Outside the Walls: Who Are South Carolina Baptists?

I was having a conversation with my 9-year-old son, Corder, about my new role as chief strategic officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention when he posed the question. I thought of the complexity of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and its rich history. This year we celebrate 200 years of ministry, and I wondered […]

Outside the Walls: The Year of Hope

What Christmas gift from your childhood do you remember the most? The year was 1983. I had given Mom a variety of gifts that she could potentially choose from. It takes a kid a few years to figure out this strategy, but I had high hopes of receiving the one thing I asked for: a […]

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: 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: Hope for the Infected

In early February, 2,600 passengers set sail on the Diamond Princess, a luxury cruise liner from Hong Kong. Little did they know their cruise would soon turn into a nightmare as 700 passengers were infected with the newly identified coronavirus that was rapidly spreading through East Asia, and eventually the world. As other cruise lines […]

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 […]