Paper Dolls

Listen to “Paper Dolls” by Fred Smith   There is no topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and [...]

The Family Farm

Listen to “The Family Farm” by Fred Smith   I’ve had many conversations over the years with friends about the dangers of leaving wealth to children only to ruin them. It’s taken [...]

End Of The Line

Listen to “End of the Line” by Fred Smith The story of Abram’s calling begins at the end of the line. If you trace the descendants of Adam through Noah and then to Terah, the [...]

Rise Up

Listen to “Rise Up” by Fred Smith   My father had a life removed from us that we knew little about until we were grown. It was only a few years before he died that I understood [...]

To Be Worthy of Honor

Listen to “To Be Worthy of Honor” by Fred Smith   Most of us are first made to read Shakespeare before we have enough life experience to even partially understand his genius. It [...]

The Hopeless Wanderer

Today we would likely label Jacob a sociopath: cunning, deceptive, detached, manipulative and ambitious. He was often cruel and incapable of being loyal. He lived by his wits - and was [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]