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...
Great Leaders Put Family First

Great Leaders Put Family First

CANTON, MISSISSIPPI. While visiting our Mississippi friends and relatives during the holidays, we stopped by the Murrell family farm/lake house. Has it really been four years since I was last here? Many of my best childhood memories are connected to that land and lake...