Author: the Josh Benner Blog

Josh is the pastor of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park, Illinois. He has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He lives with his wife Kari, their son, and dog.

Pastor doesn’t tip. Applebee’s server fired for posting receipt photo


“I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18”

These were the words written on a receipt at a St. Louis area Applebee’s by pastor, Alois Bell. A server at the restaurant posted a picture of the receipt online and was fired after the photo went viral and the pastor complaied.

Bell has expressed regret. “I’ve embarrassed my church and ministry.”

To be fair, I don’t think that what the server did was appropriate. She should not have posted that photo online and she was putting her job at risk. Big companies take their image very seriously.

Review: Les Miserables

When I was 11, I saw Les Miserables on Broadway. I was mesmerized by it. I thought that Les Miz was the most wonderful thing I had ever seen.

Over the years, I’ve always enjoyed the musical and have listened to a number of different recordings and seen multiple film adaptations of the book. Until this week, there still hadn’t been a film version of the musical itself. As one of the most popular musicals of all time, Les Miserables has a lot of fans from all over the world who have eagerly awaited this movie. While the reviews have been mixed, I thoroughly enjoyed the screen version of the musical. Many have commented that people who like the musical will like the movie. I think that makes sense. Both versions essentially have the same script. Because the story is so well established within the musical, I felt that the director had his hands tied with how to handle certain elements to the story. I think that is worth taking into consideration.

Jesus in Les Miserables

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Jean Valjean had stolen silver from the Bishop and the local authorities had caught him red handed. On his own merits, there was nothing Valjean could do to rectify the situation. He didn’t have the money to pay for it. He was guilty. But then something amazing happened. The Bishop tells the officers that the silver was a gift. He reminds Valjean that the ex-convict had even forgotten to take two silver candlesticks with him. The sacrifice for Valjean was not made by himself but by the Bishop .

He let him go.