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The Story of Wheeler Mission

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The Story of Wheeler Mission

Wheeler Mission has been serving the homeless in Indianapolis for over 125 years! This has been, and continues to this day, a crucial outreach and light of the gospel in our city. Rob Wingerter is a Board Member Emeritus who has chronicled its history in The Story of Wheeler Mission: Celebrating 125 Years of Ministry to Those in Need. Recently Rob sat down with the ITS president to discuss this history, as well as the current nature and character of homeless in our time. The book is available for purchase in both Kindle® and paperback on Amazon®.

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Stones in the Stream

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Stones in the Stream

In the last year the ITS board has grown in several ways.  One such addition is retired businessman, Rob Wingerter.  Rob has brought a lot of structural clarity to ITS as well as visions for growth.  Rob is also an accomplished author.  He is particularly interested in the value of retreat (he runs the Mahseh Center in Kewanna, IN), and church history.  This month we highlight his recent book, Stones in the Stream: An Overview of the Flow of Christian History as Examined Through the Lives of Twenty-Two Men and Women That Altered Its Course.  You can view an interview with Rob here regarding how and why he wrote the book.

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Peace To End All Wars: What Christ’s Birth Has Done and Will Do

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Peace To End All Wars: What Christ’s Birth Has Done and Will Do

There is a story from WWI that reminds us that in the worst of times, there’s still hope. Nearing the end of December 1914, 5 months after WWI began, British soldiers heard their German foes singing Christmas Carols after a day of fighting.

In the dark, huddled in their cold trenches, the British soldiers wondered what to make of this. But soon, they joined in, singing well-known and well-loved Christmas carols. And so, through Christmas Eve, the two warring armies celebrated the birth of their Messiah. ...

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Let Them At Least Understand

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Let Them At Least Understand

“Let them at least understand the religion which they oppose before they oppose it.”  This quote has been attributed to Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, and believe it or not, a noted theologian.  As a teenager he began to invent mechanical calculators.  He made significant contributions to mathematics and physics, working with vacuums and hydraulics.  A computer language was named after him—which I studied in college.  His quote about thoughtfulness is great advice for us in our day.  Think about it my friends!  “Let them at least understand the religion which they oppose before they oppose it.” ...

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Truth & Unity at 499 Years

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Truth & Unity at 499 Years

Next month marks the 499th anniversary of what is typically called the dawn of the Protestant Reformation.  On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther pinned 95 theses to the Wittenberg castle-church door in the hopes of engaging other ecclesiastics in theological debate.  The theses were originally written in Latin, the theological lingua franca of the day.  His zealous students, however, seeing the value of a wider circulation, took the theses down, translated them into German—the local lingua vulgaris of the day—and rushed them off to this new thing called the “printing press.”  From there many copies could be made and disseminated, eventually, all over Europe. ...

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