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Rev. Benjamin Cremer

This is my weekly newsletter called, "Into The Gray."

I have spent the majority of my life in Evangelical Christian spaces. I have experienced a lot of church hurt. I now write to explore topics that often are at the intersection of politics and Christianity. My desire is to discover how we can move away from Christian nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and church hurt to reclaim the Gospel of Jesus together. I'm glad you're here to join the conversation. I look forward to talking with you.

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The Myths We Believe

Hello my friends, I hope you have been able to find places of calm and rest in the midst of this election season. Know that you have all been in my prayers as we navigate what can be such a stress inducing season together. This week I wanted to talk about something I have been processing personally, specifically how I discovered how many myths made up my beliefs as Christian and what God taught me through that process. But first, here are some things that have me thinking. RESOURCES TO...

over 1 year ago • 10 min read

Hello my friends! I want to first start by saying how profoundly grateful I am for all of you. I sent out my two year anniversary email this week with some updates and asking for your feedback on what you’d like to see in my newsletter moving forward. I was then moved to tears by what happened. I hadn’t checked my email the day it went out so I had a ton of responses from all of you waiting for me the day after. In the middle of the night after feeding my daughter and not being able to go...

2 days ago • 13 min read

With this being an election year here in the United States, hopes and fears are already rising high. There is this overwhelming sense that there is so much at stake depending on the outcome of November. I think that’s true. So, especially with how Christianity is so often used to justify a particular set of politics in seasons like these, I wanted to look at a particular passage from Matthew, then think together over the importance of supporting the separation of church and state. I hope this...

9 days ago • 13 min read

Hello my friends, With June being Pride Month, I thought it would be wise for us to think together about some of the rhetoric we have heard and will probably hear again during this month from those who claim to follow Jesus. Unfortunately, hostility continues to be growing towards the LGBT community, much of which is led by people claiming to follow Jesus. I recently wrote a newsletter on that very topic, which you can read here. As you have probably seen, part of this hostility manifests...

16 days ago • 9 min read

Hello my friends, Today is a rather special newsletter as I was just able to launch my podcast! So today, I want to feature the same topic my first podcast episode focused on, which shares the same name. My plan is to have the newsletter and podcast focus on different topics more often than not and help fulfill different needs you all have expressed, but with the first episode being launched today, I wanted to have them reflect each other! So, you can find my podcast called, "Into The Gray"...

23 days ago • 10 min read

Hello my friends! I’m sure you’ve heard Harrison Butker’s commencement speech he gave at Benedictine College or at the very least seen all the reactions to it. Last week, I provided what I consider to be one of the more important responses to consider from The Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, who are founding members and sponsors of Benedictine College. You can read their response here. The speech itself will not be the focus of today’s newsletter, but rather a definition of marriage the...

about 1 month ago • 12 min read

Hello my friends, I hope you had a wonderful week! Even though Rebecca and I are over tired and still trying to find a stable life and work rhythm with two kids now, we are so enjoying watching them grow. It is true what they say that the days are long but the years go by so fast. I have been thinking a lot about changing our minds and how we tend to feel about it, especially within Christian circles in America. So, today I want to think with you about why I think changing our minds is a good...

about 1 month ago • 8 min read

My friends! I can't tell you how good it feels to be writing you this week. While I know it has been very important to step away for this time of family leave, I have missed our interactions and your thoughtful messages. I am slowly working through your many responses over the last several weeks. I so appreciate your prayers and support along the way as I and my family adjust to being a family of four! I'm hoping to make it a special Mother's Day for Rebecca today. I hope it is a special day...

about 1 month ago • 12 min read

Hello my friends! As you know, I have been on family leave for the past few weeks, but I will be rejoining you next week! I'm very excited to rejoin the conversation with all of you! $5.00 Into The Gray: Podcast The goal of this podcast is to bring a sermon every week for those who want to navigate scripture together in our... Read more Get it now! Today I'm so honored to share a piece from my friend Meghan Tschanz. Meghan is someone who is doing such important work and who I find myself...

about 2 months ago • 9 min read

Hey friends! I really appreciate all your encouraging messages and prayers during this time of family leave. Reese has had some significant lip and tongue ties, along with other restrictions that has made feeding really difficult, especially for Rebecca. As you can imagine, this has made for some really long and difficult days and nights. But things are getting much better now and Reese weighed in at over 9 pounds this week! I can't believe she will already be a month old this Monday. Thanks...

about 2 months ago • 15 min read

Hello my friends, As my family leave continues, I'm honored to share a piece from my friend Meredith Miller. She is not only a gifted thinker and writer, but she provides excellent resources especially for those of us who are parenting children in our world today. Resources to Consider On top of her excellent book, she creates a Bible story podcast for kids called Ask Away as well as the Great Big Bible Story Walkthrough, which is a weekly resource to help adults feel more equipped to explore...

2 months ago • 7 min read
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