I See the Deeper Dream!

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech this week. He should have taught us all something deeper than what we see on the surface. Many aspects of his life message could be the focus of much more than this blog. Here is a taste of what he taught me; A Male, over …

Cross Cultural Evangelism

I realized today at the Coffield Unit, cross cultural evangelism is a must in the prison systems. If we are to reach out to everyone, language barriers must be broken. Offenders seem hesitant to talk to other races because of the fear of language. I made the comment ,” If I read a Bible verse out loud in Spanish, will …

County Jail and Sunday Church

What does county jails and Sunday morning church services have in common?  Believe it or not, there are many similarities.  The comparison begins by searching the hearts of the people involved.  The majority of people who attend a Sunday morning church service in America, do not want to admit they have sin in their lives.  They are happily wearing their …

Prison vs. Hell

I had a Chaplain tell me the other day that ad-seg (administrtive segregation) was as close as a person could get to being in hell on earth.  Upon entering the perimeter of a unit, he had heard a groaning and wailing.  After further investigation, he realized the men in seg were crying out for mercy.  I began to think about …

Tears

Tears are unusual on the face of a man, unless he is in prison.  Men try to put up a tough image in prison until they hear the Word of God.  Every time we go inside the walls, we see tears flowing freely down the faces of offenders.  Tears appear when you begin to talk to an offender about his, …

99 Years

I recently met an inmate at one of our units.  After exchanging names, I asked him how long he’d been inside.  He politely said 17 years.  I asked when he would come up for parole.  He responded with, “23 more years.”  He had committed his crime when he was 32.  When he turns 72, he will be able to be …

Timeout

Until, I became a Dad, the only timeout I knew was from a sports related event.  As parents, we soon learn that timeouts are a great form of punishment.  When I was a kid, I would much rather have a whipping, so I could go back outisde and play.  A “timeout” was the best form of punishment for me.  As you …

Saturday Night in Prison

Last Saturday night, six people went in to prison to minister to the offenders.  When we left, our hearts were the ones that had changed.  Have you ever been inside a prison?  Whether you are visiting a friend or loved-one, or doing some type of ministry, it forever changes how you view other people.  Romans 3:23 states, “for all have …