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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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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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