I’m Ben Hughes and this is my personal website. I am the pastor of Emmanuel Christian Fellowship, and I teach English at Mars Hill Academy. My wife Emily and I have been married since July 12, 2009 and we have four boys: Micah, Joey, and Theo, and Abel.


This year I have a goal of reading 40 books, as part of a broader goal to do more long-form analog reading to regain focus and reading stamina that I seem to have lost since college.

Currently Reading

  • After Our Likeness: The Church in the Image of the Trinity, Miroslav Volf
  • The End of Protestantism, Peter Leithart
  • Gift & Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today, Craig Keener
  • Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible, Robert Alter
  • Handbook on the Historical Books, Victor P. Hamilton


  • Dark Matter, Blake Crouch – January
  • Night, Elie Weisel – January
  • Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton – February
  • Atomic Habits, James Clear – February
  • The Art of Bible Translation, Robert Alter – March
  • Seize the Day, Saul Bellow – March
  • Ploductivity, Doug Wilson – March
  • The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction, Justin Whitmel Early – April
  • The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton – May

Up Next

  • Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God, Gordon Fee
  • Infinite Powers, Steven Strogatz
  • Chance or the Dance: A Critique of Modern Secularism, Thomas Howard

Past Years

Perennial Favorites

Books I come back to and recommend often

  • Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996, Seamus Heaney
  • Collected Works, Flannery O’Connor
  • Poems, Gerard Manly Hopkins
  • Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  • My Antonia, Willa Cather
  • Humility, Andrew Murray
  • The Release of the Spirit, Watchman Nee
  • Getting Things Done, David Allen
  • Ultimate Intention, DeVern Fromke
  • The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis