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When a Paralyzed Man Walks
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
Last fall, I rejoined the staff of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Center for Life, its nonprofit partner, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I had previously worked for three years before moving to Fargo, North Dakota. At a team meeting in January, Kelly Chatman, senior pastor of Redeemer...
Distraction of the Least
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
It’s known as “The Marshmallow Test.” In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel and his colleagues tried an experiment to determine impulsivity. They would put a four- or five-year-old child in a room and sit him down at a table with a marshmallow in front of him. Some of the kids would stare longingly at it, some would fidget with excitement; but all of them wanted the marshmallow....
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....
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...
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...