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Rite of passage: Free examples
Aug28

Rite of passage: Free examples

My life has been drastically altered in the past week. Titus the Honorable has started kindergarten, which has brought our freewheeling, adventurous lifestyle to an abrupt halt. It was fun while it lasted. Titus now has to be in bed at 7:30 p.m. and is only available to hang out with Poppy on evenings or weekends. And for the first time, I have to work my schedule around his. To take advantage of our first weekend, he and I decided to...

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Rite of passage: Retirement reflections
Aug21

Rite of passage: Retirement reflections

I have done a thousand things in my life. I have been a photographer, printer, welder, skydiver, bus driver, hired hand, paper boy, magician, puppeteer, pastor and youth pastor, missionary, soldier, stained glass artist, mobile home salesman, author, speaker, babysitter, lawn care worker—and those are just a few of the things I have done to make a living. But last week, I did something I have never done before: I retired. After 20...

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Rite of passage: Manufacturer’s defect
Aug07

Rite of passage: Manufacturer’s defect

Dear Automobile Manufacturers, First of all, I would like to let you know that I have been using your products for more than 50 years. I like the improvements you have made since I first started driving. When I first bought one of your products, it didn’t have air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, seat belts or even a radio. By adding all of these upgrades, you have made using your products much more enjoyable. I do miss...

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Rite of passage: Missionary manna
Jul31

Rite of passage: Missionary manna

One of the things I won’t miss as I retire from taking teams across the globe are the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. For the last 25 years, you could count on two things when you went on mission trips with me. The first was that we would share our faith and talk about Jesus. The second thing you could count on is that every day, we would have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chips and cookies for lunch. If you took all the...

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Rite of passage: The greatest gift
Jul24

Rite of passage: The greatest gift

Greetings again from Budapest, Hungary. Thanks to all of you who have been following along virtually and praying as we proclaim the love of Christ. It has been an exciting journey as I have retraced my steps in starting this ministry 25 years ago. The teenagers I met on the street back then are now married and have families of their own. One night, I was invited to Dori and Krisztián Derhan’s home for dinner. Dori was one of my first...

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Rite of passage: Universal language
Jul17

Rite of passage: Universal language

Greeting from Budapest! I am grateful to those of you who are following and praying for us. The work has not been easy, but it has not been in vain. I have often been told that Hungarian is the second-most difficult language in the world. I would have to disagree; I think it is the most difficult. Our interpreter this summer is a woman whose name is four letters long, but three of them are not found in the English alphabet. So she...

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