Can I Get Back to You?

Most often as a favor to an author or publisher, I have likely read as many books about fund-raising as any other topic. Some are classics like The Seven Faces of Philanthropy by Russ Prince or [...]

Never Let Go

My mother died of Parkinson’s disease in 2004, and my father passed away in 2007. Neither of their deaths was sudden or tragic but the end of a long life for both. Friends told my siblings and me [...]

The Long Goodbye

“In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’” Joshua 4:21-22 I’ve been [...]

Repaid by Love

My father once observed about Billy Graham that he was one of the most gracious men he ever met. When asked about it, Billy said, “I had nothing to do with it. I inherited it from my father.” I [...]

A Love Letter

It was 42 years ago when Carol and I last stood as a young and newly married couple with the people of Park Street Church in Boston and sang, “Our God Our Help in Ages Past” at the close of the [...]

Is God Out to Lunch?

Is God Out to Lunch? Toward the end of Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy, he writes of a time at the close of a difficult case that he returns to his law office discouraged and wearied by the [...]

An Unremarkable Life

My father died on August 17, 2006, and in honor of him and his father, Rev. M. Bunyan Smith, I am posting this blog I wrote two years ago. Why? Because I think it is some of the best writing my [...]

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