Author Archives: Brian Swanson

About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.

People & History & Statues & Statues of History – #Charlottesville #racism

Today my oldest daughter started third grade.  I’m so proud of who this girl is becoming.  I have such high hopes for how she can make a difference in this world, and how this year in school will get her … Continue reading

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If you’re angry & you know it, shake your fist (a post to read regardless of who you voted for)

The results are in. Maybe you’re happy.  Maybe you’re angry.  I doubt you’re indifferent. No matter which boat you find yourself in, if you follow Jesus Christ, there are some things we need to remember and continue to practice.  For … Continue reading

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Freedom Hangover

America is currently sleeping off a hangover. From 1776. Yesterday I was running through a neighborhood when I passed a family of a different ethnic background than me.  I was in a great mood and thinking about Independence Day celebrations.  Suddenly, I … Continue reading

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Flash Gordon – #1Word5voices #HolySaturday #Lent #Easter

My wife gave my dad a nickname pretty early into our marriage. Whenever I would be on the phone with Mom and Dad, it was usually Mom who spoke unless I directly asked Dad a question. He would talk but … Continue reading

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Chaco-crazed, grimy love – Maundy Thursday thoughts – #40days #Lent #1Word5voices #MaundyThursday

Do you know anyone who is obsessed with their Chacos?  Twenty years ago, Tevas were the thing.  I wore my pair until they disintegrated.  I was a camp counselor at Camp Lakewood in Potosi, MO.  My Tevas were on my … Continue reading

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Do you have good peoples? – #1Word5voices

One line I like to quote from time to time is from The Muppets Take Manhattan when Kermit is expressing how hard it is to survive in New York City.  His boss/friend, Pete (played by Louis Zorich), gives some sage … Continue reading

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Judgy eyes – #1Word5voices

Have you ever had someone give you those judgy eyes? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see my adorable 7 year old’s impression.  Sometimes all it takes is a sideways look from someone to set off our judgemental … Continue reading

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Stick Figure Doubting – #1Word5voices

“Doubt is Faith’s ugly stepsister.” Have you ever doubted God’s existence? What about doubting whether or not God even cares about us insignificant, violent speck of a species down here? Me, too. I would love to start coining the phrase … Continue reading

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The comfort zones of diapers – #40days #Lent #1Word5voices

If you haven’t ever met Rosie G, our almost-three year old, you’re in for a treat once you do. I mean, look at this girl! You cannot deny how cute she is! MY HEART EXPLODES WITH SO MUCH JOY from … Continue reading

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Good lookin’ out! – #1Word5voices #40days #Lent

What’s a good look on you? How often do you think about that? I’m no fashionista, as you can see from this picture. It was the mid-90s, OK? There were lots of great things like flannel and ripped jeans and … Continue reading

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