Entries by milesdebenedictis

Episode 20 – June 9th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 7:21 – I just looked up the scientific and Scripture discussion on when life begins. There is the embryological view, the neuro-genical (or neurological) view, the ecological view, the […]

April 28th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 3:52 – Explain Revelation 5:8 where it says the prayers are in a bowl in Heaven? @ 9:48 – I fear for the jewish people. If they are Gods […]

April 21st Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 6:29 – Where can one get a belt so white? @ 7:24 – What scriptures describe the demise of all of the Apostles, as shared in the teaching today? @ […]

April 14th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 7:26 – Is it wrong/sinful to desire pleasure, power, happiness, fame, and wealth? @ 14:55 – How can I experience the joy Jesus offers when my life is in […]

April 7th Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 5:03 – Who are those in the ‘great cloud of witnesses? (Hebrews 12:1) @ 10:28 – Why did Jesus change Simon’s name to Peter? @ 16:03 – How many […]

March 31st Sermon Q&A

If you’re a listener, or subscriber, give us a shout-out and send us a text (and text more questions) to (760) 814-1223. Questions & Timestamps: @ 4:45 – On Saturday two women from the Jehovah Witness Church knocked on my door! Felt ill-equipped to say anything so I didn’t! What should I do to be […]

March 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:6-15. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 6:24 – Verse 8 of today’s text, “Day” is capitalized. What is the significance? The day of the ‘Bema’ seat? @ 11:18 – Why does Easter keep changing […]

March 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:1-6 talking about the importance of preaching the Word. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 7:28 – What text do you think Timothy used for preaching? @ 11:39 – What did the first preachers and […]

March 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:16 – 4:2 talking about the inspired and useful word of God. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 3:23 – What is the difference between soul and spirit. And what is Spirituality? @ 7:47 – […]

February 24th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 0:36 – Did Timothy ever have trouble following Paul? Did he ever have doubts? Or doubts about God’s will? […]

February 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 4:00 – If I recognize that I have a hardened heart. How do I change that? @ 13:12 –  […]

February 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:20-26 considering the topic of vessels of honor and dishonor. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 13:00 – Do you believe that all non-believers in the church are here with dishonorable intentions? @ 15:40 – Do […]

February 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:14-19, and we considered the importance of maintaining unity, while also rightly dividing the Scriptures. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message. Questions & Timestamps: @ 9:40 – If there is a person who likes to dispute over the bible in […]

January 20th Sermon Q&A

My hope as we move into 2019 is to do a little bit more to answer some of the questions that those in the church have, as we study through the Scriptures together. Certainly I answer questions one-to-one when asked, but when things are a little busy after a service on Sunday, it is sometimes […]

Science Denier!?!

Our culture loves to pigeonhole, label and straw-man nearly everything it disagrees with. Which means, if you’re a miracle-believing Christian, then in the eyes of a growing demographic, you are branded a “science denier.” And in 21st century Western Culture, because of the high value placed upon “science,” that’s among the worst things you could […]

Why Jordan Peterson Matters

I’ve watched, somewhat in awe, over the last couple of years the rise of Jordan Peterson on YouTube, through podcasts and other media formats (books, blogs, etc.). I haven’t always been sure how to classify him or categorize his ascent. He’s not a Christian, at least not in an orthodox sense. Though I’ve heard him […]

Can we tolerate intolerance?

At this moment, just days from Christmas, a whole lot of noise has been stirred up in American pop-culture, resulting from the “Duck Commander’s” words that are to be printed in the January issue of GQ Magazine. The Twitter-sphere, blogosphere and mainline newsosphere are all a buzz, which of course means I have something to […]

Thoughts in Response to John Piper

Pastor John Piper’s “Ask Pastor John” podcast this week discussed the question posed by Arminian Professor Roger Olson “Where’s the Arminian John Piper?” Upon listening to John’s response I asked my friend, Pastor Tim Brown, for his reactions. I found them very thought provoking and worth consideration. Here is Piper’s podcast… Here is Tim’s response… […]

Why I’m optimistic for the future of Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel, a ministry and movement I’ve had the privilege of both growing up in and serving with for more than 20 years, is now facing the most significant transitional changes that it has in all the time I’ve been associated with it. With the passing of Pastor Chuck Smith a week ago, the changes […]

Remembering Pastor Chuck Smith

Early this morning, Pastor Chuck Smith went home to be with Jesus, after a nearly two year battle with cancer. In thinking about Pastor Chuck, a few thoughts come to mind. In about May or June of this year I tasked one of our staff members at CCEsco with clearing out an onsite storage area […]

