reached in and perused the typical "junk" advertisements for a car lot sale, coupons for Memorial Day closeouts and an invitation to an exotic getaway cruise to the Caribbean, I began opening a letter addressed to my wife and I from the hospital. She had given birth to our so...

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - 6 months

Robbed of Joy

I wasn’t always a pastor. I remember the first job I had in college, working for my uncle at his car lot in a questionable part of town. I drove my old ’86 Dodge convertible to work each day and always parked it with the top down on the side of the car lot because if I parked it on the lot, someone would make me an offer way below what it was worth to me. One day I went to get something out of the back seat and no...

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - 6 months

"Rock of Ages:" Three Aspects of Salvation

Nothing in my hand I bring,simply to the cross I cling;naked, come to thee for dress;helpless, look to thee for grace;foul, I to the fountain fly;wash me, Savior, or I die. It was a stormy night in Somerset, England, in 1763. A large thunderstorm had quickly moved in, and Augustus Toplady, a preacher in the village of Blagdo...

Theology / by Pilgrim Benham - 7 months

The Importance of the Incarnation

It doesn’t take long for the average news reader perusing today’s articles to come across a shocking revelation: Scandals are all around us. Of course there are the expected political and financial scandals, but as of late, the sex scandals are front and center. If it isn’t this actor, news anchor or figurehead, it is that politician or producer who is falling from grace with a headline we have to censor for our c...

Leadership Training / by Pilgrim Benham - 7 months

Five Ways to Build a Team If You Are Planting a Church Alone

I have the rare perspective of having planted two churches and having two very different experiences. In our first church plant, my wife and I did everything and did it alone. In our second church, we raised up a team and have worked together with the team to reach our community. In both churches, God did amazing things, but when we raised up a team, more abundant fruit has grown in a faster amount of time because...

Gospel / by Pilgrim Benham - 10 months

Persecution Will End

Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, once told a parable about a theater where a variety show was taking place. Each show was more exciting than the previous one, leading the audience to applaud after every act. But without warning, the manager of the theater steps onto the stage. He apologizes for stopping the show but wants everyone to evacuate the theater. It turns out the theater itself is on fire. Everyone is...