The Arena

Listen to “The Arena” by Fred Smith   Long before being appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos in an interview spoke about something she had learned on a trip to Israel [...]

If I Were Rich

Listen to “If I Were Rich” By Fred Smith   “If I were rich, I would tell them exactly what I was thinking and not hold back. I would ask the hard questions. What could they do to [...]

His Mother’s Son

Listen to “His Mother’s Son” by Fred Smith   Over the holidays I had time to think again about images of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Traditionally, what is our picture of [...]

Haters

Listen to “Haters” By Fred Smith   Facebook is not the place for subtlety and we all know that.  Yet, this week I posted a spoof from the Babylon Bee and several good friends [...]

Fifty Ways To Leave

Listen to “Fifty Ways To Leave” by Fred Smith   When I began writing this blog almost eight years ago, John Kelly was my editor. He told me, “Don’t worry about being relevant or [...]

I Stand Relieved

Listen to “I Stand Relieved” By Fred Smith   Almost ten years ago, the Board of The Gathering and I started thinking about succession. Clearly, we did not consider it an [...]