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 […]

Outside the Walls: Fishing Tips

“Get the net! This is a big one!” There is nothing more aggravating than watching another man catch fish. My father had a knack for knowing where to throw the lure and how to feel a large bass slowly take the bait. At just the right moment, he would set the hook, and my job […]

Outside the Walls: Outreach Versus Evangelism

“I just had an amazing gospel conversation! At our outreach block party, I was talking to a man who was having a tough time, and I shared with him about how God has gotten me through tough times and invited him to our church.” When I hear statements like this, I am encouraged by the […]

Outside the Walls: The Great Equalizer

“I am not in control.” My father came to this realization as he fought cancer during his last 10 months on earth. Up to that point, he seemed to be in pretty good control of his life.  Death has a way of reminding all of us of our great need for hope. You are never […]

Outside the Walls: Different Types of Idols

I walked into the ornate facility and watched the faces of the crowd flooding in. There were vendors outside selling all types of merchandise. Some of those in the crowd had smiles on their faces and seemed pretty confident. Others were very distraught and anxious. Statues that had been immortalized were all around. As the […]

Outside the Walls: Lord, Make Me Uncomfortable

“Lord, please give me an opportunity to share with Barry,” I prayed as I walked up to my son’s ball game.  I didn’t really want God to answer my prayer. I wasn’t in the mood to talk to anyone, and it was so hot I decided to sit in the visitors stands, in the shade. […]

Outside the Walls: Just As I Am

“Will you come?” It took a lot of nerve to ask the question. I had been in my neighborhood for a short period of time, and I was inviting every one of my neighbors to a party to watch a video I had never seen. I had been working as the South Carolina Baptist coordinator […]