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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Welcome Friends

Welcome Friends

Let’s look at this moment as Frost’s Road not Taken. We will start afresh and look for new paths. I must confess though, the older I become the less I believe the regret is the road not taken, nor for that matter, the one taken. The true regret is that I didn’t take a plane.

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Leaving Tomorrow for Israel

Leaving Tomorrow for Israel

We leave tomorrow night for Israel. I am not sure if I have everything. Argh. No matter how much prep time there is always something I seem to forget. We fly from Charlotte to Newark tomorrow around 5pm. Then we catch El Al to Tel Aviv. We should arrive around 5pm Sunday, which is 10am EST. Obviously, we are excited. It’s just that I am sure I am forgetting something despite the long lists.

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Weekend Retreat in Myrtle Beach

Weekend Retreat in Myrtle Beach

Spent the weekend with Amanda at Myrtle Beach running a Singles Retreat. So many ironies to that. The weather was absolutely abysmal–cold and rainy. Then both our headlights went out, which meant we could only drive in the daytime. However, we had time together, read books, slept some, listened to the ocean waves, and basically kicked back. It was much needed for us both. And we had the added bonus of working our way through a jar of...

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Life Metaphor

Life Metaphor

This is a metaphor for my life. Can you find me among the other melons? (Exactly!)

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FINALLY!

FINALLY!

Finally! Finally! Four and a half years, countless papers, case studies, interviews, classes, phone calls, thousands of miles driven, lost weekends, late nights, books, books, books, books, and more books, and one grand dissertation later, and I have finally graduated. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving dinner. There is so much build up and prep, but once the meal comes it’s over quickly. I must admit though, the seminary did it up...

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Tomorrow Dallas

Tomorrow Dallas

We leave tomorrow morning or Dallas. It’s almost a surreal moment–not going to Dallas, but going to Dallas to graduate. It’s been 28 years since graduation Dallas Theological Seminary the first time. So much life has happened since then. I play the years through in my mind–I think back at all the times of joy and difficulty–little children added along the way. I think back to every church I pastored since that...

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Feeling So Old

Feeling So Old

This is the week I finally graduate with my doctorate from Dallas Seminary. I have been running at 100 miles per hour and all of a sudden here it is. So, as I sit back I realize I am tired and I feel very old. I look at my face and I wonder who this guy is.

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