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, […]

Outside the Walls: Who’s Your One?

“Proper clothing required. This is a contaminated area.” It was my first day on the job as a chemical engineering intern at a nuclear plant that produced weapons-grade material for nuclear bombs. I noticed the sign over the door in the area where I would be working. My supervisor threw me a lab coat, rubber […]

Outside the Walls: The Black and White Gospel

Robert was a normal middle school boy. He was a jokester and a little hyper, and he rarely thought through the consequences before he acted. I met him when I was a student minister and welcomed him into our student group with open arms. It was an honor to see him confess Christ as Lord […]

Outside the Walls: Go Fix the Problem

“Houston, we have a problem.” These famous words were spoken from aboard NASA’s Apollo 13, more than 205,000 miles from Earth, while the spacecraft was en route to the moon. All mission control personnel were called into the room to problem-solve as three astronauts’ lives hung in the balance. It became clear to engineers working […]

Outside the Walls: What’s Your Name?

You never know who you may run into at a Waffle House.  “What’s your name?” I asked our waitress as she gave us our menus. “Misty,” she said. We began to talk a little as I ordered a couple of cheesy eggs, and then I asked her how I could pray for her. Our waitress looked […]

Outside the Walls: The Key to Revitalization

“We are willing to do whatever it takes to turn our church around.” The desperation in her voice drew me into the conversation. Her church was on a rapid decline with only a few dozen people attending, and she did not want to see it die.  So I said, “Would you be willing to change […]

Outside the Walls: What Does Your Pastor Need to Hear?

“Hey, Preacher! If you had to get a real job, what would you do?” “It’s 9 a.m. I didn’t think you got out of the bed until 10.” “We are paying you pretty good for just working one day a week!” “I know your salary is low, but we give you a parsonage to live […]