Outside the Walls: Our Most Valuable Resource

My wife and I have driven 730,000 miles since we were married. There was a man by the name of Ford who led us every step of the way — Henry, not Danny. Henry Ford may have realized something that church leaders sometimes forget. He said, “You can take my factories, burn my buildings, but […]

Outside the Walls: Why Literacy Matters for the Church

I met a drug dealer named Chris in Great Falls who used to go to church. All the kids from the streets loved him. He knew the importance of reaching the next generation and spent time with them, especially the fatherless and those who struggle in school. His desire was to help them have a […]

Outside the Walls: The Responsibility of Freedom

Her fingers slowly tied the yellow ribbon around the wire fence. It was a ritual she had done every morning, month after month, as she walked in the early morning around the farm. The field was glistening with morning dew in stark contrast to the desert where her son was currently stationed. The ribbon represented […]

Outside the Walls: The Sermon

Two of the best sermons I ever heard were not preached inside the walls of a church, during a revival or at an evangelism conference. The sermons weren’t on a podcast or live-streamed over the Web. There was no pulpit, no love offering, no quiet mood music during the invitation. These two sermons were living […]

Outside the Walls: A Message to Moms

The elderly man wheeled down the hallway of the nursing home on his last week there. (Don’t worry, he wasn’t graduating. He was there temporarily, for rehabilitation.) When he heard someone speak his name, he raised his eyes slowly and met the eyes of an attractive blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman. “This is your last week here, […]

Outside the Walls: Changed People Change the World

If you had breakfast with a dead guy, I wonder if your conversations would be the same that week. Imagine Monday morning around the water cooler. “How was your weekend?” “Oh, it was cool. We did some family stuff. I went fishing with the guys. John fell asleep on the boat and got sunburned; and, […]

Outside the Walls: You’ve Got Cookies to Bake

Blake’s heart was thumping in his chest as he looked over at one of his best friends from high school sitting next to him in his car. John and Blake had played baseball together and were pretty tight, but Blake had kept a secret from John for over two years that he needed to ’fess […]

Outside the Walls: Legacy

“Let me show you how a blind man does it.” My father gripped the hammer in his hand, and with two swift hits the nail was in the board. Ironically, he was legally blind. I was amazed at how he could do this, and I wondered why the nails I hit would turn into very […]

Outside the Walls: All Smiles

My phone rang twice, and it was my wife both times, which is her signal for me to answer even if I’m talking to Billy Graham. “Connor just knocked out his front two teeth and I’m about to pass out. Can you come home?” I said, “Let me check my calendar.” I pulled into the […]