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...

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...

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...

November 04, 2017


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...

Joshua Tree
October 18, 2017

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...

lord's prayer
October 04, 2017

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...

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