Weekly Devotions

December 21, 2015

Love vs. Law
By Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregation Engagement, Wheat Ridge Ministries

I want to tell you about a Wheat Ridge Ministries grant recipient I recently visited in Florida and connect it with the Advent/Christmas season we are traveling through, but first…

If you spend much time on Facebook these days, you can see lots of posts about laws – there is no shortage of strongly-held opinions about what people think should or should not happen with various...

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December 14, 2015

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.

What...

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December 7, 2015

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...

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November 30, 2015

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...

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November 23, 2015

Becoming Irresponsible

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...

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