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...

Christmas Trees, Tangled Lights, and Great Joy

NASHVILLE - Last night, I begrudgingly embarked on the annual tradition of setting up our family Christmas tree. I say begrudgingly because our massive pre-lit tree never seems to work how it’s supposed to. After wrestling the branches into place and hooking up all of...

Parenting Lessons from the World’s Busiest Father

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA. This weekend I was in Detroit ministering with Bishop Marvin Winans  at Perfecting Church, a great church in a great city. I'll probably write more about that in a future blog. My last blog was about parenting lessons from a funeral. This...

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

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...