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Rite of passage parenting: ‘Christmas gift!’
Dec23

Rite of passage parenting: ‘Christmas gift!’

My father-in-law, Richard Silver, was an incredibly passionate and jolly man who lived his faith out loud. Before I even fell for his daughter, he and I would spend every Saturday visiting the families of the kids who rode the bus to our church. Then on Sunday morning, he would drive an old, beat-up, yellow school bus as he went around picking up the children we had visited the day before. They came running out, and a big, ol’ smile...

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Rite of passage parenting: Chuck’s mom
Dec17

Rite of passage parenting: Chuck’s mom

A mother is the most powerful force in the universe. Children who are threatened or scared will naturally run to and hide behind their mothers. They understand nothing in the world can harm them as long as she is protecting them. Yes, motherhood is a mighty force. I have written several times that I would like to meet Chuck Norris. I would love to tell him how God has used his television show “Walker, Texas Ranger” and my first name,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Third culture kids
Dec09

Rite of passage parenting: Third culture kids

I love to hang out with Third Culture Kids (TCKs), children of American parents who live outside the United States. That’s an oversimplification, but I want to discuss one specific group of TCKs known as Missionary Kids (MKs). I’ve spent a big chunk of my life speaking at Global Mission Conferences, where missionaries from all over the world come with their families to share about their work and ministry. There, I see people make so...

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Rite of passage parenting: Dream on
Dec02

Rite of passage parenting: Dream on

I have confessed before that I am a dreamer. This has its ups and downs. You’re always looking forward to something, but you’ll never get to see all your dreams fulfilled. There are several things I would love to do. I would like to take my wife to Paris and spend a night at the Shangri-La Hotel. She has never been to Paris, but I have. A couple of times, I had a layover of a few hours there before the night train headed out to...

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Rite of passage parenting: High expectations
Nov25

Rite of passage parenting: High expectations

When I was growing up, my parents were very proud of me, but their expectations weren’t all that high. It’s a sad day when your parents throw you a “You Finally Graduated” party and are thrilled because you graduated in the top half of the bottom third of your class. There was a time when members of society had higher expectations of each other. We expected our children to respect their teachers; to say, “Yes, ma’am” and “No, sir.”...

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