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Rite of passage parenting: On vacation
Aug12

Rite of passage parenting: On vacation

This week, I’m on vacation. My wife will tell you I’m not very good at taking vacations. I understand the concept, a time of resting and making memories with your family, but I have a hard time putting it into practice. For most of my life, I have traveled internationally for my job. When I get off the plane, I automatically start thinking about how to capture the place for the Kingdom. Some people might call it an occupational...

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Rite of passage parenting: 5 signs you’re ready for summer to end
Aug05

Rite of passage parenting: 5 signs you’re ready for summer to end

If you’re a parent, you know about the dreaded disorder that comes from being exposed to your children all summer long. Yes, this thing called summer vacation can be hazardous to your health. It starts out with an innocent excitement that your children are out of school. You think about all the advantages of summer: no more getting up early, making lunches and driving them to school, sports and other activities. You can hardly wait...

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Rite of passage parenting: Scooter
Jul28

Rite of passage parenting: Scooter

My grandson, Titus, is nearing the 11-month mark, and has just exited the “Lie There and Drool” stage. That was cute for a while, but it got old fast. He is now entering the “Little Entertainer” phase, in which his main goal is to make us laugh. It has been exciting to see sprigs of his personality burst forth as he becomes his own individual. And I already see that he has inherited some of his grandad’s keen...

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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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