Monthly Archives: November 2010

Prayer Request

Quick prayer request… this evening I will be meeting with the Board of the church that I left 18 months ago. This will be my first opportunity to meet with the Board since May 2009.

Out of respect for the process and for the Board members themselves, I am not going to write a lot about the meeting (before or after) here.  But I am hopeful that this will be a time of grace, forgiveness and perhaps even beginning a process of Biblical reconciliation.

I am trying to not to expect too much, while maintaining a sense of healthy optimism and hope.

In any regard, your prayers are much appreciated.

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


Two New Web Projects

I have been working on two new websites/projects… the first concerns my catering business, the second a community think-tank about church.



For years, catering has served well as a tent-making enterprise when ministry did not pay (which was often in the early years!)  Now, as a full-time chef, I still pick up some catering gigs here and there.  I am in the process of discerning what I am supposed to be doing work-wise after I graduate culinary school (next week!)  I will be staying at the restaurant I am with for a while, but trying to discern whether that is a place to stay and build a career or whether I might pursue catering full time.  In any regard, I have set-up a draft website for Ben David Catering, LLC.  You can check it out and let me know your thoughts… and let me know if you have any catering/private chef needs.





Full confession: I am a lover of the Bride of Christ, the Church! Despite everything, I have not given up on church and believe that Christ in the church is the hope of the world!  But that doesn’t mean that church-as-we-know-it is necessarily working at its full redemptive potential… or not reaching certain groups, sub-groups and populations.  For the last few months or so I have been having increasingly interesting conversations with different people (usually over coffee or good red wine) about the idea of a “the church as a greenhouse for growing fully devoted followers of Jesus.”

As I have talked with different folks, it seemed that it would be good to connect people together and perhaps start a more formal and intentional discussion on this topic via a community blog.  So that is what we are starting.  I literally put the site up a few days ago and we are still looking for contributors and trying to figure out how it will work… but you can check it out and let me know your thoughts.  Plus, if you would be interested in being a contributor to the new blog, let me know.


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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


Off the Radar

I am off the radar for a few days, enjoying time with my family.  I will be posting again next week!

Praying you all have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

– Ben

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Posted by on November 26, 2010 in Uncategorized


A Proclamation for Thanksgiving


Washington, D.C.
October 3, 186

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln


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Posted by on November 25, 2010 in Uncategorized




Let the trees of the forest sing, 
   let them sing for joy before the LORD, 
   for he comes to judge the earth.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; 
   his love endures forever. 

Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; 
   gather us and deliver us from the nations, 
   that we may give thanks to your holy name, 
   and glory in your praise.”



Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 

Worship the LORD with gladness; 
   come before him with joyful songs. 

Know that the LORD is God. 
   It is he who made us, and we are his; 
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving 
   and his courts with praise; 
   give thanks to him and praise his name. 

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; 
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.



Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.




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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


Can It Get Better Than Pixar?

I don’t post all of the “It Gets Better” videos, but when one strikes me I think it is worth passing along. This one, from Pixar, is definitely worth watching, sharing and thinking about.


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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


The Tale of Two Fuels

It is the tale of two fuels: one for the body and one for the home.

It is the best of times for The Community Food Pantry that feeds 600 families each month  from the Towns of Bolton and Manchester.  The consistent support of money, food and paper products allows MACC to feed a family for just  $11.00 a week! 

It is the worst of times for the MACC Fuel Bank.  A harsh winter is predicted and federal and state officials have already announced that the funding for heating fuel will be drastically cut this winter.  In addition to this alarming news, the economy has not recovered enough for struggling families to adequately heat their homes, so the need is expected to be greater than the availability of fuel. 

What can we do as a community? 

We can plan now to give the literal gift of warmth to our neighbors. 

Will you join me to  help  fund  MACC CharitiesWarm Gifts Program?  

If you answer yes, we will stand ready to respond to the emergency  fuel needs of our community.    

If we all do what we can, it will be the best of times our two fuels. 

All gifts are 100% tax deductible – especially good at year’s end and/or is  the perfect gift for someone who has everything. Give a donation in his/her name to the 2010-11 Warm Gifts Program and MACC will send an acknowledgement card for you.

Make Checks out to:   MACC Charities and put “Warm Gifts Program” in the memo section of the check.  

Mail to:

MACC Charities
P.O. Box  3804
Manchester, CT  06045-3804

Or give on line:  Under the tribute type choose in honor of and write WARM GIFTS.

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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

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