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Rite of passage: Poppy’s Christmas List
Nov21

Rite of passage: Poppy’s Christmas List

Dear Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted, Christmas is coming! This is an exciting time of the year for the Moores as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Very soon, the family will ask what I want for Christmas. I will tell them I don’t need anything, and then they will go to the dollar store to try and find some trinkets so I won’t sit empty-handed while everyone else is opening their Christmas presents. Titus and...

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Rite of passage: Heart of a hero
Nov14

Rite of passage: Heart of a hero

I am not a big fan of the holiday we call Halloween. I don’t like scary things or those that glorify the underworld. My philosophy has always been to keep my eyes upon Jesus, and everything else will fall into place. Like many other churches, my church, Tulsa, Parkview, holds an alternative to Halloween called “Trunk or Treat.” The purpose of this event is to reach out to the unchurched in our community. The church parking lot is...

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Rite of passage: Playground joys
Nov07

Rite of passage: Playground joys

The other day, my wife and I were walking into a toy store when she commented that Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted are about the right age for a swing set. At the sound of those two words, “swing set,” my mind took me to a fond place in the distant past. How much fun I had on a swing set as a child! Now, that old swing set wouldn’t come close meeting today’s safety standards.  As I describe it, some of you will say, “Oh,...

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Rite of passage: Baptist or Badtist
Oct31

Rite of passage: Baptist or Badtist

With my semi-retirement coming up, I have been reflecting on the journey of which God has taken me. In 1973, when I was 22, Wyaconda, Mo., First called for my ordination. In those days, ordination was taken seriously, and a church would only call for your ordination if you had demonstrated real evidence of God’s calling on your life. I don’t mean to downplay modern ordinations, but it seems to me that the church is ordaining people as...

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Rite of passage: I will stand
Oct24

Rite of passage: I will stand

I don’t often jump on the bandwagon, nor do I write about the whims of the week. But on a recent Friday mid-afternoon, I looked up and saw 4-year-old Titus the Honorable in my office doorway. This was a delightful surprise. Normally when he comes to my office, I can hear him running down the hall to burst in with a big grin and hug. Then he gets into the “Poppy snacks,” which, like any good grandparent, I have stashed out of the way...

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