I vividly remember the first time I broke the eighth commandment, “You shall not steal.” I was four or five years old, in my grandmother’s guest bedroom, when I noticed a pack of gum sitting on a dresser. My first thought was, “I should ask my grandmother if I can have a piece.” My second thought was, “The heck with asking. It’s just a piece of gum. What my grandmother doesn’t know won’t hurt her.” I took the gum out of the wrapper and started chewing. I remember the gum tasting great, but I also remember feeling a little twinge of guilt. I had just stolen from my grandmother. I somehow, some way, as a little four or five year old, felt like I had disrespected my grandmother.
Paul is the husband to Tara, father to Natalie and Isaac, has an average jump shot, and enjoys running. His secret wish is to one day become a Jedi Knight. Paul holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and currently serves as senior pastor of Hardinsburg Baptist Church. Paul desires to help young couples navigate the early crucibles of marriage, especially when one or both of the spouses are engaged in vocational ministry.