Some Larger Way

Listen to “Some Larger Way” by Fred Smith   Some of you know I have taught a Sunday School class for 40 years. It’s my anchor as much as my pulpit. For much of that time I [...]

The Gospel Drone

Listen to “The Gospel Drone” by Fred Smith   In 1967 film maker (and devout Christian) Irwin “Shorty” Yeaworth  produced “The Gospel Blimp” as a send-up of the craze [...]

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 [...]

Neighbors

Listen to “Neighbors” by Fred Smith   Like most of us, I’ve heard the Parable of the Good Samaritan since childhood and one thing has remained constant: the Samaritan has always [...]

The George Option

Listen to “The George Option” by Fred Smith   I’ve made light of country and western music for as long as I can remember. The titles like “I’ll Be Over You When The Grass Grows [...]

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 [...]

Never Despair

Listen to “Never Despair” by Fred Smith None of us thought it would end the way it did. It began with small, almost unnoticed decisions by Mrs. Britton, our Sunday School [...]

The Gandalf Option

Listen to “The Gandalf Option” by Fred Smith   In 2017 Rod Dreher published “The Benedict Option” to define the new relationship between the world and the Church allowing the [...]

Living In That Moment

Listen to “Living In That Moment” by Fred Smith   Raised a Baptist I had no exposure to what I later learned is called the liturgical calendar. We observed Christmas, Easter, [...]

Crossing Over

Listen to “Crossing Over” by Fred Smith   The church service before I taught Sunday School was not to my taste. It’s hard for me to believe God finds this edifying. The [...]