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

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...

To Empower or Not to Empower? That is the Leadership Question

MANILA, PHILIPPINES.  Because of my latest book, My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting, Deborah and I have been doing our “Heart of Parenting” seminars more than ever. During the Q&A portion of the seminars, we are often asked questions about adult children....

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...

A CHRISTMAS EVE DISASTER

 This was originally written for Evangelicals Today mag, many years ago. I like to pull it deep from my archives around Christmas. I thought some of you, especially those with small children, might find it helpful this time of the year.  ————– ’Twas the night before...

Dick Dastardly, Turkey, and the Remedy for Entitlement

NASHVILLE. Yesterday at church my good friend, Rice Broocks preached a powerful sermon that included brilliant exegesis, solid theology, practical application, and a reference to two of the greatest cartoon characters ever - Dick Dastardly and his canine sidekick...

The Myth of the Gifted Child

TUGUEGARAO, PHILIPPINES. Last Saturday I flew from Manila to Tuguegarao, then drove to Aparri to meet my friend, Ferdie Cabiling (aka The Running Pastor) at the finish line of his epic 2500 kilometer (1400 miles) run across the Philippines. Ferdie’s goal was to run...

The Problem with Preacher’s Kids

MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Since this week is the official launch of my new book, My First, Second, and Third Attempts at Parenting, I will attempt to post some parenting blogs the next few weeks. Following is an updated and edited blog based on an article I originally...

How to Win Your Prodigal Children

NASHVILLE. A "Not Now!" sign is on my door all this week, a sign that everyone in the Every Nation office is ignoring. Try as I may, I obviously don't intimidate anyone around here. I am in writing mode, working against a speeding deadline, trying to finish a book...