Outside the Walls: From Sanctuary to Flooded Streets

“Why does God hate me?” Sam sat with his head in his hands, sobbing. His life was a mess, piled up 10 feet high in his front yard, after the flash flood in South Carolina rushed into his home. A few days before, his life seemed fine; now he was broken, and there was no […]

Outside the Walls: Hearing the Broken One’s Story

I tried to pretend not to see him. He held a cardboard sign on the exit of the interstate and walked up slowly to my stalling car at the light. My prayer was answered, and the light turned green just before he made it to my car. I know you are much more spiritual than […]

Outside the Walls: Nailing Down the Fundamentals

“Play ball!” I watched as my son Connor took the field to play in the Dixie Youth World Series. I had coached him all year and talked baseball nearly every day. We worked on drills outside in the backyard, practiced a lot, and learned rules as we sat on the couch watching baseball. Now he […]

Outside the Walls: Charleston — and the Church — United

Brokenness. Some days we see subtle hints of it. On other days its intensity grips a country. The horrific event in Charleston at “Mother Emanuel” AME Church June 17 was one of those moments. A young man filled with hate toward a people whose skin color is the only thing he knew walked in to […]

Outside the Walls: One Nation Under God?

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” (George Washington) “The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.” (John Quincy Adams) “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.” (Andrew Jackson) “In regard for this great book, I have this to […]

Outside the Walls: Relentless Pursuit

The 1958 Green Bay Packers were a bunch of losers. They only won one game the entire season. The program was in shambles, the coach was fired, and there wasn’t much hope for the future. The owner decided to take a chance on a guy who had never been a head coach of an NFL […]

Outside the Walls: God is less concerned with age than obedience

“I feel like I’m 18 years old, but when I look in the mirror it tells me something different.” I laughed as 82-year-old Mr. Bickley gave a little wink and walked slowly away. There was something in his eye that told me he was telling the truth. Age is relative. I was a college senior, […]

Outside the Walls: So What About You?

“So what about you?” At first, Courtney looked at me, and then she gazed off into the distance, reflecting on the question. I had asked the question as she waited our table. Her answer: “I think there is a God out there. I’m not sure. I just try to be a good person.” Such a […]

Outside the Walls: Churchy Words — Use Sparingly

Megan looked intently at the picture I was drawing as I explained the gospel to her. Two lines were drawn, with GOD written on one side, MAN on the other and SIN in the middle. I talked about “asking Jesus into her heart” and drew a cross over the area labeled SIN, showing that Jesus […]

Outside the Walls: Color Outside the Lines

Did Adam have a belly button? Where did Cain get his wife? And exactly where was Lazarus before he came back to life? How do I find my life by losing it, how can the first be last? These are a few things I would like to ask. God, if you’re the same as Jesus, […]