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The Badlands: Finding Life During Difficult Seasons

Nick Marlatt How can we find life in the midst of difficult seasons of ministry? For one pastor, the answer involved rediscovering a few simple practices.
January 26, 2022
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COVID-iversary: Pastoral Reflections on a Year Like No Other

Nick Marlatt After a physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausting year, one pastor describes learning to heal in the midst of trauma.
March 10, 2021
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Wilderness Wanderings: The Faithfulness of God in Uncertain Times

Nick Marlatt For the Israelites, the wilderness was not just a physical place. It was a state of mind defined by uncertainty and complete dependence on God.
April 9, 2020
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Being the Church during COVID-19: Reflections from a Small-Church Pastor

Mike Matthews Like many churches, we had to temporarily stop holding physical services over the past few Sundays. Now we are in our homes rather than a church building, but we are still the …
March 31, 2020
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What Good is This?

Joe Olkowski For any plague, natural disaster, pestilence, or invasion, there is one way to respond: Turn to God.
March 25, 2020