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Rite of passage: ‘Not Without’
Apr08

Rite of passage: ‘Not Without’

The other day, I was having lunch with Brian Hobbs, the editor of the Baptist Messenger. Brian is one of those guys who, when you visit with him, the time goes by way too fast. I was having a discussion with him about recording a podcast. I found out I am about the last preacher on the planet who doesn’t have one of these shows. Just the word “podcast” itself is funny to me. Growing up in rural America, we had to hull a lot of pods....

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Rite of Passage: Social Distancing
Apr01

Rite of Passage: Social Distancing

We are in a new season of how we interact with this social distancing mandate. It’s not a new thing for me; I have been practicing the six-feet-apart posture for most of my life. It started in kindergarten; back then, most boys thought girls had cooties, and if we got within six feet of them, we might catch one of those mysterious bugs. I never was told what would happen if I did, but the fear was strong enough to keep me from finding...

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Rite of passage: Wonders of my world
Mar25

Rite of passage: Wonders of my world

Recently, I took an unusual tour. It wasn’t a tour of a world-famous site, unless you think “Jim the Wonder Dog” is one of the wonders of the world. Jim was a Llewellin Setter who lived in my hometown of Marshall, Mo. Jim was famous not because he could do tricks but because he could understand what you were saying. If you ordered him to pick out the man who worked in the hardware store, he would walk through the crowd and stand...

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Rite of passage: The original daylight saving time
Mar24

Rite of passage: The original daylight saving time

I recently celebrated my 54th daylight saving time, and it hasn’t gotten any better. Not only did March come a day later than it usually does, but I had only 23 hours in which to concoct, fabricate and construct this article. I could have used the extra hour, so please forgive me if it isn’t up to your normal standard. I think I just need to get a cup of coffee and sit on the back porch praying for Jesus to come and get me. As far I...

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Rite of passage: It made my heart laugh
Mar11

Rite of passage: It made my heart laugh

Author’s Note: As I was going through my stuff trying to reduce the clutter, I came across something I wrote many years ago. It made my heart laugh not once but twice. So I thought I would share it again. We slept in mosquito net-covered hammocks, cooked our meals in a big iron pot over three logs that had been pushed together and walked from village to village presenting the Gospel. If you’ve never been to Panama, let me tell you...

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Rite of Passage: The easy way
Mar04

Rite of Passage: The easy way

I regularly get emails from Jesus. Each week, He tells me I am valued, and he wants me to come and see him. I have visited him on a number of occasions, and it’s always a blessing when I do. He takes care of my needs. Every time, he reminds me of the “easy way.” The roads are narrow, dangerous and filled with potholes, but he tells me he’s got me covered. If I come to him, I know I will have many adventures, and I will never be...

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