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Welcome at the Table

Jesus calls us to keep coming back to the table with other believers, giving and receiving His welcome.
April 3, 2024
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Eternal Communion

Adam Loretto Why does it matter if we attend church? According to Adam Loretto, the answer may not be quite what you think.
September 19, 2023
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Revival and the Local Church

Adam Loretto How can local churches build on the momentum of student revivals at places like Asbury? The answer may be simpler than you expect.
February 28, 2023
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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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Quarantine Songs: History and Tradition in a Changed World

Adam Loretto Used well, history and tradition can be the soundtracks that help rural churches adapt and develop new practices that meet the needs of a world in flux.
July 24, 2020
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How Do We Lead Without the Answers?

Glenn Daman Perhaps the greatest challenge we face today is not that we lack all the right answers, but the fact that we are asking the wrong questions.
July 8, 2020
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Church Re-imagined: How Drive-In Worship and A Willingness to Adapt Have Helped One Rural Church Thrive

Jason Schepp The last few months have brought many changes in the church. They have also offered an opportunity to re-imagine what church looks like.
May 21, 2020
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Code Yellow: Thinking Through When and How Churches Should Reopen

Charlie Cotherman As states like Pennsylvania begin to reopen, pastors are thinking hard about how and when churches should open their doors for in-person gatherings.
May 5, 2020
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Feed My Sheep: How One Small-Town Church Is Continuing to Bless Its Community

Elizabeth Yale As social distancing became the norm, St. John's Church had questions about how to move forward with feeding ministries--ministries that were now more important than ever.
April 23, 2020