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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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Rite of passage: Personality plus
Oct17

Rite of passage: Personality plus

As my two grandsons grow older, I am beginning to see a distinct difference in their personalities and temperaments. Titus the Honorable, our 4-year-old, has an incredible vocabulary. He will ask his mother, “Mom, what words don’t I know yet?” And she gives him a new word for the day. The other day, it was raining, and Grammy commented, “Look, Titus. Our rain gauge says we have gotten four inches of rain today.” Titus replied, “And if...

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Rite of passage: It is beautiful
Oct10

Rite of passage: It is beautiful

Last weekend, 4-year-old Titus the Honorable and I went on an adventure. Our journey took us on a four-mile hike/climb through the dark forest; our goal was to find the magic pond. One of my gifts is to turn the mundane into the exciting. And why not? It doesn’t cost anything. So Turkey Mountain becomes the dark forest. And while we’re at it, why not make the everyday pond magical? Titus had his little compass, flashlight, snacks and...

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Rite of passage: Forever home
Oct03

Rite of passage: Forever home

I think I’m going to have to stop watching Home and Garden TV. I do like the show “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines (Those of us who have followed them for a long time just refer to them as Chip and JoJo). But I need to stop watching the rest of the shows, especially “House Hunters.” First of all, I don’t know where these people come up with their home-buying budget. The show usually starts like this: “Today, we have Bill and...

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