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Rite of passage: A lesson in patience
Mar07

Rite of passage: A lesson in patience

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:12). I must confess that one of my weaknesses is a lack of patience. I think I am fairly good with the hope thing, and the faith thing is pretty strong in my life, but that middle one, patience, gets me every time. For most of my ministry, I’ve had to move people and resources in a timely fashion. I look for the fastest route to a foreign country, and I have to...

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Rite of passage: Minus 40
Feb28

Rite of passage: Minus 40

I rent cars, lots of cars.  If I have to go out of town to speak and need to drive there, I’ve made it my practice to rent a car. Driving is often more economical than flying, and this way, my personal vehicles don’t have to take the abuse of a long trip. Recently, I had to speak in Kansas City. I could have flown, but the route required me to change planes in Houston—the opposite direction from my destination. I realized I could...

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Rite of Passage: Article 19 and 950
Feb21

Rite of Passage: Article 19 and 950

This article marks 19 years of writing, a total of 950 consecutive articles. When I finished my 500th article, I didn’t think I had another 500 left in me. But I kept writing, and then I decided not to stop until I hit 1,000. If the Lord tarries and nothing happens to me, I am just one year away from that goal. I worry that one day, the powers-that-be might not keep on publishing my work. They could drop me in a heartbeat and say my...

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Rite of passage: Stilts, cardboard & Jesus
Feb14

Rite of passage: Stilts, cardboard & Jesus

My fondest memories of childhood come from the things I made myself. Our family didn’t have much, but we were resourceful. A stick became a bat, a playing card became a bicycle engine and a box became a fort. If we could dream it, we could build it. One of the things I remember most about growing up was my fascination with stilts. I would cut out two triangles of wood, nail each of them to a wooden two-by-four, and I had a great pair...

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Rite of passage: Strange world
Feb07

Rite of passage: Strange world

I’m sitting in my office, thinking about what a strange world we live in as I try to fix our website. Our link to the country of Panama isn’t working. We’ve tried to fix it in-house, but it’s way above my skill level. I have trouble just getting around on the interwebby thingamajig. I went to Google to see if I could get some help, and sure enough, I found a company that, for a reasonable price, offered to see what they could do....

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Rite of passage: Treasures in Heaven
Jan31

Rite of passage: Treasures in Heaven

Last month, my wife and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary. We got up that morning, looked at each other, said, “Happy Anniversary!” and went about our day’s work.  I met my wife, Cathy, in Hannibal, Mo., where I was attending school at Hannibal-LaGrange College. New to the area, new to the ministry and very wet behind the ears, I was thrilled when a small country church, Antioch Baptist,  offered me a job as their youth pastor. I had...

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