Ben Cotten’s Blog
Where Pastor Ben occasionally writes concerning whatever is on his mind at the time.
I made a Lego creature the other day. I used to play with Legos as a child and never really grew out of it. Now I buy the sets for my son, and end up playing with them more than he does. I don’t think that’s all that uncommon, right? After I made it, I […]
The word “discipleship” can carry a lot of baggage for many people. Some have been in church environments where lots of authoritarian abuses happened in the name of discipleship. Others have been taught that discipleship is what happens in a class for 3 months, but not a description of an ongoing way of living out […]
It is often said that social media is an echo chamber. People tend to follow, and listen to, people that already agree with them. Opinions get shared and re-shared between the network of people that already agree with each other. The net effect is a kind of recycled confirmation bias where our ideas are never […]
One of the founding principles of our country is that all men and women have the inalienable right to “the pursuit of happiness”. Perhaps this is a good principle to include in our founding documents as a country, but it is not a good principle to live by. Let me explain. Happiness is an elusive […]
First, a caveat to what I’m about to discuss. I have grown very weary of negative generalizations about “what’s wrong with this generation” or “why this is the worst generation EVER.” I’m a part of Generation X and I heard all of this same negativity about my generation in the late 90’s. It irritated me […]
You want to take off a few pounds, get better with time management, reduce stress, or stop chewing your fingernails. It’s the New Year and you want a fresh start on overcoming some old habits. But how can this be done? Will power is so fickle, and you’ve been here before. Perhaps many times. I’m […]
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