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 [...]

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 [...]

A Lion’s Heart

Listen to “A Lion’s Heart” by Fred Smith   It wasn’t a simple disagreement but a showdown that resulted in both men, once fast friends, turning away from each other [...]

News From Another World

Listen to “News From Another World” by Fred Smith As a young soldier in the Civil War, Jefferson Kidd was assigned the duty of being a messenger – a runner – traveling on [...]

A Modest Proposal

Listen to “A Modest Proposal” by Fred Smith   Jonathan Swift’s satirical response to the plight of the Irish people after decades of poverty and abuse shocked the sensibilities [...]

Our Secret Inquietude

Listen to “Our Secret Inquietude” by Fred Smith   After my father died we were sorting through his papers and found a stock certificate for 100 worthless shares. They were all [...]

Home Sweet Home

Listen to “Home Sweet Home” By Fred Smith   Much of the controversy around immigration lately is how many of the decisions are swayed by whether or not the migrant is bringing [...]