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Rite of passage: The bracelet
Nov01

Rite of passage: The bracelet

I’m a sucker for a good deal. On Sept. 2, I went online and ordered a leather bracelet with a metal tag engraved with the word “I,” a picture of a heart and the word “Jesus.” Since I work with students, I thought this item would make a great gift for someone who has done an outstanding job in our ministry. Not only was it a good-looking bracelet, but the price was right: I could buy both the bracelet and tag for the low, low price of...

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Rite of passage: Crazy?
Oct25

Rite of passage: Crazy?

I’m going out on a limb here, but I believe every family tree has a crazy uncle hiding among its branches somewhere. Discovering your family heritage is a beautiful thing, but don’t be surprised if you find some nuts along the way. And if you don’t know of any, you may be the one. Remember, it’s the nuts that make the tree worth shaking. And you guessed it: I, too, have one of those crazy uncles. Actually, I have more than one, but I...

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Rite of passage: John can fix it
Oct18

Rite of passage: John can fix it

I learned a sad truth today: I am no longer my grandson Titus the Honorable’s hero. I have been replaced. Not long ago, the air-conditioning went out in the front part of our building. Since my office is in the back, I didn’t worry too much about it. But it kept getting warmer and warmer, and the women up front became more and more uncomfortable. Before long, the air conditioner died completely. I have a friend named John Watts who is...

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Rite of passage: Bob Nigh the faithful guy
Oct11

Rite of passage: Bob Nigh the faithful guy

I’m just starting to make the rounds of retirement parties for my friends. I guess it’s another season of life. When you’re young, you attend your friends’ birthday parties, then their graduations, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, retirement parties and finally their funerals. I must be moving into the next-to-last season of life, because I just got invited to a retirement party. Each week after I write my article, I send it to...

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Rite of passage: A parent’s prayer
Oct04

Rite of passage: A parent’s prayer

As parents, we pray diligently for our children—at least until they’re born. We then spend much of the rest of their lives praying for ourselves: “Lord, deliver us from this evil.” I think the prayers of today’s parents may go something like this: “Dear Lord, I ask You to keep my child away from all evil, especially tattoos. I didn’t bring this child into the world to be someone’s ‘Etch A Sketch.’ I didn’t buy shin guards and bicycle...

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