Author Archives: Ben Swanson

Ben Swanson
Ben Swanson

I love God, and I love people. These loves guide my life as a pastor. I love serving a smaller church and am committed to keeping our community relational. In my role as pastor, preaching brings me joy. Studying the Bible each week – while listening for the ways this ancient text speaks to our current lives and circumstances – leads to revelation, inspiration and an ever-changing life. Presenting what I find and then discussing it with you on Sunday mornings is the highlight of my week.

church history
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Loving the Church

It’s the first day of Church History 101. I choose a seat on the left side of the classroom in the middle. Dr. John Thompson enters the room and begins the semester with a question,...

March 28, 2018
Ben Swanson in Tanzania
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Tanzania Wisdom Tour

On February 12th, I will be traveling with my Dad (Larry) to Tanzania for two weeks. This will be my fourth trip and his first. This trip comes out of our church’s relationship with COSAD...

January 19, 2018
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Let’s Talk Now

Sometimes when I go to my doctor, I’m afraid she will say that I’m wasting her time, like my presenting condition is obviously not a big deal and needs to be treated with rest and...

January 02, 2018
youth group foosball
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Mercy Commons Youth Group

This year Mercy Commons launched a new youth program focused on, but not limited to, middle schoolers. We met for the first time on September 17th and have continued to meet weekly on Sundays from 6...

November 18, 2017
Joshua Tree
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My Heroes are Friends?!

My favorite band growing up was U2. The first CD I ever heard played (we only had tapes until then) was The Joshua Tree. The first big concert I ever went to was U2. I can...

October 18, 2017
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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer can be prayed as it is written or it can be expanded on based on our current experiences. Below is an example of how I prayed just a few days ago: Our...

October 04, 2017
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Forgiving the Little Things

It happens every day – someone doesn’t wait their turn at a four way stop, our boss is rude, our spouse forgets to call or doesn’t text us back, a friend stands us up, or...

September 27, 2017
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Serving God or Money?

One of the most difficult areas of life to submit to God is the area of finance. How does our relationship with God affect our spending? Does our faith impact how we save money for...

July 19, 2017
abandon to Jesus
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As a person who suffers with an anxiety disorder, discerning between the illness and a lack of faith proves difficult. There are times when I feel like nothing is right, everything bad will happen, nothing...

May 30, 2017
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Easter Reflection

Each year, I return to the Easter event as told by one of the gospel writers. I wonder if I will have anything new to say after so many years of presenting the same narrative....

April 19, 2017