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Rite of passage parenting: Jesus ‘And’
May26

Rite of passage parenting: Jesus ‘And’

You know the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him tap dance”? That’s how I felt when I was approached by a traveling evangelist to join his team. Before we had TV, every community had some type of tent meeting when a famous evangelist came to town to evangelize the lost. But we Baptists probably spent more time trying to evangelize the Methodists, or the Methodists were trying to evangelize the Baptists....

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Rite of passage parenting: Double dip of happiness
May19

Rite of passage parenting: Double dip of happiness

I am probably the only guy who has ever gained four pounds from eating fat-free yogurt. While most people have what they call a sweet tooth, I have been cursed with something called a sweet body. I blame my craving for sweets on my grandmother. She could make cookies, cakes and pies that caused you to experience withdrawal if you didn’t eat them daily. Some of my best childhood memories include standing on a chair next to her, dipping...

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Rite of passage parenting: Good, better, best
May12

Rite of passage parenting: Good, better, best

Growing up, I didn’t need the Internet. Instead, I had a Montgomery Ward catalog. Not only could you use it to find and order just about anything made, but you could break one or two of the Ten Commandments within its pages. Back in the day, we considered three things sacred: God, country and the Montgomery Ward catalog. Emblazoned on its cover was the proclamation “Largest Mail Order Business in the U.S.—Supplies for every Trade and...

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Rite of passage parenting: Nursery duty
May05

Rite of passage parenting: Nursery duty

I became a pastor so I wouldn’t have to work in the nursery. We are the only church members with a legitimate excuse to get out of that duty week after week. But in a moment of weakness, I volunteered for nursery duty at my son’s church the past two weeks. They needed some help on Tuesday nights while holding marriage counseling classes. That pastor excuse is only good on Sundays and Wednesdays. Besides, I reasoned, how difficult...

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Rite of passage parenting: The questions of Jesus
Apr28

Rite of passage parenting: The questions of Jesus

There are three phases to life. In the first phase, you ask questions. “Why is the sky blue?” “Where do babies come from?” “Why does Uncle Jim have a wart on his nose?” If you have ever spent time around children, you know they never stop asking questions. The weirdest one I ever got came from our youngest son. One day, he asked, “When are you and Mommy going to get a divorce?” When I asked why he wanted to know, he said all the cool...

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Rite of passage parenting: A world of difference
Apr20

Rite of passage parenting: A world of difference

I grew up in a world that, devoid of most media outlets, was largely self-contained. TV was in its infancy, and the newspaper was something we took mostly for the local news. International news came from the radio or what was then called a “newsreel.” Shown before a movie began, each newsreel consisted of a short documentary containing recent news and events. For the most part, my generation lived in a bubble. We lived, we worked, we...

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