Outside the Walls: ‘A Godless Crisis’

I remember where I was on 9/11/01. As I worked in my office, a colleague walked in and told me a plane had hit the World Trade Center. My first reaction was a momentary feeling of sadness, and then I got back to working on Wednesday night’s student service as planned. About a half hour […]

Outside the Walls: Rise to Serve

“Can you help us?” It was a humbling honor to receive this request from Molly Spearman, superintendent of the South Carolina Department of Education, directed to South Carolina Baptist churches. Because of the work our churches have done through Heart4Schools in serving over 200 schools in our state, she hoped we could help. Our schools […]

Outside the Walls: Facing a Pivotal Time

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” Abraham Lincoln would say these words at the 1862 State of the Union address as the country found itself gripped in a war that put brothers at odds with […]

Outside the Walls: America the Beautiful

“He’s fine. Leave him alone.” I couldn’t believe my father’s words. He had just asked my first son, his grandson, to come to him when he was about 3 years old. “No!” Caden said, and then proceeded to kick him in the shin and walk away. I braced for what I knew would happen next. […]

Outside the Walls: We Are Family

“I’m going to go run.” As my son pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his head and put his earphones in, there was a sense of anxiety that washed over me. What if others didn’t know who he was? What if someone tried to yell at him to stop, but he couldn’t hear them […]

Outside the Walls: When Will Life Get Back to Normal?

Do you remember what your life was like before the COVID-19 Pandemic? You couldn’t catch your breath. You were so busy. Time with your children consisted of hurrying them off to school, chauffeuring to ball games and practice, and quickly getting them in bed to repeat the cycle the next day. Work trips were booked, […]

Outside the Walls: Look Up

TWW is on the rise, and it is leading to injuries and even deaths in our country. If you open your eyes, you will notice it all around you and may even be a culprit yourself. Cities across the country are creating laws to attempt to end it, and Honolulu has already set one in […]

Outside the Walls: The Power of One

It only takes one. Have you ever set up dominoes? When I was a kid, I loved to set up dominoes one by one closely connected on the floor around my room. I would use bridges for them to go across and put them in shapes and pray that my little brothers didn’t come in […]

Outside the Walls: Questioning Your Faith

“Why are you here?” It is probably one of the most powerful evangelism questions that anyone can ask. There have been other questions that have been asked through the years. “If you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity?” “If you were to face Jesus today, and He asked you why He should […]