Outside the Walls: The Resolve

Last year, according to my scales I lost 30 pounds … and found 29 of them. My New Year’s resolution this year is to find a more accurate scale to weigh on. Although I am excited about my one-pound net loss, my friend changed his lifestyle, and lost 50 pounds and kept them off. Rather […]

Outside the Walls: Trust Key to Receiving Gospel

As I looked into the innocent face of my 3-year-old son, I was pretty certain he was not telling the entire truth, so I probed a little further. “So are you sure you haven’t eaten any ice cream before dinner?” I asked one more time. He looked away, thought a minute, and doubled down. “No […]

Outside the Walls: ‘My One Is You!’

Linwood is an 11-year-old boy who is not yet a Jesus follower. His grandmother has a burden for him and his parents, as they do not go to church regularly. She knows that if they turned their lives over to Jesus, it would radically change the environment of their homes and the life of Linwood. […]

Outside the Walls: You’ve Got One Job

“You’ve got one job.” That’s what my wife, Leisa, tells me every time she sends me to the grocery store. Notoriously, she will send me at the most inopportune times, like when I’m trying to watch college football. This should be a part of all pastors’ premarital counseling. I would share a few rules with […]

Outside the Walls: Questioning Your Faith

“Why are you here?” It is probably one of the most powerful evangelism questions that anyone can ask. There have been other questions that have been asked through the years. “If you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity?” “If you were to face Jesus today, and He asked you why He should […]

Outside the Walls: Make a Memory

“Don’t you let him off the hook!” My son Connor frantically took command of the reel as the rod bent over into the water. It was our first fishing trip of vacation. My trolling motor had already died, two fishing lines were wrapped around the rear motor, forcing me into shark-infested waters to fix, and […]

Outside the Walls: Write It Down

“I luv you more than my face.” A 6-year-old knows just the right words to pen to capture your heart. This year my first-grade son, Corder, learned the art of writing from his mom and a bit of help from his teacher. As he gained confidence, his thoughts were captured, one misspelled word at a […]

Outside the Walls: Fatherly Advice

“I already know, Dad.” I had my doubts in the confidence that exuded from my oldest son, Caden, as he took the car keys from me. He put the car in drive and sped off entirely too fast with the DMV in the rearview mirror. I had a lot of thoughts that flowed through my […]

Outside the Walls: Show the Son

“We aren’t in South Carolina anymore,” I thought as I looked around at the makeshift housing along the roadside, and the conditions in the school that would be our home for the week in Puerto Rico. It was the first mission experience where our students were immersed in another culture and a flight away from […]

Outside the Walls: One Sweet Prayer

“Daddy, can I have some Easter candy for breakfast?” As cute as my son Corder is, there are some requests that fall on deaf ears in my house (especially when Grandmama isn’t around). However, there are other requests that put me on the move every time: “Daddy, can you help me with my homework? Daddy, […]