WHY

Why Blog? I love to see people walking in their gifts, and looking like Jesus. It is the kind of thing that comes little by little as we are transformed into the image of Christ. Each new step I see folks take is so exciting.
Last summer I was mulling. Some of my friends will think this is impossible. I am a high “I” (based on DISC personality profile) so people who know me know I am more of a blurt now and think later kind of guy. The fact is – I do mull! I digress – in any case, I was mulling last summer on what Paul wrote to the church in Rome. In Rom 12:2 he says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” It occurred to me that everyone I know who loves God, would love to be closer to Him. They want to be transformed! I have asked hundreds of Christians this question or one like it: Is there any area of your life where you want to be more Christ like? Believe it or not, no one has yet told me that they are exactly where they want to be. We all know there is more for us.
I began to realize that I hold to many of my beliefs with a dogmatic clutch, so much so that if you challenge any of my opinions, I would just tune you out. I noticed this was true with many others of my friends and acquaintances. Now I see a problem. I want to change and be more like Christ, but I will not let you talk to me if you do not agree with me. How can I expect transformation if I will not allow my mind to be renewed? It is impossible.
You see, I was of the opinion that my knowledge base was fine. There was nothing wrong with my information; it was just that I was not walking it out. The TRUTH is that there were lies hidden in my truth like tares growing up with the wheat, and they needed to be exposed in order for change to occur. Understand me, these were not huge lies, just subtle little dark spots on otherwise good fruit.
Back to the blog – Jesus says He is the TRUTH! So, I would love to mull over some of His Words with you, and let’s see if we can’t find something that will expose any lies hidden in our truth so that YOU and I can be transformed!
PLEASE interact with me. If what I say makes you mad – let me know. If something herein exposes a lie you held, or even leads you to truth I missed entirely – and it changes you – share it – maybe it will change me!

Let’s see if we can’t be better expressions of Christ in this world.

Thanks for reading! Come again soon!
Ben

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  1. Stephen

    OK, deal! I will read them and respond when I think I have something helpful to say 🙂 I like that you are doing this. I remember at our dad's funeral that Bud Tindle said to me, "you have some mighty big shoes to fill!" I know it was simply a compliment about how he and the rest of the church would miss his teaching. It still scared the crap out of me a little because I thought I never could!!! I'm not sure he and you would agree on everything these days and we wont know 'til that great family reunion in the sky, but I do know that he would be extremely proud that you are following in his teaching footsteps! And filling his shoes at PBC quite well thank you very much! One other thing about Fath (if anyone is reading this, "Fath" is what we called our dad... a weird 60's shortening of "father"...) anyway, Muth (yep, "mother") said that even with speakers/preachers he disagreed with or didn't particularly "like", he would always listen with an open mind and often come away with something he learned. I admire that and I think this is the spirit you're demonstrating here! Looking forward to it bro!

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  2. Ben Nelson

    Those are big shoes to fill. Herb Beyer showed me a picture Sunday from an elder retreat in the 80's with a bunch of folks, but right out front was Fath. It is great to be there at PBC. I believe God has some great plans for us. I do remember that Fath would listen to, and read many authors/ speakers from varied points of view. Thanks for your encouragement. Hope to see you sometime soon.

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