Stories


family camp
May 15, 2018

Come to Family Camp, Y’all!

I grip the rope tightly, close my eyes and jump. I feel a swoosh of air, my stomach drops and then I splash into the water. I lift my hands up high and sing as...


church history
March 28, 2018

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,...


Ben Swanson in Tanzania
January 19, 2018

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...


stethoscope
January 02, 2018

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...


gingerbread house
December 18, 2017

Christmas Traditions

Our family loves traditions. Okay, maybe it’s mostly that I LOVE traditions, but I think my love is rubbing off on them! There are lots of events that come around year after year – all...


Advent
December 04, 2017

Actively Waiting

This time of year is steeped in traditions. Each day in December, we’re surrounded by traditions and the nostalgia that comes with them: the perennial holiday specials on TV, the annual parades and neighborhood festivals,...


not the hero
November 26, 2017

I’m Not the Hero

A couple of weeks ago, we had a church service with some extra songs and written prayers. One of the prayers was focused on repentance and remembering to orient our lives towards God. And during...


youth group foosball
November 18, 2017

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...


anticipation
November 04, 2017

Anticipation

Want to know what my least favorite thing in the world is? Anticipation. I HATE not knowing what is going to happen. Yes, I am that person in the movie theater, reading the Wikipedia entry...


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