Deep Dive

Listen to “Deep Dive” by Fred Smith   Until the recent Telemachus gathering, I had not seen Gordon and Gail MacDonald for many years.  Being there together with the young couples [...]

Plant and Wait

Listen to “Plant and Wait” by Fred Smith   Ten of us, all friends of Bob and Linda Buford, were sitting in the living room of their farmhouse waiting for the most important call [...]

Labor of Love

We helped move our daughter from Los Angeles to Dallas this month and it was a good opportunity to once again experience what a group of Harvard researchers labeled, the “Ikea Effect: When Labor [...]

Rest In Peace Mrs. Perkins

Listen to “Rest In Peace Mrs. Perkins” by Fred Smith   Mrs. Perkins stepped out from her pew and walked down the aisle of our Baptist church to rededicate her life on a regular [...]

My Trivial Sins

Listen to “My Trivial Sins” by Fred Smith   No one would describe me as a product of diversity. As a Southern Baptist, I grew up sure of our traditions and practices but not our [...]

Over And Over Again

Listen to “Over and Over Again” By Fred Smith   A favorite illustration was debunked last week. For years, I have used the image of the grain of sand in the oyster being the [...]

Our Little Town

Listen to “Our Little Town” by Fred Smith   When we moved from New York to a small town in rural East Texas thirty-five years ago small towns were not trending. That has changed. [...]

The Reef

Listen to “The Reef” by Fred Smith   In “Where Good Ideas Come From” Steven Johnson uses the illustration of a coral reef as an example of a structure that is both fragile and [...]

A Hand in the Flood

Listen to “A Hand In The Flood” by Fred Smith   The Bible reminds us, “With a strong hand and an outstretched arm His love endures forever. We are safe in His hand and with [...]