Posts by Ben Wikner

Posts by Ben Wikner

William and Ethan: Baseball Bro’s by Adoption August 2017

I have two sons, one by birth and one by adoption. They both love baseball; but their baseball stories could hardly be more different. My birth son’s love of baseball came easy. It’s a simple story: I love baseball and from the day he was born, I shared my love with my son. He took to it like hand to glove. Ethan, our adopted son, was introduced to America’s pastime after we adopted him from the Philippines in the Spring…

Some Thoughts Regarding Recent Events at Rockville HS

Dear Cross Community, By now you have likely heard the reports of the alleged sexual assault that took place recently at Rockville High School. Per the reports, the victim was a 14 year-old female student and the assailants, two male students, ages 17 and 18. News of this sort is always disturbing, but it is particularly shocking and upsetting when it happens in our community. We don’t expect this kind of crime to take place in Rockville, in one of…

Motley Community Church?

As I have been studying the letter to the Philippians and preparing the message for this Sunday, I have been mulling over this rather unusual and infrequently used word that this sermon series has given occasion to invoke – the word: motley (unusual unless you are still a big fan of the popular 80’s metal hair band with its namesake). The title of our Philippian sermon series is: A Message for a Motley Church. I based this from the account…

Adoption

Waiting. Apparently, waiting and I do not agree. All week I have been waiting to find out if we would get clearance to travel in order to get Ethan our adopted son from the Philippines. Everything is put on hold. Everything is tentative. It’s been a long week. Then again, this entire adoption process has been a manifesto in waiting. When we first started the process back in February of 2014 we were told that we could expect the adoption…
Small Group Training Retreat

Small Groups at Cross Community Church

Like any entrepreneurial enterprise, church planting comes with a plethora of possibilities that vie for priority attention. To simplify and to focus our efforts we have chosen to concentrate on Sundays, Small Groups, and City. Recently, we had the opportunity to move small group ministry forward in a significant way: six couples and a single spent a weekend together at Lake Anna to get training in small group dynamics and leadership. Just getting 13 busy adults together for a weekend…

We are launched!

Amazed and grateful. That is how I feel having experienced our kick-off service this past Sunday for Cross Community Church – amazed by God’s wonderful grace, and by his kindness to help us make this day a reality. The thing is, I am an unlikely church planter and the group that God has assembled to plant this church would all consider themselves unlikely participants in such a venture. None of us have ever done anything like this before; none of…