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Rite of passage: The father’s blessing
Feb13

Rite of passage: The father’s blessing

If you are a regular reader, you know I just returned from a trip to Israel with my youngest son, Caleb. When I asked him to join me on this trip, he didn’t know I had a motive beyond hanging out together as father and son, learning more about the Bible as we wandered through the ancient ruins. I did want him to experience the land of the Bible, but I also wanted this to be a trip where he received his father’s blessing. I had...

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Rite of passage: It’s ironic
Feb06

Rite of passage: It’s ironic

I have written these articles from the four corners of the globe. No, it isn’t some part of a grand scheme to become a roving reporter, writing from third-world countries, jungles or even a small villa somewhere off the beaten path. Truth be told, I had to write my article from these places because I was too lazy to write it before I left. I have delayed telling you this, but one of my weaknesses is procrastination. It’s ironic. Today...

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Rite of passage: Hole in one
Jan30

Rite of passage: Hole in one

In my years as an ordained minister, I have conducted my fair share of weddings. I continue to do them, but I can’t say they’re my favorite pastoral duty. These days, I limit the weddings I officiate to those of close friends or alumni of our mission organization. If I had a choice between officiating a wedding or going to the dentist, it would be a tossup. There is so much pressure on the day of the wedding: the dress, the...

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Rite of passage: Make me a blessing
Jan23

Rite of passage: Make me a blessing

I love nothing more than being a blessing. Anytime God uses me as a carrier for one of His blessings, I find a satisfaction that runs deep and a joy that spreads wide. I pray every day that God will use my life to bless others. A true follower of Jesus should make a difference every time they walk into a room. My wife makes a difference whenever she goes shopping. I don’t remember a time she hasn’t engaged with a checkout clerk,...

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Rite of passage: Not what but who
Jan16

Rite of passage: Not what but who

At 4 years old, Titus the Honorable is a deep thinker. Well, as deep as a 4-year-old can get. Right now, he is trying to figure out the purpose Grammy and I have for the landscape lighting in our backyard. He took up this discussion with his Grammy. He can’t figure why we would have lights shining on a bush, a tree or a fence. It just doesn’t make sense to him. He understands lighting a sidewalk or a patio, but a tree or bush? Now he...

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Rite of passage: ’Th’ain’t commandments
Jan09

Rite of passage: ’Th’ain’t commandments

In Sunday School one day, the children were learning about the Ten Commandments as listed in Exodus 20. Each week, the lesson centered around one of the commandments. I am not sure how they handled “Thou shall not commit adultery” with first-graders, but this particular Sunday, the children were learning the fifth commandment, the one that reminds us to “Honor thy father and mother.” “Honor” is a difficult word for a child to grasp....

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