Entries by Don Bennett

Christianity

Are You Taking Jesus Out of Christianity?

Recently Bruxy Cavey (teaching pastor at The Meeting House) shared, “Christianity – Jesus = Hate empowered Religion” When I heard this, I had to write it down and reflect on it. The issue Bruxy is digging into is how we love people. It reminded me of something I was reading this past month –  how […]

Relationships

How Comparison Kills Relationships

Before I begin, let me first confess that for the majority of my life I have lived envious of people. I was ruled by jealousy. What I perceived that I lacked, and saw in others, was the lens I used to view my relationships. Even as a pastor, I found it challenging to understand how to […]

Questions

Focusing On The Right Questions

I was reminded this morning, during a time of worship and reflection, the importance of asking ourselves good questions. On a sheet of paper I was handed a list of questions and passages to reflect on. Here are those questions: What place is my heart in these days? What am I holding onto too tightly? […]

Love

Learning How to Love

I am a big fan of the artist Noah Gundersen. I have sat and listened to his album over and over – captivated and challenged by the lyrics of his songs. Likely none more so than the song ‘Ledges’ with the particular focus being, “I want to learn how to love, not just the feeling.” […]

Prayer

Focused Prayer in a Group Setting

Recently I have been reflecting on a passage in Matthew, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” (6:5) The reason the passage […]

Love Thy Neighbor

Has Culture Killed ‘Love Thy Neighbor?’

I must warn you, what am about to dive into I have been processing for quite a while. Well… maybe more so writing about it. In December 2012 while wrapping Christmas gifts with my wife and I watched as the media grabbed our attention with the school shooting in Connecticut. It is something that parents […]