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Profiles in Goodwill: Larry Eubanks

Larry Eubanks is pastor of First Baptist Church in Frederick, Maryland.
Larry’s articles that have appeared on EthicsDaily.com are available here.

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, but my family moved to Rockville, Maryland, the day before I started second grade.

2. What is your favorite Bible verse, book or story? Why?

The parable of the prodigal son and elder brother in Luke 15:11-32.

On one level it is the condensed story of Israel – a promised inheritance, rebellion, exile, repentance, unconditional love, forgiveness and religious self-righteousness leading to self-imposed exile – as well as the story of us all, in that we can all find ourselves in the story at various points in our lives, as the prodigal, the elder brother and even the waiting father.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Field of Dreams.”

Father/son relationship dynamics, redemption and reconciliation, and that wonderful monologue by James Earl Jones on baseball, America and community, all evoking fond memories of playing catch with my dad.

4. Who are three of the people you admire?

My three cousins in Biloxi, Mississippi, Winona Latimer (my great-aunt) and J.J. Owens (my Old Testament professor in seminary).

5. What is one little known fact about yourself?

In spite of having no woodworking experience, in 2006 I attended a two-week guitar-building workshop in Vermont and came home with a pretty decent guitar built with my own hands. I’ve since made seven more and have a waiting list that will keep me busy for the next five years or more.