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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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Rite of passage parenting: God’s pet peeves
Feb17

Rite of passage parenting: God’s pet peeves

Some things really bother me. I’m not sure how we select our pet peeves, but somehow, we all end up with a list. My biggest pet peeve is people who can’t make up their mind at a fast food restaurant. When it’s their turn to order, they say, “Ummm, let me see what you got.” If I weren’t a believer (and even then, it’s a challenge) I’d wrestle them to the ground, yelling, “They’ve got hamburgers and chicken. Which one do you want?”...

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Rite of passage parenting: True love’s kiss
Feb10

Rite of passage parenting: True love’s kiss

Our concept of love shifts and changes as we grow older. Books are written, movies are made and songs are sung, all trying to convey this thing called love. I grew up in the ’60s when about half of the songs were about finding love and the other half were about losing it. As children, our understanding of love comes more or less in the context of self and family. We love our mommies, we love our dogs and we love our teddy bears, but...

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Rite of passage parenting: Raising kids in a shifting world, part 2
Feb03

Rite of passage parenting: Raising kids in a shifting world, part 2

Let me finish what I began last week. I wrote about the five things I believe will be the greatest challenges to my grandchildren and your children as they face the future. Last week I addressed 1. Learning to be non-technical in a world of technology and 2. Embracing biblical values in a multi-value world. So here are the final three challenges for the next generation: 3. Embracing the sanctity of marriage in a world that devalues...

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Rite of passage parenting: Raising kids in a shifting world, part 1
Jan27

Rite of passage parenting: Raising kids in a shifting world, part 1

In case you haven’t heard, I have a new grandson, Titus. Yes, I’m becoming one of those annoying senior adults who shows pictures of his grandchildren to strangers on a street corner. I’ve turned into Grandzilla, coming soon to a town near you. But as I sat playing with Titus a few weeks ago, I heard the television announcing the attack on the Parisian newspaper. I got to thinking about the world in which he’s growing up and what...

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