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Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
By Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
This week marks the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I can’t help but smile just thinking about this time-honored tradition. I was eight years old the first time I watched the show, and I’ve probably seen it 30 times since. I laugh out loud every time I see Snoopy dance, Pig-Pen’s cloud of dust, and when Linus “cracks the whip” with his security blanket.
Where Dull Hellfires Burn…An Advent Prayer
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oviedo, Florida
Back in the day, my movie-going consisted of hitting the double-feature of Tom Mix or Gene Autry “westerns” at the Nile Theater in Winfield, Kansas, on Saturday mornings. Since my dad was a pastor, we got special passes (imagine!) which got us a really good seat for 9 cents. Such perks long gone!
And then, when I was about 14 years old, my mom and dad took me and my sister, Lois, off...
Weeping with God
By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
We live in a violent world. On a daily basis, we are exposed to numerous acts of violence, whether the horrific and barbaric attacks of ISIS, the senseless shootings in schools and churches, domestic abuse in all its shapes and forms, or routine bullying and racial injustice. All inflict injury. All cause physical and/or...
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life, Minneapolis, MN; Community Engagement Liaison, Plains Art Museum and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND; Member, Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
Last week, I joined community organizers and mission developers from around the country, for an Organizing for Mission Cohort gathering convened by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church...
The Gift of Families
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice Chaplain
Recently, my wife and I, our two sons and their wives, and our six grandchildren all met in Quincy, Illinois, for a family gathering. We were joined by my mother, my sister and her family, and a niece and her family, so it was quite the gathering! This doesn’t happen too often for us, so it was quite a special time. We all participated in a Veteran’s Day parade that’s held in Quincy each year to honor our veterans....