In the last thirty five years, John Bennison has been a teacher, preacher, lecturer, trainer, conference leader, carpenter, coffin builder, counselor, spiritual advisor, ethicist, writer and lyricist, musician and entertainer, assembly-line union worker, small business entrepreneur, residential real estate specialist, corporate cog and executive director of a faith-based non-profit organization.
He's authored eight publications and numerous commentaries on faith and values, and as an ordained minister served as a parish pastor over 25 years. He earned his Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology, as well as his BA degree in philosophy and religion from Lake Forest College.
John contributes his leadership experience as Executive Director and Lead Teacher at Pathways Faith Community, as he regularly writes the Words & Ways commentaries and posts for this site, to engage Christian progressives in meaningful dialogue. John also volunteers as Acting Director of the Mountain Shadow Film Society.
Meanwhile, John also provides professional client services to buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Bay Area area market (see Imagine Coming Home).
Having raised two daughters, he resides with his spouse and golden retriever in Walnut Creek, California.
Author Archives: John
A Thanksgiving Reflection in the Midst of a Terrorized World Like many others, the Thanksgiving holiday is another reason I love autumn. The occasion gives us the allocation of a few fleeting moments to pause and express appreciation for whatever … Continue reading
Last in a 3-Part Series on Politics and Religion In a stump speech, Donald Trump reacted to poll numbers in Iowa, indicating Ben Carson had taken the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. “I love Iowa,” Trump said. “And, look, … Continue reading
Second in a Series exploring the relationship between one’s theological framework and political viewpoint … In a previous post in this series (If Jesus Ran for President) it was suggested that behind anyone’s religious beliefs and practice – as well as their … Continue reading
Jesus, a cleric and a politician walk into a bar … If that sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, consider the 3-ring circus of political debates and punditry already well underway 14 months before our next national presidential … Continue reading
In observance of Independence Day, 2015 Liberty and Freedom: People – especially politicians, it seems – frequently use the two terms interchangeably, as if they were the same thing. But while civil liberties can be legislated and personal freedoms can … Continue reading
A Spiritual Path for Personal Transformation “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get … Continue reading
Racism, the Imbalance of Power, and the Response of the Prophetic Voice “They told us we wouldn’t get here. And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, but all the world today knows … Continue reading
Satire and Blasphemy in the Teaching of a Galilean Sage “You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?’ All of them condemned him as deserving death.” Mark 14.64 Radical religious extremists with a distorted view of Islam commit horrific acts … Continue reading
Celebrating the Holy Nativity of Jesus Now when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord – as it is written in the … Continue reading