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February 3, 2014

By Rev. Keith Perry
Hospice and Hospital Chaplain

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

As I write this, the wind chill in Chicago is -17 degrees. The cold in January here has been pretty brutal at times. I have discovered, as I imagine you have, that going about routine daily business has become more difficult in this type of weather....


January 27, 2014

The Legacy
By Ted Schroeder

I must have been about eight-years-old when Old Sam took me unicorn hunting that first time. “They’re very hard to see,” he told me. “In fact, few people ever glimpse one at all. But you can hear them in the rustle over the ridge and catch the flash of their form in movement along the creek ahead. Hunting unicorns is a marvelous thing, boy. It’s following a path marked by the finger of God.”

On our hunts, we often made our way through...


January 20, 2014

Snow Steps
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saluda, South Carolina; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

While there isn’t just one Eskimo language, it seems that, as a group, they have over 400 words for the word “snow.” What a rich vocabulary for all the different types of snow they experience. When I was a child, we only had a few descriptions of snow such as “fluffy snow,” “hairy snow,” “not going to stick snow” and “crunchy...


January 13, 2014

From Awestruck to Awesome

By Rev. Bruce Strade,
Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

In my Christmas greeting this past year, I included the phrase “Live the awe!” Although I did not receive any specific feedback from recipients on these three words, my hunch is that they were met with curiosity by some and confusion by others. It definitely is not a phrase we use in our everyday lives.



January 6, 2014

Annoying Words and Affirming Words … and the Word!
By Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

A recent poll reveals that the most annoying word to Americans is the word, “whatever.” In fact, “whatever” has topped the annoying word charts for the last five years! Now that’s downright annoying!

According to the pollsters, we also do not like the...

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