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Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing

One evening, as I sat around the table with a handful of my buddies, the conversation turned toward our fathers.  I was quiet for a long time.  As a fatherless adult I didn’t know how to engage the topic.  Then a question came to mind that I had always wanted an answer to, so I asked, “When did you know you that you were a man?”

One by one my friends shared stories of how they grew into manhood.  I was in my early twenties and, as I listened to them share, an essential fact of my life was confirmed:  I was a man.


The difference between my friends and I is that they knew this fact and I didn’t.

That’s why I am grateful for Jim McBride’s new book, Rite of Passage:  A Father’s Blessing.

McBride believes that, “Adulthood shouldn’t be an accident.” and “In an era of aging pre-adults and wandering “adult-olecents,” it is essential that we as parents guide our children toward knowing when they have crossed from childhood to adulthood.  It is imperative that a father “call out the man or woman in his growing children?”

As the father of six children, I couldn’t agree more!

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posted September 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

This is something I wrestled with for a long time (and my friends and I have talked about it before, too). I had gone to college, graduated, and valiently (and somewhat unsuccessfully) struggled to hold various jobs for several years. But I felt like an actor in a play, as if one horrible day I had suddenly awakened in an adult body, and so now I needed to pretend the role of an adult.

There was a moment it all began to change for me, though. I’m not sure why, but it was the day I realized that I belonged–that I belonged to Him. The day I discovered to my delight that I was His child, I also began to discover to my relief that I was an adult.

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posted September 24, 2011 at 3:29 am

Pastor Robert

I am a Chinese first year graduate student of DU . I came to the Colorado Community Church at Aurora with my host family last Saturday evening. That was the first time I have been to a church, and I really enjoyed it . I like the music very much , and I got inspired and encouraged by your sermon. All of them gave me a sense of peace and make me relaxed from the study pressure.

I started to read The Bible last night. But there is a question I can’t understand. From what I have read in The Bible, The God banished Adam and Eve from Garden of Eden because they ate the fruit of a tree and gained wisdom. My question is :Why didn’t the God want Adam and Eve to know good and evil? Since the God is kind and tolerant, why didn’t he forgive them? Why did he punish them?

I can’t come up some good answers about my question, and this make me feel confused. I would appreciate it if you could give me some inspiration.

Thank you a lot

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