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Rite of passage parenting: The safe side
Jan20

Rite of passage parenting: The safe side

These modern-day car seats are a new discovery for me. I grew up in a generation that didn’t have car seats. We either sat still in the back seat, or our father blindly flailed his arms our way, trying to smack a kid or two while repeating, “Don’t make me pull this car over!” When our kids were growing up, they had what we called a car seat, but it looked more like a plastic box with a small mattress tucked inside and a NASCAR racing...

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Rite of passage parenting: Transformissional journey
Jan13

Rite of passage parenting: Transformissional journey

Here at the start of a new year, I know some of you parents have children who would like to go on a mission trip. And it might not seem like it, but now is the time for them to sign up. Your children may have felt a tug at Falls Creek, another camp or even during a sermon. I don’t know of anything better you can do than release them to go engage the lost. If I were in charge of the world, I would require that all parents let their...

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Rite of passage parenting: Fighting, food, a new kind of love
Jan07

Rite of passage parenting: Fighting, food, a new kind of love

I grew up as a Baptist, I am still a Baptist and will probably die a Baptist. Baptists are famous for two things: food and fighting. I don’t know if you realize this, but Baptists invented wrestling. Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat, referenced in The Iliad and depicted in what some believe are 15,000-year-old cave drawings in France. To the untrained eye, the drawings look like two primitive men wrestling, but upon...

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Rite of passage parenting: 7 resolutions for others
Dec30

Rite of passage parenting: 7 resolutions for others

I have a gift. I really do. I have the gift of making New Year’s resolutions for other people, although I’m no good at making them for myself. Like other spiritual gifts, God must give this one to an individual to bless the masses. So here are your resolutions for next year: 1. I resolve not to pick my nose in the car. I don’t know how many times I’ve pulled up alongside another car and seen someone picking their nose. You know who...

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Rite of passage parenting: The wow factor
Dec17

Rite of passage parenting: The wow factor

The other day I got to babysit my grandson, Titus. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a young child running around our house. He is at the age where he can walk, but is not always confident that he’s doing it right. My life is taking a twist with this kid. I am beginning to see things once more through the eyes of a child, which does two things. First, it boils life down to its simplest form. A piece of string on the floor becomes...

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