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Rite of passage: Forever home
Oct03

Rite of passage: Forever home

I think I’m going to have to stop watching Home and Garden TV. I do like the show “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines (Those of us who have followed them for a long time just refer to them as Chip and JoJo). But I need to stop watching the rest of the shows, especially “House Hunters.” First of all, I don’t know where these people come up with their home-buying budget. The show usually starts like this: “Today, we have Bill and...

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Rite of passage: We are family
Sep26

Rite of passage: We are family

Family. It is one of the most powerful words in the world. Depending on your past, it will stir your heart warmly or will cause you pain. The older I get, the more important family becomes. So today, I want to share with you what it means to me to be in a family. You need more than one family. You have your biological family. There are moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents and a crazy uncle or two. Yet, God works through your...

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Rite of passage: Luggage adventures
Sep19

Rite of passage: Luggage adventures

Recently, my wife and I took a much-needed vacation. It was a short one, just five days, but we loved the rest and the time away. Flying back into Tulsa, we were excited, because we knew Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted would be there to greet us. Nothing says “Welcome home” like two little boys yelling your name as soon as they see you. As we came out of airport security, Titus spotted me and yelled “Poppy!” Then he ran...

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Rite of passage: The great hymnal robbery
Sep12

Rite of passage: The great hymnal robbery

In the late ‘50s, our little country church congregation was split down the middle. The older people wanted to keep the hymnals we already had, but the younger generations wanted a new hymnal that contained some of the more contemporary hymns. Now, if you know anything about Baptists, you know they are the most agreeable and gracious people on earth—that is, until they don’t get their way. We held a well-attended business meeting...

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Rite of passage: Called to be a pastor
Sep05

Rite of passage: Called to be a pastor

I have been around pastors and other clergymen most of my life. Being a pastor is the best and the worst. Most of this depends on how the reviews come in on last week’s sermon. But people have lots of preconceived ideas and misconceptions about what it means to pastor a church. Here are five truths your pastor would like you to know: 1. We don’t all look or sound like Billy Graham. I think Dr. Graham is one of the coolest-looking...

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Rite of passage: Superpowers
Aug29

Rite of passage: Superpowers

Recently we had a tornado touch down in my hometown of Tulsa, close to our house and office. The office didn’t sustain any damage, even though the buildings on each side of us did. The only destruction the tornado caused at our home was to blow down the fence between my neighbor and me. I didn’t mind the fence falling down, but I was really upset that it fell into our yard. There seems to be an unwritten rule that whose yard the fence...

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