The Realities (and Truths) of Parenthood

The Realities (and Truths) of Parenthood

My grandson and newest member of the Murrell family,William Stephen Murrell III. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE—Last Saturday (July 23), we welcomed into the world the newest member of the Murrell family, William Stephen Murrell III—named after his dad, his grandfather (me),...
To Empower or Not to Empower? That Is the Leadership Question

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...
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...
A CHRISTMAS EVE DISASTER

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

Dick Dastardly, Turkey, and the Remedy for Entitlement

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE—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...
“Daddy, I Disobeyed”: A Lesson on Disobedience & Grace

“Daddy, I Disobeyed”: A Lesson on Disobedience & Grace

I was thousands of miles away ministering at a men’s retreat near Seattle, Washington. My wife and three sons were in Atlanta, Georgia. I was making a routine phone call to let them know how lonely I was without them when my wife informed me: “William has something he...