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by Benjamin Morrison - 2 months ago

Bomb Shelter Ministry in My Ukrainian Town

Thanks to air raid sirens, neighbors and refugees are hearing more about the gospel than ever. We are now a full week into open war with Russia. Of course, Russia has been warring against Ukraine since 2014, but this is an unprecedented phase. Still, it’s amazing how quickly one gets used to the mundane realities of war. On day one, the news of other cities being bombed caused gre...

by Benjamin Morrison - 2 months ago

Prayer & Support for Ukraine

Wars and Weddings This morning I woke up feeling like a truck had run over me. The warnings the night before that our dam might be a target for bombing certainly didn’t help me sleep well. Plus, all the stress the day before—and way too much coffee, if we’re being honest—did not make for a great combo. For many fellow ministers I’ve spoken with here, we are all feeling a lot of exhaustion, but we press f...

by Benjamin Morrison - 1 year ago

Questions About Systemic Racism, With Benjamin Morrison

On this week's episode, Aaron sits down with Pastor Benjamin Morrison to discuss two articles he wrote for CalvaryChapel.com about the issue of systemic racism. The articles received some pushback due to the tense feelings many people have in this moment around the topic, and so Aaron and Ben take time to flesh out a lot of the common concerns and issues that revolve around the term. It's a lengthy yet interesting...

by Benjamin Morrison - 1 year ago

Pelagian Racism Part 2: Will Preaching the Gospel Fix Systemic Racism?

In my previous article, I laid out how the concept of systemic racism is a consequence not of “cultural Marxism,” but of the biblical understanding of sin. We ended with the question of how to move forward beyond personal prayer and repentance. A frequent sentiment I’ve heard during the current discussion on racism goes like...

by Benjamin Morrison - 1 year ago

Pelagian Racism: A Lesson from Church History

“I don’t hate black people, so I’m not part of the problem. Racism is bad, but it’s an individual sin that some people commit. I’m not one of those people, so why am I being held responsible for other people’s racism?” Since the beginning of the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, I’ve seen variations of the above comment again and again, including from a number of white pastors. A common addition is an...

by Benjamin Morrison - 2 years ago

A Look at Authorial Intent in the Bible

There’s a joke that Christians here in Ukraine like to tell. One day, a pastor goes to visit a class in the children’s ministry at his church. He’s trying to break the ice with the small children and decides to play a guessing game. “Kids, who can tell me what lives in the forest, has pointy ears, a big bushy tail and climbs trees?” The children are awkwardly silent, afraid to answer. Then finally one brave, young...

by Benjamin Morrison - 4 years ago

The Role of the Gospel in the Believer's Life

After the sermon, a man came up to let me know he wasn’t happy with what he had heard. He didn’t put it quite that bluntly, but it was all over his furled brow and panicked expression. “So what did you think about the sermon?” I asked with a smile, “There was too much grace!” he said indignantly. It’s one of those complaints that you do your hardest not to laugh at because you actually take it as a compliment. Mar...

by Benjamin Morrison - 5 years ago

Who is the Hero of Your Sermon?

I remember as a young Christian reading through Isaiah and running into the passage where God says, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights” (Isaiah 42:1). I recall the feeling of despair that welled up in my chest as I said to myself, “I want to be that kind of a servant of the Lord, but I can’t!” As I continued reading, I realized an amazing truth: "This is not about me! It’s about...

by Benjamin Morrison - 7 years ago

Washing Feet and Loving Others

"Owe no one anything except to love one another." Paul gives us this pithy commandment in Romans 13. But if we’re honest, we might be tempted to ask, “Why do I owe anyone love in the first place?” Sure, we can understand that we owe Jesus our love; just look at all He’s done for us! But truth be told, most people haven’t really done much for us that we should owe them anything at all, let alone our love. But notic...

by Benjamin Morrison - 8 years ago

How the Gospel Heals Shame

Shame is an experience common to every person on the planet. Charles Darwin, in classic materialist fashion, defined shame primarily in terms of its physical expression: casting the eyes downward, lowering the head, blushing and a slack posture. No matter what culture a person is from, these are universally accepted signs of this universally experienced condition. To clarify what we’re talking about, it's helpful ...