The Hopeless Wanderer

Today we would likely label Jacob a sociopath: cunning, deceptive, detached, manipulative and ambitious. He was often cruel and incapable of being loyal. He lived by his wits - and was [...]

No Other Way

Listen to “No Other Way” by Fred Smith   Most of us are familiar with William Wilberforce for his long but ultimately successful struggle to abolish the slave trade in England. [...]

A Peace Profound

Listen to “A Peace Profound” by Fred Smith   I think it was long-time Chaplain of the Senate Dick Halverson who said, “In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and [...]

Snakes on a Plain

Listen to “Snakes on a Plain” by Fred Smith   There are very few passages in Scripture as graphic and frightening as God’s sending “fiery serpents” in response to the grumbling [...]

A Permanent Enemy

Listen to “A Permanent Enemy” by Fred Smith   In his documentary film, “Korengal,“ author and director Sebastian Junger recounts the stories of a platoon of American soldiers [...]

Enemies in the Land

Listen to “Enemies in the Land” by Fred Smith   Peace is good. War is bad. Right?  Not always. In fact, there are times even now when calling for peace is simply appeasement and [...]

An Anguished Apostasy

Listen to “An Anguished Apostasy” by Fred Smith   When Bob Dylan stepped on the Newport Folk Festival stage in July 1965 there was nothing in his last three appearances that [...]

A Friend’s Revenge

Listen to “A Friend’s Revenge” by Fred Smith   There are a few figures in Scripture who grow on you with age. Perhaps we come to understand their circumstances or have more [...]

Signs of Jonah

Listen to “Signs of Jonah” by Fred Smith   A friend mentioned he is re-reading Graham Greene’s “The Power and The Glory.” It’s the story of a failed [...]