Spoiled Rotten

by Benjamin Burks on December 31, 2013 · 0 comments

Today, I turn 49 years old. Yesterday, close to the Appalachian Trail, I was meditating once again on the prodigal son, particularly the one who stayed at home. Just like him, there was a day that I was a “spoiled brat”. However, I realize staying at home was not a bad thing. And one can […]

A True Friend

by Benjamin Burks on April 10, 2013 · 3 comments

“And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God” (1 Samuel 23:16). I remember a statement from my freshmen year of college that has stuck with me over two decades.  Dr. Wendell Evans said that if you have five real friends when you come to the […]

Great Gain

by Benjamin Burks on August 10, 2011 · 0 comments

1Timothy 6:1-10, “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. (2) And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful […]


by Benjamin Burks on January 16, 2011 · 1 comment

A recent issue of The American Sociological Review, a very sort of academic study, looked at social isolation in America. And it has a few statistics that are worth noting on this issue of loneliness. The average American has only two close friends, which is down from three since 1985 25 percent of Americans have […]