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Rite of passage parenting: Wonderfully made
Sep02

Rite of passage parenting: Wonderfully made

I believe every child is created gifted and unique. Let me rephrase that: I believe every person, including you, is uniquely made. You have a particular God-giftedness installed within your very makeup. The Bible is full of people who discovered their giftedness. Some used it wisely, while others let it waste away. Nehemiah had a gift for organizing people. David had the gift of praise and worship. No one would have guessed Noah had a...

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Rite of passage parenting: Tool time
Aug26

Rite of passage parenting: Tool time

It took me awhile, but I finally came to understand that when it comes to buying tools, quality matters. This comes from many years of experience, because I used to think I could save money by buying cheaper tools. I have a whole drawer full of these dysfunctional tools. Let me rephrase that: I have a garage full of these useless tools. This includes a nice selection of screwdrivers with broken and bent ends. I purchased some of them...

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Rite of passage parenting: How I spent my summer
Aug12

Rite of passage parenting: How I spent my summer

Every year as far back as I can remember, at the beginning of school, I had to write or tell what I did during the summer. So here’s this year’s story. I walk along a hot, dusty road with the intermingled odors of the less fortunate and their garbage seeping into my nostrils. Row upon row of crowded, dusty shanties fill the area, most of them hastily assembled with whatever the owners’ hands can find. A piece of cardboard attached to...

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Rite of passage parenting: Go figure
Aug06

Rite of passage parenting: Go figure

Even after spending many years in school and traveling the world, I still don’t have everything figured out. Even today, I’m still not sure whose armrest is whose at the theater or on an airplane. I haven’t been able to discern what fruit they use to make Juicy Fruit gum. I still haven’t figured out how to give someone space. I wonder what happens if you get scared half to death—twice. If the No. 2 is the most popular pencil in the...

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Rite of passage parenting: Fish story
Jul29

Rite of passage parenting: Fish story

I spent part of the summer living in the Darien Jungle of Panama in a small Embera village called Ipeti. Three young men and I slept outside in hammocks while the women and other men slept inside a hut. We walked from village to village presenting the Gospel. The dust of the road and the sweat on our bodies mingled freely as the sun tracked us step-by-step. By the second day, a smell had grown among our group that can only be...

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