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Rite of passage: Weird foods
Jun05

Rite of passage: Weird foods

We are deep into our recipe contest! If you haven’t sent yours in, please do so. The different ways you can connect with us are listed at the end of my column. Can you guess the No. 1 question I get asked as a missionary? It’s not “What’s it like living in a foreign country?” It’s not “What is the spiritual condition of the people you serve?” The No. 1 question is “What is the weirdest food you’ve eaten?” The answer to that question...

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Rite of Passage: Family Reunion
May29

Rite of Passage: Family Reunion

In one more week, the Moore families will be gathering in Malta Bend, Missouri, for our annual family reunion. As you drive east on Highway 65 going toward Marshall, Missouri, you will pass through this small town that boasts a population of 240. I don’t want to get into an argument over the number of people who live here, but I think there must be a couple of folks who are counting their pets as “occupants of home.” I grew up with...

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Rite of Passage: Mr. Wonderful
May22

Rite of Passage: Mr. Wonderful

Ever since I was a little boy, I have loved Sunday school, and throughout the years, that love has only increased. The deepest relationships between members of a church usually occur within these small groups. It is here that the church is at its best. We minister, encourage and challenge each other to walk out the life of Christ. I belong to a great Sunday school class. We vary in age; some have children who are in high school, some...

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Rite of passage: What do you want?
May15

Rite of passage: What do you want?

Since the birth of River the Peacemaker, I have not had much one-on-one time with either Titus the Honorable or Cohen the Goodhearted. Recently, I trimmed some trees and needed to haul the branches to the mulching yard to be recycled. I thought Titus would get a kick out of unloading my truck, watching the bulldozer shove the branches into a pile and then observing how the crane swoops down to pick up the branches and dump them into...

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Rite of Passage: Shoeless Pastor
May08

Rite of Passage: Shoeless Pastor

He was a homeless man. I don’t know his name. He didn’t want to be homeless, but one event after another had robbed him of the necessities of life. Now, he found himself spending each day going from place to place, just trying to survive. Finally, a break came his way, and a painter offered him a job. The man slid a dirty sock over each foot and, taking his broken sandals, pressed one onto the bottom of each foot, using duct tape to...

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Rite of passage: Recipe for success
May01

Rite of passage: Recipe for success

There are two types of cooks in the world: those who see cooking as an art, and those who wait for the smoke alarm to go off, signaling that their meal is ready. It is a universal truth that there is nothing like your own mom’s cooking. When I was first married, I learned very quickly not to say, “My mom didn’t make it that way” or, “It doesn’t taste like my mom’s.” Of course, I thought Mom’s way was the only way. But I have expanded...

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