Stories


empty tomb
April 19, 2017

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....


Pastor Ben preaching
March 22, 2017

What Do You Do for a Living?

“What do you do for a living?” I don’t like answering this question. I don’t like telling people I am a pastor because I have no idea how they will respond. I do know that...


Mercy Commons Tanzania trip
October 19, 2016

Tanzania Trip 2016

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 10:9-10). I counsel pre-married couples to attempt to...


sky
October 12, 2016

Tanzania and America

In many ways Tanzania and America are opposites. In Tanzania the people talk loudly, laugh loudly and yell louder still. Nightclub music resonates through the villages as the separation of commercial and residential areas seems...


10,000 foot view
July 20, 2016

10,000 Foot View

At our Annual Meeting, the Leadership Team asked me to give a 10,000 foot view of the church. They asked me to present what I see from my vantage point. Here is an outline of...


sand through fingers
May 18, 2016

On the Way

I heard a radio personality claim to have “figured out” the slot machines at a local casino. He claimed that a bank of four machines always paid out at a certain time of day on...


Mercy Commons sanctuary
May 11, 2016

A Place of Rest

I really don’t care if you fall asleep in church—especially if it’s during the sermon. Jodi and I used to decide whether or not to go to church on Sunday morning. These days I have...


renewal blossoms
May 04, 2016

Renewal

As the trees around us transform from their bare and seemingly lifeless winter state into the vibrant color and fragrance of spring, I am reminded of God’s intention to make all things new. When we...


worship music
April 13, 2016

Expectations

A few weeks ago, I walked into church on Sunday with a certain set of expectations. When I left I was confused, disappointed and even a little frustrated. I wondered what I could have done...


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