Ben Palmer

Ben works for a mentoring charity in London, but boasts a CV that includes a year of living as a monk.


16 articles by Ben

6 reasons Jesus hated religion

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6 reasons Jesus hated religion

Ever thought religion was just after your money? Closed-minded, full of hypocrites, tribal and sexist? Well, you might find you have more in common with the man who started the world's largest religion than you'd expect.

You do you: finding yourself in the random events of life

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You do you: finding yourself in the random events of life

Growing up I didn't have a clue what I wanted to be. I still don't now. I don't think I'm alone. Yet people still love to say 'you do you'.

If it’s not on Strava, did you even run?

Life

If it’s not on Strava, did you even run?

Having downloaded Strava, I felt compelled to always try to run as fast and far as I could. Simply because it was measured. But I soon found that – in life, not just in running – what I measured controlled me...

Did you know there are unicorns in the Bible?

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Did you know there are unicorns in the Bible?

It's the God's honest truth, unicorns are in the Bible. They feature more than once, cross my heart and hope to die.

2019: the year no-one is anticipating

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2019: the year no-one is anticipating

2019: the Prince Charles-esque warm up act no-one has been waiting for. Not many people seem to think it will be a happy, new year. Wouldn't we be better off skipping to 2020?

Why I didn’t enjoy living rent-free in London

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Why I didn’t enjoy living rent-free in London

After trying to avoid paying rent in London by moving from sofas to hostels to forest floors 62 times in 11 countries in 91 days, Ben finally reckons he's found something worth paying London rent for.

I thought cycling across Europe would make me a hero

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I thought cycling across Europe would make me a hero

This summer Ben cycled further than the Tour De France in six fewer days accompanied by his brother, Jono. But something happened that made him reject his new-found ‘heroic’ crown.

My Experiments in Experiencing Rest

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My Experiments in Experiencing Rest

I haven’t told my boss yet, but I’ll let you in on a secret, I gave up doing overtime for Lent. Shortly before Lent began, I admitted I was seriously addicted to an every-waking-hour, productive concoction of achievement and efficiency. Here is what I learnt from giving it up.

When an atheist professor says religion ‘brings out the best in people’, you should probably listen…

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When an atheist professor says religion ‘brings out the best in people’, you should probably listen…

In our world of echo-chambers, it's not often you'll hear people commending something they don't agree with.

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