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Rite of passage: Stranger danger
Oct02

Rite of passage: Stranger danger

Stranger Danger was something I actively taught my children. I instructed them, “Don’t take candy from strangers; Don’t get into a car with strangers,” etc. I even role played this for them. I would dress up in a trench coat (I read too many Mad Magazines as a child). I would approach them with candy and try to lure them into my car. They learned to yell “NO!” and runaway. Now, I know most predators don’t wear trench coats any more,...

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Rite of Passage: A Man’s World
Sep25

Rite of Passage: A Man’s World

One day an English professor wrote these words on the blackboard, “Woman without her man is nothing.” He directed his students to punctuate the sentence correctly. The men wrote, “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women wrote, “Woman! Without her, man is nothing.” These answers don’t surprise me. Throughout the years, I have suggested that many of my young male and some of the female students read...

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Rite of passage: Conversations with Cohen the Goodhearted
Sep18

Rite of passage: Conversations with Cohen the Goodhearted

I wonder sometimes what our conversations with God sound like from His side. Does He see our prayers as meaningful dialogue? Or do we come across as a child does to an adult? Cohen the Goodhearted, who is rapidly approaching 3 ½ years of age, is now is at the stage where we can understand 89-96 percent of what he says. He also has the desire to express his thoughts and feelings to anyone who will listen. When Cohen is talking to you,...

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Rite of Passage: Not interested
Sep11

Rite of Passage: Not interested

For many years I served with an organization called Awe Star Missions. Every year, this ministry hosts a conference called iGO. Youth pastors, students, parents and missionaries from all around the world collide in one place for a time to focus on Christ’s commandment to go and make disciples of all nations. At this conference, God has spoken to many believers to engage with His plan of living out the lifestyle of a missionary. These...

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Rite of Passage: Lessons from KFC
Sep04

Rite of Passage: Lessons from KFC

I started writing this article from a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland is one of the countries I’ve always wanted to visit but never had. My great-grandfather emigrated from Ireland to the United States, and I would love to visit my roots. When I noticed that a flight out of London had a seven-hour layover in Dublin, I knew it was my chance to spend some time there. We landed early, and our plane was delayed going...

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Rite of Passage: The Other Side of Cancer
Aug28

Rite of Passage: The Other Side of Cancer

I want to take this space to say thank you to the many who have prayed for me as I walked through the season of stage 4 prostate cancer. I have shared with you everything from my diagnosis, to treatment options, to making the final decision, to having my prostate removed. I had the surgery on Aug. 9. I didn’t pick the date; the surgeon did. But anyone who knows me knows Aug. 9 holds special meaning for me. On Aug. 9, 46 years ago, I...

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