Books

Dont Just Send a Resume: How to Find the Right Job in a Local Church

I spent four years working on a book to help pastors in the job-search process. The typical pastor, while fully equipped to do his job, is not equipped to transition effectively when God calls him to move to another church. The book also features short contributions by 12 published authors and ministry leaders.

Available at Amazon or wherever book are sold online.

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Enduring Grace: 21 Days with the Apostle Peter

When tomorrow is harder than today, how will you endure? Peter preached boldly in one moment and cursed cowardly in another. His faith and obedience went up and down, down and up. But through it all, the grace of Jesus toward Peter endured. This is also how we will endure—through the amazing, enduring grace of God. Peter’s story gives us hope that Jesus really is a friend of sinners and mighty to save.

Available at Amazon.

Struggle Against Porn: 29 Diagnostic Tests for Your Head and Heart

Many Christian men struggle with pornography. And that's the problem. I wrote this book to help men struggle against (not with) sexual sin. There's a huge difference.

Endorsements from Tim Challies, Drew Dyck, Tim Chester, and others.

Available at Amazon.

 
 
 
 

More People to Love: How the Bible Starts in a Garden and Ends in a City and What That Means for You

Jason Abbott and I wrote a book called More People to Love. It's about The Big Story of the Bible. Brant Hansen wrote the foreword. He’s a nationally syndicated Christian radio host and author of Unoffendable and Blessed are the Misfits. 

Available at Amazon

Each Part Working Properly

I wrote this short book for our church membership class. It answers questions such as, "What is the Gospel?" and "Is church membership even biblical"? Also, it teaches Christians how to tell the story of what God has done in their life. Important stuff. The book is tailored to our church, but I think others will find it helpful, too. 

Available at Amazon.

Lost in December

This is a short story about returning to life after a miscarriage. Over the years, it has surprised me to learn how many couples have had one, or even several, miscarriages. For Brooke and I, it's been five years. And it's still hard. In the story, a husband and wife (Joshua and Allison), as well as their other young children, learn what it means to move on after losing a child.

You can get it here.

 

Articles

“Pastor, Don’t Interview like Michael Scott,” Sojourn Network Blog (forthcoming).

“Pride Goes Before Porn,” The Gospel Coalition, October, 17, 2019 (forthcoming).

Struggling Against Pornography, Not With It,” Evangelical Free Church of America Blog, EFCA NOW.

Corre como el viento del pecado sexual,” Coalición por el Evangelio (The Gospel Coalition Spanish Website), September 13, 2019.

Don’t Let Sexual Shame Move You from Christ’s Mission,” ABWE International Blog, September 12, 2019.

Run Like the Wind from Sexual Sin,” For The Church, September 3, 2019 (forthcoming).

Men, the Women in Porn Bear God’s Image,” Gospel-Centered Discipleship, August 2, 2019.

Two Ways Every Christian Can Be Pastoral,” Unlocking the Bible, July 15.

Don’t Just Send a Resume to a Church—Or a Missions Agency,” The Missions Podcast Interview, June 30, 2019.

Three Big Surprises When Interviewing for Missions,” ABWE International Blog, June 25, 2019.

Summertime and the Lust Comes Easy,” EDA MOVE, Evangelical Free Church of America, Eastern District Blog, June 19, 2019. (An audio reading of this post by Benjamin appeared on the EDA Move Podcast, here.)

Was I Betraying My Church by Interviewing Elsewhere?” CTpastors.com, June 13, 2019.

Book Review: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop,” 9Marks, June 6, 2019.

When Self-Preservation Becomes Our God,” For The Church, June 5, 2019.

Interview about Don’t Just Send a Resume,” RadiantGrace.net, June 3, 2019.

Are We There Yet? Knowing the Steps in a Pastoral Transition (Part 2 of 2),” Am I Called? (May 30, 2019).

Is It Time to Change Churches? (Part 1 of 2),” Am I Called?, May 24, 2019.

Christians and the Struggle Against Porn: Q&A with Benjamin Vrbicek,” Anchored in Christ – KevinHalloran.net, May 23, 2019.

Clarity About Compensation,” Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), March 28, 2019.

Networking for Pastors who Hate Networking,” Gospel-Centered Discipleship, February 14, 2019.

Porn: The Killer of Missions,” The Missions Podcast Interview, January 13, 2019.

Reflections on The Pursuit of Writing,” Pastor Writer Podcast interview, November 10, 2019.

God Loves a Cheerful Preacher: A Book Review of The Preacher’s Catechism,” Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), July 31, 2018.

If Today Was Your Last Day,” Unlocking the Bible, July 31, 2018.

Jumping the Shark and the Trajectory of Sin,“ For The Church, July 5, 2018.

Blogging for God’s Glory,” For The Church, March 16, 2018.

When Should a Pastor Address a Current Event?“ For The Church, February 13, 2018.

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke [A Book Review],” Themelios (Vol. 42, Is. 3), December 2017.

What If Tomorrow Is Even Harder Than Today,” Desiring God (November 4, 2017).

A Book Review of Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch,” Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), September 20, 2017.

Pastor, Strive to Learn Learn Their Names,” The Gospel Coalition, September 11, 2017.

Encouraging the Not-Yet-Married, a book review of Not Yet Married by Marshall Segal,” The Gospel Coalition, July 28, 2017.

Why Your Wedding Day Matters,” A Short Television Interview for CBN, June 30, 2017.

Sometimes God Just Closes Doors,” Desiring God, June 27, 2017.

Am I Still Me? Finding Yourself When Life Changes,” Desiring God, April 18, 2017.

The Gospel in 140 Characters,” For The Church, March 28, 2017.

Church-Growth Fear or Excitement?“ Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), February 2, 2017.

Pastors Need Healthy Boundaries,“ EDA MOVE, Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Eastern District Blog, January 18, 2017.

Light for Those Who Sit in Darkness: What Christmas Says About Our Sin,” Desiring God, December 20, 2016.

A Book Review of How to Survive the Apocalypse,” Evangelical Free Church of America Blog (EFCA NOW), November 8, 2016.

9 Tips for Giving a Retreat Talk,” For The Church, October 6, 2016.

5 Strategies for Shortening Your Sermons,” The Gospel Coalition, July 6, 2016.

Thank God for Spiritual Grandfathers: Thoughts on Wayne Grudem,” For The Church, July 5, 2016.

Can You Really Become Unoffendable?“ A book review of Unoffendable by Brant Hansen, The Gospel Coalition, June 29, 2016.

The Problem with the Pinterest Dream Wedding,” Desiring God, June 6, 2016.

From Hating Words to Loving Them,” Stories of Change, May 7, 2016.

Gluten Free to the Glory of God,” Desiring God, January 6, 2016.

Pastoral Transplant Criteria,” For The Church, December 26, 2015.

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung [A Book Review],” Themelios (Vol. 40, Is. 3), December 2016.

The Greatest Enemy of the Church,” Desiring God, August 12, 2015.

When Ministry Success Becomes an Idol,” The Gospel Coalition, April 22, 2015.

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections [A Book Review],” The Gospel Coalition, February 18, 2015.