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Rite of passage: Hole in one
Jan30

Rite of passage: Hole in one

In my years as an ordained minister, I have conducted my fair share of weddings. I continue to do them, but I can’t say they’re my favorite pastoral duty. These days, I limit the weddings I officiate to those of close friends or alumni of our mission organization. If I had a choice between officiating a wedding or going to the dentist, it would be a tossup. There is so much pressure on the day of the wedding: the dress, the...

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Rite of passage: Make me a blessing
Jan23

Rite of passage: Make me a blessing

I love nothing more than being a blessing. Anytime God uses me as a carrier for one of His blessings, I find a satisfaction that runs deep and a joy that spreads wide. I pray every day that God will use my life to bless others. A true follower of Jesus should make a difference every time they walk into a room. My wife makes a difference whenever she goes shopping. I don’t remember a time she hasn’t engaged with a checkout clerk,...

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Rite of passage: Not what but who
Jan16

Rite of passage: Not what but who

At 4 years old, Titus the Honorable is a deep thinker. Well, as deep as a 4-year-old can get. Right now, he is trying to figure out the purpose Grammy and I have for the landscape lighting in our backyard. He took up this discussion with his Grammy. He can’t figure why we would have lights shining on a bush, a tree or a fence. It just doesn’t make sense to him. He understands lighting a sidewalk or a patio, but a tree or bush? Now he...

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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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