Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan

In the Maker’s Eyes

I have not had the blessing of raising a child and I am for sure not planning to do so soon, but I have been one before and have had experience with close friend’s children in the past. When you think about children’s art, or your art from when you were a child (and frankly, my art to this day), to be honest… it is horrible. Most times, it is an indistinguishable conglomeration of lines and shapes and crayon strokes…

The Blessing of Proclaiming

During this past quarter on Wednesday nights, I have had the immense opportunity to teach a course on personal evangelism in my office. The class has been one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had in ministry to date. The incredible roster of genuine evangelistically minded and hearted people has been an inspiration to me. At the beginning of the quarter, I challenged each student to select three individuals that they had an influence with whether that be…

The Heart of an Evangelist

Of all the people in the New Testament, there is only one person ascribed the name, “The Evangelist.” In the book of Acts, we read of a man named Philip, a man who wound up working in Caesarea. Before that, Philip was one of the seven chosen in Acts 6 as one of the men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit, and full of wisdom according to verse 3. Many believe this was the first institution of deacons…

The Greatest Conundrum Facing the Gospel Today

If someone were to sit down and begin writing a list of the greatest problems facing the Gospel today they would end up with a pretty extensive list. Division, confusion, hate, false teaching, comfort-zones, divisiveness, bias, and apathy are some, just to name a few, of the conundrums that the Gospel and those who proclaim it face on a daily basis. No doubt these are some troubling factors contributing to the issues, but they are not the greatest issue. The…

What Will You Become

Change is an unavoidable and inevitable fact of life. It will happen and does happen to every single person. In some areas of life there might be a need for change, while in other areas of life people would prefer you stay the same. Change is hard to deal with and hard to accept when something happens that you know will threaten your routine, your schedule, and possibly even place you in a state of doubt or worry. However, no…

Chosen or Frozen

There is no doubt that the people of God are the called out, the elect, the special people, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, and the chosen people of Earth. In fact, the Apostle Peter would blatantly point that fact out in the beginning of 1 Peter 2:9. It would be no surprise for many to open that passage up and think, “Oh yeah, I have heard this verse all my life.” Countless sermons and lessons have been extended and…

For Those in Need of a Physician

What do the words ‘Gospel Meeting’ mean to you? What do you think about when you see these two words? For me, it has always meant good food, good speakers, good topics, good sermons, and good times spent with Christian brothers and sisters. Growing up, I always looked forward to the yearly Gospel Meeting because I knew we were going to have a great week of fellowship and spiritual growth. To me, it was one of the highlights of my…

Intentional Launch

“To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10). Throughout the churches of Christ in the past few years, there has been a buzz word that has frequently risen in sermons, articles, bulletins, and pretty much every other different outlet or avenue… INTENTIONAL. Many of you reading this might have had an opportunity to hear this word from the pulpit or see it written…

Purpose for Launch

Someone once said, “He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any how.” The purpose behind someone defines their actions. For instance, if someone thinks that their purpose for being on this earth is to become a titan of industry or a millionaire, most likely their sole focus will be spent on gaining the education and skills to become one. If someone thinks that their purpose for being on this earth is to become the next great…