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, […]

Outside the Walls: Get Off the Pew and Break a Sweat

I have lost nearly 150 pounds. Before you go comparing me to my boy Jared at Subway, you may want to know that, since I’ve been on a diet, I have also found about 170 pounds. You see, I’ve lost about five pounds — and found six — for the past 20 years. Each time, […]

Outside the Walls: Santa Is Coming to Town

“Ho! Ho! Ho!” “Look behind you, boys. It’s Santa Claus!” With horror, my two boys realized that the photo shoot had taken an unprecedented turn. They both wheeled around on the bench to see a stranger in a red suit hiding behind a decorated Christmas tree. They burst into tears. Caden knocked Connor sideways as […]

Outside the Walls: Time to Have Those Thanksgiving Talks

Nanny’s house is a special place. My wife’s extended family floods Nanny’s modest home every Thanksgiving, and we are greeted with her love, kindness and hospitality. She makes all of us feel so special and creates an environment for us to connect. Sometimes we see family members we haven’t seen since Christmas. We eat in […]

Outside the Walls: Our Most Valuable Resource

My wife and I have driven 730,000 miles since we were married. There was a man by the name of Ford who led us every step of the way — Henry, not Danny. Henry Ford may have realized something that church leaders sometimes forget. He said, “You can take my factories, burn my buildings, but […]

Outside the Walls: Why Literacy Matters for the Church

I met a drug dealer named Chris in Great Falls who used to go to church. All the kids from the streets loved him. He knew the importance of reaching the next generation and spent time with them, especially the fatherless and those who struggle in school. His desire was to help them have a […]