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Hope Springs Eternal
By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board Member
“Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24
Here we go again! Opening day at Wrigley Field is right around the corner. It’s not exactly a big religious holiday, even though it usually coincides happily with Easter. But, religious holiday or not, it...
Lenten Thoughts: The Cruciform Life: Joy (With a glance at Hezekiah, Hebrews, Dismas and … Joy)
By Rev. Dr. Tom Zehnder, Interim Senior Pastor, Trinity Downtown, Orlando, Florida
(I know that this devotional offering is too long, and I might lose readers along the way. This is not for the faint of heart, nor for those looking for quick fixes! If you read it to the end, I pray you will find Joy in the Cross.)
“The Cruciform Life: Joy” served as the theme for a recent...
My Yoke Is Easy
By Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
Dave Johnson, a nursing professor at the University of St. Francis, said, “God is usually found in the basement of the church.” He was referring to the myriad of alcoholics anonymous, overeaters anonymous, narcotics anonymous, 12-step, ex-offenders, survivors of abuse meetings that happen in church basements all over this country every day of the week.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy...
God’s Grace is Truly Amazing!
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain
If there is one thing I have learned since doing chaplain ministry full-time, it’s that you absolutely have to trust that the Holy Spirit will work – no matter what the situation before you presents.
A case in point is an elderly woman with dementia on hospice care for some time now. She’s amid a very slow and steady decline in her condition. It’s very sad to see someone who is...
Depth and Grace
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
At the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, 2014, David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, offered a talk, The Road to Depth: Thinking About What Character Is. He begins with a question he had been thinking about over the last year, How do you possess this quality of inner depth? How do you possess what...