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Rite of passage: I didn’t do it
May25

Rite of passage: I didn’t do it

I’ve encountered many mysteries as a parent. Back in the day, our most common mystery went something like this: Chocolate milk has been spilled on the kitchen floor. I call in my two sons and ask, “Who did it?” “I didn’t do it,” they both reply. “Who left the living room light on last night?” “I didn’t do it,” they repeat. “Who left the toilet unflushed?” “I didn’t do it.” For nearly 18 years, we had mysterious things happening in our...

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Rite of passage: Parenting by Pinterest?
May18

Rite of passage: Parenting by Pinterest?

What’s Pinterest? I’ve read that it’s a website where women go to plan imaginary weddings, dress children who don’t exist and decorate homes they can’t afford. And what’s the attraction to this site? I know millions religiously log on to get ideas and inspiration. That wouldn’t be too bad if they didn’t share them all over social media. I don’t know how, but sometimes I get tagged in these postings. The one time I accidentally...

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Rite of passage: Church wars
May11

Rite of passage: Church wars

Being a Baptist has taught me many things: God’s Word is holy, the cross is sacred and Jesus shed His blood for me. I grew up studying and learning about missionaries around the world. But Baptists also taught me how to fight. Nowhere can you learn better fighting techniques than in a Baptist church. Some people say we Baptists are born with boxing gloves. In some ways, that’s good. We believe in the priesthood of the believer, the...

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Rite of passage: Grammy’s house
May04

Rite of passage: Grammy’s house

The other day, Titus the Honorable came to our house for a Friday night sleepover. My wife and I love these sleepovers because when his parents come to pick him up, he runs behind a chair and starts crying, “I don’t want to go home. I want to stay at Grammy’s house.” My wife and I catch each other’s eyes, and our hearts start doing the happy dance. We know when our grandson would rather stay with us than go home, we have achieved...

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Rite of passage: Organized or not
Apr27

Rite of passage: Organized or not

I must confess, I am not an organized person. There are really only three types of people in the world: those who are organized, those who are not and those who think they are. The organized people of the world spend their lives trying to get the rest of us organized. They want us to make a list, get a calendar and have a plan. I know this from firsthand experience because I’m married to one. Actually, she happens to be their queen....

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Rite of passage: Q&A
Apr20

Rite of passage: Q&A

I think most of us are on dual journeys in our lives, both taking place at the same time. I know this holds true for me. Outwardly, I am on a journey trying out this still-new role as a grandfather. So far, this has been one of the best journeys of my life. Inwardly, I am on a personal journey seeking the things of God. For the past two years, I have been obsessed with the questions of Jesus. The more I ponder them, the more questions...

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