One Way Or Another

Listen to “One Way or Another” by Fred Smith   Discoveries made through a mistake, battles lost by a sudden change of wind, unintentional inflection points in a life through a [...]

Talking To Elephants

Listen to “Talking to Elephants” by Fred Smith   As a young man stationed in Italy in the Navy I invited my family to come and join me for a tour of the country. One day in Rome [...]

More

Listen to “More” by Fred Smith   Periodically, I think about full retirement and what that might mean. I asked one friend about it, and his response was, “Retire from what? You [...]

Gods in Disguise

Listen to “Gods in Disguise” by Fred Smith   It was not even a major miracle. No one walked on water or fed five thousand. As far as miracles go it was almost incidental. A [...]

Jesus is Just Alright

Listen to “Jesus Is Just Alright” by Fred Smith   In the last few years I have been paying closer attention to some deep shifts affecting the church. It’s easy for Boomers to [...]

Finding Gladness

*There is no audio recording of the blog this week. Fred will be back next week!   I suppose the unexamined life is not worth living may be right for the most part. However, is it possible [...]

The Rabble Among Us

Listen to “The Rabble Among Us” by Fred Smith   It’s not just me but a growing number of people have made comments about a theme running through commencement speeches for the [...]

Ancient Of Days

Listen to “Ancient of Days” by Fred Smith   A cardinal rule of teaching is never open with a line that makes it impossible to say anything more about the topic. That’s especially [...]

A Bonhoeffer Moment

Listen to “A Bonhoeffer Moment” by Fred Smith   Almost everywhere you turn – left and right – you will hear or read people saying, “This is a Bonhoeffer moment.” For [...]

Songs of Joy

Listen to “Songs of Joy” by Fred Smith   Studies are showing that giving, especially smaller gifts, has increased substantially during the pandemic. In fact, donations to food [...]