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Rite of passage parenting: Learned and lost
Feb03

Rite of passage parenting: Learned and lost

I hunched over the piano as the sunlight shone in. I could hear the neighborhood kids gathering outside the windows and the sound that captures a young man’s fancy as a ball is slammed into a glove. The empty lots between our home and the Adams’ would fill up each evening after dinner and before the sun went down. Loose teams would form as we prepared for yet another world series. To a young boy, these weren’t games, but life and...

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Rite of passage: Letter from Poppy
Jan27

Rite of passage: Letter from Poppy

Dear Titus the Honorable, The two years and five months you’ve been in my life have been some of my best days ever. I’m writing to you for a couple of reasons. The first is that as you get older, you probably won’t remember all the things you and I have done together. Second, because of our age difference, in all likelihood, I won’t be around when you get married and start a family of your own. So I want to leave you a written legacy...

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Rite of passage: An open letter to this generation
Jan20

Rite of passage: An open letter to this generation

I believe God has His hand on your age group. We have never seen a generation like yours. This year, your numbers will surpass those of my generation, the Baby Boomers, to become the largest generation to ever walk this planet. Simply put, there are a lot of you. In the short time you’ve been on this Earth, you’ve been exposed to more changes than I’ve seen in my whole lifetime. Social media runs through your veins. You’ve never known...

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Rite of passage: Price versus cost
Jan13

Rite of passage: Price versus cost

I just spent a week in Mexico with 43 students, leading them to share their faith. We took them to prisons, orphanages and street markets where they stood and presented the Gospel through a process called chronological Bible storying. We acted out the Scriptures from creation through the crucifixion, and after the presentation, those who wanted to dialogue more would be invited to have a deeper conversation with our students. It is...

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Rite of passage: The REmix
Jan07

Rite of passage: The REmix

I am making a change this year. I am going to drop the word “parenting” from the title of my column and just call it “Rite of Passage.” I started this column about the time Little Caesar uttered his first two words: “Pizza, pizza.” Back then, I had two teenagers in the house, and I wrote about those experiences. Over the years, my boys have grown up, married and I am now the proud Poppy of 1 and 7/9th grandsons. So these articles have...

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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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