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Rite of passage parenting: Bucket List
Jan20

Rite of passage parenting: Bucket List

The older I get, the more my conversations with friends seem to center around our hopes and dreams. Hopes and dreams go hand in hand in this walk called life. Dreams are a place we want to take our hearts, and hopes are the driving winds that lift us up to those lofty goals. When the two come together, we have ourselves a journey. One day, you’ll wake up and realize your journey is nearing an end. The sand in your hourglass is quickly...

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Rite of passage parenting: Off the grid
Jan13

Rite of passage parenting: Off the grid

I’m writing this article from a tiny Sunday School room in Primera Iglesia Bautista, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. One of the things that surprises me when I go speak somewhere on behalf of this publication is that people are shocked to find out I work as a missionary and only write these articles as an extracurricular activity. They are, as my grandmother would say, “befuddled.” I don’t make my living as a professional writer. If I quit...

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Rite of passage parenting: Going blind
Jan06

Rite of passage parenting: Going blind

As I write this article, I’m in Mexico with a group of students doing mission work. Forty-nine of us are jammed together in a church, living, eating and serving God together. The difference between my age and the students’ is getting increasingly wide. One of them asked me how old I was, and I told her “62.” “Wow! You’re older than my grandparents!” she said, then caught herself and added, “Oh! But you look and act younger than they...

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Rite of passage parenting: Your New Year’s resolutions
Jan02

Rite of passage parenting: Your New Year’s resolutions

Over the past week or so, I’ve been trying to think of some New Year’s resolutions. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to change. I like my life the way it is. My wife could probably give me 100 ideas, but I haven’t finished the last list she gave me. I do have a list for other people, though. If only they would follow my resolutions, my life, and maybe yours, would improve. So here are my 10 New Year’s...

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Rite of passage parenting: Lost, lost, found
Dec16

Rite of passage parenting: Lost, lost, found

Two things have come into my life and disappeared that I wish I could find again. The first was a song. It was haunting. It was beautiful. And now, it is lost. When I heard it, I was living in Budapest, Hungary. I had finished a hard day of work and returned to the university where I was staying. My temporary home was your typical old-school dorm room: concrete block walls painted white, a floor of green hospital tiles, twin beds with...

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Rite of passage parenting: The gift
Dec09

Rite of passage parenting: The gift

Before I left for my journey up Mount Kilimanjaro, I wanted to have a significant gift ready to give my oldest son, Jeremiah, when we reached the summit. I thought long and hard about this gift. In fact, I thought about it for almost as long as it took me to prepare for the trip. I wanted it to be as meaningful for him to receive as it was for me to give. I knew I had to carry the cross, some supplies and my Bible (the one I’ve...

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