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 [...]

The Invisible Whip

Listen to “The Invisible Whip” by Fred Smith   The week started over coffee with a young man having just completed the ultimate business deal of his career. If managed right the [...]

Farewell

Listen to “Farewell” by Fred Smith   Several of my friends are beginning to say “farewell” to their careers. It’s hard to believe. I know for many complete retirement is not an [...]

Feathers On The Waves

Listen to “Feathers on the Waves” by Fred Smith   The Greeks, as always, had a word for it: tragedy. That’s the first word that came to my mind when I stared at the photo of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]