Author Archives: Ben Fike

Ben has a passion for studying scripture, preaching, and prayer. His life's work is leading others closer to God as he himself continues to grow. He earned a Masters of Divinity (2011) and a B.S. in Christian Ministry (2007), both from Abilene Christian University. Ben currently serves as the Senior Minister at the Meadowbrook Church of Christ in Jackson, MS. Ben is very thankful to the Churches of Christ, who have nurtured him in the faith and introduced him to Jesus. Ben and Laura - his wife, ministry partner, and best friend - have been married since December 2013.

It Won’t Always Be This Way

Do you know why cars have two headlights? It’s pretty simple: because horse-drawn carriages had two lanterns. As gas-powered vehicles began to replace horse-powered vehicles, many of the features of the older design crept into the new one. Of course, you could just place a single light in the front of the vehicle.…

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The Things that Make for Peace: De-Triangulation

I heard a story this week about a school principal that made me smile. If I had kids, I might want to send them to his school just based on this one anecdote. As the new school year began, the principal let parents know from the outset: “If you have a conflict with someone from school this year, and if you come and talk to me (the principal) about it, I’m going to ask you one question: ‘What did that person say when you talked to them about this?’ If you haven’t talked to them yet, then I’m not going to talk to you until you do so.”

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The Things that Make for Peace: Making Friends with Your Emotions

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the things that make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — “What do you do with your anger?” a friend asked me several years ago. I understood his curiosity. By all appearances, I’m a pretty…

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The Things that Make for Peace: Saying “I’m Sorry”

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the things that make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — When I was growing up, my parents made a big deal about saying “I’m sorry” whenever they were brokering peace between one of my…

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The Things that Make for Peace: Getting Off Facebook

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the thingsthat make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — This year on Ash Wednesday, I walked down the hall to my wife’s office (we’re both on the ministry…

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The Things that Make for Peace: Confession of Sin

I’m using my blog posts this year to explore a question that emerged from my encounter with Luke 19:42 last year: What are the things that make for peace? You can find the rest of the series here. — As my prayer life continues to develop, I find myself listening a lot more than talking. I don’t…

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The Things that Make for Peace

Last year, our church walked through the Gospel of Luke together. 2016 turned out to be an interesting year to hear the message of our most socially “woke” Gospel. When the U.S. election cycle was in full swing, we were all drowning in endless reports of political scandals, the corruption of power, illegal immigrants, building…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: What “Getting Turned Around” in Atlanta Taught Me about Church Leadership

This is the final post of this series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #7: Focus on DIRECTION, not condition I spent two summers as a youth intern for a church in the suburbs of Atlanta. I learned a lot during those two summers about the Atlanta-metro. For instance,…

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