An Easter Funeral

An Easter Funeral

   NASHVILLE—Late last night, we arrived home from the funeral of Deborah’s grandmother, Sara Nell McAfee, known to her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren as Mama Mac. In sermons and at parenting conferences, I have often talked...
Parenting Lessons from a Funeral

Parenting Lessons from a Funeral

NASHVILLE, TN, USA. This past weekend Deborah, William (my oldest son), and I spoke at a parenting seminar at Bethel Brentwood. During the half-day seminar, we talked about the four E’s of parenting (sound familiar?) and tackled four big questions that every parent...
Thoughts on Thirty-four Years

Thoughts on Thirty-four Years

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA. Yesterday, Deborah and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. A lot has happened since we were married on August 21st, 1982. In 1982, Ferdinand Marcos was the longtime leader of the Philippines, Ronald Reagan was the new president of the...
The Realities (and Truths) of Parenthood

The Realities (and Truths) of Parenthood

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA. Last Saturday (July 23rd), we welcomed into the world the newest member of the Murrell family, William Stephen Murrell III—named after his dad, his grandfather (me), and William Wilberforce. The presence of a new baby in the house reminds me...