God Likes Us
April 17, 2019

IF:Gathering 2019

I don’t have time for God. Yes, I said it out loud. I feel horrible and ashamed writing that statement. But God already knows my heart and how I feel sometimes; I cannot hide. He...

never pray for patience
April 05, 2019

Never Pray for Patience

“You should never pray for patience,” a good friend once told me, “because if you do, God will really give you something to be patient for. This was meant half-jokingly, of course, and has since...

leading worship
March 27, 2019

Sometimes I Feel Nothing

It’s not uncommon for me to get emotional while leading a song or sharing something from my heart during our worship services at Mercy Commons. Music has always been a primary mode of expression for...

lent reading
March 19, 2019

A Challenge for Lent: The Gospel of John

In the days before Easter it is often spiritually helpful to engage in various spiritual exercises to help us draw nearer to Jesus and consider all that he has done for us. The cross and...

raking leaves
October 24, 2018

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

It was a gorgeous sunny autumn day. The fallen leaves from the neighborhood’s mature trees were adding up. Yards and sidewalks were transformed from green and grey into a collage of autumn colors. It was...

4th of july parade
July 11, 2018

Can’t Rain on Our Parade

Our annual 4th of July celebration came off a little differently this year. Every year, the church sets up two huge bounce houses on the front lawn, a prime spot on the Edina 4th of...

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...

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