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 [...]

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 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 [...]

The Impeded Stream

Listen to “The Impeded Stream” by Fred Smith   Like some of you, I grew up singing the old hymn, “The Haven of Rest,” taken from the account of the Apostle Paul’s sea [...]