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.

Facebook 2004 and Facebook 2011. Seven year anniversary of joining the Social Network

Facebook profile Courtesy of Wikimedia. Circa 2005

I can still vividly remember it.

Talking to a friend from high school on AIM, him sending me the link to some obscure site that he had mentioned to me called thefacebook. “BG has it now,” he said, telling me to register.

I was skeptical. thefacebook? What does that even mean, but I followed his prodding and created an account.

Ohio State – Purdue: Notes and Thoughts

I believed in him. Ohio State had struggled to move the ball with a passing game which was as bad as usual and a running game that was never able to get going. Despite all of that, late in the fourth quarter the Bucks took the ball in good field position, trailing by only six.

As the team drove, it wasn’t pretty, but I believed in the ability of freshman quarterback Braxton Miller to lead the offense down the field.

I believed that the magician could pull the rabbit out of his hat. The offense moved with a different swagger on that drive.

Paterno Fired. Society Needs to do more in these situations than sit back and feel angry


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I’ve read the Grand Jury report on the indictment for former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past few days thinking about what has happened and the darkness of the entire situation. I’m torn on how things with Paterno should have been handled. This evening it’s being reported that he has been fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Given what has happened, I guess that was inevitable.

But regardless of what has happened, one thing remains certain:

Abuse continues. In every city, in every state, every day, abuse and molestation happens.

Rant – Why I did NOT Vote

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Note: This post was originally published on this blog on November 2, 2010. Here it is published with some modifications.

Pet peeve of the day: self righteous voters. No I did not vote today, and I keep seeing these Facebook and Twitter status updates that seem to imply this feeling of superiority to which voters subscribe in the way in which they look down on me and all of the other non voters. There are a number of trite statements that many of these people like to make:

“If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” I think part of why that statement bothers me is because when I hear it, it’s always with this arrogant tone, as if I’ve never heard anybody say that before.