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Rite of passage parenting: Lessons at gunpoint
Jul21

Rite of passage parenting: Lessons at gunpoint

Twice in my life, I have been held at gunpoint. I pray you will never have to experience the feeling of holding your hands high in the air while looking down a gun barrel. I don’t recommend it. The first time it happened was in Mexico. I was on staff at Tulsa, First, and we had collected clothing for people who lived on a garbage dump in Mexico. We shipped the clothes to Laredo, Texas, where I would rent a van, load up the clothes and...

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Rite of passage parenting: The remnant
Jul14

Rite of passage parenting: The remnant

Many people are concerned about today’s young people, the “What’s in it for me?” generation. In many ways, the designation is true, but God is always faithful to place a remnant within each generation, no matter how perverse it gets. Much of the Bible tells the story of this small group of God-followers who continue to seek Him, no matter what the political or social climate dictates. It is my privilege to walk alongside many of those...

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Rite of passage parenting: In the shadow
Jul07

Rite of passage parenting: In the shadow

I don’t know if you’ve ever done this or not, but when I was a child, hand shadows often entertained my brothers and me. Growing up in rural and small-town America, there wasn’t much to do when the sun went down. Sometimes, we would take a flashlight and cast shadows on the wall. We worked as hard as we could, manipulating our hands and fingers to see how many animal images we could make. We created shadows that looked like fish,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Mentors and influencers
Jun24

Rite of passage parenting: Mentors and influencers

“Mentoring” is a word we use often, but upon closer examination, the person being called a mentor is not really a mentor, but an influencer. When I think of a mentor, I think of someone older and wiser, choosing someone from the next generation to whom they can pass down their life and wisdom. We see mentoring in the relationship between Elijah and Elisha. It began when the old prophet Elijah came up to the young farm boy Elisha,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Jesus and Monopoly
Jun17

Rite of passage parenting: Jesus and Monopoly

I don’t know Jesus’ exact position on the popular board game, Monopoly®, but I’m pretty sure He wouldn’t like it. And there are several reasons I don’t like it either. I don’t know if it’s because of my dyslexia or what, but I hate counting stacks of money. It may be because I’ve served in countries where the exchange rate is astronomical. In Zimbabwe not long ago, one U.S. dollar would equal 642,371,437,695,221,000 Zimbabwean...

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