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Rite of passage: The most beautiful ugly Christmas tree
Dec06

Rite of passage: The most beautiful ugly Christmas tree

It has become a tradition in the Moore family to put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. For reasons unbeknownst to me, this duty has fallen my way. It always starts with a trek out to the backyard shed. Of course, all the Christmas stuff is stacked behind the lawn mower, the seed spreader, rakes, shovels, soccer goals and anything we haven’t used in a year. So I spend the first 30 minutes hauling stuff out just so I can...

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Rite of Passage: Thanksgiving
Nov29

Rite of Passage: Thanksgiving

By the time you are reading this, Thanksgiving Day has passed, and we have moved on from our moment of gratitude. I know that’s not true. As Christians, we should be grateful 365 days a year, but I’m also glad we have a season that helps move our hearts and minds in that direction. My wife and I were talking recently about how blessed we are. Oh, we can compare the list of our aches and pains with the best of you, but it could be a...

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Rite of passage: ¡Hola!
Nov22

Rite of passage: ¡Hola!

Titus the Honorable and I went on another adventure recently. We were eating chicken in the food court of our local mall, and at the next table over sat an elderly lady. She was watching my grandson, and he knew it. Now, Titus is at the age where all the world’s a stage, and he’s the star. He started to pick up his chicken, and I told him, “Be careful, it’s hot. You might need to blow on it.” Of course, he immediately went into his...

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Rite of passage: Roots
Nov15

Rite of passage: Roots

The older you get, the more you want to know about your family’s history—or at least I do. More and more, I have a desire to know my physical as well as my spiritual lineage. How far back does my faith go within my family? I think both of these are productive journeys that make you grateful from whence you came. I have a dear friend, Rich Ellis, who has helped me learn more about my physical lineage. I don’t know where he digs up all...

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Rite of passage: Five reasons I still have hope
Nov08

Rite of passage: Five reasons I still have hope

Do you know what we’re really looking for in a president? Believe it or not, it isn’t a solution for the economy or health care. What we want instead is a president who gives us hope. And the one whom we perceive as providing the most hope is the one we elect. Hope is an important commodity. If you’ve ever been in a place where things seemed hopeless, you know how dark it can be. Hope is the invisible hand that leads us through the...

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