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Rite of passage: ’Th’ain’t commandments
Jan09

Rite of passage: ’Th’ain’t commandments

In Sunday School one day, the children were learning about the Ten Commandments as listed in Exodus 20. Each week, the lesson centered around one of the commandments. I am not sure how they handled “Thou shall not commit adultery” with first-graders, but this particular Sunday, the children were learning the fifth commandment, the one that reminds us to “Honor thy father and mother.” “Honor” is a difficult word for a child to grasp....

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Rite of passage: Baptismal Chaos
Jan02

Rite of passage: Baptismal Chaos

There was a story that was passed around for years at a church where I used to serve. It was told about our pastor, who was short of stature and didn’t really enjoy the physical part of baptizing people. Oh, he loved it when people took their next step of faith in being obedient to the commands of Christ. But to him, baptizing a person of normal size was as akin to asking one of the Seven Dwarfs to baptize a seven-foot pro basketball...

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Rite of passage: Bear watch
Dec19

Rite of passage: Bear watch

Until recently, we have had significantly warm weather for this time of this year.  The first Saturday of December, temperatures were in the 70s, which is unusual for Tulsa. Titus the Honorable and I decided to take advantage of the good weather and get in one more adventure before the cold took up a more permanent residence. This time, we decided to try something new and go on a little spelunking trip. Since Titus is only 4, I knew...

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Rite of passage: Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Dec12

Rite of passage: Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Both of my sons grew up attending Tulsa, First. I could not have asked for a better place for them to have been loved and taught the Bible. It was a church that supported our family as we walked out on faith. One of the things Tulsa, First was well-known for was its annual production of the living Christmas tree. Under the guidance of Jim Davis, Lujean Howard and Nancy Post, each night was magical. The presentation included comedy,...

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Rite of passage: Star of wonder
Dec05

Rite of passage: Star of wonder

I love globes. I am not sure how many I own, but I could start my own globe store. I have big globes that are made of precious stones; I have plastic globes; I have square globes; and I have a globe that floats between two magnetic fields. Some of the globes are antique, and some were roughly carved by an African villager. My collection of globes comes from all four corners of the world. Most of these globes were gifts from my family,...

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Rite of passage: Snowman music
Nov28

Rite of passage: Snowman music

I don’t remember when or where we purchased it: a small plastic snow globe with a red base, a plastic dome, and a snowman and a tablespoon of artificial snow inside. When you push a button, a fan blows and the snow spins around as Christmas music plays. I bought this globe a long time ago when our niece Victoria was young. Her family moved to another state, and the snow globe was put away and forgotten. But when Titus the Honorable...

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