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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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Rite of Passage: A, B and See
Sep27

Rite of Passage: A, B and See

In a week I will turn 65. I heard that in Scrabble, the word “sixty-five” is only 25. I look forward to getting older, because the alternative is quite gloomy. But in this journey of turning 65, I had to sign up for Medicare. It was like going back to kindergarten and learning my ABC’s again. For those who aren’t yet eligible for Medicare, let me try to explain. When you turn 64, you’ll notice a sudden increase in the amount of mail...

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Rite of passage: A grateful heart
Sep23

Rite of passage: A grateful heart

Churches used to do it all the time, but now it is a rare event. It used to be that when I served as a guest speaker, after I finished preaching and as the closing prayer was being said, the pastor would escort me to the back of the church, and people would line up to shake our hands as they left. I have stood in many of these lines as people tried to think of things to say as they went out the door. Most of the time I heard “Good...

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Rite of passage: Tattoo faith
Sep14

Rite of passage: Tattoo faith

Every once in a while, if you look below this column, you will see the words of a writer named Caleb Moore. In case you’re wondering, yes, that is my son, who has become a tremendous father, a caring husband, a great preacher and a decent writer. To be honest, I am both proud of him and jealous of his writing ability, and I’m glad you read my articles before his came along. God has led Caleb to minister in places I would never have...

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