Outside the Walls: What’s Your Moonshot?

“We choose to go to the moon.” With these words from John F. Kennedy, the United States of America began an accelerated mission to put the first man on the moon. No one could fathom a man standing on the moon, but it came to reality on July 20, 1969. “This is one small step […]

Outside the Walls: An Orchard Lies Inside

Santa always fills my wife Leisa’s stocking with fruit and gives all the rest of us candy. He’s been doing that for her since she was a kid. The first year of marriage, he didn’t for some reason — but he hasn’t missed a year since. Who wants a big apple in your stocking when […]

Outside the Walls: Potluck — How Will We Be Known?

I work out with a group of middle-aged men who are reliving their glory days. Whenever a new member joins us, we give them a nickname to help us remember something about them. When they gave me my nickname, I told them that I worked with church leaders to help them advance the Great Commission. […]

Outside the Walls: Answering the ‘All Call’

It started out as a normal day. Genelle sat down at her desk and began to get to work, when the unimaginable happened. A plane, hijacked by terrorists, flew into the World Trade Center where she worked on the 64th floor. She began to evacuate. When she reached the 13th floor, she bent over to […]

Outside the Walls: A God Who Sends

As I looked through misty eyes in the rearview mirror, a flood of emotions and memories filled my head as my wife and I dropped off our oldest son, Caden, at college. It seems like just yesterday there were midnight bottle feedings, T-ball games, and Barney birthdays. Then there was deer hunting, sunset shrimping, Grand […]

Outside the Walls: Counting Seeds, Not Just Trees

During the pandemic quarantine, my son, Corder, had a great idea: “Let’s plant a garden!” My wife, Leisa, thought this was a good idea, but I knew who would be doing the cultivating. So, Leisa and I got to work, and Corder got to play. For those of you who are gardeners, you understand the […]

Outside the Walls: Shifting from Quarrels to Love

“Quit fighting! You’re on the same team!” No, that was not a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention. However, I said this quite frequently as my two young boys were locked up while attempting to do something together. When my boys were younger, I would purposely get them to work together to try to accomplish […]

Outside The Walls: Developing Disciples

Graduation Day! I remember it vividly. It was the culmination of months of anticipation and preparation. I had listened to the instruction of my teacher and thought I was ready to tackle the years ahead. When the day arrived, a flood of anxiety came over me and I didn’t know if I could go through […]

Outside the Walls: Shift of Pandemic Proportions 2

The day the world stopped, mY schedule was slammed. It began with workouts that morning about 5 a.m., rush to get the kids moving, meetings to attend, a 30-minute interstate commute that could easily triple in a split second, Dad’s sports shuttle and dinner in the car as we traveled to baseball practice and games, […]

Outside the Walls: Shifts of Pandemic Proportions

Do you remember where you were when …? The event that follows shifted history: — Man walked on the moon. — The plane flew into the World Trade Center. — A virus shut down the world. The past year has shifted life as we knew it. Greetings shifted from a handshake to a fist bump. […]