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Rite of passage parenting: Better than Bunko
Mar04

Rite of passage parenting: Better than Bunko

Sometimes, I feel like I’ve been working with young people way too long. These days, I find myself in an unusual position. When I hang out with people my own age, I hear them talking about  retirement plans,  grandchildren, great-grandchildren, moving to a warmer climate and meeting  at various homes for something  called “Bunko.” I’m not sure what that is, but if it has to be done outside of the church, I suspect money, dice or...

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Rite of passage parenting: Too busy to fight
Feb24

Rite of passage parenting: Too busy to fight

I’m not a big fan of the Religion section of the newspaper, yet that’s where most of my articles appear. I wish it was called the Relationship section, because Jesus was all about relationships when He came to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10c). He didn’t have time for religion. While He was preaching the truth, the Pharisees and Sadducees were arm-wrestling on the sidelines. I don’t know where all these people find time to...

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Rite of passage parenting: Love one another
Feb18

Rite of passage parenting: Love one another

”What do you do for a living?” I hear that question over and over as I travel. I could say I’m a professional meeting-er. I’ve spent my life attending meetings. I could write my autobiography and name each chapter after a meeting. Chapter 1: Youth Pastor Search Committee Meeting. Chapter 2: Finance Committee Meeting. Chapter 3: Youth Committee Meeting. Chapter 4: Another Finance Committee Meeting. Chapter 5: House and Grounds...

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Rite of passage parenting: On the side of the road
Feb10

Rite of passage parenting: On the side of the road

As I write this article, I’m sitting in a McDonald’s on Interstate 35 in Ardmore. I don’t ever remember writing an article from a fast food restaurant before. To be honest, I’m not sure it is all that fast or even if it is really food. But I owe it to the Golden Arches to eat here every so often. They’ve fed thousands of my students as our youth groups traveled across the country. In the beginning, they lured me in by offering free...

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Rite of passage parenting: That’s not funny!
Feb03

Rite of passage parenting: That’s not funny!

Statler and Waldorf. You might not recognize those names unless you’re a big fan of the Muppets. Each week as their television show began, these two grumpy men sat in a box seat in the balcony heckling the other Muppets, especially Fozzie Bear. They would critique each performance, shouting out, “That’s not funny!” and then joke and laugh together. Their ad-lib antics were one of my favorite parts of the show. I find myself in the...

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Rite of passage parenting: I’d rather have a dog
Jan29

Rite of passage parenting: I’d rather have a dog

Yes, you can survive the teenage years. If you are the parent or grandparent of teenagers, this, too, shall pass. But it will seem like an eternity before it does. I love teenagers, and I despise them. How can someone be so spontaneous one minute and walk around sulking about everything the next? One moment, teenagers are sharp and witty. The next, they are dumber than dirt. When my teenage sons were in their negative moods, I think...

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