Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan

Forgetting Nemo

On May 30th, 2003, one of the greatest animated films to ever be made came into theaters. Finding Nemo became a generational sensation from the very opening weekend and still rests easily in the list of the top ten grossing animated films of all time. Finding Nemo was a worldwide phenomenon raking in $940,335,536 and four Academy Award nominations. The beautiful story of a father searching for his son that was lost and overcoming insurmountable odds to see once again his baby…
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What Is Your Story?

Our story shapes who we are. It explains how we have gone from what WAS to what IS. Our stories are all different; no story is the same. What story am I referring to? I am referring to the story of how each of us was brought to Christ, and what He has done in our lives since then. I am convinced that God has given each of us a different story to tell for a reason. Even though we all…
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The Plague of the Past

The seemingly most inescapable thing known to man is the past; every single person has one. It does not matter how good that past might have been or how bad that past might have been, we all at the end of the day have the tendency to dwell on it. There are many different ways in which we like to dwell on the past. Individually, we dwell on the past remembering the “good old days,” or maybe remembering our childhood……
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But What About My___?

Last night, I was asked by one of my Personal Evangelism Class students, “What is the most difficult question you encounter in your studies with people?” A flood of different memories came to mind of challenging questions I have encountered. Questions on baptism, the One Church, acceptable worship, among others came to mind. While these all are very FREQUENT questions, none of these really fit the description of the most DIFFICULT question. There really are numerous questions that arise in…
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The Problem With Walls

The single most polarizing topic in our culture today is the issue of the southern border of the United States and Mexico. Some are of the opinion that a physical barrier like a wall is the best solution; while others are certain that a wall is the worst solution possible. Everyone has an opinion, but few are willing to compromise. All involved agree that there must be a control over the border because a nation with no border is not…

Jesus the Living Water: PART 3

For the last couple of weeks we have been taking an in-depth look at the methods Jesus used in His efforts to win the Samaritan Woman’s soul. Today, we will conclude with PART 3 of this study of the Biblical account from John 4. The issue we so often run into when striving to be evangelistic is we really have struggles getting someone to even be interested in having a spiritual conversation. The problem lies in simply peaking someone’s interest…

Jesus the Living Water: PART 2

Last week, we took the time to break down the first thing that Jesus did to win the Samaritan woman’s soul in John 4. He took her by surprise. We discussed how we too need to begin to take our acquaintances by surprise in our every day conversations if we ever expect to begin to have successful spiritual dialogue with them. The fact of the matter is, if we ever truly want to have spiritual conversations with people, we are…

Jesus the Living Water: PART 1

For some, the most difficult part of evangelism and soul winning in our culture today is simply peaking someone’s interest towards a conversation about Christ. Sometimes we can go weeks, months, and even years before ever establishing a level of interest about the Gospel or about Christ with our co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family. We all KNOW this should not be the case, but regretfully… it is. It has become much easier to talk to them about work, sports, politics,…

Show Them Christ

You’ve been there haven’t you? You may be there right now. You might be at the place where you know someone who is lost, or you know someone needs to reach out. It may be that co-worker you’ve been just inches away from bringing up Jesus to. It may be a friend or a family member that you are so close to mentioning Jesus to. You might even find yourself saying… “I am not a minister, I have not had…

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…
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