All posts by Brandon C. Benziger

Brandon C. Benziger is a recent graduate of Fresno Pacific University (BA, 2008) and Denver Seminary (MDiv, 2016; ThM, 2018), currently serving as Biblical Integration and Curriculum Development Manager at Sevenstar Academy, LLC. Also a registered freelance editor with Baker Academic/Brazos Press, Eerdmans, Lexham Press, and NavPress, he lives in the northern Dallas metroplex with his wonderful wife, Steph, and his three delightful children, Evelyn, Oliver, and Theodore.

Speaking in Tongues: Ecstatic Babel or Foreign Language?

In his 2001 book Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today, biblical scholar Craig Keener tells the story of a man he had met in a charismatic church, who came up to him during congregational prayer and began interceding for him.[1] Instead of praying in English, the man made a series of buzzing sounds ...

Recommended Commentaries on the Book of Acts

Having just launched a months-long sermon series on the book of Acts (called “Acts and the Early Church”), the pastoral staff at University Assembly would like to encourage its congregants not only to read along as the series unfolds, but also to use a good commentary or two to help shed light on this gripping ...

Whom Was the Book of Acts Written To?

Like the Gospel of Luke, the book of Acts is explicitly addressed to a certain “Theophilus” (Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1). Meaning “lover of God” or “friend of God,” this name has often been understood, especially among preachers, as a generic or symbolic reference to all Christians. For at least two reasons, though, it more likely ...

Who Wrote the Book of Acts?

Most Christians, if forced to answer the question posed above, would probably be able to articulate—and rightly so—that a certain “Luke” is the author of Acts. At the same time, however, they’d probably be surprised to learn that the book nowhere mentions this name. In fact, along with the four canonical Gospels, Acts is widely ...

Did Jesus Ever Speak about Homosexual Practice?

From personal experience with dear friends and family members, one of the most common biblical justifications I’ve heard for homosexual practice is that Jesus himself never taught on it. The argument goes something like this: “What I cannot fathom is why Christ never spoke on the topic. While he spoke on the subject of marriage ...

Observing Lent: Several Practical Suggestions

The image of the desert way is one of the classical expressions of the Lenten journey—clearly derived from the way of Jesus in the desert. Only by intentionally entering the desert way can we be kept from idolatry and perhaps from spiritual self-indulgence. —Don E. Saliers As this quote suggests, Lent is notorious for its ...

How Have American Churches Responded to Marijuana Use?

In this installment of our series on marijuana use, we survey the various responses of American Christians, churches, parachurch ministries, and denominations to the legalization of marijuana—both medical and recreational. How, for example, have churches in America dealt with marijuana use? What views have they espoused in the debate, and what political measures have they ...