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 […]

Outside the Walls: The Ultimate Underdog

Nick sat on the bench with little hope of ever getting in the game. It became clear he would only be a backup quarterback for a mediocre college team, so he decided to transfer to another school. Although he got more playing time, it resulted in more losses than wins for the team. Only one […]

Outside the Walls: Hide … or Seek?

“Start counting, Daddy! I’m going to hide!” My son Corder rushed off into the house somewhere. Now, I would like for you to believe that I am an all-star dad who loves his son so much that he plays games like this with him every free moment. I must confess, though, that a game like […]

Outside the Walls: Reconnecting with Heroes

He stared at the computer screen in amazement and read the words again: “Are you the Rokeem who was in foster care 20 years ago?” In response, he typed: “Mrs. Deborah? Is it really you?” Memories flooded his mind. His family had hit tough times, and a relative took him and his brothers on a […]

Outside the Walls: Why Are You Here?

“Why are you here?” My friend Yesu was asked this question by a man in India who stopped him outside a village. The man who stopped him had never heard the gospel. Yesu had traveled for hours by motorcycle, then by foot, into the mountains in search of villages that had never heard about Jesus. […]

Outside the Walls: Locking Arms in Unity

They locked arms and bowed their heads. Different races joined together. An entire nation would talk about this moment of peace and unity. It didn’t happen on a football field, but around a dinner table. The first Thanksgiving occurred between Pilgrims and American Indians nearly 400 years ago. The Wampanoag people extended peace to the […]

Outside the Walls: 59 Seconds

It takes 59 seconds to change the world. Bubba couldn’t stay focused in school. He was mischievous, but curious. He was constantly thinking about anything other than school. He dropped out of high school his junior year and opened a print shop. His brother joined him a year later. They made their living in the […]