Food for Thought

I was flipping through an old book on my bookshelf the other day and stumbled upon this section dealing with maintaining a middle-ground position on divisive theological points.  Personally I appreciate such a humble orthodoxy. Some people object because they feel that I gloss over certain passages of Scripture, and they’re correct. But glossing over […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: – Psalm 50:14   I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. – Psalm 69:30   Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. – Psalm 95:2 […]

Vision – Part 2: Developing Vision

In my last post I ventured into the topic of vision and discussed the first of five important aspects of it for pastors, that of receiving vision.  I explained how that receiving vision is as easy as desire.  But, the problem with visionary desires at the conception stage is that they’re not always entirely clear.  Just […]

When Your Heroes Don’t Measure Up

It’s standard fare for superhero movies. Hero (whoever he/she is, Ironman, Thor, Captain America, Spiderman, etc…) discovers great power, uses it effectively, rendering him/her a super hero. But then the phenomenally super hero experiences a crisis wherein his superhero status is challenged by someone or something for which his powers prove ineffective. Hero, to gain […]

Thoughts From The Road

My wife and I have been traveling for the last 24 hours and have finally arrived in Westport, Ireland. A friend of ours flew us out so that I could perform his wedding ceremony tomorrow afternoon. The time of non-connected reflection that the flight afforded me and the wonderful generosity of a friend has caused […]

Does it matter?

In the last 5 years or so I’ve been intrigued by the research done by groups such as Barna, Pew, Gallup and others. While statistical analysis is not 100% accurate it is interesting to consider what the numbers say about the views and values of our nation. Such data is especially interesting when studies are […]

Fellowship

This week most of us who write for Cross Connection attended an annual conference for the Senior Pastors of Calvary Chapel. There are many such conferences throughout the year in other parts of the nation, but this one is unique as it is hosted by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and Pastor Chuck Smith. Over a […]

Consistency?

At the beginning of this month the American South was devastated by 65 confirmed tornado touchdowns in less than 72 hours. The storms resulted in 41 fatalities and countless injuries. Immediately following the horrific storms many in the Christian community began to weigh in, as often we do. We aim, with our words to bring comfort, […]

Legalize Marijuana?

During the Q&A following our service last night the following question was texted in… Sorry if this is off topic but with it being in the news so often its hard not to notice, with pat robertson endorsing decriminalization of cannabis what should our position as christians on medical cannabis and cannabis in general? I […]

Paradigm Shift

[dropcap style=”dropcap3″ color=”black”]L[/dropcap] ast week myself and two of our assistant pastors attended a seminar on “storying” the Bible. For 5 days we we considered both the process and the purpose of such an approach. The interest in such a course is the result of much reading and a growing conviction (especially as a result […]

The Joy of the Law

For the last 6 weeks I’ve been teaching a series at Calvary Escondido entitled “The Key to Unlocking Joy.” We’re finishing the series this Sunday, Christmas morning, with a message called “Joy to the World.” My main thesis over the last 6 weeks has been that Jesus has opened the way into fullness of joy, […]

Switching Fish Bowls

For all but one year of my ministry life I’ve served in an area [North San Diego County, CA] that is blessed with an abundance of solid, biblically sound, evangelical churches. Southern California truly is a “Christian Disneyland.” At present the website for our ‘denomination’ lists 329 affiliate churches in California. Our administrative pastor at […]

The importance of culturally relevant musical forms in worship

Last month Tim wrote a great article on worship entitled “Toddler Worship.” His observations are, I believe, truly important for maturing believers. It is certain that we should not aim at the lowest common denominator when leading our churches, therefore it is foolish to craft a worship service to meet the immature in their immaturity […]

¿ Apostolic ?

I recently heard a Christian leader say that “church planters” hold an apostolic role in the church, and that they ought to recognize their call as apostles. Yes, he made a distinction between “the 12” foundational apostles of the church, and explained that an apostle, according to mere definition, is [essentially] one who is sent. […]

Cultural Shift – Part 3; Implications For Western Christianity

[dropcap3]A[/dropcap3]s I’ve studied church history, I think it no stretch to conclude that local churches, over the last 2 millennia, have experienced an average attendance of about 75 adults. Enter, 20th century American Christianity. Or, as I like to call it, Consumeranity. The average church size in America at present hovers at a little more […]

Interdependent

It is a great blessing and privilege to live in a nation such as the United States of America. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many nations around the world in my life thus far, and I’m always blessed to return home. I know that people from other lands would say the same thing […]