Dr. Steve Bezner (Page 6)

Senior Pastor

Creative Correction

Several years ago my wife read a book called Creative Correction. I don’t know much about the book, other than the fact it was written by Lisa Whelchel—who played Blair on “The Facts of Life” (Who I may or may not have had a crush on when I was eleven years old. But I digress.). The…

As It Is In Heaven

  On Wednesday I had lunch with a man who grew up at HNW. But he’s not at HNW any longer.He now serves on staff at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, an African-American congregation in the heart of the historic Fifth Ward neighborhood of Houston. No, Joel isn’t black. He’s Anglo. But he’s taken to his…

On Christians and Abortion

I believe that discussion—true discussion—begins by understanding the position of those with whom you dialogue. If media—broadcast, print, and social—are any indication, then our nation is in a dialogue crisis, for we do not understand the position of the other. This is no more obvious on any issue than that of abortion. Public debate regarding…

A Cord Of Three Strands

While reading Bonhoeffer one morning, I re-read this passage in his Ethics. It reminded me that the gospel must always be a triad: Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. Evangelicals have notoriously emphasized the crucifixion to the detriment of the other two aspects of who Jesus is. But if I eliminate any one of them, I am eliminating part of…

On Extremists

The word “extremism” is suddenly prevalent in our social vocabulary. If you intake news on a regular basis (as I do), you’ll find it almost impossible to work through a 24-hour news cycle without encountering it in some way. A Google search at the time of writing this post produced over 30,000 hits on the…

Swimming Lessons

A couple months back, JB and I went for a long run. Okay, it was long for me. It was a little over three miles. It was a beautiful day and a good run, but somewhere along the route, I tweaked my right knee. It wasn’t anything severe, but it was throbbing and aching. After…

Set The Table

Joy and I have now been in Houston for four months. Of those 120 nights, we have spent the majority of them getting to know the good people of HNW. And, as you might imagine, a good deal of it has involved food. Trust me, I’m not complaining. Anyone who knows me knows that I…

The Neighborhood

I met with a Klein ISD principal today to discuss the possibility of partnering with her campus. Her campus is something of an anomaly. It is located in an affluent neighborhood, but because of zoning and busing from other areas, the school’s population is 37% at risk. Our offer was simple. We wanted to mentor…

The Gene

(Photo Credit: The Gospel Coalition) Over the last eight years I’ve developed a new authorial love. If you’re reading this you already know of my deep love for Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is unreservedly the most important theological influence in my life. But from reading Bonhoeffer closely and examining footnotes and the ensuing graduate study, I…