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Rite of passage parenting: When everything goes wrong
Mar31

Rite of passage parenting: When everything goes wrong

Sooner or later, things will go wrong, terribly wrong. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will soon. I was working in Côte d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast, as we call it in the USA. This country is located at the top of the African armpit on the western side. My assignment was to train, organize and lead a team to go into the sub-Sahara desert to one of the least-known people groups of West Africa, the Koro. I had done everything I could to...

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Rite of passage parenting: Investing in the future
Mar24

Rite of passage parenting: Investing in the future

A good man takes care of today, but a wise man takes care of the future. I don’t know why, but it has always been part of my makeup to think long-term. Very seldom do you plant a tree to enjoy today, but so you’ll have a place to hang a tire swing for your grandchildren. I’m always thinking of things I can do today that will have good results 20 or 25 years from now. I began to think this way when my wife was pregnant with our first...

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Rite of passage parenting: The art of imitation
Mar16

Rite of passage parenting: The art of imitation

I got into trouble the other day when my 18-month-old grandson, Titus the Honorable, visited our office. We have a little bucket of toys he can play with when he comes to see his Poppy and Grammy. One of his favorites is a little red truck with a spring that winds up inside it when you pull it back. When you let go, the spring uncoils, turning the wheels and sending the truck racing down the hallway. When this happens, Titus runs to...

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Rite of passage parenting: Sloths
Mar09

Rite of passage parenting: Sloths

Last month, I was back in the country of Panama. I had several agendas for my trip. One was to take my wife on a mini-vacation, and another was to reconnect with some of our contacts. I especially wanted to go back into the rainforest to the village of San Antonio. The cross I carried up Mount Kilimanjaro came out of this area, and the people gave me a special send-off and prayed for me as I made the journey. I had not yet had a...

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Rite of passage parenting: Bumper sticker theology
Mar03

Rite of passage parenting: Bumper sticker theology

I grew up in the days of the bumper sticker. Nowadays, I don’t see as many as I used to. Back then, every car had a bumper sticker, and usually more than one. You could tell a lot about a person by the words spread across their bumper. “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns” gave you a good clue about where the driver stood. I guess you could say bumper stickers were the original tweets. Some of them were quite funny: “The...

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Rite of passage parenting: 850 . . . and One
Feb24

Rite of passage parenting: 850 . . . and One

I was talking to my wife the other day, and she asked, “Why are you so fascinated with numbers?” I don’t know when or how it started, but I keep track of all sorts of numbers. I can tell you how many days, hours and minutes it took me to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I watch the time and distance on my GPS when I go somewhere. When I book an airline ticket, I look at the flight time versus layover time and total travel time with the same...

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