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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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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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