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Rite of passage parenting: Mentors and influencers
Jun24

Rite of passage parenting: Mentors and influencers

“Mentoring” is a word we use often, but upon closer examination, the person being called a mentor is not really a mentor, but an influencer. When I think of a mentor, I think of someone older and wiser, choosing someone from the next generation to whom they can pass down their life and wisdom. We see mentoring in the relationship between Elijah and Elisha. It began when the old prophet Elijah came up to the young farm boy Elisha,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Jesus and Monopoly
Jun17

Rite of passage parenting: Jesus and Monopoly

I don’t know Jesus’ exact position on the popular board game, Monopoly®, but I’m pretty sure He wouldn’t like it. And there are several reasons I don’t like it either. I don’t know if it’s because of my dyslexia or what, but I hate counting stacks of money. It may be because I’ve served in countries where the exchange rate is astronomical. In Zimbabwe not long ago, one U.S. dollar would equal 642,371,437,695,221,000 Zimbabwean...

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Rite of passage parenting: Find it in the Yellow Pages . . . or not
Jun09

Rite of passage parenting: Find it in the Yellow Pages . . . or not

I got home the other day and there on my front porch, wrapped in plastic, was a copy of the Yellow Pages. I don’t know how you unsubscribe from the delivery list, but it seems like about every two years, I have to load up the trunk of my car with unused copies and haul them off to the recycling bin. If I knew where my delivery person lived, I would drive over and return the books. I used to consult the Yellow Pages on a regular basis,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Choosing a missions organization
Jun02

Rite of passage parenting: Choosing a missions organization

Summer camps are here! I know these camps will challenge many students to take an international mission trip. I’ve been taking students to the mission field for almost 40 years. If I’m an expert on anything, it’s moving, caring for and discipling students while they serve around the world. I understand that you as parents want to provide the best opportunity for your children, so allow me to share some guidelines about what to look...

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Rite of passage parenting: Escape the Lie
May27

Rite of passage parenting: Escape the Lie

God is more glorified when I work out of my weakness than my strength. I’ve said over and over that I am not a writer. A real writer wakes up and says, “Oh, boy, another day to put the pen to paper.” I’ve never looked forward to writing, but I do it because God uses it for His glory. When it comes to writing, I am very much a procrastinator. I procrastinate because I’m dyslexic. Words and numbers are jumbled for me. Sometimes, it...

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Rite of passage parenting: Tattoo-a-thon
May19

Rite of passage parenting: Tattoo-a-thon

Not long ago, I had an interesting night. I spent a couple of hours at a tattoo parlor. I guess you still call them parlors. My grandmother had a parlor, but it looked nothing like this one. I visited a place called Spaded & Jaded in Tulsa. Six tattoo artists wanted to raise money for cancer research, so they decided to hold a 24-hour tattooathon. If you donated $50, you got a free tattoo. The event started on Friday at 5 p.m. and...

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