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Swimming The Tiber

Written by Jeff Benson  

INTRODUCTION

In the history of Christendom there has always been a struggle for unity within local congregations in order that they might be able to form something greater than they could accomplish by themselves. Jesus in one of his final prayers asks that all believers “may be one”[1] and additionally notes that this is how “the world may believe that you have sent me”[2]. Historically the Catholic Church has sought to fulfill this prayer, by providing a single, unified body that is designed to work together as Christ intended. (more…)

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What Then Shall We Do?

Written by Jeff Benson

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake
will find it.”

Matthew 10:39
  I am writing this on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Earlier today I was scrolling through my Facebook feed idly looking for the latest video and seeing how my friends were doing, when I came across a most interesting trend occurring within my social circle. The majority of posts I was seeing were somehow tied to a quote spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was then that I realized that I was in complete ignorance of the significance of the day, since I still had to go to work and my daily business proceeded as normal. The only thing that was different was the few extra images of quotes spoken by a man who died for his cause. (more…)

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Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?

Written by Jeff Benson The other day I was having dinner with an old friend of mine, when we began to discuss modern-day high-school students and how they react to certain questions. Since I regularly meet with a group of students at youth group, I was able to add into the conversation some of my own observations regarding the types of questions students have begun to ask, and how this differs from what we previously understood to be the “postmodern generation”. It was through our conversation we both came to a similar conclusion, that we might be beginning to see shift from postmodernism to what some are calling post postmodernism at a rapid pace. (more…)

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The Inseparability of Grace and Mercy

Written by Jeff Benson

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

~Matthew 5:7

 There is a deep question that we must address. Are we merciful? And from the beginning I should define what this means. I am not referring to the simple act of kindness towards our neighbor or a casual act. Rather I am referring to the kind of mercy that Jesus showed. The kind of mercy that reaches into the darkest parts of the world and extends love towards the unlovable, that forgives the unforgivable, and saves those who cannot be saved. This is the mercy that Christians should demonstrate, one that is sacrificial and actively demonstrated in daily life. (more…)

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