Slip Sliding Away

Listen to “Slip Sliding Away” by Fred Smith   By now, many of you have read the frequent articles and responses to the latest Pew Research showing the number of people who [...]

Same Kind of Different

Listen to “Same Kind of Different” by Fred Smith   In that same interview mentioned in the blog last week the question was asked, “What is the state of what some of us call Big [...]

One Way Or Another

Listen to “One Way or Another” by Fred Smith   Discoveries made through a mistake, battles lost by a sudden change of wind, unintentional inflection points in a life through a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

The Work Of Our Hands

Listen to “The Work of our Hands” by Fred Smith   For two summers as a student I took a job in a canning factory. For nine hours every day I stood on a hard concrete floor beside [...]

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 [...]

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