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Rite of passage parenting: Find it in the Yellow Pages . . . or not
Jun09

Rite of passage parenting: Find it in the Yellow Pages . . . or not

I got home the other day and there on my front porch, wrapped in plastic, was a copy of the Yellow Pages. I don’t know how you unsubscribe from the delivery list, but it seems like about every two years, I have to load up the trunk of my car with unused copies and haul them off to the recycling bin. If I knew where my delivery person lived, I would drive over and return the books. I used to consult the Yellow Pages on a regular basis,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Choosing a missions organization
Jun02

Rite of passage parenting: Choosing a missions organization

Summer camps are here! I know these camps will challenge many students to take an international mission trip. I’ve been taking students to the mission field for almost 40 years. If I’m an expert on anything, it’s moving, caring for and discipling students while they serve around the world. I understand that you as parents want to provide the best opportunity for your children, so allow me to share some guidelines about what to look...

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Rite of passage parenting: Escape the Lie
May27

Rite of passage parenting: Escape the Lie

God is more glorified when I work out of my weakness than my strength. I’ve said over and over that I am not a writer. A real writer wakes up and says, “Oh, boy, another day to put the pen to paper.” I’ve never looked forward to writing, but I do it because God uses it for His glory. When it comes to writing, I am very much a procrastinator. I procrastinate because I’m dyslexic. Words and numbers are jumbled for me. Sometimes, it...

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Rite of passage parenting: Tattoo-a-thon
May19

Rite of passage parenting: Tattoo-a-thon

Not long ago, I had an interesting night. I spent a couple of hours at a tattoo parlor. I guess you still call them parlors. My grandmother had a parlor, but it looked nothing like this one. I visited a place called Spaded & Jaded in Tulsa. Six tattoo artists wanted to raise money for cancer research, so they decided to hold a 24-hour tattooathon. If you donated $50, you got a free tattoo. The event started on Friday at 5 p.m. and...

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Rite of passage parenting: Time and treasures
May12

Rite of passage parenting: Time and treasures

Time is a beast that will either chase you toward or away from the better things. When I was young, television was just coming into its own. I spent the early part of my life listening to radio. To this day, I would rather listen to the radio than watch television. With the radio you can do other things: build model cars, sand a tabletop or work on a puzzle. But television takes these options away from you. As a young man, I worked as...

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