Ethan and “Sherlock”

Ethan and “Sherlock”

Today I just wanted to get in the car and start driving till I got there. I wonder sometimes if in all the things I do if they are really all that important–or more important than this. If you don’t hear from me for a while, I will probably be driving to Pennsylvania....

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A Good Day

A Good Day

Came in early this morning to pray and gather my thoughts before leading the staff devotions. Looked on my desk and saw this cup and knew immediately that I had been visited by God’s grace. It will be a good...

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Highpine Baptist Church Has a New Pastor

Highpine Baptist Church Has a New Pastor

The Highpine Baptist Church has a new pastor. Twenty years ago the church began a process of moving toward a biblical model of eldership. It’s been many years and seeds planted and watered in tears so long ago are now in bloom. By God’s grace, the church has been led by a team of trained elders. Last Sunday, one of them became the point “pastor.” I didn’t intend to go to Maine on March 30. I just wound up there as...

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Surgery Ahead

Surgery Ahead

There are four tendons that attach the muscles in the rotator cuff of each shoulder. I managed to blow out two of them with the fall I took last Saturday. That means there is surgery ahead. So, on March 27th I will enter the ranks of those who have the dreaded rotator cuff...

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Shoulder to Shoulder

Shoulder to Shoulder

Maybe the worst part about it is the continual question: “What did you do to your shoulder?” Telling the story is becoming old very quickly.

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Fear of Relatives

Fear of Relatives

Dear Ethan, Bear has been looking for answers to some of life’s most difficult questions. You will find that life is filled with many more questions than there are answers. So, learning the questions is very, very important. A question might be: “When do I get to eat next, Mom?” or “Why is it taking you so long to change my diaper?” Some questions are very easy to answer: “What tastes better, ice cream or...

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Real and Pretend

Real and Pretend

Batman is pretend, but he has a very cool car. Superman is also pretend, but that’s because no one is ever that strong. And on top of that Superman never cries, which is not only unreal, but will lead to years of therapy and a lot of expensive doctor bills. It’s real to cry when you are hungry, hurting, need a diaper, are afraid, or even just if you want to for no reason at all. You don’t need to pretend to be strong. Only Jesus is strong and don’t forget, He is real.

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Ethan and Grampa

Ethan and Grampa

Parents without children know for sure they will never subject their children to the 17.7 grams of vein-clogging saturated fat in a typical Big Mac. “My child will never eat such unhealthy food.” Then comes the screaming two-year-old who lives on McDonald’s french fries and his frazzled mother who would gladly trade her entire Limoges China collection for just one hour of uninterrupted peace while the little french fry monster diverts all his destructive energy to the McDonald’s playground. So much for healthy living.

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Welcome Ethan William Dunaway

Welcome Ethan William Dunaway

Dear Ethan, Welcome to the world. Everyone has been asking about you. How much do you weigh? How big are you? What was the exact time you made your dramatic entrance? I’ve often wondered why such details are so important. I guess that maybe it’s like your batting average. How many hits? How many runs? What is your on-base percentage? Don’t worry if you don’t know any of these things yet. Just like I taught your mother...

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