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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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Rite of passage parenting: The safe side
Jan20

Rite of passage parenting: The safe side

These modern-day car seats are a new discovery for me. I grew up in a generation that didn’t have car seats. We either sat still in the back seat, or our father blindly flailed his arms our way, trying to smack a kid or two while repeating, “Don’t make me pull this car over!” When our kids were growing up, they had what we called a car seat, but it looked more like a plastic box with a small mattress tucked inside and a NASCAR racing...

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Rite of passage parenting: Transformissional journey
Jan13

Rite of passage parenting: Transformissional journey

Here at the start of a new year, I know some of you parents have children who would like to go on a mission trip. And it might not seem like it, but now is the time for them to sign up. Your children may have felt a tug at Falls Creek, another camp or even during a sermon. I don’t know of anything better you can do than release them to go engage the lost. If I were in charge of the world, I would require that all parents let their...

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Rite of passage parenting: Fighting, food, a new kind of love
Jan07

Rite of passage parenting: Fighting, food, a new kind of love

I grew up as a Baptist, I am still a Baptist and will probably die a Baptist. Baptists are famous for two things: food and fighting. I don’t know if you realize this, but Baptists invented wrestling. Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat, referenced in The Iliad and depicted in what some believe are 15,000-year-old cave drawings in France. To the untrained eye, the drawings look like two primitive men wrestling, but upon...

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