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Let’s face it, finding or keeping one’s balance has never been the easiest thing in the month of December.  Calendars crowd us with events.  Cultural expectations for comfort and joy abound, keeping everyone too busy to have much of either. All the markers of the...

What does it take to be resilient? Popular opinion has it that resilience is the result of mental toughness, tenacity, grit, discipline, strength, and/or thick skin. There’s some truth to this, but each of these answers assumes that resilience is primarily about enduring through a difficult...

Just as most pastors and church board members were easing into a few Thanksgiving days of leisure and the anticipation of a “more normal Advent,” news of Omicron filled our feeds.  The groans and exclamations—"Not again!”—could be heard everywhere.  Certainly, it was the most common...

In this season of gratitude, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss the importance of lament, the difference between gratitude and gratification, and the greed that undermines our ability to be grateful....