Outside the Walls: Facing a Pivotal Time

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” Abraham Lincoln would say these words at the 1862 State of the Union address as the country found itself gripped in a war that put brothers at odds with […]

Outside the Walls: America the Beautiful

“He’s fine. Leave him alone.” I couldn’t believe my father’s words. He had just asked my first son, his grandson, to come to him when he was about 3 years old. “No!” Caden said, and then proceeded to kick him in the shin and walk away. I braced for what I knew would happen next. […]

Outside the Walls: We Are Family

“I’m going to go run.” As my son pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his head and put his earphones in, there was a sense of anxiety that washed over me. What if others didn’t know who he was? What if someone tried to yell at him to stop, but he couldn’t hear them […]

Outside the Walls: When Will Life Get Back to Normal?

Do you remember what your life was like before the COVID-19 Pandemic? You couldn’t catch your breath. You were so busy. Time with your children consisted of hurrying them off to school, chauffeuring to ball games and practice, and quickly getting them in bed to repeat the cycle the next day. Work trips were booked, […]

Outside the Walls: Hope for the Infected

In early February, 2,600 passengers set sail on the Diamond Princess, a luxury cruise liner from Hong Kong. Little did they know their cruise would soon turn into a nightmare as 700 passengers were infected with the newly identified coronavirus that was rapidly spreading through East Asia, and eventually the world. As other cruise lines […]

Outside the Walls: Look Up

TWW is on the rise, and it is leading to injuries and even deaths in our country. If you open your eyes, you will notice it all around you and may even be a culprit yourself. Cities across the country are creating laws to attempt to end it, and Honolulu has already set one in […]

Outside the Walls: The Power of One

It only takes one. Have you ever set up dominoes? When I was a kid, I loved to set up dominoes one by one closely connected on the floor around my room. I would use bridges for them to go across and put them in shapes and pray that my little brothers didn’t come in […]

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. […]