scholarship can't be accessible and riveting, can it?
Once there was a young Christian. This young Christian had a gift. He might not have even fully realized it, but he did. Let’s call him Tim. Tim had a mentor who was a seasoned missionary. Let’s call him Paul. Often, Paul would remind the young Christian that he had this gift and that Tim must cultivate it. “Fan into flame the gift of God,” the missionary would tell him (2 Timothy 1:6).
I take this advice to mean that the young Christian was to do whatever he had to do to keep the fire burning. If there are only embers left, well then, you get on your hands and knees, put your nose in the kindling, and blow. Never mind the smoke searing your eyes, you keep the fire alive; you don’t let it be extinguished; in fact, you toil to make it grow.
By itself, the Bible can seem pretty confusing. All of us—myself included—need others to guide the way and spur us on.
You’re not Timothy; I know that. And I’m not the Apostle Paul. But I do know this is what this blog is about—fanning the flame. I’m writing to fan into flame your joy and passion and hope. I’m writing to give you clarity on the Bible and the good-news story of Jesus. I’m writing so you can do all of the things God is calling you to do and be all of the things he’s calling you to be. And my desire is to infuse the writing with accessible, riveting scholarship—sometimes adding a pinch of pumpkin spice and other times a dash of cayenne pepper.
Benjamin and his wife Brooke have six children (Noah, Hudson, Eden, Israel, Judah, and Salem). Benjamin enjoys reading, wrestling with his children, dating his wife, eating at Chipotle, and riding his bicycle in the early hours of the morning. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Masters in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is a teaching pastor at Community Evangelical Free Church in Harrisburg, PA.
You can follow him on Twitter @BenjaminVrbicek. He has written for Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, For The Church and Themelios.
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HOW CAN I HELP?
It takes a lot of time to keep this blog burning, but actually not all that much money. Really, it just takes a few dollars each month to purchase web hosting, books, editing, and maybe a few cups of coffee. If you like what you read, and think others would too, perhaps you'd like to help toss a log on the fire. I would greatly appreciate it. And just so you know, all donations go into a special fund dedicated to helping me "fan into flame" the craft.